50 Most Visited Tourist Attractions in the World ...

Neecey

I am always fascinated by lists about travel destinations and the one that caught my eye most recently is the 50 most visited tourist attractions. I like to browse the lists to see which inclusions I fully expected and to spot the surprise items. You have to have some idea of the criteria used to create the list for the contents to make sense. This list of the 50 most visited tourist attractions in 2013 – as published by the UK newspaper, The Daily Mail, is simply based on numbers through the gates. Here’s the countdown – let’s spot those surprises!

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Nagashima Spa Land, Japan

Nagashima Spa Land, Japan #50 - Annual Visitors: 5,850,000
Coming in last but certainly not least, at #50 of the most visited tourist attractions is Nagashima Spa Land, home to amazing roller coaster rides, hot springs, a shopping mall and public gardens.
Open March to November, peak visitation March through August.

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Nagashima Spa Land is located in the Kuwana city of Mie Prefecture, Japan. It is one of the largest amusement parks in Japan and is home to over 50 attractions, including roller coasters, water rides, and a large Ferris wheel. The park also has a variety of restaurants, shops, and game centers. In addition, the park features an onsen, or hot spring, and a large public garden. The park has a variety of seasonal events and activities, such as fireworks displays, parades, and special concerts. Nagashima Spa Land is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, and it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Japan.

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Palace of Versailles, France

Palace of Versailles, France #49 - Annual Visitors: 5,900,000
Once a royal chateau, this astounding museum is symbolic of the opulence of royal life. The sheer size of the palace, the meticulously kept gardens, the hall of mirrors and the royal bedchambers gives you a real taste of history.
Peak visitation period is June through August.

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The Palace of Versailles was originally built as a hunting lodge for King Louis XIII in 1623. It was later enlarged and transformed into a grand palace by Louis XIV, the Sun King. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in France. The palace grounds also feature a number of other attractions, including the Grand Trianon, the Petit Trianon, the Grand Canal, and the famous Hall of Mirrors. The palace also houses some of the world's most famous artworks, including works by Rembrandt, Rubens, and Velázquez. Visitors can also explore the gardens, which feature over 200,000 trees, flower beds, and sculptures.

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Universal Studios, Hollywood, California

Universal Studios, Hollywood, California #48 - Annual Visitors: 5,912,000
Universal Studios is a theme park functioning within a still-operational movie studio. The thrilling rides, fun tours of studio sets and special effects stages invite you to spend all day at this destination.
Peak visitation is June through August.

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Universal Studios Hollywood is the world's largest working movie studio and theme park. It is home to some of the most thrilling rides and attractions, including the world-famous Studio Tour, Jurassic Park—The Ride, Revenge of the Mummy, and The Simpsons Ride. There are also special effects stages, interactive attractions, and live shows. Visitors can explore the backlot, a replica of the New York City streetscape, or take a tour of the real-life sets of some of the most iconic films and TV shows. Universal Studios Hollywood is a must-visit destination for any traveler who wants to experience the magic of Hollywood.

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Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana #47 - Annual Visitors: 6,017,500
In 47th place is New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, a place where history and fun meet. Every year the world-renowned annual Mardi Gras parade graces this street, and guests can visit bars, clubs and restaurants in search of local delicacies like crawfish, beignets and gumbo, or just bask in the southern ambiance steeped in its unique history.
Peak visitation is February through May.

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Bourbon Street is located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, and is one of the most iconic streets in the city. It is especially renowned for its annual Mardi Gras parade, which is one of the largest in the world. The street is also home to a variety of restaurants, bars, and clubs, offering a unique experience of southern hospitality and culture. The area is also known for its local delicacies, including crawfish, beignets, and gumbo. Bourbon Street is a popular destination for tourists throughout the year, with peak visitation occurring between February and May.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York #46 - Annual Visitors: 6,115,881
At number 46 in the list of most visited tourist attractions is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the US. The 2 million-piece permanent collection covers a wide variety of artistic styles and periods.
Peak visitation is weekends and holidays.

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Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC

Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC #45 - Annual Visitors: 6,191,361
A Doric-style temple stands as a memorial to Abraham Lincoln, one of the US’s most admired presidents. Inside, a 19-foot statue of Lincoln sits in a contemplative pose, and inscriptions from Lincoln’s greatest speeches are carved into the walls. A significant icon of the Civil Rights Movement, it’s the location where Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.
Peak visitation - March through June and September through November.

