(Last Updated On: June 20, 2018)

Do you still remember those joyful days, when your mother’s fairy tales used to get you a peaceful slumber at night? Those were the days; everything that Mom used to day appeared real and livelier to us! And at times, we just wished to build up a castle in that fantasy land and never come back to reality!

Well, though those days are gone and has become golden memories in our minds, you can still relive them once again! If you find this hard to believe in, check out these 25 tourist attractions that will make you wish not to come back to reality:

  1. Yosemite National Park (California, USA)

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    Famed for its wildlife, granite rock structures, and sequoia trees wider than cars, Yosemite National Park spans over 700,000 acres in Northern California and contains 13 different campgrounds.

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  2. Angel Falls (Canaima National Park, Venezuela)

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    The world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall at a height of 979 meters, Angel Falls inspired a setting for the Disney animated film Up.

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  3. Ha Long Bay (Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam)

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    Ha Long Bay contains hundreds of limestone islands with thick jungle vegetation. Junks float the bay and offer multi-night accommodation for tourists.

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  4. Preikestolen (Forsand, Ryfylke, Norway)

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    Translated as Preacher’s Pulpit or Pulpit Rock in English, Preikestolen is a steep cliff 604 meters above Lysefjordan. The hike to and from it takes 3-4 hours.

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  5. The Alhambra (Granada, Andalusia, Spain)

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    An inspiration to M.C. Escher, the Alhambra was originally a small fortress until it was converted into a royal palace by the Moors hundreds of years later. The tiles of the Alhambra contain nearly all of the 17 mathematically possible plane symmetry groups.

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  6. Shwedagon Pagoda (Yangon, Burma)

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    Considered the most sacred Buddhist pagoda by the Burmese, Shwedagon Pagoda contains relics of the past four Buddhas. The gold on the stupa is made of actual gold plates.

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  7. Northern Lights (Northern Norway, Scandinavia)

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    Seen above the magnetic poles, the aurora are created due to collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter Earth’s atmosphere. Auroral displays peak roughly every 11 years.

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  8. Iguazu Falls (Foz do Iguacu, Argentina / Brazil)

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    Forming a boundary between Brazil and Argentina, Iguazu Falls can be viewed from both (though Brazil has the better lookouts). A boat ride can be arranged that takes visitors right underneath the falls.

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  9. Casa Milá (Barcelona, Spain)

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    Designed by Antoni Gaudí, Casa Milá was built from 1906 to 1912. Gaudí began the sketches for Casa Milá, better known as La Pedrera, in the workshop of the Sagrada Familia.

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  10. Banff National Park (Alberta, Canada)

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    Canada’s oldest national park, Banff comprises 6,641 square kilometers of wilderness in Canada’s Rocky Mountains. The park is most famous for its glaciers, coniferous forests, and glacial lakes.

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  11. Petra (Ma’an, Jordan)

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    Petra, an archaelogical city carved in rock, is Jordan’s most-visited tourist attraction. Smithsonian Magazine named Petra one of the “28 Places to See Before You Die.”

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  12. Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, USA)

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    Built from 1933 to 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge is used by 110,000 people daily. According to Frommer’s, it’s the “[most photographed] bridge in the world.”

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  13. Jeita Grotto (Nahr al-Kalb, Lebanon)

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    Jeita is a limestone cave nearly 9km long. It can only be visited by boat, as an underground river (which provides drinking water to over a million people) runs through the cave.

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  14. Terracotta Army (Lintong, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China)

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    Over 8,000 terracotta soldiers were buried with Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. Studies show that eight different face molds were used to form all the soldiers, with additional clay used to give each soldier unique features.

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  15. Palace of Versailles (Ile-de-France, France)

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    The court of Versailles was the seat of political power in France from 1682 to 1789. The gardens of the palace contain 200,000 trees, with 210,000 flowers planted annually.

  16. Perito Moreno Glacier (Santa Cruz, Argentina)

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    The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of Argentine Patagonia’s most popular attractions. The ice formation is 250 square kilometers, and part of the world’s third-largest reserve of fresh water.

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  17. Salar de Uyuni (Potosi/Oruro Departments, Bolivia)

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    The world’s largest salt flat also holds 50-70% of the world’s lithium reserves, which are currently in the process of being extracted.

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  18. Serengeti National Park (Mara, Tanzania)

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    Covering an area of 14,750 square kilometres, Serengeti National Park is most famous for its yearly migration of over 1.5 million wildebeest and 250,000 zebra.

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  19. Sơn Đoòng Cave (Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, Vietnam)

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    This is the largest cave in the whole friggin’ world. Not in Vietnam. Not in Asia. The whole world. It also has a huge underground river.

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  20. Dead Sea (Jordan Rift Valley)

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    The Dead Sea, 9.6 times saltier than the ocean, is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. Herod the Great used the sea as a health resort back in the day.

  21. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (Washington DC, USA)

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    The National Museum of Natural History is open 364 days a year and is free to the public. Its collection contains over 126 million specimens and artifacts.

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  22. Santorini (Greece)

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    Though surrounded by water, Santorini contains no rivers and water is scarce. This island in the Aegean Sea is most famous for its cliff towns of white buildings and blue roofs.

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  23. Giant’s Causeway (Country Antrim, Northern Ireland)

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    The most popular tourist attraction in Northern Island, the Giant’s Causeway is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. The tallest columns of the formation are 12 meters high.

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  24. Hitachi Seaside Park (Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan)

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    Spanning 190 hectares, this public park in Japan has 4.5 million baby blue-eyes flowers, 1 million daffodils, 170 tulip varieties, and a Ferris wheel.

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  25. Park Güell (Barcelona, Spain)

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    A failed housing development, Park Güell is now a public garden showcasing Gaudi’s, um, interesting architectural taste (the man was not afraid of color and, apparently, hated right angles). Fun fact: A whole bunch of wild parrots live in the park.

[H/T: Matador Network]