Tourism can harm the worlds wonders, but it can also help them when done responsibly. Below, find 19 places from UNESCOs conservation reportsthat warrant a responsible visit. To compile this list, we pulled spots that appear on the Danger List, omitting any that come with travel warnings form the U.S. State Department. While such places are no less important, its not recommended that you visit them now, typically because of war, crime, or other dangers.
Peruse the options below, pack your bags, and check out UNESCOs reportsfor more information on why these places are endangered and how you can help.
Under threat due to: erosion and siltation/deposition; impacts of tourism/visitor/recreation; legal framework; management systems/management plan
5Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery, Georgia
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These historic buildings are prime examples of medieval architecture, UNESCO says. Keep an eye out for exquisite mosaics and wall paintings in the monastery complex, some of whose structures date back to the 12th century.
Under threat due to:
interpretative and visitation facilities; management activities
6Everglades National Park, U.S.
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These subtropical wetlands came into being at the end of the last Ice Age. They’re a wonderland of mangrove trees, and birds and reptiles hang out in the marshes and bays.
Under threat due to:
housing; invasive/alien freshwater species; storms; surface water pollution; water infrastructure
Under threat due to: financial resources; human resources; identity, social cohesion, changes in local population and community; illegal activities; land conversion; management systems/management plan; mining
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