These Are The World’s Most Popular Tourist Destinations


Lifestyle magazine Travel+Leisure has released its annual rankings of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, listing which spots see the most visitors every year.

The list comprises both man-made and natural wonders, with some of the most iconic destinations across the world not even ranking in the top 50 – unsurprising when the world’s most visited tourist trap, The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, sees a massive 91 million people.

According to the magazine, accessibility is one of the key drivers, as some remote wonders (such as Yellowstone Park in the USA) are too remote to see the massive traffic other destinations get, while places like Machu Picchu in Peru have become more restricted by government efforts maintain the site’s integrity.

Travel+Leisure determined the ranking by using traffic data from the various sites, as well as government and reliable media data where they could find it.

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Tourist attractions are defined as cultural or historical sites, natural landmarks and officially designated spaces, excluding areas used for religious pilgrimages and modern shopping malls.

Here are the 15 most visited tourist attractions in the world:

1. Grand Bazaar, Istanbul – 91.25 million tourists

Grand Bazaar

2. The Zócalo, Mexico City – 85 million tourists

The Zocalo

3. Times Square, New York City – 50 million tourists

Times Square

4. Central Park, New York City 40 million tourists

Central Park

4. Union Station, Washington, D.C. – 40 million tourists

Union Station

6. Las Vegas Strip – 30.5 million tourists

Las Vegas strip

7. Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo – 30 million tourists

Meiji Jingu Shrine

7. Sensoji Temple, Tokyo – 30 million tourists

Sensoji Temple

9. Niagara Falls, New York and Ontario – 22 million tourists

Niagara Falls

10. Grand Central Terminal, New York City – 21.6 million tourists

Grand Central

11. Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City – 20 million tourists

Basilica of Our Lady

12. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Orlando, FL – 18.6 million tourists

Disney World

13. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston – 18 million tourists

Faneuil Hall Boston

14. Tokyo Disneyland – 17.2 million tourists

Tokyo Disney

15. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, CA – 16.2 million tourists

Disneyland California

The full ranking can be found on the Travel+Leisure website.


Source: Business Tech

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