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Top travel experiences of a lifetime

Watch the sunset over Santorini, Greece. Take a South African safari. See the Northern Lights.

TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site, found the top 10 experiences of a lifetime to add to your bucket list.

Visit Angkor Wat

Cambodia's Angkor Wat was built in the 12th century in Southeast Asia and is the largest religious monument in the world. It covers approximately 400 acres, according to TripAdvisor, and is visited by millions of travelers every year.

Check out the Grand Canyon

Watching the sun rise and set at the Grand Canyon is a peak travel experience for many visitors, according to TripAdvisor. Whether you decide to hike the trail or rent a bicycle, the sight from the rim is guaranteed to be unforgettable.

Walk the Great Wall of China

Considered one of the seven "new" wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China is a must-see. Smaller crowds make spring and fall the ideal times to visit.


Marvel at the wonder of the Taj Mahal

Located in Agra, India, the Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in honor of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The massive structure was built in the 17th century and took 22 years to complete, with the help of 20,000 workers and 1,000 elephants. Admired by visitors and influenced by Indian, Persan and Islamic cultures, the Taj Mahal is worth the trip.

Go on safari in South Africa

Explore the veldt of South Africa on a safari excursion and witness the exotic animals living there. There are safari packages available based on preference, ranging from families with children to honeymooners to adventure-seekers.

Visit the Galápagos Islands

Diving, snorkeling and kayaking are some favorite activities of visitors to the Galápagos Islands. Travelers will witness many diverse species unique to this area, including the Galápagos giant tortoise, blue-footed boobies and Galápagos land iguanas.

Dive the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It's the only living thing on Earth that's visible from space -- it's even larger than the Great Wall of China. The Great Barrier Reef is also home to a great variety of species, from coral to dolphins to stingrays, and much more.

See the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are a sight many travelers have on their bucket list, according to TripAdvisor, which explains the display: "The Northern lights are caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole, which creates this wonderful light effect known as the Aurora Borealis."

Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, in Peru, is a destination filled with the mystery and history of the Inca Empire, the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. View the palaces, temples and ceremonial grounds of the empire while trekking the Inca Trail.

Admire the sunset over Santorini

The sparkling houses, sandy beaches and warm weather are reasons enough to visit this breathtaking destination in Greece. Hike the trail from Fira to Oia and end the day watching Santorini's magnificent sunset.