During their heyday, the Mayans were one of the most advanced civilizations in the world. And while the Mayan culture has largely been lost, much of the civilization’s impressive architecture still stands across parts of Mexico.
One region, called Chichén Itzá, is a popular destination for ancient architecture buffs. The sacred site contains a large pyramid and other buildings. Sadly, tourists are no longer allowed to climb the pyramid after a visitor fell down the pyramid’s hundreds of steps. Crowded and dangerous? You may want to look, but not get too close, to these ancient ruins.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
While many of us are perfectly fine with living at sea level, some adventurous tourists feel the need to climb a mountain simply because it’s there. One mountain that seems to attract these thrill-seekers is Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro.
Hovering at nearly 20,000 feet, scaling this behemoth is no easy feat. In fact, almost half of the climbers experience altitude sickness and have to shelve their mountaineering dreams. If that’s not enough to make you stay at ground level, keep in mind that the trek can cost thousands of dollars. We think we’ll just appreciate its beauty from afar!
Prague Castle, Czech Republic
At one point, Prague in the Czech Republic seemed to be one of the best-kept travelers' secrets. These days, however, the secret is out, and Prague is one of the most popular destinations for people around the world.
Don’t be surprised to see lines of tourists crowding the city’s old cobbled streets as millions of tourists visit the European city every year. One site in particular, Prague Castle, attracts huge swarms of tourists, so be prepared to wait in line if you want to get up close to this historic structure.
Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Even for the least faithful among us, there is something powerful about the Christ the Redeemer statue looming over one of the biggest cities in the world. Jutting over the equally tall Corcovado mountain above Rio de Janeiro, the statue is visible from quite a distance.
But if you want to get up close and personal with the big guy, you’ll have to contend with the millions of other visitors seeking a spiritual connection (or amazing photoshoot opportunity for their social media page).
Universal Studios, Hollywood, California
Given the city’s role in film and television production, it's no surprise that Los Angeles would have a theme park centered around the entertainment industry. Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the city’s most popular destinations, attracting more than five million visitors yearly!
While many of the theme park’s fans praise the innovative rides, thrilling roller coasters, and interesting studio tours, the long lines and expensive dining options within the park can make a trip out there less appealing.