The World's Most Visited Attractions
Most of the content in this post was originally posted on my previous typepad blog in 2012 (hoping all the links still work). I've been meaning to move it over for ages as it was a very popular entry! It's interesting to go through the list of the world's most visited attractions and see which ones you have been to. It's also a great framework to follow for a travel album or fun to use as a bucket list.
No. 1 Times Square, New York City – I was able to snap this picture of the famous cowboy in June of 2012 when the crowds miraculously parted for a moment. Where else can you see cowboys in their underwear, fake Elmos, spray paint art, and hot Rolex watches all in the same glance? Times Square is a one-of-a-kind place!
No. 3 Union Station,Washington, D.C. – This was part of my “bucket list”, we took an Amtrak train from Union Station in DC to Penn Station in NYC. I’ve always dreamed of taking a cross-country train trip but my hubby has not been fond of the idea. He did enjoy our 3 hour trip between DC & NYC though so I’m making progress! This is one busy station and it was interesting to see all the different travelers. Our bags were sniff-inspected by a big police dog. I felt really bad for the poor dog because I’m sure our suitcases didn’t smell too good by that point in the trip.
No. 4 Las Vegas Strip – I’ve probably been to Vegas seven or eight different times in my life. There are some fun things to do there, but it sure has gotten more raunchy over the last few years. We aren’t anxious to go back anytime soon.
I’ve never been to the next 3 destinations on the list:
No. 8 Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Orlando – I’m not surprised that this is in the top ten list, I think I would have guessed that it would be ranked higher. We have visited Disney World one time, back in 2008. Such a fun place to visit, but as far as the Disney portion goes, we prefer Disneyland over The Magic Kingdom.
No. 9 Disneyland Park,Anaheim, CA – We are Disneyland people for sure! Well, at least the kids and I are big fans. My hubby has been so many times in his life because of traveling with his parents on a regular business trip to Anaheim. We’ve been a lot of times also, but I enjoy it even more now that my kids are grown. It’s fun to hang out with them there and we love to learn more about the history behind the rides and the secrets of the park. We also love to collect pins.
Never been to
No. 21 The Zócalo,Mexico City
No. 23 Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL – We made the mistake of riding the river rapids ride at the beginning of the day so we were completely soaked. I’m not just talking a little bit wet, I’m talking you could wring out your clothes and fill a bucket. I wish we wouldn’t have done that because it kind of made the day miserable. That said, if I ever go back to Disneyworld, I’m totally going to stay in the Animal Kingdom Lodge because that place is amazing! We wished we would have stayed there.
I haven’t been to
No. 26 Great Wall of China, China
No. 29 Musée du Louvre, Paris – I feel like I didn’t even make a dent when I went there. How can you ever see everything in that place? I’d love to take my kids there someday. We didn't have time to go during our brief weekend stay in the spring of 2015. Photo from wikimedia commons
Never been to
No. 34 Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History,Washington, D.C. – I would love to go back when it wasn’t filled with thousands of girl scouts since we were there during their 100 year anniversary gathering. What a cool place!
I think it’s pretty amazing that I’ve been to 23 of the 50 most popular tourist destinations in the world. Not bad for a Utah girl (who doesn’t even like to fly)! I know there are some destinations that I will never see, but I’m very happy that I’ve had the chance to see so many amazing places. How many have you been to? Are any of them on your travel dreams list?