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40 Ultimate bucket-list experiences

We’ve searched the world to compile our latest top 40 bucket-list experiences. Read on and pick your next adventure, whether far away or closer to home


The builders of the Canadian Pacific Railway might have preferred it if all of the country looked like its prairie provinces. Happily for sightseers, the Rocky Mountains put a mighty obstacle in their way. On Rocky Mountaineer trains, carriages are built with as much window space as possible to show off vast forests rising to glacier-carved peaks and young rivers whose meltwater is shaded a dazzling blue. A sense of occasion is never far away on this trip, whether it’s a bagpiper sending the trains off at Vancouver, to the castle-like turrets of grand railway hotels built a century ago. On Rocky Mountaineer routes, passengers are let off for the night to stay in a hotel, but if you want the full sleeper experience, you can also book The Canadian – a train taking the northern route through the Rockies and reaching Toronto in three days.;


Italy extends from Alpine heights to within striking distance of North Africa, and the eating and habits that were shaped by climates are often jumbled under the banner of Italian cuisine. But set yourself the challenge of eating each menu item in the place it was invented, and you’ll have the outline of a north-to-south Italian road trip.

Aperitivo hour is an unmissable tradition: begin with an Aperol spritz at a canalside bar in Venice, then head on to Emilia-Romagna for a plate of certified Parma ham as an antipasto. Cross the Apennines into Tuscany for hearty pasta dishes (handmade pappardelle is pictured) paired with a bottle of Montepulciano. The contrasting pizza styles of Rome (rectangular) and Naples (round) beckon further on, and if you need a digestivo after all that, take a glass of limoncello on a terrace along the Amalfi Coast.

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