2. Giza, Egypt
Few destinations the world over capture the spirit of human ingenuity like the monuments erected at Giza. While there’s more than enough culture in Egypt’s third largest city to keep the average tourist thrilled, the big draw belongs to the area’s ancient towering pyramids. More than just massive stone structures, these grave sites demonstrated a grasp of math, science, and engineering that seems impossible for the people living at that time. The pyramids, the Sphinx, the Valley of the Kings, they’re all gorgeous architectural accomplishments that must be seen in person to be truly appreciated.