Everybody has their ideal vacation spot. Maybe you’d like a trip to the Bahamas or Hawaii, or maybe you’d like to see the Coliseum or the pyramids. But what are the most visited places on earth? It might surprise you that
10. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
Being the world’s most visited theme park is a major accomplishment but carries many inconveniences with it as well. The Disney World Magic Kingdon located in Florida broke the record of 19.3 million visitors in one year, making it one of the most visited places on earth and the number one most visited resort in the world.
9. Grand Central Terminal
New York City will claim many spots of the most visited places on earth, and Grand Central Terminal is one of those locations. Located at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. More than 21 million people pass through this architectural masterpiece every single year, making it the busiest train station in the world.
8. Niagara Falls
Between the tourism drawn from both the Canadian and US sides, Niagara Falls brings in 22 million visitors every single year. During the last ice age, receding glaciers created what is now one of the most breathtaking sights in the world. Known as the honeymoon capital of the world, newlywed couples from all over the world come to share their union in front of Lake Erie gloriously draining into Lake Ontario. Niagara Falls has also drawn daredevils from all over the world for centuries. It’s hard to think of Niagara Falls without thinking of someone going over in a barrel!
7. Meiji Jingu Shrine
Located in Tokyo, this shrine was built more than a century ago to honor the late Emperor Meiji, who died in 1912. The shrine itself was constructed three years later in 1915. Close to 30 million visitors visit this tranquil spot each year. The shine is in the middle of a forest, surrounded by 120,000 trees of more than 300 species. Some come to honor the late emperor, while others come to enjoy the magnificent scenery, especially during seasons when the leaves change color.
6. Las Vegas Strip
If you guessed the Las Vegas Strip is one of the most visited places on earth — jackpot! Every year, more than 30 million people come to this resort city in Nevada to take in the food, drinks, live entertainment, and most of all, gambling. Whether blackjack, roulette, or nickel slots, people from all over the world love to shove their money into the hands of the dealer, hoping to get it back ten-fold. You win some, you lose some. Las Vegas is also known for some of the most popular live entertainment in the world.
5. Union Station
Located right in the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C., Union Station draws 40 million people annually, making it one of the most visited places on earth. Every day, almost 13,000 passengers pass through Union Station. But it’s not just a place to board your train or bus — it can be easy to get lost wandering through the 70 shops and boutiques that also make Union Station one of the most popular shopping destinations in the Untied States. It’s also a must-see spot for almost every guided tour in USA’s capital city.
4. Central Park
Tied with Union Station, New York City’s Central Park brings in 40 million visitors a year. People from rural areas where green pastures and forests go as far as the eye can see may not see what’s so great about Central Park. But for visitors and residents of New York City, Central Park is literally a breath of fresh air. Designed in 1857 by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, the park opened to the public in 1858. Since then, it has been the most popular urban park in the United States. It’s also one of the most used sets for a film in the world.
3. Times Square
Perhaps the most filmed and photographed place in mainstream media, New York City’s Times Square is the central tourist destination in the United States. Every year, 50 million people come from all over the world to see the bright lights and Broadway musicals. Everything you could need can be found in Times Square, but don’t be taken advantage of by tourist traps. Travel a few blocks away from this central tourist destination and you will find the real New York City. (Don’t forget to try the cheesecake!)
2. The Zócalo
The Zócalo is the main square in Mexico City. It draws 85 million people every single year. To put that into perspective, that’s almost as many people as the entire population of Egypt visiting one destination. Before it was The Zócalo, it was known as Plaza de la Constitución. It’s a glorious sight with an ancient history, serving as a gathering place for the region dating all the way back to Aztec times. The site plays a vital role in Mexico City, hosting most of the city’s ceremonies and parades.
1. Grand Bazaar
With more than 91 million visitors per year, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is far and away the most visited place on earth. That’s right — every single day, this market brings in more than 250,000 and 400,000 visitors every single day. The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest covered markets in the world, constructed in 1455. For more than 500 years, this marketplace has withstood dozens of fires and earthquakes, also making it one of the most resilient landmarks in the world. It’s visited by tourists and locals alike, as people cannot get enough of the unique finds like ceramics, jewelry, and carpets. It’s also known as one of the best tourist destinations in the world for people who like to haggle for a bargain.