The Top 10 Most Rated Tourist Attractions in the World

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Travelers are constantly seeking inspiration to steer their journeys. When you’re gazing at a globe, it might be difficult to come up with a list of places to visit. What are the world’s top tourist attractions? What are the most iconic sights on everyone’s bucket list of places to see throughout the world?

1. Eiffel Tower, Paris

Spring flowers in front of the Eiffel Tower
Spring flowers in front of the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower, a symbol of Paris and one of the most photographed monuments in the world, is a must-see for all visitors. Few sites elicit such a strong desire to go as this one iron building.

Young travelers embarking on their first road trip, couples seeking a romantic break, artists seeking inspiration, and romantics of all varieties are all drawn to Paris. This is a place where history and culture meet, and where tourists of all types may discover what they’re looking for.

2. The Colosseum, Rome

The Colosseum
The Colosseum

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 for 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.

3. Statue of Liberty, New York City

Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty

America is full of great sights and places to visit, but it’s the Statue of Liberty that represents the United States like no other place. This symbol of freedom in New York City was gifted by the French to the American people in 1896.

Of all the attractions in New York City, this is one every tourist must-see. The best thing to do at the Statue of Liberty is to take a ride up to her crown and soak up the view over the city. Access to the statue is via ferry, also a highlight of a visit.

4. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

If you are planning to see only one attraction in South America, this is the place to come. The ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu is arguably the most impressive ruined city in the world.

Much of the attraction comes from its location, high in the jungle-clad mountains of Peru. Set on a high plateau with soaring green mountains, the setting is surreal. The sheer tenacity of the original builders to create this amazing place in what would have been an impenetrable jungle, is, in itself, impressive.

Visitor numbers are now limited to a maximum per day, so the experience has been greatly enhanced.

5. The Acropolis, Athens

The Acropolis in Athens
The Acropolis in Athens | Photo Copyright: Lana Law

 

Perched above present day Athens, the Acropolis draws you up and in. Follow in the footsteps of ancients as you walk up the same steps that have been walked on since 438 BC — 2,500 years.

Views out over the city are incredible as you walk between the meticulously restored ancient buildings. Near the end of the day, you’ll want to linger and watch the sunset from the stairs near the entrance. This is a nightly ritual in Athens.

The site is also impressive looking up at it from the city below. Spend an evening dining on a rooftop patio to soak in the view of the hilltop ruins lit up at night.

6. The Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal | Photo Copyright: Lana Law

The Taj Mahal is the one sight in India that all travelers need to see. The country is filled with incredible cities and fabulous places to visit, but the 17th-century Taj Mahal is the one place that says you’ve been to India.

This mausoleum, commissioned by the Shah Jahan for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, is known internationally as a symbol of love. This fantastic structure, made with inlaid precious and semi-precious stones, has to be visited to be fully appreciated.

Its riverfront setting, surrounding gardens, and reflecting pools are also what make the Taj Mahal so special.

7. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Pyramids of Giza
Pyramids of Giza | Photo Copyright: Lana Law

If you’ve visited places like the Colosseum in Rome or the Acropolis in Athens, built over 2,000 years ago, you may think you have a good handle on ancient sites. But the Pyramids of Giza take ancient to a whole other level. These were built over 4,500 years ago. Tourists were coming to see these magnificent structures literally thousands of years ago.

Located just outside Cairo, the pyramids, which are also where you’ll find the Sphinx, are easy to get to, and tours are easy to arrange. A sunset camel ride around the structures is a wonderful experience.

8. Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China

In a land of modern cities and towering skyscrapers, the Great Wall of China, built between the 14th and 17th centuries, is a stark contrast but a striking image that all visitors to China should see.

A stroll along the top of the wall provides an incredible view of the structure snaking off into the distance. The wall stretches an astounding 21,196 kilometers, through some remote areas.

Many travelers seeing the sights of China choose to visit the wall on easily organized tours from Beijing, a relatively short motorcoach ride away.

9. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Stone faces at Angkor Wat
Stone faces at Angkor Wat 

Surrounded by jungle and, in some cases, overgrown with huge trees and roots, the ancient structures of the Angkor complex may look like a movie set to some visitors.

Wandering through Angkor Wat, the main centerpiece of the complex, it’s easy to feel like you’ve entered another era. This is without a doubt, one of the most impressive sites in Southeast Asia and the main reason many people visit Cambodia.

The stone faces peering out over the buildings and gates are images that you won’t soon forget.

10. Petra, Jordan

Petra
Petra

You may have an Indiana Jones feeling as you walk through a 1.2-kilometer-long narrow crack in the sandstone hills and emerge into a hidden city. First built over 2,000 years ago and lost to the outside world for 600 years, the city was only discovered in 1812.

Stunning buildings are carved directly into the red rock walls and are wonderfully preserved, just begging to be explored and photographed.

If you arrive early, an eerie silence, coupled with long shadows, gives this abandoned city a special feel.

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