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The Lincoln Memorial is a tribute to the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the National Mall in Washington, DC and has become a symbol of freedom and equality. The memorial consists of a large marble temple with a 19-foot statue of Lincoln inside. The walls are inscribed with some of Lincoln's most famous speeches, including the Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address. It is also the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, which was a defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement. With over 6 million visitors annually, the Lincoln Memorial is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.

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Universal Studios, Florida

Universal Studios, Florida #44 - Annual Visitors: 6,195,000
This is the second Universal Studios on the list, only this one’s in Florida. A working studio just like the one in California, this location also has rides, shows, and a behind-the-scenes look at filmmaking.

Peak visitation is February through April, June through August, and US holidays.

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Universal Studios, Florida is the perfect destination for a family vacation. It offers a wide variety of attractions, such as rides, shows, and behind-the-scenes looks into the filmmaking process. The park also features a variety of dining options, from quick snacks to full meals. Additionally, Universal Studios has a wide selection of shops, from souvenir stores to specialty stores. The park is open year-round, with peak visitation during the months of February through April, June through August, and US holidays. It is the 44th most visited tourist attraction in the world, with an estimated 6,195,000 annual visitors.

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Lake Mead, Nevada

Lake Mead, Nevada #43 - Annual Visitors: 6,285,439
Created by the Hoover Dam, this lake comes in at #43 and is a peaceful retreat from busy Las Vegas. You can hike or bike around the lake, as well as have fun participating in various water sports and fishing.
Peak visitation is May through September.

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Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States, with a capacity of more than 29 million acre-feet. It is located on the Colorado River, approximately 24 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada, and is a popular destination for tourists looking to explore the great outdoors. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, including boating, kayaking, fishing, and swimming. The lake is also home to several species of wildlife, including bighorn sheep, coyotes, and bald eagles. There are several developed campgrounds as well as a few beaches located along the lake's shoreline. The lake is also a popular destination for photographers, offering stunning views of the surrounding desert landscape.

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Lotte World, Seoul, South Korea

Lotte World, Seoul, South Korea #42 - Annual Visitors: 6,383,000
Lotte World is the world’s largest indoor theme park. Along with the indoor fun are lots of outdoor attractions along with a wonderful folk museum showing ancient displays from Korea’s past.
Peak visitation is March through May and September through November.

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Lotte World is located in Seoul, South Korea and is the world's largest indoor theme park. It features a variety of attractions, from roller coasters and other rides to a folk museum with displays from Korea's past. The park also has several outdoor attractions, including a lake and a monorail. Lotte World is particularly popular during peak times, which is March through May and September through November. It is estimated that over 6 million visitors come to Lotte World each year, making it one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world.

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Disneyland, Hong Kong

Disneyland, Hong Kong #41 - Annual Visitors: 6,700,000
Disney pops up on the list of most visited tourist attractions several times, and coming in at #41 is the Hong Kong version. Like the original Disneyland, it remains true to the original park’s spirit but with Chinese culture and traditions represented throughout.
Peak visitation is October through November and April through May.

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Disneyland, Hong Kong has been a popular tourist destination since its opening in 2005. The park features classic Disney attractions, such as Space Mountain, It's a Small World, and the Jungle Cruise, as well as unique Chinese-themed attractions, including the Chinese Lion Dance and the Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad. The park also features several themed restaurants and shops, as well as a nightly fireworks show. There is something for everyone at Disneyland, Hong Kong, from families with young children to thrill seekers. With 6.7 million visitors a year, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.

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British Museum, London, UK

British Museum, London, UK #40 - Annual Visitors: 6,701,036
The British Museum is an incredible collection of exhibits and artifacts from all over the world. Housed within its hugely-impressive walls are the famous Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles, and the largest collection of Mesopotamian antiques outside Iraq.
Peak visitation is December and May through September.

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The British Museum is a world-renowned museum located in London, UK. It is home to over 8 million objects, ranging from ancient artifacts to modern art. It is the oldest public museum in the world, having been established in 1753. The museum is free to enter and is open all year round, with the exception of December 24th and 25th. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world, with over 6 million visitors every year. Some of the most famous attractions include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon Marbles, and the Egyptian Mummies. The museum also offers a variety of educational programs and activities for visitors of all ages.

