Have you ever wondered what the most visited places in the world are? Follow us around the globe through our extensive list. At the end our countdown, we'll arrive at the most visited tourist attraction in the world, which we think might surprise you! Some of these might still be on your bucketlist, but chances are you if you're an avid traveler you've been to at least one of the most popular places in the world to check it out for yourself.
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50. Nagashima Spa Land
Nagashima Spa Land is a popular amusement park located in Kuwana, Japan, offering a wide range of thrilling rides, attractions, and entertainment for visitors of all ages. It includes adrenaline-pumping roller coasters, water slides, a large-scale Ferris wheel, outlet shopping, a flower park, and more. Particularly unique however is how it combines amusement park thrills with relaxation spa options that attracts millions of visitors each year.
49. The Palace of Versailles, France
The Palace of Versailles stands is a testament to the grandeur of the French monarchy. Approximately 7 to 8 million visitors each year enjoy the sprawling gardens, intricately designed interiors, and iconic Hall of Mirrors of this UNESCO World Heritage site. It's truly a way to step back in time and immerse onself in the lavish lifestyle of French royalty.
48. Universal Studios, Hollywood
The original Universal Studios in Hollywood attracts millions of tourists each year. Unique to this Universal location is the famous Studio Tour, which takes visitors on a guided tram ride through the working Universal Studios backlot. This provides an exclusive glimpse into the actual production sets, soundstages, and iconic landmarks of the film industry.
47. Bourbon Street, New Orleans
Bourbon Street, located in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana, attracts tourists from all over the world who come to enjoy its entertainment, nightlife, music, food, and drinks. Its popularity peaks during events like Mardi Gras, where the street becomes the epicenter of vibrant parades and costumed revelers.
46. Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.C.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in New York City, is one of the world's premier art museums, showcasing a vast collection spanning over 5,000 years of human history. Situated in Central Park, The Met's grand architecture and stunning galleries provide a magnificent setting for art enthusiasts, history buffs, and curious visitors to immerse themselves in artistic masterpieces. Each year, The Metropolitan Museum of Art welcomes millions of visitors from around the globe, making it one of the most visited places in the world.
45. The Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
The Lincoln Memorial stands as a powerful and iconic tribute to the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Its majestic architecture, including the famous statue of Lincoln seated in contemplation, draws visitors from around the world. Each year milliions of tourists stop here. Visitors can ascend the steps and stand in the presence of Lincoln's statue, surrounded by inscriptions of his famous speeches, such as the Gettysburg Address.
44. Universal Studios, Orlando
Universal Studios, Orlando transports guests into the magical realms of their favorite movies and TV shows. This expansive complex provides visitors with a diverse range of entertainment options, from experiencing the wizarding world of Harry Potter to embarking on thrilling adventures with beloved characters like Spider-Man and Jurassic Park dinosaurs.
43. Lake Mead, Boulder City
Lake Mead, located on the border of Nevada and Arizona, is a stunning and expansive reservoir with crystal-clear waters surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. Its popularity stems from its vast size, offering ample space for boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, and camping. Visitors can explore the numerous coves, cliffs, and beaches, or embark on scenic drives on or around the lake.
42. Lotte World, Souel
Lotte World, located in Seoul, South Korea, is an expansive theme park that offers a unique blend of thrilling rides, entertainment, and shopping experiences. With both an indoor and outdoor section, visitors can enjoy a range of attractions, including roller coasters, water rides, live performances, and a variety of themed zones to cater to different interests and age groups.
41. Disneyland, Hong Kong
Disneyland Hong Kong is a magical and enchanting destination that offers the classic Disney experience with a touch of Chinese culture and flair. From beloved Disney characters and iconic attractions to special cultural adaptations and unique entertainment offerings, Disneyland Hong Kong seamlessly blends the magic of Disney with the vibrant spirit of Asia, attracting at least 7 million visitors each year.
