When planning your bucket list for 2020, you may be wondering where to go. Whether you’re visiting the hottest places or want to avoid them, this list will let you know. Where in the world do tourists from all over the world travel? Take a look around to learn more about 9 of the world’s most visited attractions.
9. The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Iceland is without a doubt one of the hottest new travel destinations whose interest has grown exponentially in recent years. The most popular destination in Iceland is The Blue Lagoon. Last year it had a record total of 700,000 international visitors. The Blue Lagoon is a natural, geothermal spa that is embedded in a lava field and is known for its mineral-rich healing water. Families book with care, as children under 2 years of age have no access to the pool. Children between 2 and 8 years old must wear arm swimmers.
8. Machu Picchu, Peru
Tourists quickly notice South America as they search for less known, undiscovered places in the world. Machu Picchu is one of the most famous icons on the continent and the tourism numbers reflect this. After receiving 1 million visitors in 2016, tourism officials decided to cut the entrance fee to save the precious ruins from decaying.
7. Stonehenge, England
The historical stone monuments date from the years 2000 to 3000 BC. The landmark is one of the most famous symbols of Great Britain. Since Stonehenge was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1982, the annual number of visitors has increased to 1.3 million tourists a year. The statics now show a slow decline.
6. Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
You’ve probably seen the photos of people under the massive white replica of Christ. Known as Christ the Redeemer, the statue casts its shadow on around 1.8 million visitors a year. The best or worst day for Sao Paolo is, depending on how you see it, Easter Sunday. In recent years, a whopping 14,000 people have come to the portrait on the day of the religious holiday.
5. Acropolis of Athens, Greece
These ancient ruins of Athens dangle over the picturesque cliffs of Greece. Despite ongoing restoration projects, crowds of spectators flock to the site year after year. Tourism experts expect an all-time high for 2018. The community is preparing for a whopping 4.5 million international visitors this year.
4. Eiffel Tower, France
The Eiffel Tower is located in the heart of Paris, the most romantic city in the world, and has become a universal symbol of travel. A visit to the Eiffel Tower lists many buckets, and it’s no surprise when about 7 million visitors take selfies under the 81-story building each year.
3. The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China, considered to be one of the largest human-made structures in the world, stretches for 21,000 kilometers. With 10 million tourists a year, knowing the best time to travel is an advantage. Autumn is probably the best time, but unfortunately it is still high season for tourism. Surprisingly, June is the time to visit with the least pedestrian traffic, especially if you are planning a visit when it is not snowing.
2. The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
It may be surprising to learn that a barren desert in the Middle East has become one of the largest tourist destinations in the world. Unless you think that many people want to visit the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the official 7 wonders of the ancient world. The tomb that dates back to around 2500 BC BC was built. is now responsible for spectacular 14.7 million visitors a year.
1. Niagara Falls, USA/Canada
And then we arrive in North America at a travel destination that more than doubles the number of other attractions. The Niagara Falls on the border between New York and Ontario (Canada) consist of three giant waterfalls. An astonishing 6 million cubic feet of water flow over the falls every minute. The website currently hosts 30 million tourists annually.