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Bucket List Ideas: 30 Places To See In Your Lifetime

11th August 2015

The UK is leading the way for the most desired travel destinations, with Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Stonehenge emerging near the top of a worldwide ‘bucket list’.

The Eiffel Tower topped the poll of 2,000 adults as the destination travellers absolutely have to see. Built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel, the tower provides panoramic views of Paris, and has long been famed for its romantic qualities.

The Grand Canyon in North America received silver medal, with the three UK landmarks completing the top five.

 The Grand Canyon is number two on a recent poll of 30 must-visit destinations (All images: Getty)

Other celebrated sites made it into the top 30 list, including the Acropolis of Athens and Machu Picchu in Peru.

It wasn’t only man-made structures that appeared on the list. Nepal’s Mount Everest - the highest peak on the globe – and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia made a statement for natural wonders.

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It was revealed the average adult has seen ten of the landmarks on the list of 30. Still, 70 per cent of adults expressed concern they had not seen enough of the world.

When asked about the landmarks, 44 per cent of adults confessed they were ‘completely bored’ with their lives, and 79 per cent said they would spend a good amount of cash on expanding their life experience.

The poll was commissioned by British Airways as part of their ‘Inspire Us’ travel photography challenge.

Colm Lacy, British Airways’ commercial manager for Gatwick, said: “Not only does this list of landmarks remind us of how grand and impressive the world is, it can act as a reminder to live life to the full."


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Here is the full list of the top 30:

1. Eiffel Tower- Paris – France

2. The Grand Canyon – USA

3. Big Ben – England

4. Stonehenge – England

5. Houses of Parliament – England

6. Statue of Liberty- USA

7. The Pyramids of Giza – Egypt

8. Great Wall of China – China

9. Tower of Pisa – Italy

10. Niagara Falls – USA/Canada

11. The Taj Mahal – India

12. The Colosseum – Italy

13. The Great Sphinx – Egypt

14. Edinburgh Castle – Scotland

15. Empire State Building – USA

16. Sydney Opera House – Australia

17. Mount Everest – Nepal

18. Pompeii- Italy

19. Golden Gate Bridge – USA

20. Ayres Rock – Australia

21. Great Barrier Reef – Australia

22. Loch Ness – Scotland

23. The Rivers of Venice – Venice

24. Acropolis of Athens – Greece

25. The Louvre – France

26. Machu Picchu – Peru

27. Christ the Redeemer – Brazil

28. The Hollywood Sign – USA

29. The White House – USA

30. Mount Rushmore – USA


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This article was written by Nick Willoughby from The Independent and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.