From pristine nature to cities filled with people from all walks of life, there is no shortage of unique places for tourists to visit around the world.
And, for millions of people, traveling is one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime. Even better, there are countless destinations to choose from.
With that in mind, here’s our list of the top must-see tourist destinations in the world to keep in mind when planning your next trip.
Top Cities for Tourists
Visiting a city that you’ve never seen before can be an exhilarating experience, especially if you’re visiting a foreign country whose native culture is different than your own.
At any rate… here are a few of the top cities to visit from all over the globe:
Two of the world’s most popular cities to visit are France’s London and Paris. Both of the world-famous cities are ripe with fine French dining, fashion, art, and entertainment. In London, Buckingham Palace, Abbey Road, and Camden Market draw in millions of visitors each year. Likewise, Paris’ Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower bring in an equal amount of tourists.
Also known as the “Big Apple” New York City is completely packed with things to see and do. Every visit to this sprawling metropolis reveals something new and interesting. From Central Park and countless museums to the stages of Broadway and thousands of food and entertainment venues, a trip to NYC is never a dull time.
If you’re a world-class traveler, this ancient city is not one to skip out on. Everyone should visit this magical and mysterious destination at least once. Aside from the more popular attraction such as the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, and a host of diverse historical sites, there is so much more to see than one could ever guess. For example, open-air markets reminiscent of the old-world to which Rome used to belong, cobblestone streets, and countless authentic pizza, pasta, and gelato eateries.
One of the best-hidden jewels among European cities is without question the Czech Republic’s Prague. Attracting millions of visitors annually in recent years, it seems as if the cat is finally out of the bag. This gorgeous city houses some of the finest architecture on the continent including the Prague Castle, old town squares, and lovely old neighborhoods perfect for a slow and enjoyable stroll. To top it all off, Prague just happens to be one of the cheapest and tourist-friendly cities in all of Europe.
China’s Hong Kong is one of the most stimulating cities in Asia. From its breathtaking skyline to its numerous historic sites, Hong Kong is beautifully intoxicating and family-friendly. Amazing food, plentiful drink, fascinating museums, and amusement parks geared towards families make it one of the most enjoyable and frequently visited cities in all of China. The iconic city is even home to its very own Disneyland. If you visit, make sure to check out the Star Ferry and don’t forget to try the pineapple buns either!
If you happen to travel to Italy, Rome isn’t the only city worth visiting. Florence is another charming spot you’re going to want to see. Simply wandering around the cobbled streets is one of the most romantic and inspiring walks you’ll ever take in any city. Among Florence’s most beautiful attractions are the Duomo, Piazzale Michelangelo, and the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge. Also, if you’re a food junkie, you’ve got to stop by one of Florence’s gelato shops — they are too die for.
Greek is a well-known destination for world travelers, especially the island of Crete. However, if you’ve never been to Greece before, we highly suggest you skip the normally crowded Crete and hit up Santorini first. The gorgeous red and black beaches are some of the finest on planet Earth as well as extremely impressive ruins. In addition, for those who enjoy spirits, Santorini is home to some of the most well known Greek wineries. Oh yeah, we forget to mention that Santorini also houses several of the most luxurious hotels you’ll ever experience?
For those who plan on taking a trip down under, Sydney, Australia is one city you must see. Whether you’re a nature lover or an urbanite, Sydney has a ton to offer. From the massive Royal Botanic Garden (nearly 75 acres) to some of the best restaurants and clubs in all of Australia, this city has it all. Also, for those who enjoy the ocean, you’ll not want to miss the chance to go snorkeling at Coogee Beach or catch a few waves surfing at Bondi Beach.
While the United Arab Emirates isn’t the first place many westerners would consider visiting, we have to say, you’re really missing out if you’ve never been to Dubai. It is the biggest and most populated city in the Nation and is home to some of the richest culture in the region. From fine dining to museums, clubs, and luxury hotels, tourists in Dubai have a lot to choose from including the world-famous sail-shaped luxury hotel, the Burj Al Arab.
Russia might not make most people’s bucket list of places to see before they die, however, St. Petersburg is well worth the visit. The architecture is truly impressive, namely the Winter Palace. The restaurants, museums, and entertainment venues are also far from lacking. For those who’re religious, the St. Petersburg Kazan Cathedral and the Church of the Savior of Spilled Blood make the whole trip worthwhile.
Top Tourist Attractions
Many times when planning their next trips, tourists focus on singular attractions versus a particular country or city. From the Grand Canyon to the Great Pyramid of Giza, tourists attractions draw millions of visitors each year.
Here are a few of the top tourist attractions visited annually by travelers around the world:
The number one visited tourist attraction in the world remains to be none other than the world-famous Niagara Falls. Over 6 million cubic ft. of water spill over Niagara falls every 60 seconds. Furthermore, these three waterfalls draw in over 30 million visitors each year.
For water lovers, the Great Coral Reef is one of the greatest natural tourist attractions that exist. Despite the fact that the spectacular reef is slowly disappearing it still attracts several millions of tourists annually. Aside from scuba diving and snorkeling with rays, sharks, and butterflyfish, there are also beautiful beaches to enjoy lining the shores of the sparkling Coral Sea.
When it comes to the Middle East, there is no greater destination than the Great Pyramid of Giza. It is officially the second-largest pyramid on Earth, as only the little known pyramid of Cahokia (located outside of St. Louis, in the United States of America) is more massive than the Great Pyramid of Giza. As one of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Pyramid is visited by nearly 15 million tourists every year.
Another of the ancient world’s greatest architectural feats is the mysterious Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. The site is accessible by two means: a four-day hike or a train from Cusco. Either Way, once you lay eyes on this UNESCO World Heritage site you’ll be thankful you came.
The Grand Canyon is another of the U.S.’s most beloved and visited national parks. Rafting, site seeing, hiking, are among the most popular activities for tourists who visit the Grand Canyon. With over six million tourists checking in per year, it is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world.
A couple of the most visited natural tourist destinations in the western world are Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks. Combined, the two parks make up well over 4,500 square miles of pristine nature. Among the most noteworthy features of the parks include thousands of years old trees, one-of-a-kind rock formations, snow-capped mountains, geysers, and a diverse host of wildlife such as bison, elk, wolves, eagles and much more.
For those who travel to China, the Great Wall, stretching over 13,000 miles, is the most visited tourist destination. Over 10 million visitors come to see the wall each year. However, unless you want to be trampled by other tourists, you’ll want to visit during the summer.
A Final Word About the Top Tourist Destinations in the World
If you’re planning a trip in 2020, take into consideration the above cities and tourist attractions before you finalize any plans or schedule any final reservations.
If they are not on your list already, they should be! From solo explorers to families who enjoy traveling, there’s a destination on our list for you.
Do you have a favorite destination you’d like to suggest to our audience? Drop us a line below!
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