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Top Ten Most Visited Places in the World

The question of which are the most visited places in the world is much debated. We can list the places based on the number of visitors. Following is the list of Most Visited Places in The World according to Forbes Travel as of the year 2007 (based on annual visitors). Let's see what are these places and why these places are popular among the people around the world.

The question of which are the most visited places in the world is much debated. We can list the places based on the number of visitors.  Following is  the list of Most Visited Places in The World according to Forbes Travel as of the year 2007 (based on annual visitors). Let's see what are these places and why these places are popular among the people around the world.

1. Time Square in New York, USA - 35 million visitor per year      

Times Square, the most bustling square of New York is known for its many Broadway theatres, cinemas and supersigns. It is one of those places that make New York a city that never sleeps. It has become a cultural hub full of theaters, music halls, and upscale hotels. Times Square is a busy intersection of art and commerce, where scores of advertisements – electric, neon and illuminated signs and "zipper" news crawls – vie for viewers' attention.

2. National Mall & Memorial Parks in Washington Monument, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials - Washington DC,USA (25 million visitors per year)

Washington, D.C. is the capital city of the United States. It is also the seat of the government. Being a large city, it is divided into several districts: Downtown, North Central, West and East.

In the Downtown district, you can find the National Mall; one of the notable landmarks of the city. The National Mall and Memorial Parks Washington D.C. – United States are comprised of various parks and monuments all within the city of Washington, D.C.

3. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida California, USA - 16.6 million visitors per year

Walt Disney World Resort also known as Walt Disney World, and colloquially as Disney World, is the world's largest and most-visited recreational resort.

 The resort includes four theme parks, two water parks, 23 on-site themed resort hotels including a campground, two health spas and physical fitness centers, and other recreational venues and entertainment. It opened on October 1, 1971 with only the Magic Kingdom theme park and has since added Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom.

The resort was inspired by the dreams of Walt Disney. Its original park, the Magic Kingdom, was designed similarly to Disneyland, which also served as inspiration for the project. Walt envisioned Disney World as a vacation resort much different from Disneyland's one day visit. This included entertainment, uniquely-themed resort hotels, and a much wider variety of sports and recreational opportunities.

4. Trafalgar Square in London, England - 15 million visitors per year

Trafalgar Square is a public space and tourist attraction in central London, England. At its centre is Nelson's Column, which is guarded by four lion statues at its base. There are a number of statues and sculptures in the square, with one plinth displaying changing pieces of contemporary art. The square is also used for political demonstrations and community gatherings, such as the celebration of New Year's Eve.

5. Disneyland Park in Anaheim California, USA - 14.7 million visitors per year

Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with close to 600 million guests since it opened. In 2009, 15.9 million people visited the park, making it the second most visited park in the world that calendar year.

Disneyland Park is a theme park located in Anaheim, California, owned and operated by the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division of the Walt Disney Company. Known as Disneyland when it opened on July 18, 1955, and still colloquially known by that name, it is the only theme park to be designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. In 1998, the theme park was re-branded "Disneyland Park" to distinguish it from the larger Disneyland Resort complex.

6. Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada and New York USA - 14 million visitors per year

The Niagara Falls are renowned both for their beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power. Managing the balance between recreational, commercial, and industrial uses has been a challenge for the stewards of the falls since the 19th century.

The Niagara Falls are the most powerful waterfalls in North America. These voluminous waterfalls are situated on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario and forms the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York. The falls are 17 miles (27 km) north-northwest of Buffalo, New York and 75 miles (121 km) south-southeast of Toronto, Ontario, between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, New York.

7. Fisherman’s Wharf/Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco, USA - 13 million visitors per year

Fisherman's Wharf is one of the busiest and well nown tourist attractions in North America, it is best known for being the location of Pier 39, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the Cannery Shopping Center, Ghirardelli Square, a Ripley's Believe it or Not museum, the Musée Mécanique, the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf, Forbes Island and restaurants.

A disparate collection of cultural, historical and geographical features including 59 miles of the Pacific coastline make up the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, an urban park that attracts up to 17 million annual visitors. The Golden Gate is the mile wide passage between the turbulent Pacific Ocean and the calm, sheltered waters of San Francisco Bay, bordered by the Marin Peninsula in the north and San Francisco in the south, and crossed by the most universally recognized symbol of the city, the Golden Gate Bridge.

8. Tokyo Disneyland/DisneySea in Tokyo, Japan - 12.9 million visitor per year

Tokyo Disneyland is a great theme park. It is laid out very similar to the park in California with much of the same rides. It caters pretty well to English speaking people, but all of the commentary on the rides is in Japanese.

Tokyo DisneySea and its companion park Tokyo Disneyland are the only Disney parks in the world not owned by The Walt Disney Company. It was the first Disney park to be built outside of the United States. The park was constructed by Walt Disney Imagineering in the same style as Disneyland in California and Magic Kingdom in Florida.

Tokyo DisneySea theme park is located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, just outside Tokyo. It opened on September 4, 2001. The park is noted for its extensive open spaces, to accommodate the large crowds that visit the park.

Tokyo DisneySea attracted an estimated 12 million visitors in 2009, making it the fifth-most-visited theme park in the world. Tokyo DisneySea was the second theme park to open at the Tokyo Disney Resort and the ninth park of the eleven worldwide Disney theme parks to open. Tokyo DisneySea was the fastest theme park in the world to reach the milestone of 10 million guests, having done so in 307 days after its grand opening.

Tokyo DisneySea is also the most expensive theme park ever built, estimated to have cost over U.S. $4 billion. .

9. Notre Dame de Paris in Paris, France - 12 million visitors per year     

The Notre Dame is the most popular monument in Paris and in all of France, beating even the Eiffel Tower with 13 million visitors each year. But the famous cathedral is also an active Catholic church, a place of pilgrimage, and the focal point for Catholicism in France - religious events of national significance still take place here.

10. Disneyland Paris in Marne La Vallee, France - 10.6 million visitors per year. With 15,405,000 combined visitors to the resort's Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park in the fiscal year of 2009, it is France's and Europe's most visited tourist site.

Disneyland Paris is a holiday and recreation resort in Marne-la-Vallée, a new town in the eastern suburbs of Paris, France. Disneyland Paris comprises two theme parks, a retail, dining and entertainment district, and seven Disney-owned hotels. Operating since 12 April 1992, it was the second Disney resort to open outside the United States (following Tokyo Disney Resort) and the first to be owned and operated by Disney.

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Comments (7)

Fantastic job on this article.

Excellent job!

Ranked #3 in Geography

I was really thinking of natural beauties. I was wrong, but these man-made structures are still beauties. And true, they are great tourist destinations.

Very well done and great presentation. Love your illustrations. Thanks for the share. Voted up!

Interesting to read - great write up, Amera. I wonder if Walt Disney had any idea that, 40 years after his death, 54.8 million people would flock to all parts of the world, in a year's span, to visit something that was of his inspiration and making (with a whole lot of help, of course).

Just shows, how we are all kids at heart. Three Disneyland's included, amazing

Heather Ann Witt

I've been to 4 of them Seems like a lot of american places. How accurate is this I wonder