50 Most Popular Tourist Attractions In The World


Have you ever wondered what tourist attractions and places of interest receive the most visitors worldwide. Well, back in 2007, Forbes Traveler released a ranking of the world’s 50 most visited tourist attractions. This includes both international and domestic tourists. The following list will show you the most popular tourist attractions in the world, based upon the number of visitors. Now obviously those with paid attendance figures will be more precise than those that are free to the public. Some of those listed here are more obvious than others and some may even surprise you.

See how many you’ve heard of or even recognize…..

* Included here for the first time are direct links (whenever possible) to each site for more detailed information. Website links that are listed are English versions (where applicable).

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50 Most Popular Tourist Attractions

In The World


#1 – Times Square

times-square-ny

New York City, New York (USA)

Annual Visitors….. 35 million

http://www.timessquarenyc.org/

http://timessquare.com/

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#2 – National Mall & Memorial Parks

national-mall-washington-dc2

Washington, D.C. (USA)

Annual Visitors…..25 million

http://www.nps.gov/NAMA

http://www.nps.gov/mall

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#3 – Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

disney-world-magic-kingdom

Lake Buena Vista, Florida (USA)

Annual Visitors…..16.6 million

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/

http://www.wdwinfo.com/

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#4 – Trafalgar Square

trafalgar_square_london

London, England (UK)

Annual Visitors…..15 million

http://www.london.gov.uk/trafalgarsquare/

http://www.ionthesquare.co.uk/

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#5 – Disneyland Park

disneyland-castle-night

Anaheim, California (USA)

Annual Visitors….. 14.7 million

http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland

http://www.wdwinfo.com/disneyland/disneyland-theme-parks.htm

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#6 – Niagara Falls

niagara-falls2

Ontario (Canada) & New York (USA)

Annual Visitors….. 14 million

http://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/

http://www.niagara-usa.com/

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#7 – Fisherman’s Wharf / Golden Gate National Recreation Area

golden-gate-nra-fishermans-wharf-overview

San Francisco, California (USA)

Annual Visitors….. 13 million

http://www.visitfishermanswharf.com/

http://www.nps.gov/goga

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#8 – Tokyo Disneyland / DisneySea

tokyo-disneyland-disney-sea

Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture (Japan)

Annual Visitors….. 12.9 million

http://www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp

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#9 – Notre Dame de Paris

notre-dame-de-paris

Paris (France)

Annual Visitors….. 12 million

http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/

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#10 – Disneyland Paris

disneyland-paris

Marne-La-Vallée (France)

Annual Visitors….. 10.6 million

http://www.disneylandparis.com/

http://www.disneylandparis.co.uk

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#11 – Great Wall of China

great-wall-of-china2

Badaling (China)

Annual Visitors….. 10 million

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/china_great_wall/

http://www.greatwall-of-china.com/

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#12 – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

great-smokey-mountain-national-park

Tennessee/North Carolina (USA)

Annual Visitors….. 9.2 million

http://www.nps.gov/grsm

http://www.gatlinburg.com/things-to-do/national-park/

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#13 – Universal Studios Japan

universal-studios-japan

Osaka (Japan)

Annual Visitors….. 8.5 million

http://www.usj.co.jp/e/

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#14 – Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

basilique-du-sacre-coeur-de-mont2

Paris (France)

Annual Visitors….. 8 million

http://www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com/

http://www.paris.org/Monuments/Sacre.Coeur/

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#15 – Musee du Louvre

musee-du-louvre1

Paris (France)

Annual Visitors….. 7.5 million

http://www.louvre.fr/llv/commun/home

http://www.paris.org/Musees/Louvre/

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#16 – Everland

everland-south-korea

Gyeonggi-Do (South Korea)

Annual Visitors….. 7.5 million

http://www.everland.com/MultiLanguage/english/

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264235

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#17 – The Forbidden City / Tienanmen Square

Tiananmen with chairmen Mao portrait, Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China

Beijing (China)

Annual Visitors…..7 million

http://www.beijingtrip.com/attractions/square.htm

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/beijing/tianan.htm

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#18 – Eiffel Tower

eiffel_tower

Paris (France)

Annual Visitors….. 6.7 million

http://www.tour-eiffel.fr/teiffel/uk/

http://www.paris.org/Monuments/Eiffel/

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#19 – Universal Studios / Islands of Adventure

universal-studios-islands-of-adventure-orlando

Orlando, Florida (USA)

Annual Visitors….. 6 million

http://www.universalorlando.com/amusement-parks/islands-of-adventure.html

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#20 – Sea World Florida

sea-world-florida2

Orlando, Florida (USA)

