5 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2019 Bucket List

5 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2019 Bucket List

Each July, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meets to consider new sites to add to its list of the world’s most awe-inspiring places. The sites are carefully vetted based on a strict set of criteria determining their cultural or natural significance and “outstanding universal value” to humanity. Some have been on the UNESCO Tentative List for years, awaiting their turn to shine. In 2018, the committee added 19 new sites and significantly expanded an older one. Five of these sites are found in MIR’s destinations. Read More


Trans-Siberian Spotlight: Our Favorite UNESCO-listed Experiences on the Rails

Trans-Siberian Spotlight: Our Favorite UNESCO-listed Experiences on the Rails

One of the world's greatest train routes, the Trans-Siberian is chock-full of UNESCO-listed treasures and traditions. Take a deeper look at our favorites. Read More



10 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2018 Bucket List

10 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2018 Bucket List

Each year, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee considers a new assortment of sites to add to its list of the world’s most incredible places. These sites are carefully selected based on a strict set of criteria determining their cultural or natural significance and “outstanding universal value” to humanity. In 2017, the UNESCO committee added 26 new sites to its list, including 10 in MIR’s destinations. From an ancient caravan city in dazzling Iran to the soaring, dramatic peaks of Western China, these fascinating places span the breadth of the world's geography, diversity, and history. Learn more about the new UNESCO World Heritage Sites inscribed in 2017. Read More



MIR’s 30 Years: Siberia’s Beauty of Lake Baikal (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Siberia’s Beauty of Lake Baikal (VIDEO)

MIR President Douglas Grimes shows why few places on the planet stir hearts more than Siberia’s Lake Baikal, and the surrounding Baikal region. Read More


Wonder of the World: The Great Wall of China

Wonder of the World: The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China – ­­longest man-made structure ever built ­– is considered one of the greatest wonders of the world, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stretching 5,500 miles, the Great Wall is a hodge-podge of materials, made of wood or stone in some places, brick and compacted earth in others. It’s long enough to cross the U.S. and not quite back, and often compared to a dragon or snake winding around mountains, deserts, parks, and plateaus. The wall is 15 to 30 feet thick, and up to 26 feet tall: imposing enough in a physical and psychological sense to keep people in and invaders out. Read More



Lithuania’s Curonian Spit – A UNESCO Highlight

Lithuania’s Curonian Spit – A UNESCO Highlight

Lithuania’s Curonian Spit is a narrow 60-mile strip of sand running from Klaipeda south into the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. Formed over 5,000 years ago, the forested dunes of the spit separate the mostly freshwater Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. Read More