Opened in September 2011, the two illuminated reflecting pools—occupying the footprint of the Twin Towers—and 400 white oaks create a calming, respectful space to commemorate 9/11. —Erin Florio
What do the Grand Canyon Skywalk and Singapore’s Henderson Waves Bridge have in common? Both opened in the last five years and surged to the top of Travel + Leisure’s first landmarks survey, proving that some structures are instant classics.
T+L readers participated by ranking 60 landmarks, among them skyscrapers, bridges, sports venues, museums, and parks. The resulting list of favorites is your cheat sheet to the latest generation of groundbreaking architecture—the kinds of landmarks that inspire you to travel and see them in person.
Case in point: More than 1.2 million visitors from over 120 different countries visited New York’s September 11 Memorial within the first few months after its opening. The two illuminated reflecting pools and 400 white oaks create a calming, respectful space.
Get inspired to plan your own trip to one of the world’s top new landmarks—some like Chicago’s Millennium Park look their finest as summer gets into swing. —Briana Fasone