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71 UNESCO World Heritage Sites You’ve Perhaps Visited And Did Not Know It

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Originally published October 12, 2016

I was having a conversation with a few friends lately about UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And apparently, I’ve unknowingly visited quite a few of them. I’m sure you have too without knowing it. So here is a list of 71 UNESCO World Heritage sites you’ve perhaps visited and did not know it.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

But before I list them, let’s talk about what they are and why its a cool to visit them. A World Heritage Site is one that UNESCO has listed as a place of special significance and this can be for many reasons. At the time of this writing the UNESCO site shows 1,052 different properties all over the world. I know you’ve visited a few of them without knowing it too as many of them are National Parks in the U.S. such as Yellowstone, the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon and places such as Westminster Abbey, Versailles and the Acropolis in Athens to name a few.

Oh and here’s what some of my fellow travelers/colleagues have written about their experiences at UNESCO World Heritage sites. Its part of a round up of editorial content about UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

You can check out the full list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites here and in addition, I’ve documented below how you can visit the ones that I’ve visited over the years.

Here are some general tips.

  • Check visa and health requirements before you go. For U.S. citizens, head over to the State Department’s Web site at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.html. And if you are not a U.S. citizens and visiting the U.S., check https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html for visa requirements.
  • Of course always check back up airports in case you get bumped
  • You’ll more than like need to get ground transportation, so look into trains, buses and car rental opportunities
  • If you need a hotel, head over to Hotels to book with our partner.

Please leave a comment below and let me know which ones you’ve visited. I’d be very interested to know. Here’s the list of 71 sites I’ve visited and how to get there:


  • Iguazu National Park – there is an airport here (IGR) and you can fly into it from the Buenos Aires downtown airport – Jorge Newberry (AEP). You will then need to get a taxi or rent a car to take you to the Park. It’s a huge park and as its in a rain forest, you’ll get wet as you walk through certain parts of it. So bring proper gear. There’s a train that goes through a part of the Park as well. Its an absolutely beautiful area of the country.


  • Great Barrier Reef – fly in Cairns (CNS) and then hire a local tour to take you out to the reef
  • Greater Blue Mountains Area – fly into Sydney (SYD), then you can take the local train up to the Blue Mountains
  • Sydney Opera House – fly into Sydney (SYD), then take the train from the airport into the city. Remember that a visa is required for Australia.



UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Garrison Barbados

UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Garrison Barbados





  • Old city of Dubrovnik – there is no airport in Dubrovnik; it is located in Močići which is about a 45 minutes or so drive away. You can actually head down to Cavstat and take the ferry across or take a local bus or hire a car and drive to the walled city of Dubrovnik.


Dominican Republic

  • Colonial City of Santo Domingo – SDQ is the airport code here, but you may also fly into the other airports (POP, PUJ) and take local transport to the island capital.


  • City of Quito – fly into UIO. Your alternate airport is Guayaquil (GYE).



  • Palace and Park of Versailles -fly into BVA, CDG or ORY) then take a bus or train into the city. The RER C will go out to Versailles, then you can walk from the train station or take a taxi to the Palace gates.
  • Paris, Banks of the Seine – fly into BVA, CDG or ORY) then take a bus or train into the city





  • Antigua – fly into Guatemala City (GUA) and then hire a local car for the drive to Antigua. This is beautiful country so be prepared to be wowwed.

Holy See



  • Agra Fort – Fly into Delhi (DEL) and drive about four hours or take a train to Agra. Then local transportation to the Fort. I actually enjoyed my your of the Fort better than the Taj, but that’s just me.
  • Taj Mahal – Fly inyo Delhi (DEL) and rent a driver for the about four hours drive to Agra, stay in Agra and then head to the Taj first thing in the morning. Ensure you get there early for the best photos. You may also take the train to Agra as well.