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The Most Popular Tourist Attractions Worldwide – Which Ones are on Your Bucket List?

Posted by Nicole West on 04/02/2016
Popular Tourist Attractions Worldwide - Which Ones are on Your Bucket List?

Where would we be without the world’s most famous tourist attractions, inspiring us to travel around the globe?

From thundering waterfalls, bustling cities and enchanting architecture, to landmarks immortalised on the silver screen; our travel bucket lists heave under the weight of endless options.

How do you choose which one to tick off next? Here’s a look at some of the most popular destinations.

Walt Disney World, Florida, USA

The Most Popular Tourist Attractions Worldwide - Which Ones are on Your Bucket List?

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The flagship of the Disney empire, Florida’s top attraction is a dream come true for children (and big kids at heart), from across the world. As if meeting Mickey Mouse, Disney Princesses and Alice in Wonderland wasn’t enough, there’s also fireworks, parades, shows and rides to enchant every tourist – even the dads!

Times Square, New York, USA

The Most Popular Tourist Attractions Worldwide - Which Ones are on Your Bucket List?

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The bright lights of Times Square are a symbol of Manhattan, yet you’ll find more tourists there, than native New Yorkers. Why is the bustling intersection a top tourist destination? For starters, it’s where the New Year’s Eve Ball is dropped, you can visit hotspots like Planet Hollywood, ogle the spectacular array of billboards and simply soak up the ambience of the always-buzzing scene, day or night.

Forbidden City, Beijing, China

The Most Popular Tourist Attractions Worldwide - Which Ones are on Your Bucket List?

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The name alone compels tourists to visit the best-preserved imperial palace in China. The Forbidden City is the largest ancient palatial structure in the world and was home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Ancient Chinese history tells us that the emperor was said to be a son of heaven, therefore the palace was forbidden to ordinary people – hence the mysterious name.

Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

The Most Popular Tourist Attractions Worldwide - Which Ones are on Your Bucket List?

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You’ve probably seen the views of Paris, framed by stone gargoyles from the top of Notre-Dame’s south tower, in hundreds of holiday snaps. The symbolic heart of Paris is the scene of dramatic history, including the crowing of Napoléon and numerous royal weddings. You can also visit the bell of Notre-Dame, made famous by the fictional Quasimodo in Victor Hugo’s novel, ‘The Hunchback of Notre-Dame’.

Las Vegas Strip, Nevada, USA

The Most Popular Tourist Attractions Worldwide - Which Ones are on Your Bucket List?

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“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” is a term coined for good reason. The 24-hour entertainment strip is heaven on earth for bucks, hens and anyone after a never-ending party. Here, you can eat, drink and be merry among resorts that resemble theme parks, renowned international shows, designer stores, non-stop casinos and the Bellagio’s iconic dancing fountains.

Central Park, New York, USA

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A romantic horse and carriage ride through Central Park, in softly drifting snow, is a movie scene you can actually put on your own bucket list. One of New York’s most visited attractions, the park is a haven for ice-skating, walking, picnicking, outdoor concerts, skyline views and the unique atmosphere that only Manhattan’s most-filmed green space, can provide.

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

The Most Popular Tourist Attractions Worldwide - Which Ones are on Your Bucket List?

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If you love to shop and dazzling colours make you weak at the knees, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar should shoot straight to the top of your list. The chaotic, covered market in the heart of the Old City is a giant treasure trove of carpets, lanterns, shoes, rugs and everything you could want for a souvenir. Even Aladdin’s cave couldn’t compete with Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar!

Niagara Falls, USA and Canada

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Straddling the border between Canada and the USA, Niagara Falls is an almost unstoppable force of water that hypnotises thousands of tourists a day. Not that it needs help looking incredible, but at certain times of year you can see the falls illuminated by light and framed by fireworks. Best of all, you can experience the thundering water and magnetising mist up close and personal, from a boat cruise.

Grand Central Terminal, New York, USA

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Grand Central Terminal is such an iconic, historical landmark, that’s it’s easy to forget it’s one of the busiest train stations in the world. Since it opened in Midtown Manhattan in 1871, ‘Grand Central Station’, as it’s more commonly known, is decorated with art statues, an astronomical ceiling mural and the glittering ambience of a space made famous by Hollywood movies. 

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