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UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Should Travel to Before You Die
A view of the Danxia Landform in Zhangye in northwest China’s Gansu province. (Feature China/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

 

There are too many UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit in one life time — from the Cahokia Mounds to the Lascaux cave.

Now, Town & Country magazine has weighed in with a number of under-the-radar picks of their own. Below, find our favorite five.

(1) Danxia Landform – Zhangye, China – Located in the subtropical zone of southeastern China, the landform is known for its red cliffs and erosion-worn landforms. For more information, click here.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Where You Should Travel to Before You Die
Sandstone Formations Resulting From Wind Erosion In Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley), El Fayoum, Egypt (Insights/UIG via Getty Images)

 

(2) Wadi El-Hitan – Faiyum, Egypt – Per the UNESCO website, the area is located in the Western Desert of Egypt and is known for its fossils of now-extinct suborder whales. That’s right, whales. For more information, click here.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites That You Should Visit Before You Die
Detail of cave 30, the Chhota Kailash Cave, in the UNESCO World Heritage site Ellora. All the temples are carved out of solid rock and represent the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture in 5th to 7th century. (Frank Bienewald/LightRocket via Getty Images)

 

(3) Ellora Caves – Maharashtra, India – The site is comprised of 34 monasteries and temples carved out of a basalt cliff. For more information, click here.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites That You Should Visit Before You Die
The Cambir peninsula on Hirta Island, looking out on Soay, archipelago of St Kilda, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, United Kingdom. (DeAgostini/Getty Images)

 

(4) St. Kilda – Outer Hebrides, Scotland – With some of the highest cliffs in Europe, St. Kilda is a volcanic archipelago hasn’t been habited by humans since 1930. For more information, click here.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Where You Should Go Before You Die
Yemeni women walk past the historical city of Shibam in Hadramaut province of eastern Yemen. (Khaled Fazaa/AFP/Getty Images)

 

(5) Shibam – Shibam, Yemen – It’s been nicknamed “the Manhattan of the desert,” because of its sprawling, tower-full skyline. For more information, click here.

For Town & Countrys complete list, click here.

—RealClearLife