Lake District Named UNESCO World Heritage Site And 10 Others To Visit

As Lake District National Park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, here are 10 other cool and unexpected UNESCO World Heritage sites to check out.

With its idyllic landscape that's been shaped by centuries of glacier movement and human activity, the United Kingdom's Lake District National Park has officially been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Joining Lake District National Park are two other new sites: Aphrodisias in Turkey and Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site in Brazil.

The three sites were decided out of 33 discussed sites by the UNESCO committee in Krakow Poland, BBC reported. The title essentially means the site plays a critical role in a place's culture or physical space and should be properly monitored for tourism and conservation. As of July 2017, there are 1,073 sites.


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It probably goes without saying, but UNESCO World Heritage sites are among the most beautiful and majestic natural and man-made wonders of the world — think Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China, and Stonehenge.

But there are also more under-the-radar UNESCO World Heritage sites that are sure to take your breath away just as much as the Taj Mahal would.

1. Canaima National Park, Venezuela


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Home to the world's highest waterfall, beautiful mountain ranges, and diverse wildlife, Canaima National Park is a wonder for the eyes.

2. Ghadames, Libya


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The city, which is made of mud, lime, and palm tree trunks, dates back to pre-Saharan times. It also bears the nickname "the pearl of the desert."

3. Wulingyuan, China


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Located in China's Hunan Province is a massive landscape of sandstone pillars that stand among streams, waterfalls, and caves. 

4. Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, China


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Located in Southern Yunnan, the Honghe Hani Rice Terraces are like aquatic steps cascading down the Ailao mountains. The Hani people have been using these terraces for 1,300 years.

5. Sanganeb Marine National Park, Sudan


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This picturesque coral reef structure resides off the shores of Sudan, and is home to tons of marine life.

6. Ajanta Caves, India


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These Buddhist caves are the first of their kind, dating all the way back to the 1st century B.C. 

7. Giant's Causeway, Ireland


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Giant's Causeway is made up of 40,000 black basalt columns that rise up from the sea. They're over 300 years old. Scientists think the landscape was made by volcanic activity.

8. Socotra Archipelago, Yemen


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These four islands and two islets, which are located in the Indian Ocean off the Horn of Africa, are home to a lot of unique biodiversity, including trees that look like they're out of a Dr. Seuss book. 

9. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Over 1,600 islands and islets make up Ha Long Bay, and many remain untouched by humans.

10. Pamukkale, Turkey


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Pamukkale consists of waterfalls and basins, all made by springs that reside in a cliff 200 meters up. In the 2nd century, the kings of Pergamon created the thermal spa of Hierapolis at the site. 

So, which one do you want to visit first?

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