Annual Visitors….. 5.7 million

http://www.seaworld.com/orlando/

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#21 – Pleasure Beach

pleasure-beach-blackpool-england

Blackpool, Lancashire, England (UK)

Annual Visitors….. 5.7 million

http://www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com/

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#22 – Lotte World

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Seoul (South Korea)

Annual Visitors….. 5.5 million

http://www.lotteworld.com/Global_eng/Main.asp

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#23 – Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

yokohama-hakkeljima-sea-paradise

Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture (Japan)

Annual Visitors….. 5.4 million

http://www.seaparadise.co.jp/english/

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#24 – Hong Kong Disneyland

hong-kong-disneyland

Lantau Island (Hong Kong)

Annual Visitors….. 5.2 million

http://park.hongkongdisneyland.com/hkdl/en_US/home/home?name=HomePage

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#25 – Centre Pompidou

centre-pompidou-paris-france

Paris (France)

Annual Visitors….. 5.1 million

http://www.cnac-gp.fr/

http://www.centrepompidou.fr/

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#26 – Tate Modern

tate-modern-london

Bankside, London, England (UK)

Annual Visitors….. 4.9 million

http://www.tate.org.uk/

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#27 – British Museum

british-museum

London, England (UK)

Annual Visitors….. 4.8 million

http://www.britishmuseum.org/

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#28 – Universal Studios

universal-studios-hollywood

Los Angeles, California (USA)

Annual Visitors….. 4.7 million

http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/

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#29 – National Gallery

national-gallery-london

Trafalgar Square, London, England (UK)

Annual Visitors….. 4.6 million

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/

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#30 – Metropolitan Museum of Art

metropolitan-museum-of-art-new-york

New York City, New York (USA)

Annual Visitors….. 4.5 million

http://www.metmuseum.org/

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#31 – Grand Canyon National Park

grand-canyon-1

Arizona (USA)

Annual Visitors….. 4.4 million

http://www.nps.gov/grca

http://www.nps.gov/archive/grca/grandcanyon

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#32 – Tivoli Gardens

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Copenhagen (Denmark)

Annual Visitors….. 4.4 million

http://tivoli.dk/

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#33 – Ocean Park

ocean-park-hong-kong

Wong Chuk Hang (Hong Kong)

Annual Visitors….. 4.38 million

http://www.oceanpark.com.hk/html/en/home/

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#34 – Busch Gardens

bush-gardens-tampa-bay

Tampa Bay, Florida (USA)

Annual Visitors….. 4.36 million

http://www.buschgardens.com/BGT2/

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#35 – Sea World San Diego

sea-world-san-diego

San Diego, California (USA)

Annual Visitors….. 4.26 million

http://www.seaworld.com/sandiego/

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#36 – Statue of Liberty

statue-of-liberty

Liberty Island / New York Harbor

New York City, New York (USA)

Annual Visitors….. 4.24 million

http://www.nps.gov/STLI

http://www.statueofliberty.org/

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#37 – The Vatican (Vatican Square)

& surrounding museums

vatican-square

Vatican City

Annual Visitors….. 4.2 million

http://www.vatican.va/phome_en.htm

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#38 – Sydney Opera House

sydney-opera-house

Sydney, New South Wales (Australia)

Annual Visitors….. 4 million

http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/

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#39 – The Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre)

the-coliseum-rome2

Rome (Italy)

Annual Visitors….. 4 million

http://www.italyguides.it/us/roma/colosseum.htm

http://www.tickitaly.com/galleries/colosseum-rome-italy.php

http://www.rome.info/about/

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#40 – American Museum of Natural History

american-museum-of-natural-history-2

New York City, New York (USA)

Annual Visitors….. 4 million

http://www.amnh.org/

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#41 – Grauman’s Chinese Theater

graumans-chinese-theater2

Hollywood, California (USA)

Annual Visitors….. 4 million

http://www.manntheaters.com/chinese/

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#42 – Empire State Building

empire-state-building

New York City, New York (USA)

Annual Visitors….. 4 million

http://www.esbnyc.com/tourism/tourism_visitorinfo.cfm

http://www.esbnyc.com/index2.cfm?noflash=1

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#43 – Natural History Museum London

natural_history_museum_london2

Kensington, London, England (UK)

Annual Visitors….. 3.7 million

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/

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#44 – The London Eye

london-eye

Lambeth, London, England (UK)

Annual Visitors….. 3.5 million

http://www.londoneye.com/

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#45 – Palace of Versailles

Palace Of Versailles Opens Doors For Night Time Art Show

Versailles (France)

Annual Visitors….. 3.45 million

http://en.chateauversailles.fr/homepage

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#46 – Yosemite National Park

yosemite_np

California (USA)

