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The 50 most visited tourist attractions in the world
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The 50 most visited tourist attractions in the world

Suzie Dalton
By Suzie Dalton - 20 minute read

50: Nagashima Spa Land, Japan

Based just out­side Nagoya, thrill seek­ers will love this incred­i­ble amuse­ment park. Make sure you take in the sights of the Nabana no Sato flower park in the sum­mer, or the Win­ter Illuminations.

Nagashima Spa Land

49: The Palace of Ver­sailles, France

The palace itself is a real show-stop­per, but the foun­tains take some beat­ing. Book a gor­geous place to stay and coin­cide your vis­it with The Musi­cal Foun­tains Show.

Palace of Versailles

48: Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios, Hollywood

Min­ions or Trolls fan? You’ll be a devo­tee of both after a few days here.

Universal Studios Hollywood

47: Bour­bon Street, New Orleans

This is one of the world’s most pop­u­lar tourist attrac­tions – for a great rea­son! A glo­ri­ous mix of neon lights, music and hordes of peo­ple drink­ing from go cups’, make sure you find the time to Fritzel’s Euro­pean Jazz Club for live music.

Bourbon Street New Orleans

46: Met­ro­pol­i­tan Muse­um of Art, New York City

Pho­tog­ra­phy, paint­ings and room-fill­ing instal­la­tions – you’ll find it at this icon­ic NY tourist attrac­tion. Don’t for­get to check out the Sculp­ture Garden.

45: Lin­coln Memo­r­i­al, Wash­ing­ton D.C.

This Insta­wor­thy mar­ble stat­ue has to be seen to be believed. Ear­ly morn­ing and the evening are the best times to visit.

Lincoln memorial

44: Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios, Florida

From Har­ry Pot­ter to E.T. you’ll want to pack in as much of the mag­ic as pos­si­ble. Skip the queues with an Express Pass.

Universal Studios Florida

43: Lake Mead, Nevada

Hike the 7.5mile His­toric Rail­road trail to reach the Hoover Dam. Water-fans should head to the recre­ation area to kayak and canoe – just remem­ber that there aren’t any life­guards on duty.

Lake Mead Nevada

42: Lotte World, Seoul

This top tourist attrac­tion has to be seen to be believed. Lone­ly Plan­et describe Lotte World as an indoor Kore­an ver­sion of Dis­ney­land’. Which sums it up beautifully!

Lotte World Seoul

41: Dis­ney­land, Hong Kong

Take a raft to Tarzan’s tree­house, explore the Cas­tle of Mag­i­cal Dreams or have an adren­a­lin fix with the Big Griz­zly Moun­tain. And don’t for­get to book a place to stay!

Disney Land Hong Kong

40: British Muse­um, London

For a peace­ful treat, vis­it on a Fri­day night, and fin­ish with din­ner in the Great Court Restau­rant.

50 most visited attractions British Museum

39: Ever­land, Gyeong­gi-Do, South Korea

One of South Korea’s most pop­u­lar tourist attrac­tions. Race down the Snow Buster slope, or escape from the dinos in the Rap­tor Range!

38: The Eif­fel Tow­er, Paris

Take in the views of Paris in the Cham­pagne Bar at the top of the tow­er. Alter­na­tive­ly, admire the tow­er from afar at night-time – it sparkles for 5 min­utes every hour, on the hour.

Eiffel Tower

37: Nation­al Air and Space Muse­um, (Smith­son­ian), Wash­ing­ton D.C.

Take a clos­er look at Neil Armstrong’s Apol­lo 11 space­suit, and for a dona­tion, add your name to the museum’s Wall of Honor!

36: Vic­to­ria Peak, Hong Kong

Enjoy the illu­sion of the lean­ing sky­scrap­ers as you trav­el to the peak via tram, then take in the sights from Sky Ter­race 428.

Victoria Peak Hong Kong

35: Ocean Park, Hong Kong

Prob­a­bly the world’s most beau­ti­ful theme park, this fam­i­ly-friend­ly tourist attrac­tion is a joy.

34: Disney’s Cal­i­for­nia Adventure

From Anna and Elsa to Spi­der­man, hang out with your favourite Dis­ney char­ac­ters includ­ing Woody, Buzz Lightyear and The Incredibles.

Disney Californian adventure

33: Islands of Adven­ture, Uni­ver­sal Orlando

A school of witch­craft and wiz­ardry. Rides that will make you thor­ough­ly sog­gy. It’s all here to dis­cov­er at this slick tourist attraction.

32: Nation­al Muse­um of Nat­ur­al His­to­ry (Smith­son­ian), Wash­ing­ton D.C.

Whether you’re there for the But­ter­fly Pavil­ion or Insect Zoo, this is a mas­ter­class in com­bin­ing sight­see­ing with edu­ca­tion. And a stay in one of these delight­ful prop­er­ties will be the icing on the cake.

smithsonian

31: Syd­ney Opera House, Sydney

Cul­ture buff or fan­cy some­thing fam­i­ly-friend­ly? There’s usu­al­ly more than 40 shows to pick from every week. Check out our Aus­tralia trav­el guide for more ideas.

Sydney Opera House

30: Pier 39, San Francisco

The sealions are fun – but it’s the Musi­cal Stairs that draw hordes of tourists! Stay in one of these stun­ning homes while you’re in the neighbourhood.

Pier 39

29: South Street Sea­port, New York City

From live music on Pier 17’s rooftop through to fam­i­ly Hal­loween parades, it’s not hard to see why it’s one of New York’s most pop­u­lar neighbourhoods.

28: Great Wall of China

One Expe­ri­ence some of the 13,000 miles of wall with a tour guide. This Tele­graph arti­cle sug­gests some inter­est­ing ideas.

