The World’s most-visited tourist attractions

By Andrew Hudson Published: December 2, 2014 Updated: November 18, 2016

The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul tops a recent list by Travel+Leisure of the World’s 50 Most-Visited Tourist Attractions.

The top six attractions are large public areas, and four of the top 20 attractions are Disney theme parks.

World’s Most-Visited Tourist Attractions

2014, by Travel+Leisure
1The Grand BazaarIstanbulTurkey
2The ZócaloMexico CityMexico
3Times SquareNew YorkUSA
4Central ParkNew YorkUSA
4Union StationWashington DCUSA
6Las Vegas StripLas VegasUSA
7Meiji Jingu ShrineTokyoJapan
7Sensoji TempleTokyoJapan
9Niagara FallsOntario, Canada and New York, USA
10Grand Central TerminalNew YorkUSA
11Basilica of Our Lady of GuadalupeMexico CityMexico
12Disney World’s Magic KingdomOrlandoUSA
13Faneuil Hall MarketplaceBostonUSA
14Tokyo DisneylandTokyoJapan
15Disneyland ParkAnaheimUSA
16Forbidden CityBeijingChina
17Golden Gate NRASan FranciscoUSA
18Tokyo DisneySeaTokyoJapan
19Notre Dame CathedralParisFrance
20Golden Gate ParkSan FranciscoUSA
21Balboa ParkSan DiegoUSA
22South Street SeaportNew YorkUSA
23San Antonio River WalkSan AntonioUSA
24EpcotLake Buena VistaUSA
25St Peter’s BasilicaVatican CityVatican City
26Great Wall of ChinaChina
27Sacré Coeur BasilicaParisFrance
28Disneyland ParkMarne-la-ValléeFrance
29Disney’s Animal KingdomLake Buena VistaUSA
30Disney’s Hollywood StudiosLake Buena VistaUSA
31Universal Studios JapanOsakaJapan
32Hollywood Walk of FameLos AngelesUSA
33Pike Place MarketSeattleUSA
34Great Smoky Mountains National ParkNorth Carolina and TennesseeUSA
35Musée du LouvreParisFrance
36Navy PierChicagoUSA
37Disney’s California AdventureAnaheimUSA
38Sydney Opera HouseSydneyAustralia
39Universal’s Islands of AdventureOrlandoUSA
40National Museum of Natural HistoryWashington DCUSA
40Grand PalaceBangkokThailand
40Pier 39San FranciscoUSA
43Palace of VersaillesParisFrance
44Ocean ParkHong KongChina
45Bourbon StreetNew OrleansUSA
46National Museum of ChinaBeijingChina
47Hong Kong DisneylandHong KongChina
47Lotte WorldSeoulSouth Korea
49EverlandGyeonggi-DoSouth Korea
50Taj MahalAgraIndia
Source: Travel+Leisure magazine, Nov 2014


“We defined ‘tourist attractions’ as cultural and historical sites, natural landmarks, and officially designated spaces. So Boston’s shop-filled Faneuil Hall Marketplace (est. 1742) made the cut, but not Minnesota’s Mall of America, which, with 40 million annual visitors, would otherwise have tied for No. 4. Short walkways and plazas also fit our definition of tourist attractions; that disqualified the Blue Ridge Parkway. We also omitted beaches, bridges, and sites that draw almost exclusively religious pilgrims.”
Travel and Leisure, Nov 2014

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Reply by Alli

December 29, 2014

It is the huge and wonderful list that is showing the names of the most well known and the most desirable attractions all over the world. It is appealing me very much because the name of the first place that is mentioned in this list is one of may favorite places. Yes I am talking about the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul. I visited there in the start of this year. It is no doubt that it has the variety of things and it attracts the millions of visitors every year.

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