More travelers are hitting the road despite the “global economic challenges,” that is being faced. The graph of international tourist arrivals has always been on a splurge. What we value is a lot dependant on where we choose to spend our vacation. Theme parks have worldwide appeal with France’s Disneyland Park drawing tremendous crowd, becoming a part of the world’s most visited tourist attractions. The British Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Roman Colosseum and Forum are some others who have been receiving higher footfalls of tourists. Accessibility is a factor to reach sites like Yellowstone National Park, Terracotta Army in Xi’an, China, and Peru’s Machu Picchu which therefore to maintain the site’s integrity has restricted tourism. We bring you some of the most visited places in the world.
1. Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
The vaulted walkways of this 15th-century bazaar are full of items and merchandise such as intricately patterned carpets, copperware, Hand-painted ceramics, lanterns, gold Byzantine-style jewelry. It has become increasingly touristy, and bargaining here plays the game, you can haggle like a pro, and don’t hesitate to walk away. You can also choose to take a break for a succulent doner kebab or a strong cup of Turkish coffee.
2. The Zocalo, Mexican City
The enormous Zocalo was formally known as the Plaza de la Constitución and is always thrumming with activities. Many concerts, exhibitions, fairs, public art installations, military parades, cultural and political events, are hosted here. This historic place is flanked by the Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace. Raising and lowering of an imposing Mexican flag also wave over the scene every day.
3. Times Square, New York City
New York’s neon heart is flocked in big tourist numbers for the Broadway shows, megastores, flashing lights, and sheer spectacle—including costumed characters eager to pose for photo ops. Areas with café tables and Pedestrian-only were introduced a few years ago which are even more of an appealing hang out here. You can count on easy access to public transportation: subways, rails, buses, and more yellow taxis and other convenient hotels at every price point even though it can be of a chaotic base.
4. Central Park, New York City
Larger green spaces that stretch across nearly 850 acres of prime Manhattan real estate is the Central Park is an oasis for both tourists and locals. You can climb on top of 19th-century Belvedere Castle, check out the modest-size zoo, or sprawl on the Great Lawn as you gaze at the skyscrapers above.
5. Union Station, Washington D.C
About 12,500 passengers come in and out of this busy station every day. The stations which opened in 1907 also handle millions of tourists who pass through to take in the impeccably mixed architectural styles- from Classical to Beaux-Arts to Baroque. This union station has also turned into a shopping destination with more than 70 retail outlets present. It also acts as a jumping-off point for many D.C. tours.
6. Las Vegas Strip
This is a place where you can roll out of bed on to the Strip to catch the Bellagio fountains in action, shop, gamble, and much more. This is the reason many tourists chose to stay at hotels right on the four-mile-long Strip. You can hop above a 550-foot-tall Ferris wheel, aboard the high roller which is a cool new vantage point. The wheel debuted in March 2014 as a part of Linq, a flashy 300,000-square-foot shopping and entertainment complex by Caesars.
7. Meiji Jingu Shrine
The Shrine is an honor that is built for the divine souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, which is currently surrounded by a peaceful holy forest of more than 100,000 trees. The Meiji Jingu Shrine is more than 100 years old and is peaceful heaven that features seasonal gardens consisting of summer irises, spring azaleas, brilliant autumn leaves on Japanese maples and ginkgos, and black pines dusted with winter snow.
8. Sensoji Temple, Tokyo
Dedicated to Bodhisattva Kannon, the most compassionate Buddha, in 628. Sensoji temple is the world’s oldest temple. This is a dramatic nighttime illumination highlighting vermilion and crimson detailing of Five-Storied Pagoda. Stalls along the temple’s Nakamise Street is a continuing centuries-long tradition selling food and goods to pilgrims, whose numbers swell around New Year’s.
9. Niagara Falls, New York
Niagara Falls is a combination of three massive waterfalls at the border of the U.S. and Canada. It is about 6 million cubic feet of water spill from a maximum vertical drop of 165 feet—every minute. The falls are a spectacular watch because of its sheer power even though you will find 500 taller waterfalls in the world. A short flight or drive for millions of regional tourists makes it more accessible than many major falls.
10. Grand Central Terminal, New York City
The shops, holiday market, special events, and restaurants alongside the glittering ceiling painted with a map of the constellations from the night sky attract attention. Many visitors take time to visit the main concourse of this Beaux-Arts landmark, unlike harried commuters. The Campbell Apartment serves craft cocktails, the historic Oyster Bar shucks 2 million fresh bivalves a year.
11. Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City
Began in the 16th century, the Old Basilica completed in 1709, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe stands in stark contrast to the massive new basilica. Mexican architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez designed the looks like a sports arena. The structure holds 50,000 people, who come for mass to see an image of the Virgin Mary said to have appeared on an apron in 1531.
12. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Florida
High on virtually every family’s to-do list is to visit this most magical place on Earth. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train family-style roller coaster, chance to meet Anna and Elsa from the smash-hit Frozen in the Princess Fairytale Hall near Cinderella Castle are included in Expanded Fantasyland. Jungle Cruise, Space Mountain, time-tested attractions are also paraded down to Main Street, USA, and a firework spectacularly lights up the sky many nights.
13. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston
Once hosted speeches by such greats as Samuel Adams and George Washington, Faneuil Hall dates back to 1742. More than 100 specialty shops, the downtown marketplace, occupies a pedestrian-only, cobblestoned area, pedestrian-only, swarms with tourists and street performers. Faneuil Hall hosts Boston’s tallest Christmas tree along with festive light displays and choirs.
14. Tokyo, Disneyland
The second most-visited theme park is Disney’s Tokyo outpost, which shares the sweetness of the original parks’ Fantasyland. Peter Pan’s Flight and Dumbo the Flying Elephant are the adventures to continue along with Tomorrowland’s Space Mountain and Star Tours. Jungle Cruise Wildlife Expedition, musical soundtrack, a new after-dark night cruise promises more surprises alongside musical soundtrack and other renovations have improved the Adventureland classic.
15. Disneyland Park, CA
In Orlando counterpart, occupies about 85 acres of land, the original Disneyland Park has retro charm and some better features. Pirates of the Caribbean attraction lasts long and ends in a humid southern bayou with fireflies. Under the 16-foot rolling boulder, careens over lava, past swarms of beetles, Thrill-seekers will appreciate the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has reopened.
16. Forbidden City, Beijing
Once considered the center of the universe the place doesn’t have a street address. Gardens, opulent halls, winged pavilions are comprised within the 178-acre walled compound, is nowadays swarmed by the tourists. It takes about half a day to explore the grounds and history buffs will appreciate the self-guided audio tour—or a hired guide.