Lonely Planet Names the 500 Best Places to See in Ultimate Travel

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Ultimate Travel is the definitive list of the world’s top 500 greatest sights as voted on by Lonely Planet’s community of world travel experts. The Temples of Angkor in Cambodia claimed the number one spot.

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“This book has been years in the making,” said Lonely Planet’s Editorial Director Tom Hall.

What is the single most amazing sight in the world? The Taj Mahal? The Grand Canyon? Stonehenge? Now, Lonely Planet – the world’s leading travel media company – has the answer.

For Ultimate Travel: Our List of the 500 Best Places to See…Ranked ($24.99 / October 6, 2015), the Lonely Planet team scoured every one of their guides to compile all the highlights that caught their collective attention over the past 40 years. Then, they voted on the places they found the most thrilling, memorable, timeless and downright interesting, narrowing it down to the top 500 ultimate bucket list ideas.

“This book has been years in the making and brings together the most compelling places in the world according to our team,” said Lonely Planet’s Editorial Director Tom Hall.

When the votes were counted, the number one sight – Temples of Angkor – won by a landslide. There were 27 places in the USA that made the list, including the Grand Canyon (#6), Yosemite National Park (#21), Yellowstone National Park (#61), Redwood National Park (#77), Metropolitan Museum of Art (#80), Monument Valley (#84), Big Sur (#97) and the Golden Gate Bridge (#101).

Ultimate Travel Top 10 List
1.    Temples of Angkor, Cambodia
2.    Great Barrier Reef, Australia
3.    Machu Picchu, Peru
4.    Great Wall of China
5.    Taj Mahal, India
6.    Grand Canyon National Park, USA
7.    Colosseum, Italy
8.    Iguazú Falls, Brazil - Argentina
9.    Alhambra, Spain
10.    Aya Sofya, Turkey

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