About World Heritage

From the Statue of Liberty to Angkor Wat, World Heritage sites are internationally recognized for their outstanding value to humanity. As sources of national pride and tourist revenue, the sites emulate the model pioneered in Yellowstone National Park in the U.S., wonders of the world where preservation works.

There are currently 890 designated World Heritage sites that span 148 countries and offer an extraordinary range of travel experiences. These sites have been internationally recognized for their outstanding value and are protected by the 1972 World Heritage Convention, signed by 186 countries and administered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

World Heritage sites include many of the most iconic travel spots on the planet, such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia; the Egyptian Pyramids; the Taj Mahal in India; England’s Stonehenge; the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador; and 20 sites in the United States.

But the list also encompasses scores of lesser-known places of singular importance, including Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo; the Buddhist Borobudur Temple Compounds in Central Java, Indonesia; the archaeologically rich Orkhon Valley in Mongolia; and the sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand, home to more than 125 separate species of birds.

On these pages you will find information about all the sites we will visit. Along the way we will update them with our own pictures and experiences.