UNESCO World Heritage Sites on AWSI

Sprinkled around the planet is a smattering of unique locations with outstanding universal value. Some are a testimony to man's creativity while others are sanctuaries of unspoiled natural landscapes. All are our legacy from those who have gone before.

These special places have earned their place on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, created by the cultural arm of the United Nations.

Although some of these destinations may be international destinations on every tourist's radar, most are not. A few are so remote and unheard of that they see only a handful of visitors per year. No matter where they are on the globe, they are always worthy of a visit.

UNESCO map 2015
UNESCO map 2015

Why bother visiting?

In our lifetimes we have seen ruins abandoned millennia ago, natural landscapes that inspired our awe, and ancient city centers that begged us to spend time within their walls. Once we realized how many of our favorite places were actually UNESCO World Heritage Site status, we began to seek them out.

These days we prepare our itineraries with an eye to any UNESCO sites that might be near our destinations. We have never been disappointed, but we have been surprised. One of the pleasures of visiting World Heritage Sites is discovering great places we never would have visited otherwise.

 

Kinderdijk windmills, one of the UNESCO sites we have visited

Our UNESCO World Heritage Site list

Here is a list of the World Heritage Sites we’ve been to, along with links to help you find any related articles on AWSI or photo galleries (marked by a camera icon). Perhaps you'll want to visit some of them yourself.

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Total number of World Heritage Sites: 1007 (as of 2015)
Sites we’ve been to: 69
Sites we’ve covered: 50



Americas

Colombia

  • Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena ????

Dominica

  • Morne Trois Pitons National Park

Ecuador

Mexico

Panama

United States of America

  • Everglades National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park ????
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park ????
  • Independence Hall
  • La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico ????
  • Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Yosemite National Park

 

Asia

Indonesia

Israel

  • Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee ????
  • Biblical Tels – Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba ????
  • Masada ????
  • Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls ????
  • White City of Tel-Aviv — the Modern Movement ????

Palestine

Singapore

Oceania

  • Australian Convict Sites
  • Greater Blue Mountains Area

Europe

Andorra

  • Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley

Austria

Croatia

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Holy See

Italy

Luxembourg

  • City of Luxembourg: Its Old Quarters and Fortifications ????

Montenegro

Netherlands

Portugal

Spain

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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