As much as we’re all about unearthing hidden gems and venturing off the beaten track, every major city has its landmarks you have to visit at least once. Sure, these tourist attractions can maybe be expensive and crowded. But they’re popular for a reason – because they’re spectacular. TripAdvisor has crunched the numbers on those must-see destinations, releasing their list of the top 10 most popular tourist attractions of 2018.[related_articles]52076,62945,54954[/related_articles]
The booking platform ranked the year’s top attractions using data from all experience bookings made on the site in 2018. Unsurprisingly, eight out of the 10 sights are located in Europe, with Italian attractions taking up the top two spots. Whether you want to visit or avoid these bustling tourist attractions, you can check out the top 10 below.
1. The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
No trip to Rome would be complete without visiting this former gladiator arena, one of the world’s best preserved ancient monuments.
2. The Vatican Museums in Rome, Italy
Not only is this religious site home to the Pope, but it also houses a vast complex of museums and the magnificent Sistine Chapel.
3. The Statue of Liberty in New York City
Tourists flock to visit this iconic statue, a universal symbol of friendship and independence.
4. The Louvre Museum in Paris, France
Home to some of the world’s most famous artworks, including the Mona Lisa, it’s not hard to see why the world’s largest art museum is high on the tourist agenda. It counted among its 2018 visitors Beyoncé and Jay-Z themselves.
5. The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Arguably even more famous than the Louvre, this iconic French monument deserves a spot on any travel bucket list.
6. Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain
This Roman Catholic cathedral started construction in 1882 and is still yet to be completed, but that doesn’t stop tourists making a beeline.
7. Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California
One of the most famous bridges in the world, the towering Golden Gate Bridge needs to be seen in person at least once.
8. Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England
By far the oldest monument this list, tourists come from far and wide to marvel at this mystifying prehistoric site.
9. Palace of Versailles in Versailles, France
From the perfectly manicured gardens to the opulent hall of mirrors, each corner of this French palace is more breathtaking than the last.
10. The Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
Yet another Italian attraction, a gondola ride along the Canal Grande offers unparalleled views of the romantic city.
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Emma Norris is a Sydney-based freelance writer and the owner of copywriting business, contentinthecity.com and lifestyle blog, agirlinprogress.com. When she’s not playing with words, she’s either doing pushups or stuffing her face with pizza. There’s no in between. Emma was bitten by the travel bug at a young age, having lived in Canada and Ireland. You can follow her on Instagram @emmajanenorris.