The 50 Most Visited Tourist Attractions in the World

The Daily Mail of the U.K. just ran a story about the most popular tourist attractions across the globe, according to number of visitors. The list was compiled by

The first sentence of the Daily Mail article says:

“It’s a bucket list every keen traveller should be ticking off.”

But is it? Are the most popular, biggest or most visited tourist attractions always the best? Should they always be on the bucket list?

article-0-1CE729FC00000578-984_634x6017Our personal experience is, not always. Some tourist attractions are extremely popular for a very good reason – others, not so much so. Of course much of it is just personal opinion; what might be a great time for one person would be last on another person’s must-do list. It might say something that many of the attractions on the Top 50 list are Disney spots.

Out of the top 20 of the 50 on the list, Keith and I have been to 13 of them. In our personal opinion, the top tourist attractions aren’t always the most interesting. Not only that, but by their very nature they are often exceedingly crowded, and many times made or adapted just for tourists. In other words, inauthentic.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the 3rd most visited place in the world, New York’s Central Park. But #1 and #2, the Las Vegas Strip and Times Square, are two of my least favorite places in the country.

What are your thoughts? Again, it’s all personal taste and opinion. We’re all different, which is one of the greatest things about travel.

Check out the 50 most popular tourist attractions in the world for yourself. How many have you been to – or WANT to go to?


About Shelley Seale

Shelley is a wanderer and student of the world, yoga chick, voracious reader and dog lover. She pounds the keyboard as a freelance writer, author and publication designer, based in Austin, Texas when she isn't traipsing around the globe. Shelley has written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, The Week, Fodor's, The Telegraph and Texas Monthly, among others. Shelley has performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano, and was once robbed by a monkey in India. But she doesn’t know how to whistle.
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