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Everland, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Everland, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea #39 - Annual Visitors: 6,853,000
South Korea’s Everland amusement park boasts the world’s steepest wooden roller coaster. But that’s not all; the park houses a water park and a zoo as well.
Peak visitation March through May and September through November.

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Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France #38 - Annual Visitors: 7,000,000
Three locations tie for #38, #37 and #36. So, at #38 I put the Eiffel Tower, a Paris icon. (I thought it would be higher up the list). Not only is it the highest publicly-accessed space in Paris but in the whole European Union. Get a great bird’s eye view of the city and eat at one of 2 restaurants housed in the riveted steel structure.
Peak visitation - June through August.

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Surprisingly not topping the list, the Eiffel Tower still captures hearts globally. The iconic symbol of love and romance, it's a must-see for couples and solo travelers alike. Between its twinkling night lights and picturesque Champ de Mars views, it is quintessentially Parisian. While here, you can also discover the history of Gustave Eiffel's architectural feat. To skip long lines, book tickets in advance. Whether for a special occasion or a spontaneous visit, this iron lady never fails to impress.

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National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC

National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC #37 - Annual Visitors: 7,000,000
Tied with #38 and #36 on the list, #37 is part of the Smithsonian Institution. The National Air and Space Museum houses Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis and the Enola Gay, from which the Hiroshima bomb was dropped, along with numerous other historically significant artifacts related to space and flight.
Peak visitation is March through June and September through November.

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The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC is the 37th most visited tourist attraction in the world, with 7 million annual visitors. It is part of the Smithsonian Institution, and houses a variety of artifacts related to flight and space exploration, including Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis and the Enola Gay. It is particularly popular during the peak visitation months of March to June and September to November. The museum offers a variety of educational programs, interactive activities, and guided tours for visitors of all ages. There is also a gift shop and a restaurant on-site.

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Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

Victoria Peak, Hong Kong #36 - Annual Visitors: 7,000,000
Tied with the Eiffel Tower and the National Air and Space Museum, Victoria Peak is the highest mountain in Hong Kong. A ride to the top on a tram offers awe inspiring views of the city below. The gardens and restaurants at the top encourage visitors to relax and enjoy scenery.
Peak visitation months are October, November, January, February, April and May.

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Ocean Park, Hong Kong

Ocean Park, Hong Kong #35 - Annual Visitors: 7,436,000
This vacation destination lets you learn and have fun at the same time. Ocean Park, number 35 in the list of the tourist attractions with the most visitors is part marine mammal park and part amusement park, boasting Hong Kong’s largest roller coaster.
Peak visitation months are October, November, January, February, April and May.

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Disney’s California Adventure, California

Disney’s California Adventure, California #34 - Annual Visitors: 7,775,000
In true Disney style, this park features 8 different “lands” specializing in Pixar characters. The highlight is a spectacular World of Color nighttime light show that simply amazes.
Peak visitation is the US holidays.

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Disney's California Adventure is located in Anaheim, California and is part of the greater Disneyland Resort. It opened in 2001 and is the second theme park on the property. The park is divided into 8 themed lands, each offering a variety of attractions, shows, and restaurants. Some of the most popular attractions include the Incredicoaster, a thrilling roller coaster based on the Pixar movie The Incredibles, and the Cars Land, which is based on the movie Cars. In addition to rides, the park also offers a variety of shows, including the World of Color, a nighttime spectacular that features over 1,200 fountains, lasers, and lights. The park also includes several restaurants, including the popular Flo's V8 Cafe, which serves classic American diner-style cuisine.

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Islands of Adventure, Universal, Orlando, Florida

Islands of Adventure, Universal, Orlando, Florida #33 - Annual Visitors: 7,981,000
The Islands of Adventure features thrilling rides that make you the hero of your own stories. You can join Harry Potter on his adventures, or battle the baddies with Spider-man.

Peak visitation periods are February through April, June through August, and US holidays.

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National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC

National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC #32 - Annual Visitors: 8,000,000
Next, we find the second Smithsonian Institution, this time offering one of the most visited natural history museums in the world. Highlights include the dinosaur and giant squid displays.
Peak visitation months are October through February, April and May.

