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The Most Visited Attractions

on 17 April 2021

10 of the most visited tourist attractions in the world

Revealing The World’s 10 Most Popular Attractions Based On Traveler Interest.

10. Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy

St. Mark’s Square is the largest square in Venice known for centuries as a popular meeting destination. Experience its breathtaking beauty with a skip-the-line tour of the square’s two star attractions – Palazzo Ducale and Basilica of San Marco – or avoid the crowds all together with an after-hours tour.



9. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu is one of the most recognizable icons of South America and its tourism numbers reflect it. After receiving over 1 million visitors in 2016, tourism officials decided to cut back on the entrance allowance in efforts to save the precious ruins from crumbling.

8. Stonehenge, England

The set of historic stone monuments, known as Stonehenge, date from 2000 to 3000 BC. The iconic landmark is one of the most famous sites in the UK, and one of the most visited tourist attractions. Since Stonehenge was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage site in 1986, yearly visitors have skyrocketed to over 1.5 million.


7. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

This unfinished Roman Catholic basilica is perhaps Gaudi’s best work. Construction on this basilica started in 1882, and while it’s still yet to be completed, this is one spot no traveler to Barcelona will miss. Its popularity among travelers means there’s always long queues, so plan ahead and book a fast track guided tour or one with optional tower entry to breeze your way to the front.


6. Acropolis of Athens, Greece

These ancient ruins of Athens dangle above the scenic cliff-side of Greece. Despite ongoing restoration projects, hoards of onlookers continue to flock to the site year after year. The community saw close to 4 million tourists in 2019.


5. Eiffel Tower, France

Located in the heart of Paris, the most romantic city in the world, the Eiffel Tower has become a universal symbol of travel and a popular tourist destination. A visit to the Eiffel Tower tops many travel lists, and it’s no surprise considering the 7 million visitors who are snapping selfies under the 81-story building.


4. The Great Wall of China

Considered one of the greatest man-made structures in the world, the Great Wall of China stretches over 13,000 miles. Receiving 10 million tourists every year, it is beneficial to know the best time to visit. Autumn is arguably the prettiest season in which to arrive, but unfortunately, it is still the peak time for tourism. Surprisingly, June is best if you’re hoping to avoid the crowds, especially if you want to visit when it isn’t snowing.


3. The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt

It might be surprising to learn that a desolate desert in Egypt has now become one of the greatest tourist destinations in the world — unless you consider the number of people who desperately want to see the Great Pyramid of Giza! One of the official Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid is a bucket list destination for many. Built around 2500 B.C., the world-famous tomb is now responsible for a spectacular 14.7 million visitors per year.


2. Niagara Falls, USA/Canada

And then, we arrive in North America at a tourist destination that’s frequented more than all of the other sites, by over double the visitors. Niagara Falls, located on the border of New York and Ontario, Canada is a massive set of three waterfalls, with an astounding 6 million cubic feet of water gushing over the falls every minute. The site is currently estimated to host 30 million tourists annually, making it the most visited tourist attraction in the world.


1. The Colosseum, Rome

The most famous and largest structure still standing from the Roman Empire, the Colosseum is also the biggest attraction of modern-day Rome. It's been a bucket-list destination of travelers for generations. And it does not disappoint.

Set in the heart of the city, the Colosseum is an easy place to visit. Direct flights from around the world land in Rome daily, making it a destination you can visit in a weekend if you choose. Wander through Rome's ancient streets, tour the colosseum, and if time allows, plan a trip to other areas of Italy.

Last Updated: 17 April 2021

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