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When planning a trip to a new destination, you might find it helpful to know the most visited tourist attractions in the world. These are the places that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

According to Trip Advisor, Italy tops out as one of the most visitied tourist attractions in the world, with three of the top 10 sites that people travel to! It is easy to see why with its rich history, architecture, museums and of course, food!

France comes in second place with popular tourist attractions that are one everyone’s bucket list!

What surprised me most with this list is that there are absolutely no Asian destinations anywhere on the list! Nor will you find Iceland listed in the top 10, which has become a really HOT tourist spot in the last few years.

10 Most Visited Tourist Attractions in the World

Colloseum in Rome

1. The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Topping off the list of most popular tourist attractions is the Colosseum which is no big surprise for those who have it on their bucket list.

While a significant landmark in Rome, for those that have been & seen it in person, I must say that while impressive, it is not near as amazing a site as The Roman Forum (which didn’t even make the top 10!).

Wondering what else you should see in Rome? Check out our list of favorite Roman sites and great off the beaten path things to see.

Louvre Museum in Paris France

2. The Louvre Museum in Paris, France.

While known as one of the most impressive museums in the world, the Louvre was originally built as a fortress and later reconstructed to serve as a royal palace.

The massive complex that sits on the banks of the Seine is something to behold inside & out.

No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Louvre to see such popular pieces as the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, & Hammurabi’s Code.

What You'll find in St. Peter's Square

3. The Vatican Museums in Rome, Italy

I can totally see why the Vatican Museums made this list!

Filled with some of the most amazing art in the world, this is definitely a destination that everyone should make especially if they are already planning a trip to Rome.

Those looking to plan a trip to Vatican City from Rome will find it an incredible day trip!

Statue of Liberty in New York

4. The Statue of Liberty in New York City

Those visiting New York City will want to make sure to take the time to see the Statue of Liberty.

This famous Landmark for the United States was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi and was a gift from France to the United States.

 

While you can take the FREE Staten Island Ferry to get a great view of the Statue of Liberty, those who want to visit Ellis Island will need to book a ticket in advance that includes transportation.

During a trip to Ellis Island, you will be able to see the original torch Bartholdi constructed (it had to be replaced due to damage) along with other artifacts in the museum.

Eiffel Tower France

5. The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Quite possibly the most recognizable landmark in the world, the Eiffel Tower is a site to behold. Visible from many points in Paris, there is nothing quite like seeing it up close in person.

You can sit in the park and gaze at the structure from below or take in the sites of Paris from one of three platforms on the Eiffel tower itself for a fee.

6. Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

If there is one cathedral in the world to see, it is the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Built by renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, this Basilica is a work of art inside and out.

Gaudí wanted to construct a church that would make an impact on the skyline, and the Sagrada Familia certainly does so as it is one of the tallest religious buildings in the world.

While still under construction (due to be completed in 2026), it has been a work in progress for over 130 years and is something you should experience in your life no matter if it is completed or not.

Check out these other Gaudi Landmarks in Barcelona.

Jackson Square New Orleans

7. French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

The heart of New Orleans is the French Quarter and it is easy to see why this would be one of the top 10 destinations in the world!

There is no other place in the United States quite like it. The home of street jazz, creole cuisine and Mardi Gras, this place has it all!

But it isn’t all parties, booze and music, it has history, art & architecture as well.

Venture off Bourbon Street and you will find artists painting portraits and landscapes in Jackson Square. Then head to The Garden District to see examples of New Orleans’ antebellum past.

Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

8. Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Even if you have never read The Diary of Anne Frank, you probably know that she and her family once live in the attic of a home in Amsterdam.

You can visit The Anne Frank House and see the attic in which she lived along with the bookcase, family photographs, and Anne’s original diary.

9. Skydeck- Willis Tower, Chicago, Illinois

The Skydeck is on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower in Chicago. While it seems easy enough to take the elevator up to the floor and look out, what makes this famous landmark a place thrill seekers go is The Ledge. The Ledge is a glass balcony that extends out of the building.

While it may seem harmless enough, this platform has already cracked from the weight of so many people. It has been repaired, but who knows if it might happen again!

The Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.

10. The Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.

The third Italian site on the list of Popular Tourist Attractions in the World is a favorite among honeymooners and couples looking for a romantic getaway.

The Grand Canal serves as the main street (albeit water) in Venice and connects most of Venice’s top tourist attractions as it winds through the city.

While most think of Gondola rides (and you certainly should take one), the easiest way to get from one place to another is on a Vaporetto water bus, Venice’s floating public transport system. It gives you a great view of all the most popular sites along the Grand Canal.

Take a look at what you can see in Venice in a day!

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