venice canal at dusk
The time to visit is now, before Venice’s foundations crumble completely and the city of gondolas and romance succumbs to the sea.
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10 Unparalleled Places to Visit Before They Disappear Forever

Get There Before It’s Too Late

The face of the planet is changing. Between the effects of rapidly rising global temperatures, increasing populations and sheer neglect, there are a number of places around the world that are being pushed to the brink of destruction.

The Bahamas and that cruise can wait. You don’t want to realize you waited to visit some of these breathtaking locations when it’s too late.

Re-order your bucket list and start planning your trip! The time is now to travel to these historic sites and landmarks of legendary natural beauty. Here are the places to visit before they disappear forever.

Venice

Venice is a city built on faded dreams and borrowed time. The city has been sinking for centuries now, which is scarcely surprising considering the improbable construction of stone houses and marble palazzi built above a salt marsh.

The wooden pilings the city is built on have been sinking deeper into the mud since the city was born, but now there is a new threat to Venice’s existence above water. Rising sea levels have brought higher tides, triggering flooding, evacuations and the fear that Venice is drowning.

The time to visit is now, before Venice’s foundations crumble completely and the city of gondolas and romance succumbs to the sea.

river and mountains in glacier national parkThere is no better time than the present to explore the hundreds of miles of hiking trails in the park, and take in the glory of the remaining glaciers.Photo Credit: iStockPhoto / Bill_Vorasate

Glacier National Park, Montana

Around the world, glaciers are vanishing into warm air. Nowhere is this more noticeable than in the national park that gets its name from the great rivers of ice.

Montana’s Glacier National Park tops of the lists of places you must visit before it’s too late. Once, the glaciers in the park numbered more than 150. Today, less than 25 remain, and with a consistent increase in temperatures these are predicted to disappear within the next decade.

There is no better time than the present to explore the hundreds of miles of hiking trails in the park, and take in the glory of the remaining glaciers.

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salt formations in the dead seeaThe lowest elevation on Earth, the Dead Sea (actually a lake) is a natural marvel that offers travelers from around the world the chance to experience the eerie sensation of floating weightlessly in its salty waters.Photo Credit: iStockPhoto / vvvita

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is at risk of becoming truly deceased. The lowest elevation on Earth, the Dead Sea (actually a lake) is a natural marvel that offers travelers from around the world the chance to experience the eerie sensation of floating weightlessly in its salty waters.

Sadly, it is shrinking slowly but surely into oblivion. Billions of gallons of water are being diverted from the Dead Sea’s main water source, the Jordan River.

With significantly less water now making its way into the lake, the waters are receding by about three feet every year. Soon the Dead Sea may be a Dead Desert.

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