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The National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC is part of the Smithsonian Institution and is one of the most popular natural history museums in the world. It is home to some of the most impressive displays in the world, including a giant squid and a dinosaur exhibition. The museum is open throughout the year, but peak visitation months are October through February, April and May. The museum also offers a variety of educational programs and activities for visitors of all ages. It is also home to the National Fossil Hall, which houses one of the world's most extensive collections of fossilized plants and animals. Visitors can also explore the museum's historic collections, which include artifacts from around the world.

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Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia #31 - Annual Visitors: 8,200,000
One of the busiest art and entertainment centers in the world, this architectural wonder sits on stunning Sydney Harbor. In 2007, the “oyster shell” building became a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lit up at night, this structure is fantastic when viewed from the harbor.
Peak visitation periods are January through April and October through December.

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The Sydney Opera House is one of Australia's most famous landmarks and a must-see destination for tourists. It is home to over 1,500 performances each year, including opera, theatre, dance, comedy, and music. The building, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, is composed of 2,194 precast concrete "shells" and is situated on Sydney Harbour. The interior of the building contains five performance halls, the largest of which is the 2,679-seat Concert Hall. The building is also a popular venue for conferences, meetings, and special events. The Sydney Opera House is a popular destination for tourists, with over 8.2 million visitors annually.

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Pier 39, San Francisco, California

Pier 39, San Francisco, California #30 - Annual Visitors: 8,500,000
Pier 39 is the place to go for fun in San Fran. Watch sea lions and numerous street performers, go to the aquarium or take a rocket boat out on the bay. Bay cruises on ferries are available, as well as whale tours. Experience the mirror maze or a 7-D theater where you feel like you’re part of the action.
Peak visitation time is May through October.

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Pier 39 is a two-level waterfront shopping center located in San Francisco, California. It features more than 110 stores, restaurants and attractions, including a carousel, the Aquarium of the Bay, the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf, and the San Francisco Dungeon. It also offers a variety of outdoor activities, including a street performance stage, a two-level arcade, and a sea lion colony. The pier is also home to the USS Pampanito, a World War II submarine. Pier 39 is a great place to explore the culture and history of San Francisco and the Bay Area.

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South Street Seaport, New York City, New York

South Street Seaport, New York City, New York #29 - Annual Visitors: 9,000,000
This one surprised me! Among the attractions at South Street Seaport is a large concentration of historic buildings, along with views of the Brooklyn Bridge and a great museum.
Peak visitation is January through March and June through August.

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Great Wall of China, China

Great Wall of China, China #28 - Annual Visitors: 9,000,000
In a tie with #29 on the list, the iconic Great Wall is one of humankind’s greatest accomplishments. With some parts of the wall dating to approximately 220 BC, it’s been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stretching over 5,500 miles, the main tourist area is fairly easy to access from Beijing.
Peak visitation is weekends and Chinese holidays (best avoided).

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The Great Wall of China is a symbol of China's long history and ancient civilization. It is the longest wall in the world and is a testament to the hard work of the Chinese people. It is also the most popular tourist attraction in China, attracting over 9 million visitors every year. The most popular section of the wall is located near Beijing and can be accessed easily from the city. The wall is best visited during the week and away from Chinese holidays to avoid the crowds. It is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognizing its importance and value to the world.

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Musee Du Louvre, Paris, France

Musee Du Louvre, Paris, France #27 - Annual Visitors: 9,200,000
In a tie with #26 on the list of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, the Louvre is most famous for housing the legendary Mona Lisa, along with works by other world famous artists. The world’s most visited art museum is best accessed at the Port des Lions entrance to avoid the crowds.
Peak visitation is June through August.

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The Louvre is the most-visited art museum in the world, and is located in the heart of Paris. It was originally built in the 12th century as a fortress, and was later converted into a museum in 1793. The museum houses some of the world’s most famous works of art, including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace. The Louvre is also home to a variety of other artifacts, including sculptures, paintings, and other objects from ancient civilizations. In addition to the museum, the Louvre also includes the Tuileries Garden, a shopping mall, and a large exhibition space.

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Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois

Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois #26 - Annual Visitors: 9,200,000.
A tie with #27 on the list, the pier offers a waterslide, a Ferris wheel, theaters and a maze.
Peak visitation is April through December.

What surprised you so far? Things you think are missing might be in the next installment. Let’s go on to numbers 25-1 of the world’s most visited tourist destinations.