40. The British Museum, London
The British Museum, located in the heart of London, is a world-renowned institution that houses an extensive and diverse collection of art and artifacts from civilizations across the globe. From ancient Egyptian mummies to the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles, the museum offers a captivating journey through human history and culture that attracts approximately 6 million visitors each year.
39. Everland, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea
Everland, located in Yongin, South Korea, is the country's largest theme park and a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The park is divided into multiple themed zones, including the Global Fair, American Adventure, European Adventure, and more, each offering a unique atmosphere and experiences. From heart-pounding roller coasters and water rides to adorable animal exhibits and enchanting parades, Everland provides endless entertainment and excitement.
38. The Eiffel Tower, Paris
The Eiffel Tower, is an iconic symbol of Paris and one of the world's most recognizable landmarks. It attracts approximately 7 million visitors each year. Its towering presence and intricate ironwork offer breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Rising over 300 meters above the Parisian skyline, the Eiffel Tower offers multiple levels for exploration and observation, as well as a range of restaurants.
37. National Air & Space Museum, (Smithsonian), Washington D.C.
Each year, The National Air & Space Museum attracts millions of visitors. Its central location on the National Mall, near other renowned museums and landmarks, makes it a popular destination for tourists and aviation enthusiasts from around the world. With its extensive collection of historic aircraft, spacecraft, and interactive exhibits, the museum offers visitors an immersive experience that celebrates humanity's remarkable achievements in the skies and beyond.
36. Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
Victoria Peak, also known as "The Peak," is a must-visit destination in Hong Kong, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city's iconic skyline, Victoria Harbour, and surrounding mountains. The Peak Tram, a historic funicular railway, takes visitors on a scenic journey to the summit, where they can enjoy stunning vistas, dine at renowned restaurants, and explore the Peak Tower's observation deck and attractions. Victoria Peak attracts millions of visitors each year, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world and the most popular in Hong Kong.
35. Ocean Park, Hong Kong
Ocean Park, located on the southern side of Hong Kong Island, is a renowned marine-themed park. The park's distinct combination of amusement park elements and conservation efforts sets Ocean Park apart. In addition to the exciting rides and entertainment, Ocean Park is committed to marine conservation and education, offering visitors the opportunity to learn about marine ecosystems, endangered species, and environmental sustainability. It attracts several million visitors each year from around the world.
34. Disneyland California Adventure, Anaheim
This dynamic and immersive Disney theme park celebrates the spirit of California and the magic of Disney storytelling. Disney's California Adventure offers a distinct blend of Disney magic and California-inspired experiences, providing guests with an opportunity to explore iconic landmarks, enjoy thrilling rides like Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!, and dine on delicious cuisine inspired by the state's vibrant food culture.
33. Islands of Adeventure, Universal Orlando
Islands of Adventure, located within the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, takes visitors on exhilarating adventures through various themed islands. Each year, Islands of Adventure attracts millions of visitors, with estimates ranging in the tens of millions. Its popularity stems from its thrilling rides, immersive environments, and the opportunity to step into the worlds of iconic franchises
32. National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian), Washington D.C.
National Museum of Natural History welcomes several million visitors each year to for a fascinating journey through the wonders of the natural world. From the iconic Hope Diamond to the dinosaur fossils in the Hall of Paleobiology, visitors can delve into the realms of geology, anthropology, biology, and more, immersing themselves in the mysteries and marvels of our planet's natural history.
31. Sydney Opera House, Sydney
It seems the southern hemisphere isn't getting the attention is deserves when it comes to tourism, because only one of the top 50 most visited tourist attractions in the world can be found here – the gorgeous Sydney Opera House. While it's a bit lonely here on this part of our list, the Sydney Opera House and the city itself are definitely worth the journey down under. With its iconic sail-shaped roofline it graces the Sydney Harbor. It serves as a vibrant cultural hub, hosting world-class performances and events that attract around 10 million visitors every year.
