Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist

The Lonely Planet Ultimate Travelist does exactly what it says on the tin. It ranks the 500 Best Places on the Planet to visit.

The list has been compiled by listing out every highlight in every Lonely Planet guidebook and putting this list to a vote by the lonely planet community.

I use this as a guide when planning trips to figure out what places are worth a visit. Similar to the 501 Must Visit Natural Wonders, in my opinion, it’s not a perfect list, and it does miss out some places which I have personally found to be amazing. BUT, when there’s so much to see, and so little time, it’s a great guide for prioritising your time at each destination.

Here is a list of the places I have visited so far (listed in the order they are ranked in the book). 66 out of 500 visited, only 434 to go!

  • No. 006 Grand Canyon National Park,  Arizona, USA: Visited August 2014
  • No. 007 Colosseum, Rome, Italy: Visited August 2009
  • No. 009 Alhambra, Granda, Spain: Visited March 2016
  • No. 010 British Museum: Visited July 2015
  • No. 026 Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy: Visited August 2009
  • No. 034 Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic: Visited December 2015
  • No. 036 Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England: Visited July 2012
  • No. 037 The Louvre, Paris, France: Visited June 2002
  • No. 040 Eiffel Tower, Paris, France: Visited June 2002
  • No. 044 Prague’s Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic: Visited December 2015
  • No. 052 Tate Modern, London, England: Visited December 2016
  • No. 055 Notre Dame, Paris, France: Visited June 2002
  • No. 057 Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia: Visited October 1995
  • No. 058 Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland: Visited July 2003
  • No. 059 Anne Frank Huis, Amsterdam, Netherlands: Visited June 2002
  • No. 073 Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain: Visited March 2016
  • No. 085 St Peter’s Basilica, London, England: Visited December 2016
  • No. 089 The Uffizi, Florence, Italy: Visited August 2009
  • No. 093 Blue Lagoon, Grindavík, Iceland: Visited January 2014
  • No. 099 Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden: Visited May 2014
  • No. 101 Golden Gate Bridge, San Franciso, USA: Visited August 2014
  • No. 103 Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills, Northern Ireland: Visited January 2017
  • No. 106 Niagara Falls, USA/Canada: Visited June 2013
  • No. 112 Tallinn Old Town, Tallin, Estonia: Visited December 2016
  • No. 118 St Paul’s Cathedral, London England: Visited December 2016
  • No. 128 Prinsengracht Canal, Amsterdam, Netherlands: Visited June 2002
  • No. 144 Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Visited May 2012
  • No. 154 Eiger, Jungfrau, Switzerland: Visited May 2015
  • No. 157 Shibuya Crossing, Japan: September 2017
  • No. 163 Moraine Lake, Canada: Visited June 2016
  • No. 169 Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland: Visited 2008
  • No. 171 National Mall, Washington DC, USA: Visited June 2013
  • No. 172 Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Republic: Visited December 2015
  • No. 174 Brussels’ Grand Palace, Brussels, Belgium: Visited June 2002
  • No. 176 Gullfoss, Iceland: Visited January 2014
  • No. 181 Snowdonia, Wales: Visited August 2010
  • No. 189 York Minster, York: Visited June 2005
  • No. 191 Sigiriya Rock: Visited August 2007
  • No. 206 Vasamuseet, Sotckholm, Sweden: Visited May 2014
  • No. 208 Time Square, New York, USA: Visited May 2012
  • No. 225 Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain: Visited March 2016
  • No. 233 Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands: Visited June 2002
  • No. 235 Real Alcazar, Seville, Spain: Visited March 2016
  • No. 239 Natural History Museum: Visited November 2017
  • No. 259 Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, USA: Visited June 2013
  • No. 263 National Spetember 11 Museum & Memorial, New York, USA: Visited May 2012
  • No. 268 Athabasca Glacier, Rocky Mountains, Canada: Visited June 2016
  • No. 278 Death Valley National Park, USA: Visited August 2014
  • No. 205 Lake Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland: Visited May 2015
  • No. 311 Temppeliakio Kirkko, Helsinki, Finland: Visited December 2016
  • No. 346 Glacier Skywalk, Jasper National Park, Canada: Visited June 2016
  • No. 359 Geysir, Iceland: Visited January 2014
  • No. 378 Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, Ireland: Visited April 2017
  • No. 382 Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka: Visited a very long time ago!
  • No. 394 Loch Lomond, Scotland: Visited July 2012
  • No. 399 Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka: Visited a very long time ago!
  • No. 407 Temple of the Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka: Visited October 2013
  • No. 417 Jungfraujoch, Jungfrau, Switzerland: Visited May 2015
  • No. 424 Titanic Belfast, Belfast, Norther Ireland: Visited January 2017
  • No. 453 Horton Plains & World’s End, Sri Lanka: Visited April 2011
  • No. 465 Schilthorn, Switzerland: Visited May 2015
  • No. 467 Tower of London, London, England: Visited a very long time ago!
  • No. 468 Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland: Visited March 2017
  • No. 474 Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, Canada: Visited May 2016
  • No. 483 Aletsch Glacier, Jungfrau, Switzerland: Visited May 2015
  • No. 497 Rock of Cashel, Cashel, Ireland: Visited March 2017