10 Staggeringly Amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Published December 16, 2014
Updated January 24, 2019
Published December 16, 2014
Updated January 24, 2019

Grand Canyon National Park

The United States’ Grand Canyon National Park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site for more than three decades due to its unique beauty and rich geological history.

For six million years, erosion and other natural elements carved the smooth, deep corridors and canyons that are now almost a mile deep in some places. While the national park is full of buttes, mesas, temples and spires, the Grand Canyon is the site’s biggest attraction, dividing the park into two sections: the North Rim and the South Rim.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Grand Canyon

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Grand Canyon

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Rock Islands Southern Lagoon

In 2012, UNESCO recognized the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, a collection of 445 limestone islands, as a World Heritage Site.

While the islands are particularly breathtaking in aerial shots, the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon is also part of a complex reef system that houses a number of birds, plants, sharks and other marine life. Although the islands are uninhabited today, rock art, burial sites and village remains all offer key insights into the people who lived in Palau in the 1600s and 1700s.

Rock Islands Southern Lagoon Aerial View

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Rapa Nui National Park

In 300 A.D., Polynesians settled on the island of Rapa Nui, known today as Chile’s Easter Island. Up until the arrival of Jacob Roggveen from the Dutch East India Company, the inhabitants of Rapa Nui lived undisturbed, carving stone people (called “moai”) and ceremonial shrines (ahu) with simple tools and picks. Rapa Nui National Park, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, features numerous moai in various states of completion. Thought to represent ancestors who once watched over the island, these moai range from two to 20 meters tall.

Rapa Nui Park

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Easter Island UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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