Truth be told, we can’t resist the allure of a vacation spent relaxing on a beach, mojito in hand. But sometimes, you crave a little history with your hotel stay. With UNESCO’s inspiring list of more than 1000 World Heritage Sites as our guiding light, we’re rounding up the most stunning global destinations with historical and cultural importance for days—or should we say millennia? From remarkable ancient cities carved into red sandstone to the only man-made structure visible from space, these destinations will have your wanderlust reaching peak levels.
Angkor: Cambodia's Wondrous Khmer Temples by Dawn Rooney ($16)
Lonely Planet Pocket Athens ($11)
Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands ($16)
Lonely Planet Egypt ($21)
Lonely Planet Turkey ($21)
The Ultimate China Travel Guide by Hoang Pham ($3)
Hampi: Discover the Splendours of Vijayanagari by Subhadra Sen Gupta ($29)
The Machu Picchu Guidebook by Ruth M. Wright ($21)
Lonely Planet Malta & Gozo ($12)
Petra: Rose Red City by Christian Auge ($29)
A Companion to Easter Island by James Grant Peterkin ($21)
Lonely Planet Denmark ($15)
Enjoying India: The Essential Handbook by J D Viharini ($16)
Lonely Planet France ($21)
Have you been to any of these historical destinations? Tell us about it, or any locations you think should be added to this list, in the comments!