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Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot-long pier located on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, with over 9.2 million visitors each year. The pier is home to a variety of attractions, including a 150-foot-tall Ferris wheel, a wave pool, a children's museum, a carousel, an IMAX theater, and a variety of restaurants and shops. It also hosts a number of events throughout the year, including the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, the Chicago Air & Water Show, and the Chicago Holiday Festival. Navy Pier is a great destination for tourists and locals alike, offering a unique and memorable experience.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee #25 - Annual Visitors: 9,685,829
What a great place to enjoy the outdoors, with abundant campgrounds and cabins for rent. Close to fun attractions like Dollywood, Ripley’s Aquarium or the Black Bear Jamboree!
Peak visitation is June through August.

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Located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States. It is home to more than 1,500 species of plants, 200 species of birds, and 50 species of mammals, including the black bear, elk, and wild boar. The park offers an array of activities such as hiking, fishing, camping, and horseback riding. For a more leisurely experience, visitors can also take a scenic drive or take a guided tour of Cades Cove, a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains. The park is also home to the highest peak in Tennessee, Clingmans Dome, which offers stunning views of the surrounding area. Visitors can also take a trip to the nearby towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is truly a unique and unforgettable experience.

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Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan #24 - Annual Visitors: 9,700,000
Another Universal park to appear on the list, the Japanese version has all the amenities and attractions of the US versions.
Peak visitation - March through August.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Florida

Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Florida #23 - Annual Visitors: 9,912,000
Stroll down Hollywood Boulevard, or walk down a New York Street. Take a back lot tour or ride the Tower of Terror. Tons of fun for everyone!

Peak visitation is February through April, June through August, and US holidays.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Florida

Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Florida #22 - Annual Visitors: 9,998,000
It seems that we love real Disney animals as much as the animated ones because the Animal Kingdom comes in at number 22 of the world’s most visited tourist attractions. Take the 3 hour safari and see wild animals roam freely.

Peak visitation February through April and June through August plus US holidays.

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The Zocalo, Mexico City, Mexico

The Zocalo, Mexico City, Mexico #21 - Annual Visitors: 10,000,000
Tied with #20 on the list, the Zocalo is Mexico City’s main square and one of the largest city squares in the world. The square has been a historic meeting place since the time of the Aztecs, and it’s surrounded by several notable buildings.
Peak visitation period is March through May.

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Also known as Plaza de la Constitución, this vibrant hub buzzes with cultural festivities and everyday dynamism, making it a must-see destination for any traveler. Among the striking structures framing the Zocalo is the majestic Metropolitan Cathedral, the largest cathedral in the Americas, and the National Palace, which houses historic murals by Diego Rivera. It’s a place where visitors can immerse themselves in Mexico's rich history, attend one of the many free concerts, or participate in traditional celebrations like Día de Muertos. Indeed, no visit to Mexico City is complete without experiencing the heart of the city's public life.

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Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington #20 - Annual Visitors: 10,000,000
Tying with #21 on the list, you’ll find artisan food booths, craftspeople, and performance artists throughout this 9-acre market.
Peak visitation May through October.

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Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront, Hong Kong

Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront, Hong Kong #19 - Annual Visitors: 10,088,493
I’m loving, although also slightly perturbed, how precise the numbers are for these most visited world attractions. How do they count people to attractions that have no “doors”? This is an area overlooking the Victoria Harbor, and packed with tourist attractions, shops and restaurants.
Peak visitation October, November, January, February, April and May.

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Sacre Coeur Basilica, Paris, France

Sacre Coeur Basilica, Paris, France #18 - Annual Visitors: 10,500,000
Situated on the only hill in Paris, the beautiful white basilica offers great views of the city. Designed in the Romano-Byzantine style, it’s an interesting departure from the Gothic influences found in other churches of the area.
Peak visitation time is June through August.

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The Sacre Coeur Basilica is located in the Montmartre district of Paris and is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. The basilica was built in 1871 and is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Inside, visitors can admire the beautiful mosaics, sculptures, and stained glass windows. The basilica also houses a museum that contains a number of religious artifacts. Outside, visitors can enjoy the breathtaking views of the city from the basilica’s terrace. Every year, the Sacre Coeur Basilica attracts around 10.5 million visitors, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.