Annual Visitors….. 3.44 million

http://www.nps.gov/yose

http://www.yosemitepark.com/

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#47 – Great Pyramid of Giza

pyramids-of-giza

Giza (Egypt)

Annual Visitors….. 3 million

http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/giza.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pyramid_of_Giza

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#48 – Pompeii

pompeii-italy

Campania region (Italy)

Annual Visitors….. 2.5 million

http://www.pompeiisites.org/

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#49 – Hermitage Museum

hermitage_museum-saint_petersburg2

Saint Petersburg (Russia)

Annual Visitors….. 2.5 million

http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/index.html

http://www.arthermitage.org/

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#50 – Taj Mahal

taj-mahal2

Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh (India)

Annual Visitors….. 2.4 million

http://www.tajmahal.org.uk/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taj_Mahal

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How many of these have you been to?

Which ones would you eventually like to make a trip to see?

Quite a few of you will more than likely recognize many of the attractions listed above and may even be a little surprised that some other well known tourist spots are not included on this list. Then again, many Westerners may not be aware of places like Everland and Lotte World, but these mega-parks in South Korea are very well known on the other side of the world and get the definitely get the visitors.

Based on the research for visitor rankings, France receives more foreign tourists per year than any other country at 76 million. Then comes Spain with 55 million. The United States places 3rd with 50 million and China follows with 47 million. Italy rounds out the top five with 37 million. The United Kingdom is not far behind that. More information regarding the list and how the list was compiled can be found at Forbes.com.

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You may want to check out the following popular post about the most popular tourist attractions within the United States based upon attendance and visitor information provided by office of tourism and park information centers.

Most Popular US Attractions: State By State

*** One of the most popular and visited pages on this site ***

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35 Responses

  1. I hope to be there. How can I make it? I’m faraway in Africa.

  2. I don’t think that the Times Square is the most famous attraction because there are other places way more superior than that one.

    • …We’re not talking about superiority here, but about fame. Those other places you are referring to are superior but they are not famous…ok!!

      • No, we are talking about the number of visitors per year. Hence, even though the Sydney Opera House is very famous, as is Big Ben in London they do not get onto the list as Sydney is hard for pretty much all tourists to get to (as Australia is a loooong way from Europe and the USA) and Big Ben/Houses of Parliament are only open to UK citizens.

        Pointless list anyway, how do we compare Disney Land with The Louvre.

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  5. It’s really dream world travel.

  6. totally idiotic. It either reflects the poor taste of the masses or it was done from a self serving perspective. Niagara over Iguazu? Times Square as number one?

  7. i want 2 see all these places……so wonderfull……

  8. I’m pretty sure that the #1 attraction in Europe is Disneyland Paris.

  9. Mike – how about a month by month analysis so that one could see what is the main attraction whenever one has vacation time?

  10. why is it that the tourists spots in the philippines do not belong to the 50 most popular tourists attraction when in fact some of its tourists spots were one of the finalists in the selection of seven wonders of nature?

  11. you must go indonesia 😀

  12. Taj Mahal is a symbol of love, how the more peoples not visiting this place, is it means that people are not giving importance to love?

  13. taj mahal should come first dis is cheating tat is the symbol of love in the world all the people has love so it is liked by all in this world it should come first

    • just because you live in india, doesn’t mean that your country’s attraction come first.. there are a lot more places in the world that can attract tourist over…no offend though

  14. Really Great Thanks

  15. Am surprised non of the tourist attractions come from Africa.does it mean there is no attraction in Africa???

    • Pyramids of Giza????? Did you not read that? You know, they are located in a country called Egypt which is in North Africa. You ding dong.

    • No, it just means that its not the on the top 50 of the list.There still may be attractions there, it just didn’t make the top 50.

  16. i would likely go to niagara falls. a magnificent place 🙂

  17. I do not think that this list is correct, Where is Hawaii in this game? Hawaii is definitely under top 50 most popular tourist attractions in the world

    • Uhhh what? This site is about tourist ATTRACTIONS. You might want to search up what that means, because you obviously don’t have a good understanding of it.

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  19. i think birla temple new delhi should be there……..

  20. In future I will like to go to Great wall of China, Grand Canyon and Pyramids of Giza. I will like to advice the tourism industry to be nature related. I want to know more about natural world icons.

  21. In future I go to atleast 10 places in the top 50

  22. I am a Ghanaian and i had a pice of land and i am trying to put a tourist centre in GHANA i will want to seck ur advie

  23. i don’t think this is a valid list …it seems so random..i mean times square is nice but # 1 spot is pushing it a lil too much…

  24. all place very good

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  26. I’m from England the one here are amazing

  27. I like travelling …@showkot

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