Great Wall of China

27: The Lou­vre, Paris

This icon­ic struc­ture is as beau­ti­ful dur­ing the day as it is at night-time. Best of all? We’ve got loads of gor­geous Parisian prop­er­ties to stay in.

The Louvre

26: Navy Pier, Chicago

Treat your­self to a few days in Chica­go to ful­ly enjoy this cel­e­bra­tion of Chicago’s diverse arts and cul­ture scene. These gor­geous homes are the per­fect base from which to explore.

25: Great Smoky Moun­tains, Nation­al Park, Tennessee

America’s most-vis­it­ed Nation­al Park, this is a year-round des­ti­na­tion for out­door enthu­si­asts. Try hik­ing to Charles Bunion for spec­tac­u­lar vistas.

Smoky Mountains Tenessee

24: Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios Japan, Osaka

Hel­lo Kit­ty and Sesame Street take cen­tre stage at this fam­i­ly-focussed theme park.

23: Disney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios, Florida

From sing-a-longs to roller­coast­ers, this top tourist attrac­tion is a mix­ing pot of mag­ic! Con­sid­er stay­ing at one of these gor­geous homes.

Hollywood Studios

22: Disney’s Ani­mal King­dom, Florida

Explore the bio­lu­mi­nes­cent rain­for­est or fly on the back of a moun­tain ban­shee for a mag­i­cal experience.

Disney's animal kingdom

21: The Zoca­lo, Mex­i­co City

You can eas­i­ly lose a day peo­ple watch­ing in this impres­sive square. Stop at Pastele­ria Ide­al to grab a selec­tion of their pas­tries, then set­tle down to watch the world go by.

Zocalo Mexico City

20: Pike Place Mar­ket, Seattle

Shop for the fresh­est pro­duce, then head home to one of these con­ve­nient­ly locat­ed pads to wind down.

Pike Place Market

19: Tsim Sha Tsui Water­front, Hong Kong

Dodge the crowds and take a stroll along this beau­ti­ful water­way walk first thing in the morn­ing. For more top tips, this overview is real­ly handy.

18: Sacre Coeur Basil­i­ca, Paris

The whole area sur­round­ing the Sacre Coeur is stun­ning – we like this blogger’s walk­ing route.

17: Epcot, Flori­da

Take a rock­et to Mars, design a futur­is­tic car – and make sure you’re around for the award-win­ning fireworks.

Epcot Florida

16: Dis­ney­land Paris, France

If you’re look­ing for a top tourist attrac­tion with a lit­tle cul­tur­al flair, then grab a Pain au Choco­late while you hang out with Min­nie and Mick­ey.

Disneyland Paris

15: Tokyo Dis­ney­Sea

Take a ride on a Venet­ian gon­do­la or take a leisure­ly voy­age on a steam­er. This delight­ful theme park is jam-parked with sog­gy fun.

14: Gold­en Gate Park, San Francisco

This top tourist attrac­tion is sim­ply beau­ti­ful. Nav­i­gate the edges of ten lakes in more than 1,000 acres of land – on a Segway!

50 most visited attractions Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

13: Notre Dame Cathe­dral, Paris

With a 5‑year rebuild plan in progress after the dev­as­tat­ing 2019 fire, the cathe­dral is per­haps best admired dur­ing a cruise on the Riv­er Seine.

Notre Dame

12: Tokyo Dis­ney­land, Tokyo

There’s so much to see and do – but it’s the elec­tri­cal parade that will keep guests of all ages enthralled.

11: Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Colour­ful, exot­ic and a must-see. This guide will help you nav­i­gate the high­lights. And don’t for­get to book a gor­geous place to stay.

50 most visited attractions Grand Bazaar Instanbul

10: For­bid­den City, Beijing

With around three quar­ters of the walls now open to the pub­lic, make sure you climb some of them for the most amaz­ing pho­to opportunities.

9: Dis­ney­land Park, Anaheim

Crit­ter Coun­try or Fron­tier­land? There are oodles of imag­i­na­tive expe­ri­ences to be had at this top tourist attraction.

8: Disneyworld’s Mag­ic King­dom, Orlando

Many theme parks made the list – but this one ranks high­est. And it’s not hard to see why. Just make sure you’ve got some­where com­fy to come home to.

7: Faneuil Hall Mar­ket­place, Boston

Com­bin­ing shop­ping and din­ing with events, this des­ti­na­tion is amaz­ing all year round – but the Blink! pro­gramme dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son is gorgeous.

6: Grand Cen­tral Ter­mi­nal, New York City

Pre­tend you’re in the movies and re-enact your favourite Hol­ly­wood scenes. Then retreat home to one of these love­ly properties.

Grand central terminal

5: Nia­gara Falls

Majes­tic from every angle. But for a mem­o­ry-mak­ing expe­ri­ence, take a jour­ney behind the falls.

Niagra Falls

3: Cen­tral Park, New York City

Grab a horse and car­riage ride, chal­lenge your friends to a scav­enger hunt or hunt out the best spots for an icon­ic photo.

Central Park

2: Times Square, New York City

From the the­atre dis­trict to world-famous restau­rants, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Take a look at this offi­cial guide for the most up-to-date info.

Times Square, New York City

1: Las Vegas Strip

Catch a show, play the roulette tables or get mar­ried! How­ev­er you choose to expe­ri­ence this leg­endary strip, make sure you have some­where spe­cial to return home to.

Las Vegas Strip

Need a lit­tle refresh­er? In one juicy info­graph­ic, here are the 50 most vis­it­ed tourist attrac­tions in the world, plus details of how many hol­i­day­mak­ers they attract each year, and their peak seasons:

50 most visited tourist destinations infographic