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Epcot, Florida

Epcot, Florida #17 - Annual Visitors: 11,063,000.
At #17 is one of many theme parks on the list. Epcot, dedicated to the celebration of human achievement, is best known for its giant silver geodome.

Peak visitation is February through April, June through August, and US holidays.

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Epcot is located in Orlando, Florida, and is one of four theme parks that make up the Walt Disney World Resort. It is divided into two distinct sections: Future World, which celebrates technological innovation, and World Showcase, which features 11 pavilions that showcase different cultures from around the world. Epcot is also known for its annual festivals, such as the International Flower & Garden Festival, the International Food & Wine Festival, and the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. It also hosts an array of live entertainment, including performances by the popular band, The Voices of Liberty.

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Disneyland Park, France

Disneyland Park, France #16 - Annual Visitors: 11,200,000
I knew there was going to be a number of theme parks among the tourist attractions with the most visitors but not this many! Coming in at #16 is another Disney attraction, this one in France. Designed to be similar to the popular US parks, it offers classic Disney fare and is not far from Paris.
Peak visitation - June through August.

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Tokyo Disney Sea, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Disney Sea, Tokyo, Japan #15 - Annual Visitors: 12,656,000
Still Disney, just add water. #15 on the list offers both traditional and water attractions and the attractions surround several lakes.
Peak visitation period is March through August.

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Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California #14 - Annual Visitors: 13,000,000
Not only are there awesome views of the bridge, but the over 1,000 acre park also boasts an aquarium, an arboretum, a children’s museum and the California Academy of Sciences.
Peak visitation months are May through October.

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Golden Gate Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States, with 13 million visitors each year. It is located in San Francisco, California and is over 1,000 acres in size. The park offers a variety of activities for visitors, including an aquarium, an arboretum, a children’s museum and the California Academy of Sciences. It is the largest man-made park in the world and is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The park also has many trails and paths for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Peak visitation months are May through October, making it a great destination for summer travelers.

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Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France #13 - Annual Visitors: 13,650,000
Situated near the Seine River, the Notre Dame is one of most visited tourist attractions in the European Union. Sporting classic Gothic architecture and iconic stained glass windows, this building has seen a number of historical events, such as the canonization of Joan of Arc.
Peak visitation is June through August.

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Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo, Japan #12 - Annual Visitors: 14,847,000
Modeled after the classic Disneyland, the Tokyo version has many of the same attractions.
Peak visitation is March through August.

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Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey #11 - Annual Visitors: 15,000,000
In the ancient city of Istanbul, commerce goes on as usual as it has for thousands of years. The Grand Bazaar has over 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops and vendors. Be prepared to barter for curious and exotic goods.
Peak visitation period is June through August.

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The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey is the 11th most visited tourist attraction in the world. Situated in the ancient city, it has been a place of commerce for thousands of years. With over 61 covered streets and 3,000 shops and vendors, it is a great place to explore and find unique and exotic goods. The peak visitation period is June through August, when the bazaar is bustling with activity. The Grand Bazaar is also known for its excellent bartering opportunities, so be sure to bring your bargaining skills! With 15 million annual visitors, the Grand Bazaar is a must-see destination for anyone exploring Istanbul and the surrounding area.

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Forbidden City, Beijing, China

Forbidden City, Beijing, China #10 - Annual Visitors: 15,300,000
Now we’ve hit the top 10 of the world’s most visited tourist attractions we’re going to see some serious numbers! This grouping of traditional buildings had been the home of Chinese government for about 500 years, and has housed many emperors. The Palace museum houses numerous Qing Imperial period pieces.
Peak visitation weekends and Chinese holidays.

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Disneyland Park, Anaheim, California

Disneyland Park, Anaheim, California #9 - Annual Visitors: 15,963,000
The first of the Disney parks, it’s been a favorite of tourists since its opening in 1955. Filled with thrilling rides, immaculate streets, and fun venues, there’s something for every age group. The fabulous Californian weather isn’t too shabby either.
Peak visitation times are US holidays.

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Disneyworld’s Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida

Disneyworld’s Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida #8 - Annual Visitors: 17,536,000
Disney does it again with #8 on the list. The Magic Kingdom is the world’s most visited theme park – no surprise huh? Enjoy thrilling rides, clean streets and great food - everything you’ve come to expect from Disney.
Peak visitation is February through April and US holidays.

