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  • Hampi, Mont Saint-Michel highlight best of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

    2013-04-29

    UNESCO World Heritage Sites are recognized as some of the most breathtaking destinations in the world. There are more than 960 spots in particular that made the list to earn praise from UNESCO, and while all are appealing in their own right, there are some specific destinations that stand above the rest. If you're looking to see some of these iconic sites, CNN Travel says there are several that simply cannot be missed.

    Hampi, India
    Though most people consider the Taj Mahal to be the must-see landmark in India - and rightly so - it's hard to argue with Hampi. Located in the southwestern portion of the country, this village is known primarily for being home to the ruins of Vijaya Nagara, dating back to the 1500s. The sprawling complex has many highlights in its own right, including the Krishna Temple and the Monolithic Narasimha. According t?o CNN, Hampi is not that difficult to get to, with trains running from many of the country's biggest cities.

    Mont-Saint-Michel, France
    France is home to some of the most striking pieces of architecture anywhere on Earth, but the abbey on Mont Saint-Michel may be the best the country has to offer. The island is located only about half a mile off the northwest coast of France and attracts an estimated 3 million people each year. It's easy to see why so many make the trip, given that the tiny island is home to an enormous Gothic style abbey, which dates as far back as the 11th century when construction first began.

    Tulum, Mexico
    While you're in Mexico, you'll undoubtedly want to spend ample time on the beach, but you should also make a point to visit Tulum, the site of a former Mayan city. The historic area, which was inhabited by Mayans in the 1400s, is a popular destination today because of the many remnants of the civilization. There are a number of ruins you can visit including the Pyramid El Castillo - known as The Castle - and the God of Winds Temple. Aside from the rich sense of history, Tulum is located on the coast and provides some of the most spectacular views you'll find during your trip through Mexico.

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