Best Places to See Ancient Ruins

The Acropolis, Athens, Greece
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One of the coolest things to do when traveling is to visit ancient ruins. It’s like stepping into a time machine—you get a rare glimpse into the lives of people who lived thousands of years ago. If you also find your mind blown and imagination captured by ancient ruins, here are three places you’ve got to visit.


From the Roman Forum to the Pompeii to the Pantheon and the Coliseum, Italy is full of ruins from the Roman empire. They’re absolutely remarkable—with architecture and graffiti and vibrant signs of public and private life that are both everything and nothing like how we live today.


Home of the birthplace of modern civilization, Greece has so much to offer in the way of ancient ruins including the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Olympia, and the Temple of Apollo, Delphi. It’s like stepping straight into myth and philosophy from the past.


More than just home to gorgeous beaches and amazing food, Mexico also boasts ruins like Chichen Itza, Tulum, Teotihuacan, and Palenque from the Mayan civilization that could rival any Egyptian pyramids.