Top UNESCO World Heritage Sites from Petra to Banff.

The world is filled with amazing places to travel, but there are some extraordinary destinations that have been deemed to have “outstanding universal value.” Designated World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), these inspiring places are interesting to learn about and truly spectacular to visit.

From the Middle East to Canada to Africa to the USA, check out these 4 amazing World Heritage Sites, you’ve got to see in your lifetime.

#1 Petra

One of the most famous archeological sites in the world, the ancient city of Petra in the Middle Eastern country of Jordan has entranced people throughout time. On a visit to Petra, you may feel like a modern day explorer as you wind through sandstone passageways to see rock-cut temples and tombs in this Nabataean-caravan city. Marvel at a variety of urban innovations and impressive architecture that just may take your breath away.

#2 Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks

Traveling through the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, including Banff in Alberta, you may feel like you’re in an Ansel Adams photograph. Glacier carved mountains, pristine rivers, abundant wildlife and secluded lakes transport visitors through classic Rocky Mountain Scenery. Visit this World Heritage Site to truly unplug in a wild part of our planet with some of the most renowned mountain scenery on earth.

#3 Okavango Delta

Botswana’s Okavango Delta is a magical place to view wildlife and a dream destination to take an African safari. More recently added as a World Heritage Site, this large inland delta, about half the size of Switzerland, is unusual in that it floods annually during the dry season. It’s also home to a large number of elephants and endangered species. Exploring uninhabited islands and channels carved out by hippos in this awesome wetland system is a once in a lifetime adventure that may give you a new appreciation for the remarkable diversity on our planet.

#4 Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park’s unique geothermal features, including spewing geysers, gurgling mud pots and steaming hot springs combine with diverse wildlife to earn this protected area a spot on the list. In addition to Old Faithful, Yellowstone has the globe’s largest concentration of geysers. A volcanic ‘hot spot’, this popular park is a great family travel destination and perhaps an accessible choice if you’re looking to start seeing World Heritage Sites.