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The World’s Most Visited Tourist Attractions

I’ve lived in London, Hong Kong and San Francisco. At certain times during the year I found myself with a heightened sense of awareness as tourists descended upon the cities, stopping abruptly to take a photo or to pull out their phone to get their bearings.

I’m almost positive these cities are amongst the most popular with tourists, but I can’t be sure. Cue this post.

Methodology

The following analysis uses visitor data sourced fromย www.farandwide.com.

Results

Top 50 attractions by visitor numbers

Annual visitor rank Attraction City Country Annual visitors (millions)
50 Nagashima Spa Land Kuwana Japan 5.8
48 Universal Studios Hollywood Los Angeles USA 5.9
48 Palace of Versailles Paris France 5.9
47 Bourbon Street New Orleans USA 6
45 Museum of Modern Art New York USA 6.1
45 Universal Studios Orlando Florida USA 6.1
43 Lincoln Memorial Washington USA 6.2
43 Lake Mead Nevada USA 6.2
41 British Museum London England 6.7
41 Disney Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong 6.7
39 Lotte World Seoul South Korea 6.8
39 Everland Resort South Korea South Korea 6.8
36 National Air and Space Museum Washington USA 7
36 Eiffel Tower Paris France 7
36 Victoria Peak Hong Kong Hong Kong 7
35 Ocean Park Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong 7.4
34 Disney California Adventure Park Anaheim USA 7.7
33 Islands of Adventure, Universal Orlando USA 7.9
32 Smithsonian National Museum of History Washington USA 8
31 Sydney Opera House Sydney Australia 8.2
30 Pier 39 San Francisco USA 8.5
28 South Street Seaport New York USA 9
28 Great Wall of China Beijing China 9
26 Navy Pier Chicago USA 9.2
26 Musรฉe du Louvre Paris France 9.2
25 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tennessee USA 9.6
24 Universal Studios Japan Osaka Japan 9.7
22 Disney Hollywood Studios Bay Lake USA 9.9
22 Disney’s Animal Kingdom Orlando USA 9.9
20 Pike Place Market Seattle USA 10
20 Plaza de la Constituciรณn Mexico City Mexico 10
19 Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade Hong Kong Hong Kong 10.1
18 Sacre Coeur Paris France 10.5
17 Epcot Park Orlando USA 11
16 Disneyland Paris Paris France 11.2
15 Tokyo Disney Sea Tokyo Japan 12.6
14 Golden Gate Park San Francisco USA 13
13 Notre-Dame Cathedral Paris France 13.6
12 Tokyo Disney Resort Tokyo Japan 14.8
11 Grand Bazaar Istanbul Turkey 15
10 Forbidden City Beijing China 15.3
9 Disneyland Park Anaheim USA 15.9
8 Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Orlando USA 17.5
7 Faneuil Hall Boston USA 18
6 Grand Central Station New York USA 21.6
5 Niagara Falls USA and Canada USA, Canada 22.5
4 Union Station Washington USA 32.8
3 Central Park New York USA 37.5
2 Times Square New York USA 39.2
1 The Strip Las Vegas USA 39.6

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Countries with the most attractions in the top 50

Total Visitors Count of Attraction in Top 50

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27 of the top 50 attractions are in the US, cumulatively attracting 379 million visitors each year — this is more visitors than all other countries attractions in the top 50 put together!

tl;dr

9 of the top 10 attractions around the world are in the United States, with The Strip in Las Vegas topping the list. In total 27 of the top 50 attractions are in the US, cumulatively attracting 379 million visitors each year.

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