Views that are worth the flight alone

by Jules on August 5, 2013

There are some amazing places to visit in the world and Google can open our eyes to many of the gems that this planet has to offer. However, photographs can only give you a two dimensional perspective, and actually being there is the only real way to experience them. Travelling the world can be expensive when you add up the essentials such as flights, food, travel insurance, etc. But these days just the flights can cost the price of an all inclusive holiday. However, some sights are just worth it. Here is our pick of the views worth the airfare alone.

The Great Wall of China

This must be one of the most popular destinations to feature on people’s “to visit” list. Many people go just to view this magnificent landmark, while other more adventurous travellers attempt to walk some of the 13,171 mile trek, which takes them past the most beautiful scenery the country has to offer. Despite an airfare to China often costing upwards of £900 many would argue that it is a small price to pay for the view you see when there.

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the top tourist destinations in the world and it isn’t hard to see why. It is a thing of natural beauty and a sight many will never ever match in their lifetime. The canyon is a mile deep, 227 miles long and over 18 miles wide and was crafted over thousands of years by the Colorado River, producing colourful rock which can be seen for miles. It ain’t cheap to get to, but it is very unlikely you will find a view to quite so breathtaking.

Great Barrier Reef

Off the coast of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is certainly further away than many of the beautiful sights around the globe, but well worth it. If you appreciate amazing fish, stunning coral and don’t mind slipping into your scuba gear, you will find yourself in an underwater paradise unrivalled by any of the other famous diving spots on the planet. Travelling to the other side of the globe can cost thousands, but to experience another world, it is undoubtedly worth it.

Niagara Falls

With a name instantly recognisable anywhere in the world, this wonder is actually made up of three separate waterfalls which come together to create one of the most beautiful natural scenes in the world. As 700,000 gallons of water rush over the landscape every second and plunge into a pool below, the mist and spray created is more sensational than any Hollywood movie studio could create. While airfares and organised trips to visit the waterfalls could see you raiding every piggy bank in the house, it is certainly an experience you will never forget.

Manhattan skyline

The second of only two man made views in our list, the Manhattan skyline is as impressive as it gets. Sadly now without the Twin Towers, it pays homage to the amazing architecture of the 20th century and the advances in design and engineering over that time period. Building started at the turn of the 20th century, with several developments being pivotal in giving it its distinctive shape from the 1950s onwards. Most impressive when the sun goes down and the lights come on, it has been featured on countless TV shows and films.

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