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101 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 101 UNESCO World Heritage sites I’ve visited and 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 1,199 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, or you can just use this handy map below, just enter the place you want to visit.

 

If you’re looking for an organized tour of these places, consider using my partner Viator.

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 101 sites I’ve visited and how to get there:

Antigua and Barbuda

    Antigua and Barbuda - Nelsons Dockyard MuseumAntigua and Barbuda – Nelsons Dockyard Museum

Argentina

  • 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.

Australia

  • 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.
Sydney Opera House, Sydney Australia

Sydney Opera House, Sydney Australia

Austria

 Barbados

UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Garrison Barbados

UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Garrison Barbados

Belgium

Botswana

Okavanga Delta, Botswana

Okavanga Delta, Botswana

Brazil

 Canada

Croatia

  • 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. The airport code is DVD.

Curaçao

Czechia

Český Krumlov, Czechia Odjeza Station

Český Krumlov, Czechia Odjeza Station

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.

Ecuador

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

Estonia

Egypt

France

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Guatemala

  • 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

Hungary

India

  • 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.

Israel

Italy

    UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Pompeii

Jamaica

  • Blue and John Crow Mountains – Fly into Kingston (KIN) and then take local transportation to Papine then another transport to Mavis Bank. Start your hike there. You may also fly into Montego Bay (MBJ), then fly to KIN or take the Knutsford Express into Kingston, then take local transport to Papine to Mavis Bank. You can also rent a car if you desire, but driving in Jamaica is an adventure :-).

Japan

  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) – There is an airport in Hiroshima (HIJ), but you can also fly into Tokyo (HND, NRT) and then take the high speed train into the city. This is quite moving so brance yourself. 

Jerusalem

Jordan

  • Petra – Fly into Amman (AMM), then hair a driver for the long drive down to Petra. Also give yourself some time

Latvia

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

  • City of Valletta – I first visited here on Air Malta (KM). I like Air Malta since its airline code is my initials :-). They fly into a few cities in Europe. I also visited on the MS Fantasia cruise ship, so you can chooe whivhever works best.

Mexico

Morocco

Panama

People’s Republic of China

Peru

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Russia

St. Lucia

San Marino

Saudi Arabia

Spain

Sri Lanka

Thailand

  • Historic city of Ayutthaya – I wrote a piece on this fine city here. You would fly into Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) and arrange transportation via train or bus heading north.

Türkiye

  • Ephesus – I visited Ephesus back in 2014; its an amazing place. This was on a cruise of the Greek Isles and Turkey, so that’s one way to get there. Another is to fly into Izmir (ADB). you can get flights from Istanbul (IST).
  • Historic Areas of Istanbul – fly into Istanbul (IST), the home of Turkish Airlines (TK) and then take the local train into the city.
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United Kingdom

United States

  • Statue of Liberty – fly into the New York area airports (EWR, HPN, ISP, JFK and LGA) and then take the ferry out to the island

Uruguay

Zambia

Zimbabwe

So what do you think? I’m sure you’ve been to a few of these. Let me know by leaving a comment below. And also let me know if you have any tips as well.