6 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your Bucket List

Every year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) meets to decide on the next additions to its coveted list of World Heritage Sites. After being unable to meet in 2020 due to the pandemic, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee met virtually in July 2021 to review submissions where they designated 34 new World Heritage Sites for 2020 and 2021.

To be considered for the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding value to humanity and meet several criteria pertaining to their cultural, historical, scientific, or other form of significance. UNESCO designated its first 12 World Heritage Sites in 1978, which included the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador, Yellowstone National Park in the United States, Canada’s L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, as well as the Aachen Cathedral in Germany.

For 2020 and 2021, the newly inscribed properties include 29 cultural sites and five natural sites, which bring the total number of UNESCO World Heritage sites to 1,154. With so many incredible places to visit at the four corners of the world, it’s hard to choose which ones to see first. Here are our picks for six new sites we’ll be adding to our bucket list.

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