Iconic Places Quiz: How Many Can You Name?
Are you up for a challenge? Test your general knowledge of worldwide landmarks with this fun travel quiz. We'll show you a picture of an iconic place, give hints to help you guess and then reveal the answer.
Of course, we know our readers are well-traveled individuals, so don't expect to see landmarks that are too obvious, like the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty. Still, anyone with a basic knowledge of the world's most iconic places should be able to get a 15/15.
Here we go...
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Answer: Cliffs of Moher
Location: Lahinch, Ireland
One of Ireland's most important attractions, the Cliffs of Moher is home to various species of birds. The contrast between the dark cliffs covered in green and the rough blue sea below is incredibly alluring.
Where to stay: Shamrock Inn Hotel
2. Guess This Iconic Place
Once the capital of a great empire, this structure is the most-visited landmark in its country.
It's also considered one of the world's most important archaeological zones.
Location: San Juan Teotihuacán, Mexico
The bustling capital of the Aztec Empire was home to a complex society with a rigid hierarchy, strong commerce and an intricate irrigation system. Spanish conquistadors wrote about being in awe of the city in their chronicles. Anyone who visits its ruins can certainly understand why.
Where to stay: Hotel Casa Blanca
3. Guess This Iconic Place
One of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, this fluvial landscape has stone cliffs and floating villages on emerald waters.
Answer: Ha Long Bay
Location: Ha Long, Vietnam
This Vietnamese natural wonder is a site to behold. Though day trips are possible, staying at least one night aboard a small ship is highly recommended. Possible activities include kayaking, rock climbing and hiking.
Where to stay: Aboard the Treasure Junk on a Handspan overnight cruise
Answer: Alhambra Palace
Location: Granada, Spain
Considered the most notable example of Islamic architecture in Spain, Alhambra is an impressive palace filled with intricately decorated courtyards, fountains and gardens. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Where to stay: Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula, Autograph Collection
5. Guess This Iconic Place
This mountain is the signature feature of one of the capital cities in a country that has three.
Answer: Table Mountain
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Table Mountain defines geography (and, therefore, life) in Cape Town. It provides a habitat for countless species and an easy way for citizens of the busy city to enjoy nature.
Where to stay: Rosedene Guest House
6. Guess This Iconic Place
Standing out in a country known for its natural beauty, anyone who loves the outdoors will be able to guess this landmark.
So, we'll do you one up: Try to guess the exact location.
Answer: Yosemite Valley
Location: Yosemite National Park, California
It's impossible to say which part of Yosemite is the most beautiful, but this valley is surely a contender. Forests and lakes complement two recognizable cliffs: El Capitan and Half Dome. Both of which are popular (and challenging) rock-climbing spots.
Where to stay: Yosemite Valley Lodge
7. Guess This Iconic Place
Sacred to the Indigenous people of the area, this unusual monolith is distinctive because of its bright-red color.
Location: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
The Uluru Rock plays an important role in the cosmogony of the Anangu, an aboriginal group that has been in Australia for more than 60,000 years. It is within a national park that also protects the sacred Kata Tjuta red rocks.
Where to stay: Desert Gardens Hotel
8. Guess This Iconic Place
Considered the largest religious complex on the planet, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is featured in its country's flag.
Answer: Angkor Wat
Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Spanning 402 acres, Angkor Archaeological Park includes numerous temples and routes. The largest and most famous is Angkor Wat, which has switched between Hinduism and Buddhism several times throughout the country's history. Despite its popularity, it's not a site to be missed.
Where to stay: Heritage Suites Hotel
Answer: Victoria Falls
Location: Zambia and Zimbabwe
Dumping a staggering 500 million liters per minute, Victoria Falls is simply astonishing. Visitors can play it as safe or as adventurous as they wish: Stay calm and dry on the boardwalk, or dare to bungee jump over the merciless Zambezi River.
Where to stay: A'Zambezi River Lodge
10. Guess This Iconic Place
This extremely remote island has famous inhabitants — and they are not human.
Answer: Easter Island
Set in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Easter Island is known for its moai, giant rock sculptures of long-faced men. Now part of Chile, the island's original name is Rapa Nui.
Where to stay: Altiplanico Rapa Nui
Answer: Burj Khalifa
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest building in the world, marking Dubai's skyline. There is controversy around it due to the poor working conditions (even alleged human trafficking) of the workers who built it.
Where to stay: Sofitel Dubai Downtown
12. Guess This Iconic Place
No one would blame you if you thought this landmark was far from civilization.
But it's actually in the middle of a former imperial city.
Answer: Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Rows and rows of bamboo grow in this bamboo grove in the heart of Kyoto. The peaceful landmark invites visitors to get away from urbanity for a brief blissful moment.
Where to stay: Hazuki Kyoto
13. Guess This Iconic Place
As functional as it is pretty, this bridge is famous enough to bring in enthusiastic tour groups filled with people eager to see it.
Answer: Tower Bridge
Location: London, United Kingdom
Don't worry if you thought this was London Bridge; it's a common confusion. The actual London Bridge is a pretty boring structure whose main purpose for tourists is to provide views of the splendid (and very accurately named) Tower Bridge.
Where to stay: citizenM Tower of London
14. Guess This Iconic Place
From the top of this landmark, you'll be able to get wonderful views of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Answer: Sugar Loaf Mountain
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This unique cylindrical mountain is the most emblematic part of Rio's Guanabara Bay. Take a cable car up to the peak to get views over the bay and to see the Christ the Redemer statue.
Where to stay: Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
15. Guess This Iconic Place
Built thousands of years ago, this iconic place was (literally) fit for kings.
Answer: Valley of the Kings
Location: Luxor, Egypt
Egypt's Pyramids of Giza deserve the fame they enjoy. But if you're lucky enough to visit Egypt, also head to Luxor and tour the Valley of the Kings, the final resting place of pharaohs like Tutankhamun and Ramses II.
Where to stay: Pavillon Winter Luxor