Want to take a vacation? You’re not alone! According to the travel industry, people spend more than 21 .4 trillion while traveling. That’s a lot of train tickets, museum passes, and hotel rooms! And people often choose the same places to visit. Here are the places that attracted the most visitors in 2018.
10 most beautiful countries to attract visitors
10. MEXICO (24.2 MILLION)
Combine exotic beaches on both the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, mysterious rainforests, and the culture of Mexico City, and you’ve got a world-class destination. Mexico was one of the most visited places in the world in 2018.
9. RUSSIA (29.8 MILLION)
The world’s largest country has plenty of things for visitors to see, from Black Sea resorts to the famous onion domes in Moscow, and from the frosty north to the exotic steppes.
8. UNITED KINGDOM (32.6 MILLION)
The many sights and sounds of London are the main attraction for the tourists, but visitors also head to the countryside. Beautiful farmland and rolling hills make this a hiker’s paradise.
7. GERMANY (33 MILLION)
European visitors and people from the USA make up the bulk of tourists in Germany. Cities like Berlin and Munich an part of most people’s tours.
6. TURKEY (39.8 MILLION)
In Istanbul, Asia and Europe meet in a place that is thousands of years old. People come to see the history, but they also discover a very modern place to explore.
5. ITALY (48.6 MILLION)
Is it just the food? Well, that certainly helps, but Italy’s many attractions include busy cities and beautiful countryside.
4. CHINA (55.6 MILLION)
Most tourists spend their time in the capital of Beijing. There they explore the ancient Forbidden City, but they can also take a short trip to see the Great Wall of China.
3. SPAIN (65 MILLION)
For many people in Europe, the warm cities of Spain are the perfect summer retreat. Beaches along the Mediterranean fill up with sun-lovers.
2. UNITED STATES (74.8 MILLION)
Tourists arrive in the USA every year from every nation. The diversity of the landscape is a big attraction, along with the many things to see and do in cities like New York and Los Angeles.
ONCE YOU GET HERE
Here are the 10 most popular tourist sites in the USA:
1. TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY
2. CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK CITY
3. UNION STATION, WASHINGTON, D.C.
4. LAS VEGAS STRIP, NEVADA
5. GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL, NEW YORK CITY
6. DISNEYWORLD, ORLANDO, FLORIDA
7. DISNEYLAND, ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA
8. GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, SAN FRANCISCO
9. FANUEIL HALL MARKETPLACE, BOSTON
10. GOLDEN GATE PARK, SAN FRANCISCO
1. FRANCE (83.7 MILLION)
Bonjour, tout le monde! That means “Hello, everybody!” in French. For most of the 2000s, France has been at or near the top of this list. Why is it so popular? Its central location in Europe helps, as people from around the continent have just a short journey to reach Paris or the southern beaches.
Americans have loved coming to France for more than a century, drawn by the historic sites, the amazing food, and a certain je ne sais quoi (which means “l don’t know what!”), France brings out a feeling in people that is hard to describe. People visit looking to experience that feeling in person.
They walk the streets of Paris and imagine living there. They hike a meadow in the south of France and breathe in the fresh air. They lie on the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean and let the sun push winter away. La belle France means ‘beautiful France”. More than 80 million tourists each year seem to agree.
TOP FIVE PLACES TO VISIT IN PARIS
- POMPIDOU CENTER
- NOTRE DAME
- LOUVRE MUSEUM
- EIFFEL TOWER