30. Pier 39, San Francisco
Pier 39, located along the iconic waterfront of San Francisco is one of the city's mani tourist destinations. Its resident sea lion colony is a big draw. Tourists can observe and hear the playful sea lions as they bask on floating docks near the pier. This natural spectacle, combined with the vibrant energy of the pier, creates an unforgettable experience and contributes to Pier 39's widespread appeal.
29. South Street Seaport, N.Y.C.
The South Street Seaport, nestled along the East River in Lower Manhattan, offers above all stunning waterfront views. Each year, the South Street Seaport attracts a significant number of visitors, with estimates ranging in the millions. Its prime location, just steps away from popular attractions like the Brooklyn Bridge and the Financial District, combined with its eclectic mix of dining, shopping, and cultural offerings, contribute to its appeal as a thriving tourist destination.
28. The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an awe-inspiring marvel of human engineering and one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. Stretching over thousands of miles across rugged terrain, it stands as a testament to the historical significance and cultural heritage of China. Each year, the Great Wall of China attracts millions of visitors from around the globe, making it one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world.
27. The Louvre, Paris
The Louvre Museum, located in the heart of Paris, is one of the world's most renowned cultural institutions. Housing an extensive collection spanning thousands of years, including iconic masterpieces like the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, the Louvre offers an unparalleled journey through art and history. Beyond it's iconic artworks, the location itself in the former royal palace in the heart of the city is also a big draw, attracting as many as 10 million visitors per year.
26. Navy Pier, Chicago
Navy Pier, situated on the scenic shoreline of Lake Michigan in Chicago, is a vibrant and iconic destination that offers a wide array of entertainment, dining, and cultural experiences. With its stunning views, amusement rides, live performances, and diverse attractions, Navy Pier is a favoite place of locals and a popular stop for tourists, millions of which come each year to enjoy the waterfront charm of Chicago at its best.
25. The Great Smoky Mountains, National Park, Tennessee
The Great Smoky Mountains are found along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. Its mysterious blue haze gives the range its name. This breathtaking national park is renowned for its stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and cultural history. Its majestic peaks, cascading waterfalls, and abundant hiking trails attract millions of visitors each year who come to explore the wonders of the Appalachian Mountains.
24. Universal Studios, Japan, Osaka
Universal Studios Japan in Osaka is a world-renowned theme park that brings the magic of movies to life. With its immersive attractions, thrilling rides, and beloved characters from both Universal Pictures and Japanese pop culture, Universal Studios Osaka offers a unique blend of Hollywood entertainment and Japanese charm. What sets Universal Studios Osaka apart is its exclusive attractions and experiences tailored to Japanese audiences.
23. Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Florida
Disney's Hollywood Studios, located within the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando offers guests the opportunity to step into the world of Hollywood and experience the glitz, glamour, and excitement of the entertainment industry. What sets Disney's Hollywood Studios apart is its unique focus on movie magic and immersive storytelling. From the iconic Twilight Zone Tower of Terror to the action-packed Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the park takes guests on unforgettable adventures inspired by beloved films and franchises
22. Disney's Animal Kingdom, Florida
Disney's Animal Kingdom, also located with the Disney Complex, combines the magic of Disney with the wonders of the animal kingdom. What sets Disney's Animal Kingdom apart is its dedication to wildlife preservation and environmental consciousness. The park serves as both a theme park and a zoological institution, providing guests with the opportunity to learn about and appreciate various animal species. It features immersive experiences like the Kilimanjaro Safaris, where visitors embark on an authentic African safari adventure through a vast savannah. The park attracts tens of millions of visitors each year making it one of the most popular places in the world.
21. The Zocalo, Mexico City
The Zócalo, also known as Plaza de la Constitución, is the main square and historic heart of Mexico City, brimming with rich cultural, historical, and political significance. Surrounded by impressive landmarks like the Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace, and Templo Mayor, the Zocalo it's a main stop for tourists in Mexico City. Each year, the Zocalo attracts a significant number of visitors, with estimates ranging in the millions.
