Annual Visitors: 40,000,000 Opened in 1907, this busy station shuttles some 12,500 passengers daily in and out of the city.But it also handles millions of tourists who pass through to take in the impeccably mixed architectural styles throughout the colossal building: from Classical to Beaux-Arts to Baroque. Annual Visitors: 30,500,000 In 2013, 77 percent of Vegas tourists—30.5 million—chose to stay at hotels right on the four-mile-long Strip. Roll out of bed and onto the Strip to catch the Bellagio fountains in action, shop, gamble, and, of course, people-watch (which can get especially fun later at night).Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace flank this historic public square, and an imposing Mexican flag, raised and lowered daily, waves over the scene.Annual Visitors: 50,000,000 Tourists flock to New York’s neon heart for the flashing lights, Broadway shows, megastores, and sheer spectacle—including costumed characters eager to pose for photo ops.Annual Visitors: 85,000,000 Formally known as the Plaza de la Constitución, the enormous Zócalo thrums with activity.It hosts military parades, cultural and political events, concerts, exhibitions, fairs, and public art installations.
And if it all gets overwhelming, break for a succulent doner kebab or strong cup of Turkish coffee.
Yet these South Korean theme parks also rank among the world’s 50 most-visited tourist attractions—beating out the Eiffel Tower (nearly 7 million), the Great Pyramids (4 million), and Stonehenge (1 million). Related: Europe's Most-Visited Tourist Attractions Where we choose to spend our vacation time says a lot about what we value.
Despite—or perhaps because of—what the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) calls “global economic challenges,” more travelers are hitting the road than ever.
Annual Visitors: 91,250,000 Hand-painted ceramics, lanterns, intricately patterned carpets, copperware, gold Byzantine-style jewelry, and more eye-catching products vie for your attention within this 15th-century bazaar’s vaulted walkways.
It has since expanded and become increasingly touristy, but locals, too, are among the millions of bargain hunters.