Frequent flyers can finally breathe a sigh of relief as the world begins to reopen. Bucket list travel is trending, and some of the top destinations include UNESCO World Heritage Sites—places carefully preserved for their historical, cultural, or scientific significance. While destinations like Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal are well-known, there are over 1,000 sites scattered around the globe to explore. Check out this shortlist of UNESCO World Heritage Sites off the beaten path.
Tokaj Wine Region
Situated in northeastern Hungary and southeastern Slovakia, this historic wine region has been a protected site since 2002. This area owes its fame to Tokaji aszú wine, a sweet variety with high alcohol content. Besides touring the local wineries, highlights of the area include the historic town of Sárospatak and the stunning architecture of the synagogue in Mád.
Agrigento's Valley of the Temples
Located on the island of Sicily, this archaeological site is one of the best surviving examples of Greek architecture in the world. The seven temples are accessible via public transportation. Don’t forget to wear a good pair of walking shoes! The archeological museum and churches of Agrigento proper are also worth a visit.
Torres del Paine
Encompassing nearly 450,000 acres of Chilean Patagonia, Torres del Paine is a national park where the dramatic backdrop of the Paine mountain range sets the stage for glacial lakes and dense forest. Highlights of a visit include hiking the French Valley, ice hiking the Grey Glacier, kayaking, and horseback riding.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Situated in Northern Tanzania, this protected landscape is prime real estate for anyone looking to knock an authentic African safari off their travel bucket list. This area is home to the volcanic Ngorongoro Crater and the "big 5" game. Hire a licensed guide and get off-road to take in the best there is to see in this stunning natural landscape.