In light of the fresh start a new year brings, we’re doing a three-part New Year’s resolution series. If you love to travel, there are some places that you simply have to see in your lifetime. Why not make this coming year the year to see them? Here’s what our Newark Airport parking company thinks should be on your list:
One of the most tourist-friendly parts of the 3,600,000 square miles of Sahara Desert is in Morocco. Here, the flat desert gives way to giant seas of red sand dunes, two of the most notable being Erg Chebbi and Erg Chigaga. They can reach heights of several hundred feet.
The Pyramids of Giza
Head to the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt and you’ll find one of the last ancient Seven Wonders of the World still standing. The three pyramids are built from millions of blocks of limestone and the tallest sits at 455 feet tall and 756 feet wide.
This island off the coast of Chile is known for its 887 giant monumental human statues built by Rapa Nui aboriginals. These statues, carved from rock and created between the years 1250 and 1500, are what make the beautiful island so special.
Located in Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world (sitting at 19,341 feet above sea level). It’s also a dormant volcano, with three volcanic cones. Climbers can hike the mountain to reach a twin summit that is often above the clouds.
El Calafate is a city in Argentina and the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. It’s nicknamed “Glacier City” and boasts an array of snow- and ice-capped glaciers, mountains, and lakes, making it a truly unique destination.
This South African town is one of the most culturally diverse cities on the continent, and boasts world-class restaurants and wines. It also has a natural beauty, with breathtaking beaches and a 3,558-foot flat-top mountain (known as Table Mountain) overlooking the city.
Off the coast of Ecuador lie the volcanic islands of Galapagos. The archipelago is known for its beautiful beaches and its many unique native marine and animal species, including marine iguanas, giant turtles, flamingos, fur seals, and more.
Fish River Canyon
Head to Namibia and you’ll find the largest canyon in Africa, spanning 100 miles long, up to 17 miles wide, and 1,804 feet deep. It was carved by the Fish River and during the dry season, you can see tranquil turquoise pools of flowing water.
This 15th-century Inca site is situated on a mountain ridge 7,970 feet above sea level in Peru. Also called the “lost city of the Inca Empire,” Machu Picchu holds an array of ancient secrets and boasts beautiful towering mountains behind it.
Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall. At 3,212 feet tall, the waterfall plunges over the jutted edge of the Auyantepui mountain. Be prepared for a tough trip to the falls, however, as they’re located in an isolated jungle.