As of June 18, 2014, the day I turned 22, I realized I had visited seventeen UNESCO World Heritage Sites in my life. To clarify, these locations, ranging from Stonehenge to the Great Wall of China, are chosen by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to commemorate and preserve their natural and/or cultural significance.
On the one hand, I’m very grateful. Seventeen sites at 22 years old? Even to have seen one is a wonderful accomplishment. On the other hand? There are 1,007 sites total, with more on the waiting list. As a lofty life-long goal, I’d like to see every last one before I die. More realistically, I’m going to make an effort to visit at least three every year. You can help me keep track of my progress here! Feel free to leave a note in the Comments section if you have a particular recommendation.
France: Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs
France: Palace and Park of Versailles
France: Pyrénées – Mont Perdu
UK: Stonehenge, Avebury, and Associated Sites
UK: The City of Bath
UK: Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey
UK: Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
UK: Forth Bridge in Scotland
USA: Statue of Liberty
USA: Great Smoky Mountains