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Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, Massachusetts

Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, Massachusetts #7 - Annual Visitors: 18,000,000
Faneuil Hall is the highest of the most visited tourist attractions in the world with a historical reference – I wasn’t expecting that. The backdrop of many a famous speech, this marketplace also has dining, shopping and entertainment.
Peak visitation periods are April through June and September through October.

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Faneuil Hall Marketplace is located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, and is a popular destination for visitors. The marketplace is filled with shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, and is a great place to spend a day exploring. The historical significance of the area makes it a popular destination for tourists. Notable figures such as Samuel Adams and John Hancock have given speeches at Faneuil Hall, and the marketplace was also the site of several important events leading up to the American Revolution. The area is also home to a number of museums, such as the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, the Old State House, and the Paul Revere House. Visitors to Faneuil Hall can also take a walking tour of the area and learn more about its rich history. With 18 million annual visitors, Faneuil Hall is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.

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Grand Central Terminal, New York City New York

Grand Central Terminal, New York City New York #6 - Annual Visitors: 21,600,000.
It’s affectionately termed “Grand Central Station” as a reference to the previous rail station on the same site. Enjoy the restored ceiling featuring renditions of star formations and strangely, the excellent food court..
Peak visitation times are January through March and June through August.

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Niagara Falls, New York and Canada

Niagara Falls, New York and Canada #5 - Annual Visitors: 22,500,000
A favorite destination for honeymooners, the massive falls are sure to incite awe and wonder. Take the Maid of the Mist Ferry to get a closer look.
Peak visitation months are June through August.

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Niagara Falls is one of the most iconic waterfalls in the world and is located on the border of New York and Canada. It is a popular tourist destination for honeymooners and is a popular spot for wedding photos. The falls have a total height of 167 feet and can be viewed from both sides of the border. There are multiple boat tours available to get a closer look at the falls, including the popular Maid of the Mist Ferry. The peak months for visitation are June through August, and the falls attract an estimated 22.5 million visitors annually. Niagara Falls is also home to a variety of attractions, including the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, the Niagara SkyWheel, and the Clifton Hill entertainment district.

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Union Station, Washington, DC

Union Station, Washington, DC #4 - Annual Visitors: 32,850,000
At #4 is an architectural marvel and a major transportation hub. Numerous city tours depart from this location.
Peak visitation months are March through June and September through November.

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Central Park, New York City, New York

Central Park, New York City, New York #3 - Annual Visitors: 37,500,000
Securing number 3 position in the roll call of the tourist attractions with the most visitors, New York’s 843 acre park is a National Historic Landmark. With numerous walking and running trails, fountains, bodies of water and statues, it’s a favorite of tourists and New Yorkers alike.
Peak visitation periods are January through March, and June through August.

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Times Square, New York

Times Square, New York #2 - Annual Visitors: 39,200,000
Probably best known for the dropping ball on New Year’s Eve, Times Square is home to theater, music, and restaurant destinations, lit by millions of LED lights.
Peak visitation times are January through March and June through August.

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Times Square is a major commercial intersection and neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. It is one of the world's most visited tourist attractions, drawing an estimated 39.2 million visitors annually. Times Square is famed for its many Broadway theatres, cinemas and electronic billboards, as well as the New Year's Eve celebrations that take place every year. It is also home to some of the city's most iconic landmarks, such as the TKTS discount booth, the red steps, the Hard Rock Cafe and the iconic 'Naked Cowboy'. The area is also home to numerous restaurants, bars and shopping outlets, making it a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike.

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Las Vegas Strip, Nevada

Las Vegas Strip, Nevada #1 - Annual Visitors: 39,668,221
Topping the list is the Las Vegas Strip. With its gambling, nightlife, shows, and great food, it’s no wonder the strip never sleeps. The over 4 mile stretch is home to picturesque and fanciful hotels and casinos designed to delight and attract visitors. And let’s not forget all those couples that tie the knot here.
Open year round, always busy on US holidays.

Well, there you have it. Some surprises, some omissions, some not as high as I thought they might be. What did you think? I’ve still got a fair few of the world’s most visited tourist attractions to see myself. How about you?

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I've been to 31 of these 50 places.

half this list is places in the us. what about the great pyramids of Egypt? the longest building on the planet in Dubai??

this is awesome!

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