Photos don’t do justice to some places on Earth – you just have to go and see them. From the ancient pyramids and the Taj Mahal to the Golden Rock and the Colca Canyon, some sights are too stupendous to appreciate on screen. Get your bucket list at the ready, these are 22 natural and man-made wonders you need to see to believe.

1. The ultramarine sea and sheer cliffs of Shipwreck Bay, Zákynthos

Greece, Ionian Islands, Zakynthos, ultramarine sea and sheer cliffs at Shipwreck Bay© Michelle Grant/Rough Guides

2. The Pyramids at Giza in Egypt

pyramids Giza Egypt © sculpies/Shutterstock

3. The Wave in Arizona

22 places you have to see to believe: The Wave, Arizona, Canyon Rock Formation. Vermillion Cliffs, Paria Canyon State Park in the United States.© tobkatrina/Shutterstock 

4. The floating grass Uros Islands in southern Peru

peru0000, Uros Islands, floating grass Islands., Southern Peru.© Tim Draper/Rough Guides

5. The Erg Chebbi dunes in Morocco

22 places you have to see to believe: Dry plant in desert lake; Erg Chebbi, Morocco.© Roberto Caucino/Shutterstock

 

6. Tongariro National Park, New Zealand 

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand© Dmitry Pichugin / Shutterstock

7. The Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park, Australia

22 places you have to see to believe: Pinnacles Desert at Nambung National Park, Western Australia, Australia.© Cloudsrest Images/Shutterstock

8. The Atrium of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai

Atrium, Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE© Gavin Thomas/Rough Guide

9. Peru’s Colca Canyon

Peru, Arequipa, Colca Canyon and River, view of terraces spread across the hillsides© Tim Draper/Rough Guides

10. The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland© Kanuman/Shutterstock

 

 

11. Cholla cacti in Joshua Tree National Park, California

USA, California, Joshua Tree National Park, Cholla cactus set against blue sky with mountain backdrop© Paul Whitfield/Rough Guides

12. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from the sky

22 places you have to see to believe: Heart Reef in the Great Barrier Reef, far north Queensland, Australia.© deb22/Shutterstock.com

13. Ganghwa’s dolmens, South Korea

This Dolmen is a World Heritage Site in Incheon, Korea.© photo_jeongh/Shutterstock

14. The gentle curve of Wave Rock, Western Australia

22 places you have to see to believe: Wave rock, Australia.© C.Haessler/Shutterstock

15. The colours of Yellowstone‘s Grand Prismatic Spring

22 places you have to see to believe: Grand Prismatic Pool at Yellowstone National Park Colors, USA.© Lane V. Erickson/Shutterstock

16. The ancient city of Machu Picchu in Peru

22 places you have to see to believe: Incan City of Machu Picchu near Cusco, Peru.© SC Image/Shutterstock

17. Parque Nacional del Teide in Tenerife

22 places you have to see to believe: volcano Teide and its surrounding caldera Las Canadas at Tenerife© Traveller Martin/Shutterstock

18. The tufa rock formations at Mono Lake in California

USA, California, Mono Lake, tufa rock formations near Navy Beach in Owens Valley at dusk© Paul Whitfield/Rough Guides

19. The magical Golden Rock in Myanmar

22 places you have to see to believe: Golden rock mist in the morning, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.© isarescheewin/Shutterstock

20. India‘s mesmerising Taj Mahal

22 places you have to see to believe: Taj Mahal, India.© Seb c’est bien/Shutterstock

21. The unforgettable approach to Petra in Jordan

Jordan, Petra, view of monastery facade© Jean-Christophe Godet/Rough Guides

22. The icy expanses of Lake Baikal, Siberia

22 places you have to see to believe: Lake Baikal near Ogoy island. Siberia, Russia.© Anton Petrus/Shutterstock

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