Most Visited Tourist Attractions enjoy that accolade for plenty of reasons. Ever since the movie ‘’The Bucket List’’ came out, people have been hurriedly compiling their own lists of things that are important for them to do in this lifetime. Travel is high on that list, and there are many famous sites that people want to see up close and personal before they hit the bucket. Many are some of the most visited tourist Attractions on all the continents around the world. Financially, it may not be possible for us to see all of the popular tourist attractions we want to, or we may not have enough time to get to all the most visited tourist attractions on the globe. Here is a list of The World’s 10 Most Visited Tourist Attractions for you to choose from.
1. Times Square, New York City
With more than 40 million annual visitors per year, this spot has definitely earned its stars for being one of the most visited tourist attractions on the planet. Flashing lights, spectacular Broadway shows, super size mega stores and literally a 24/7 permanent buzz of life, people and events, this bustling super spot is definitely one not to miss.
2. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
World renowned as one of the most romantic and most visited tourist attractions in the world, the Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tribute to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. A universal masterpiece regarded as the Jewel of Art in India. Completed in 1648, the splendour and magnificent architectural work of genius continues to astound more than 3 million visitors every year.
3. Table Mountain, South Africa
Currently on the short list for inclusion in the new 7 Wonders of the World list, this epic mountain marvel is nestled majestically on the glorious coastline of Cape Town in the Western Cape. Board the cable car at the foot of Table Mountain and enjoy the panoramic views of Table Bay and surrounds as the revolving car turns as it rises through the clouds to the top of the mountain. With 800,000 visitors a year, it is fast becoming one of the most visited tourist attractions in all of Africa.
4. Musee Du Louvre, Paris, France
One of the World’s largest museums, an historic monument and a central landmark in Paris, the Louvre is the most visited museum in the world. Opening in 1793 with just over 500 paintings, the collection was and remains one of the rarest ever to be found in the world. Today it is home to more than 380,000 objects and 35,000 of the oldest paintings and averages 15,000 visitors a day.
5. The Great Wall of China, Badaling, China
Currently listed on the UNESCO heritage site as one of the existing Wonders of the World, the almost 9km long great wall is one of the most visited tourist attractions on the globe. With a history spanning well over 2000 years, not all of the wall is completely intact, with some sections being completely in ruins. Built during the Ming Dynasty in the mid 1300’s, more than 30% remains in excellent condition and draws 10 million visitors a year.
6. Disney World, Florida, USA
The magical and enchanting destination of Disney World is one of the most famous and most visited tourist attractions in Florida. A spectacular fantasy vacation destination for the entire family, the resorts and hotels in Disney World alone, receive a whopping 17 million visitors per annum. A spectacular and memorable trip for sure, and is becoming increasingly popular as a honey moon destination as well!
7. Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark
Whether it is a ballet or a pantomime or a rock concert you are after, look no further. Tivoli Gardens is the entertainment gateway of Denmark, and with almost 5 million people flocking to the Gardens every year, it is certainly one of the most dynamic and most visited tourist attractions in Copenhagen. The Tivoli aquarium is a sight to behold with huge aquatic life, like sharks and sting rays.
8. The Coliseum, Rome, Italy
Truly one of the most amazing ancient structures and one of the most visited tourist attractions, The Coliseum is a mere skeleton of the imposing and majestic structure it once was. The transformation from ruins to a 70 000 seater amphitheatre during historic times is almost parable as one views the massive structure up close.
9. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Seeped in centuries of history, magic and mystery, the Pyramids of Giza, are without a doubt, the region’s most visited tourist attraction. Thousands and thousands of years of history, legend and myth are visible everywhere. The gigantic stone structures that were built for pharaohs, filled with jewels and gold, are Egyptian landmarks and a huge part of their culture.
10. Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
The Hermitage Museum is situated in the former Winter Palace of the former state residence of the Russian Emperors. The collections within the State Hermitage clocks up over 3 million rare pieces of art work, showcasing the history of civilizations and the essence of world culture, all in one spectacular setting.
Whatever corner of the globe you choose to go, some of the most visited tourist attractions in the world can be found on just about every single continent. Whichever of the most visited tourist attractions in the world you choose to go to you can be assured that millions of visitors before you were not wrong. So which of The World’s 10 most visited tourist attractions is your favorite?
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