Tourists, Dubrovnik, CroatiaImage credit: Dalibor Tomic

You may not be able to visit all 50 in your lifetime, or perhaps you’ll take the year off to travel to every single destination on this list, but either way, it’s good to know which attractions draw in the biggest crowds from around the world, whether its a Forbidden City or a Turkish Bazaar, a Parisian theme park or a street with a whole century of history. The research was conducted by Travel + Leisure by gathering recent data supplied by the attractions themselves or from government agencies, industry reports, and reputable media outlets, mostly from 2013. Attractions without ticket sales gave best estimates.There are 15 theme parks that have made it into the list, considering the fact that people simply love to have fun, while no British attractions made the cut. Even Rome’s grandest attraction of all, the Colosseum, didn’t make it into the top 50, boasting only about 5.1 million visitors when compared with Turkey’s Grand Bazaar which came first with about 91.25 million visitors.

It appears that international tourism is up by about 5%, which is huge for the world’s economy. while China is the second largest supplier of outbound tourists, Russia comes 5th on that list and has increased travel spending by 26%.

Check out the full list of the world’s top 50 most-visited attractions:

 
Attractions Location Annual Visitors
1 Grand Bazaar Istanbul 91,250,000
2 The Zócalo Mexico City 85,000,000
3 Times Square New York City 50,000,000
4 Central Park New York City 40,000,000
5 Union Station Washington, D.C. 40,000,000
6 Strip Las Vegas 30,500,000
7 Meiji Jingu Shrine Tokyo 30,000,000
8 Sensoji Temple Tokyo 30,000,000
9 Niagara Falls New York and Ontario 22,000,000
10 Grand Central Terminal New York City 21,600,00
11 Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mexico City 20,000,000
12 Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 18,588,000
13 Faneuil Hall Marketplace Boston 18,000,000
14 Tokyo Disneyland Tokyo 17,214,000
15 Disneyland Park California 16,202,000
16 Forbidden City Beijing 15,340,000
17 Golden Gate National Recreation Area San Francisco 14,289,121
18 Tokyo DisneySea Tokyo 14,084,000
19 Notre Dame Cathedral Paris 14,000,000
20 Golden Gate Park San Francisco 13,000,000
21 Balboa Park San Diego Upto 14,000,000
22 South Street Seaport New York City 12,000,000
23 San Antonio River Walk Texas 11,500,000
24 Epcot, Disney World Orlando, Florida 11,229,000
25 St. Peter’s Basilica Vatican City,Italy 11,000,000
26 Great Wall of China China 10,720,000
27 Sacré Coeur Basilica Paris 10,500,000 28 Disneyland Park France 10,430,000 29 Disney’s Animal Kingdom Florida 10,198,000 30 Disney’s Hollywood Studios Florida 10,110,000 31 Universal Studios Japan Osaka, Japan 10,100,000 32 Hollywood Walk of Fame California Upto 12,000,000 33 Pike Place Market Seattle 10,000,000 34 Great Smoky Mountains North Carolina and Tennessee 9,345,695 35 Musée du Louvre Paris 9,334,000 36 Navy Pier Chicago 8,900,000 37 Disney’s California Adventure California 8,514,000 38 Sydney Opera House Sydney 8,200,000 39 Universal’s Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 8,141,000 40 National Museum of Natural History Washington, D.C. 8,000,000 41 Grand Palace Bangkok 8,000,000 42 Pier 39 San Francisco 8,000,000 43 Palace of Versailles France 7,527,122 44 Ocean Park Hong Kong 7,475,000 45 Bourbon Street New Orleans 7,470,000 46 National Museum of China Beijing 7,450,000 47 Hong Kong Disneyland Hong Kong 7,400,000 48 Lotte World Seoul 7,400,000 49 Everland, Gyeonggi-Do South Korea 7,303,000 50 Taj Mahal Agra, India Upto 8,000,000