The 25 Most Awe-Inspiring Landmarks In The World

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The summer vacation months are upon us, at last. You could take a road trip down to your regular camping site or beach hotspot. Or you could explore a little farther from home.

TripAdvisor has made it a little bit easier to feed your wanderlust. Surveying its user base, the travel site has released the winners of its Travelers' Choice awards.

By cataloging millions of reviews and opinions logged on its site over the past 12 months, TripAdvisor determined the top 25 world attractions and landmarks, counting down from...

#25: Sydney Opera House

(Sydney, Australia)

Did you know? Its sail-shaped roof consists of 2,194 concrete sections, each weighing around 15 tons and held together by approximately 218 miles of steel cable.

#24: Golden Temple - Harmandir Sahib

(Amritsar, India)

Did you know? This Sikh temple, regarded as the most holy gurdwara (Punjabi for "gateway to the guru") to many, receives over 100,000 worshipers every day.

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#23: Teotihuacan World Heritage Site

(San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico)

Did you know? Teotihuacan was one of the ancient world's largest cities, the largest in the pre-Columbian Americas, with a population ranging between 100,000 and 200,000 at its peak in 600 A.D. The city covered approximately 20 square kilometers, or just under a quarter of the area of modern-day Manhattan.

#22: Cristo Redentor, The Statue of Christ the Redeemer.

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Did you know? This 635-tonne statue was hit by lightning during an electrical storm on February 10, 2008 and again on January 17, 2014, at which time an already-damaged finger on its right hand broke off.

#21: Golden Gate Bridge

(San Francisco, California)

Did you know? During construction in the 1930s, a safety net was suspended under the bridge as a precaution. Nineteen men were saved by the net and have henceforth become known as the "Halfway-to-Hell Club." There were a total 11 fatalities over the duration of construction.

#20: Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

(Barcelona, Spain)

Did you know? The monument is still under construction with an estimated date of completion in 2026, the centenary anniversary of architect Antoni Gaudi's death.

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#19: Milan Cathedral

(Milan, Italy)

Did you know? This monument took over five centuries to complete, stretching from 1386 to into the 19th Century.

#18: Siena Cathedral

(Siena, Italy)

Did you know? The cathedral houses sculptures and mosaics by some of the most revered Italian artists including Bernini, Michelangelo and Donatello.

#17: Australian War Memorial

(Canberra, Australia)

Did you know? A wreath-laying ceremony is held weekly at the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier to commemorate those who lost their lives in service to the country.

#16: The Alhambra

(Granada, Spain)

Did you know? The site is called Alhambra, meaning 'red castle' in Arabic, because of its red clay walls.

#15: Ancient City of Ephesus

(Selcuk, Turkey)

Did you know? This commercial hub in Ancient Greece was famous for the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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#14: Great Wall at Mutianyu

(Beijing, China)

Did you know? The Great Wall, which is actually a series of sections linked up around two millennia ago, stretches approximately 5,500 miles. To put that in context, the distance from New York to Los Angeles is approximately 2,800 miles.

#13: Petra World Heritage Site

(Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan)

Did you know? This site, carved into the cliff's face, acted as an important crossroads between the Red Sea and Dead Sea for the inhabitants of ancient Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia.

#12: Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool

(Washington, D.C.)

Did you know? More than 6.5 million people visited the Lincoln Memorial in 2013 alone.

#11: Shwedagon Pagoda

(Yangon, Myanmar)

Did you know? This 325-foot pagoda and stupa is ornamented with 27 tons of gold-leaf sheets.

#10: Ancient City Walls

(Dubrovnik, Croatia)

Did you know? These fortress walls, dating back to the Middle Ages, were never breached. The Republic of Dubrovnik fell only after Napoleon Bonaparte was invited within city walls.

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#9: Gettysburg National Military Park

(Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)

Did you know? According to the Civil War Trust, more than 30,000 dead and wounded soldiers were left in the wake of the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the costliest battles of the Civil War.

#8: Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

(St. Petersburg, Russia)

Did you know? The Church's walls plastered with more than 80,000 square feet of mosaics, likely the most of any church in the world.

#7: Bayon Temple

(Siem Reap, Cambodia)

Did you know? The upper terrace of the site houses 'face towers', pillars where as many as 200 faces have been carved.

#6: Angkor Wat

(Siem Reap, Cambodia)

Did you know? Angkor Wat translates roughly to 'temple city' or 'city of temples' in Khmer, the official language of Cambodia.

#5: St. Peter's Basilica

(Vatican City, Italy)

Did you know? St. Peter's contains more than 100 tombs, including those belonging to 91 popes.

#4: Great Cathedral and Mosque

(Cordoba, Spain)

Did you know? The mosque is one of the oldest still-standing structures dating back to the time Muslims ruled Al-Andalus, an area spanning Spain, Portugal and a southern portion of France, in the late 8th Century.

#3: Taj Majal

(Agra, India)

Did you know? Air pollution threatens to erode the structure's marble facade. In 1998, the Supreme Court of India implemented measures to protect the site, including banning traffic from the immediate surrounding area.

#2: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center

(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Did you know? The mosque and courtyard are large enough to host more than 40,000 visitors at any one time.

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#1: Machu Picchu

(Peru)

Did you know? The ancient citadel features more than 3,000 stone steps connecting its many tiered areas.

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