UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Launched in 1994, the Global Strategy for a Representative, Balanced and Credible World Heritage List reflects the world’s cultural and natural diversity. World Heritage Sites are chosen based on their outstanding universal value.

It is BucketTripper’s goal to have our writers collectively visit all 1007 World Heritage Sites (or as many as are safe for travelers) — and to give you a close, personal account of what it’s like to experience these exceptional destinations. To see how we’re doing, check out the stories, below.

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A Walking Tour Of Old-Town Tallinn, Estonia

When I was a child, I was given a family heirloom: A postcard album from great grandparents who had fled Estonia in the late nineteenth century (something to do with my great grandfather's accounting irregularities in the Czar's army). I can't read the cramped script; I can't even tell what language the ...
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The movie set for the Von Trapp house

The Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg

Our guide is not a big fan of the suspension of disbelief. "So this is where Maria was singing in the mountains," he tells us. We are up high in the Alps of St. Gilgen, above Salzburg, and the tour bus has been alive with the sounds of the The Sound of ...
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Storms can be intense in the Pyrenees

Hiking in the French and Spanish Pyrenees

In  high school French classes, I never learned to say "Is the trail blazed?" or "Where can I buy dry cleaning fluid to use in my camping stove?" or "Please don't shoot me; I didn't know I was camped on private property." All of which I could have used when ...
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St. Petersburg’s Peterhof by Hydrofoil

Summer in St. Petersburg: white nights, cruise ships, guided tours...  and crowds everywhere. Museum queues are reminiscent of bread lines during the Communist years, tour groups are marched through the palaces as if on a conveyor belt, and in some rooms at the Hermitage, you have to practically jump up and ...
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Egypt balloons

Hot Air Ballooning over Luxor, Egypt

We are standing in the cool morning air of a pre-dawn Sahara. We can just make out the colored patterns on enormous balloons that lie deflated on the ground. Men scurry about, lighting  fuel tanks that first roar into life, then send bright orange flames into the mouths of the ...
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Tranquility Bay

Diving the Belize Barrier Reef off Ambergris Caye

I am trying to get on the boat, but it is bucking like a rodeo horse. In my memory at least, the swells are a good 10 feet high. I've got shin burns on my legs from the ladder, which is as bouncy as the boat. Diving in Belize is renowned ...
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The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro on the Machame Route

You want to climb Kilimanjaro, probably for the same reason I did. At 19,340 feet, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak, which means that it's one of the so-called "seven summits" -- the highest peak on each continent. Talk about cachet! But I will tell you right up front that it's ...
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gorillas in Uganda

Gorilla Tracking in Uganda at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

There's a reason they call it impenetrable. First, mud: squishy and slippery underfoot, the kind of mud that says, "No so fast, buddy: One step forward, two steps back." Then the vegetation: Layers of it, grasses and bushes and trees, green upon green. It is cool and dark. The trail ...
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