The 50 most visited attractions in 2021 in the world

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Here is the 2021 ranking, with the 50 most visited attractions and travel destinations in the world. The St. Peter's Basilica of Vatican City in Rome remains in the ranking, while the Colosseum leaves the ranking.

  1. Grand Bazaar, Istanbul in Turkey - annual visitors: 87.550.000
  2. The Zócalo, Mexico City in Mexico - annual visitors: 83.000.000
  3. Times Square, New York City in USA - annual visitors: 50.000.000
  4. Central Park, New York City in USA - annual visitors: 40.000.000
  5. Union Station, Washington, DC in USA -annual visitors: 40.000.000
  6. Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas in USA - annual visitors: 30.500.000
  7. Meiji Jingu, Tokyo in Japan - annual visitors: 30.000.000
  8. Sensoji Temple, Tokyo in Japan - annual visitors: 30.000.000
  9. Niagara Falls, New York e Ontario, in Usa e Canada - annual visitors: 22.000.000
  10. Grand Central Terminal, New York City in USA - annual visitors: 21,600,00
  11. Magic Kingdom (Disney World), Orlando, Florida in USA - annual visitors: 20.500.000
  12. Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City in Mexico - annual visitors: 20.000.000
  13. Disneyland Park, California in USA - annual visitors: 18.300.000
  14. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston in USA - annual visitors: 18.000.000
  15. Tokyo Disneyland, in Tokyo, Japan - annual visitors: 16.600.000
  16. Forbidden City, Beijing in China - annual visitors: 15.340.000
  17. Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Japan annual visitors: 14.900.000
  18. Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco in USA - annual visitors: 14.289.121
  19. Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris in France - annual visitors: 14.000.000
  20. Tokyo Disney Sea, Tokyo in Japan - annual visitors: 13.500.000
  21. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco in USA - annual visitors: 13.000.000
  22. Balboa Park, San Diego in USA - annual visitors: from 12.000.000 to 14.000.000
  23. Disney's Animal Kingdom (Disney World), Florida in USA - annual visitors: 12.500.000
  24. EPCOT (Disney World), Orlando, Florida in USA - annual visitors: 12.200.000
  25. South street seaport, New York City in USA - annual visitors: 12.000.000
  26. San Antonio River Walk, Texas in USA - annual visitors: 11.500.000
  27. St. Peter's Basilica (Vatican City), Rome in Italy - annual visitors: 11.000.000
  28. Great Wall of China, China in the USA - annual visitors: 10.720.000
  29. Disney Hollywood Studios (Disney World), Florida in USA - annual visitors: 10.700.000
  30. Sacred Heart Basilica, Paris in France - annual visitors: 10.500.000
  31. Disneyland Park, Paris in France in - annual visitors: 10.430.000
  32. Louvre, Paris in France - annual visitors: 10.200.000
  33. Hollywood Walk of Fame, California in USA - annual visitors: from 10.000.000 to 12.000.000
  34. Pike Place Market, Seattle in USA - annual visitors: 10.000.000
  35. Universal's Islands of Adventure, Florida in USA - number of Visitors: 9.600.000
  36. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee in the USA - annual visitors: 9.345.695
  37. Navy Pier, Chicago in USA - annual visitors: 8.900.000
  38. Disney california adventure, California in USA - annual visitors: 8.514.000
  39. Sydney Opera House, Sydney in Australia - annual visitors: 8.200.000
  40. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC in USA - annual visitors: 8.000.000
  41. Grand Palace, Bangkok Thailand - number of visitors: 8.000.000
  42. Pier 39, San Francisco in USA - annual visitors: 8.000.000
  43. Palace of Versailles, Versailles in France - annual visitors: 7.527.122
  44. Ocean park, Hong Kong annual visitors: 7.475.000
  45. Bourbon Street, New Orleans in USA - annual visitors: 7.470.000
  46. National Museum of China, Beijing in China - annual visitors: 7.450.000
  47. Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kongannual visitors: 7.400.000
  48. Lotte World, Seoul in South Korea - annual visitors: 7.400.000
  49. Everland, Gyeonggi-do in South Korea - annual visitors: 7.303.000
  50. Taj Mahal, Agra in India - annual visitors: from 7.000.000 to 8.000.000

The list of the top 50 attractions or travel destinations, in addition to highlighting the "supremacy" of American destinations, also revealed interesting curiosities. For example, i South Korean theme parks, Everland and Lotte World were in between the most visited attractions, beating the Eiffel Tower (with nearly seven million visitors), the Great Pyramids (with nearly four million visitors) and Stonehenge (with one million visitors).





Observations showed that accessibility it can be one of the biggest factors in increasing the number of visitors to a particular attraction. Indeed, very important destinations such as the Yellowstone National Park (3,2 million visitors), theTerracotta Army in Xi'an in China (4,8 million visitors) e Machu Picchu, in Peru (less than 1 million visitors in the year), they failed to enter the rankings for not being easily reachable.

Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey - Photo from Istock
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