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UK – The English Lake District

At first glance, the Grand Canyon, Taj Majal, and Machu Picchu don’t have much in common with the United Kingdom’s Lake District, but as of last week, all four bucket-list sites share the same prestigious title. In early July, the Lake District was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, making it the 31st place in the U.K. to earn this designation. Other UNESCO sites in the U.K. include Stonehenge, Durham Castle and Cathedral, and the city of Bath. The World Heritage Committee praised the 885-square-mile area’s beauty, farming, and inspiration it had on writers and artists. Home to England’s largest natural lake and highest mountain — Lake Windermere and Scafell Pike, respectively — it’s not hard to see why the Lake District made the cut, though it’s not the first time it has tried to obtain a spot on the UNESCO list.

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