20. Pike Place Market, Seattle
Pike Place Market, nestled in the heart of downtown Seattle, Washington, is a world-famous market that has been captivating locals and tourists since 1907. Visitors are drawn to its lively and colorful stalls, where they can browse fresh seafood, artisanal foods, flowers, and a plethora of local crafts and souvenirs. Pike Place is an essential stop for anyone visiting Seattle.
19. Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront, Hong Kong
The Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront, situated along the southern tip of the Kowloon Peninsula, is a waterfront promenade with stunning views of Hong Kong. Each year, the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront welcomes millions of visitors, making it one of the most frequented tourist spots in Hong Kong. Whether it's enjoying the Symphony of Lights, a spectacular multimedia light and sound show, dining at waterfront restaurants, or simply admiring the glittering skyline, the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront is one of the most memorable experiences in Hong Kong.
18. Sacre Coeur Basilica, Paris
The Sacré-Cœur, perched atop the picturesque Montmartre hill, is a magnificent basilica that enthralls visitors with its striking white façade. The basilica's interior enchants visitors with its grandeur and offers a moment of tranquility and reflection amidst the bustling city. Surrounding the Sacré-Cœur, the artistic neighborhood of Montmartre beckons with its charming streets, bohemian ambiance, and vibrant café culture.
17. Epcot, Florida
Epcot, located in the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, is a unique and captivating theme park that celebrates human achievement, cultural diversity, and technological innovation. Divided into two distinct sections, Future World and World Showcase, Epcot offers a blend of thrilling attractions, educational experiences, and immersive cultural showcases from around the globe. As one of the most popular places in the world, it attracts tens of millions of visitors each year.
17. Disneyland Paris, France
Disneyland Paris provides a full package of entertainment, making it a dream destination for Disney fans and families seeking a magical adventure. Spanning two theme parks, Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Paris offers a wide array of entertainment options. From classic attractions like It's a Small World and Space Mountain to live shows, parades, and character meet-and-greets, there is something for everyone of its 15 million annual visitors to enjoy.
16. Disneysea, Tokyo
DisneySea in Tokyo is a one-of-a-kind Disney theme park that transports visitors to a world of imagination, adventure, and maritime wonders. With its nautical-inspired design, stunning architecture, and immersive storytelling, DisneySea offers a unique and enchanting experience that sets it apart from other Disney destinations. Each year, DisneySea welcomes millions of visitors, making it one of the most popular places in the world and in Japan.
15. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Another one of San Francisco's most popular tourist attractions, as well as one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world is Golden Gate Park. People tend to come for the view of the ever famous Golden Gate Bridge, but they are pleased to enjoy the park itself which is a thing of beauty. Lush landscaping, little lakes, and walking paths make it the perfectly place to stroll, stop, and picnic in the city by the bay.
14. Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture draws millions of visitors each year. Stepping inside Notre Dame, visitors are greeted by a breathtaking interior adorned with soaring vaulted ceilings, stunning stained glass windows, and ornate details. The tragic fire of April 2019 left Notre Dame Cathedral in need of restoration, making it an ongoing symbol of resilience and hope. While the structure is currently closed to the public, visitors can still appreciate the cathedral's exterior beauty and witness the restoration efforts.
13. Disneyland, Tokyo
Each year, Disneyland Tokyo attracts millions of visitors, making it one of the most popular and heavily visited tourist destinations in Japan. Its combination of beloved Disney characters, immersive themed lands, spectacular parades, and world-class entertainment ensures a magical experience for visitors from all around the world. It has all the iconic hallmark characteristics of Disneylands around the world, but boasts a seamless integration of Disney's storytelling with Japanese culture and traditions.
11. Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, with its labyrinthine alleys and vibrant atmosphere, is a captivating tourist attraction that immerses visitors in a world of rich history, traditional craftsmanship, and bustling commerce. Each year, millions of people from around the globe flock to this iconic marketplace, eager to explore its countless shops and experience the vibrant tapestry of sights, sounds, and scents.
