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We love to travel at Love Home Swap. And we love to do a spot of sightseeing when we’re on a break. So which of these famous tourist attractions would make the top of the list? Would it be India's iconic Taj Mahal? Or perhaps California's Disneyland? There are so many top tourist attractions to pick from, that it’s hard to predict which of these amazing experiences will make the cut. Luckily, we’ve got all the answers here, with this list of the 50 most visited tourist attractions.

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. 

 

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.

 

48: Universal Studios, Hollywood

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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!

 

40: British Museum, London

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

22: Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Florida

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

 

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.

 

20: Pike Place Market, Seattle

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

5: Niagara Falls

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

 

4: Union Station, Washington D.C.

Two train stations made the list… but Washington pipped New York to the top spot!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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:

 

 

Remember that these are the most visited tourist attractions in the world – but many would argue that they’re not necessarily the top tourist attractions – after all, taste is entirely subjective, and there is so much of the world to see and experience! For the latest news in the world of travel, loads more travel inspiration and masses of interesting articles, then take a look at our blog. We’ve got lots to inspire you. 

 

DATA SOURCES:

We acquired the most up-to-date data by gathering statistics from the attractions' own published figures (or internal data they would share), industry reports, government reports and other trustworthy media outlets. Obviously attractions which do not sell tickets, gave us estimates. We dismissed some attractions as they could not distinguish between tourists and other general visitors - such as Piccadilly Circus for example. This no doubt led to some otherwise worthy attractions missing out, however we had to decide upon some kind of methodology. Although the US does dominate, it is an extremely well visited country whose own citizens are notorious for domestic holidaying - partly because the US is so large and varied.

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