Wednesday, 9 October 2013

World's Best Ruins

World's Best Ruins

Ruins reach across centuries to fire the imagination and fuel travel plans. The very best make you feel young, small, and utterly amazed by the architectural chops of the ancients. Among the many amazing ruins that still exist today, a few stand out as the trip of a lifetime. This list covers 10 stunning examples, but we're relying on you to share your favorites too.

No matter which ruins you visit, a few rules hold true: Time your trip for the less crowded times of day, often early or late. Give yourself plenty of time, as some ruins require days of exploration. Hire a knowledgeable guide, since the history is rich but the signage is often cursory. And get beyond the most popular parts of the ruin; you'll need a bit of quiet space to appreciate this kind of ancient majesty.

Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru

Acropolis, Greece
Acropolis, Greece

Mesa Verde, United States
Mesa Verde, United States

Angkor, Cambodia
Angkor, Cambodia

Great Pyramids And Memphis, Egypt
Great Pyramids And Memphis, Egypt

Tikal, Guatemala
Tikal, Guatemala

Petra, Jordan
Petra, Jordan

Colosseum, Italy
Colosseum, Italy

Great Wall Of China, China
Great Wall Of China, China

Palmyra, Syria
Palmyra, Syria

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