There are some travel spots that actually exceed the hype. The first for me was Macchu Picchu. I'd planned to go there since my Central American Indians anthropology class in undergrad. Tears ran down my face when I looked down on it for the first time. Sadly, my photos from that trip are lacking. (Guess I have to go back!!)
Another spot that will take your breath away is the Taj Mahal. I expected great things, and it was so much more. The first glimpse through the door is something I'll always remember.
Oh, and visiting Mount Everest. That one takes your breath away quite literally!!
Where have you had your "Take My Breath Away" travel moments?