10. The Forbidden City, Beijing
The Forbidden City, located in the heart of Beijing, is a magnificent imperial palace complex that served as the home of Chinese emperors for over 500 years. Its UNESCO World Heritage status, cultural significance, and the opportunity to witness firsthand the grandeur of ancient Chinese civilization make the Forbidden City an essential stop for history enthusiasts and travelers seeking a glimpse into China's imperial splendor. Each year milliions of visitors enjoy its sprawling courtyards, ornate palaces, and intricate architectural details.
9. Disneyland Park, Anaheim
The original Disneyland in Anaheim has been enchanting visitors since 1955. Its popularity stems from its status as the original Disney theme park, where Walt Disney himself brought his imagination to life. This historical significance, coupled with the park's iconic attractions like Sleeping Beauty Castle and Pirates of the Caribbean, makes it a pilgrimage for Disney fans worldwide.
8. Disneyworld’s Magic Kingdom, Orlando
Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, is a magical and expansive destination that offers unparalleled entertainment, enchanting experiences, and beloved Disney characters. What sets Disney World in Orlando apart is its sheer size and scope. It is the largest Disney resort in the world, covering an area of over 25,000 acres.
7. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston
Each year, Faneuil Hall Marketplace attracts millions of visitors, with estimates ranging in the tens of millions. Dating back to the 18th century, Faneuil Hall served as a meeting place for American colonists advocating for independence. Today, visitors can explore the historic hall, browse through the diverse array of shops and eateries in Quincy Market, and enjoy street performances by local artists.
6. Grand Central Terminal, N.Y.C.
Grand Central Terminal, located in Midtown Manhattan, is not just a transportation hub but also a captivating architectural gem and historic landmark. Its Beaux-Arts style, iconic clock, celestial ceiling mural, and bustling atmosphere attracts more than commuters, but also makes it one of the most one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. Each year, Grand Central Terminal welcomes millions of visitors, with estimates ranging in the tens of millions.
5. Niagara Falls, Niagara
Niagara Falls, located on the border between the United States and Canada, is a breathtaking natural wonder that captivates visitors with its powerful cascades of water and stunning beauty. The falls consist of three main sections: the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls, each offering a unique perspective and awe-inspiring views. Visitors can take boat tours, such as the iconic Maid of the Mist, to get up close to the thundering falls, explore scenic hiking trails, or enjoy panoramic views from observation decks and viewpoints. It's not wonder somed people wait a lifetime to see Niagara!
4. The Colosseum, Rome
The Colosseum in Rome, standing majestically as a symbol of ancient Roman engineering and grandeur, is an iconic tourist attraction that transports visitors back in time to witness the spectacles of gladiatorial combat and grand public events. Each year, millions of tourists from around the world flock to this architectural marvel, marveling at its impressive amphitheater and immersing themselves in the rich history that unfolds within its ancient walls.
3. Central Park, N.Y.C.
Each year, Central Park attracts an estimated 42 million visitors, making it one of the most visited urban parks in the world. Its popularity stems from the park's accessibility, year-round events and concerts, as well as its timeless appeal as a tranquil haven in the midst of a bustling metropolis. Visitors can stroll along the tree-lined paths, have a picnic on the Great Lawn, rent a paddleboat on the lake, visit the famous Central Park Zoo, or explore the numerous sculptures, fountains, and gardens scattered throughout the park.
2. Times Square, N.Y.C.
Times Square is known for its dazzling billboards, neon lights, and bustling atmosphere, it is a captivating destination that never fails to mesmerize visitors from around the world. In fact, it's practically become an adjective in itself to describe heavily touristic places. Each year, Times Square attracts an estimated 50 million visitors, making it one of the most visited places in the world.
1. The Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas
You're here! You made it to the end of our list to discover the most visited tourist attraction in the world – The Las Vegas Strip! Who would have thought? The numbers are in, and while it's hard to know exactly how many come, the average is upwards of 42 million people a year. The Strip has an ability to continuously reinvent itself and offer something for everyone from its casinos, dazzling lights, iconic resorts, world-class shows, decadent dining, spas, shopping, and so much more.
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