Largest, tallest, longest: these are the superlatives travelers love to repeat. A look at these 11 supersized sights will remind you why we love to visit the biggies.
At California’s Big Basin Redwood State Park, 18,000 acres of towering redwoods reach for the sky.
California photo by Clovery
Royal De Luxe Marionettes
The Royal De Luxe company is famous for staging productions using oversized marionettes; this giant girl marches in a parade at the Reykjavik Arts Festival.
Reykjavik photo by ext212
Hassan II Mosque
Casablanca’s mega-mosque is one of the world’s largest, and is home to the world’s tallest minaret.
Casablanca photo by Heather F
According to Irish lore, the unique rock formations of the Giant’s Causeway, including these Organ Pipes, were built by warrior-giant Finn McCool.
County Antrim photo by travelswithkids
Tian Tan Buddha
Hong Kong’s Lantau Island is home to Tian Tan Buddha, the world’s largest sitting Buddha.
Hong Kong photo by kiwidfw
The tallest point on earth: if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.
Mount Everest photo by SeenThat
Great Wall of China
Stretching as far as the eye can see--and then much, much, farther--the Great Wall succeeds in making visitors feel very small indeed.
Badaling photo by freetrekker
Full Throttle Saloon
The motorcycle city of Sturgis, South Dakota, is home to the world’s largest saloon; pose with the giant cowboy’s shin for full effect.
Sturgis photo by Mandan Lynn
Big enough to make a splash in two countries, the world’s largest waterfall is a prime place for an epic bungee jump.
Victoria Falls photo by Jason Elite
The world’s tallest Ferris wheel dwarfs Singapore’s skyscrapers.
Singapore City photo by sgflyer
First World Hotel
Check into the First World Hotel in Genting Highlands, Malaysia, to stay at the world’s largest individual hotel.
Genting photo by Velectron