Gather round, travelers, for we have something truly magnificent for you. If you’re a world traveler, there are certain destinations you must hit, else you’re missing out on cities that are great enough to draw millions upon millions of travelers annually. So, break out your 90’s wall-sized map of the world and start marking points as we look at the ten most visited vacation destinations around the globe.
A giant mouse. A theme park designed after a world-renowned movie studio. Alligators. What more do you need to visit the Southeastern city of Orlando, Florida? Whatever the reason being, for 2014, Visit Orlando, the city's official tourism association, reported that over 62 million people found their way to O-Town. No… not that O-Town! In a 12 month period, it's believed that Disneyworld and Universal Studios Orlando receive an impressive estimate of 23 million visitors. If that doesn't sound impressive enough, consider then that Disneyworld see's an average of 53,000 people per day. If that doesn't put things into perspective, then just let us assure you that it's a a lot of people.
Hong Kong, China
With an impressive 60 million-ish people visiting Hong Kong annually, there must be something to experience in China's heavily populated city, right? We could give dozens of reasons, as this culturally impressive city is simply a leader in so many industries, but we'll stick with the important ones like the food and the explosive nightlife. If that does nothing for you, than maybe you'll shriek for joy at Disneyland or the Bruce Lee memorial statue. Sightseers should check out the 360 Ngong Ping cable car for the best view of the city. Did we mention the Bruce Lee statue?!
New York, New York
"Start spreading the news, We're leaving today. We want to be a part of it. New York, New York!" Frank Sinatra's love for New York was certainly not unfounded, and it seems that approximately 55 million people agree with him on an annual basis. The Big Apple is a great attractor, drawing in crowds from all over the world to witness great spectacles like… The Naked Cowboy? If you can peel your eyes away from the man that makes $2 million a year playing a guitar in his underwear, you can enjoy lesser known sites like Times Square, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Statue of Liberty and that one building the monkey fell off of.
Los Angeles, California
An average of over 42 million people annually step foot in Los Angeles, California, and one could assume that all 42 million of them are somehow on the road at the same time. Home to one of America's most iconic cities, Hollywood, attractions like the TCL Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Universal Studios Hollywood, Warner Bros. Studios, and the country’s only perpetual traffic jam, there's no mystery to the city's attraction. There's also nothing like the Tragical History Tour, which chronicles the lighter side of Los Angeles by visiting locations and homes connected with celebrity death and misery. It's a great picker-upper along with the Helter Skelter Tour. Kids, you may need to Google that one.
Las Vegas, Nevada
When it comes to tourism, few cities are as equipped to handle it as Las Vegas. It's a literal melting pot of cultures, with resorts replicating beautiful cities from across the globe. There's so much more to Vegas than luxury resorts in the vein of Paris and Venice, large gambling floors, and a busy nightlife, though. It's also a certifiable city of entertainment, where countless comedy and musical acts and large scale productions, such as Penn and Teller, Carrot Top and Celine Deon call home. It's for these reasons that the city pulls in roughly 40 million tourists a year. Really makes us wonder how many of those escort cards get handed out on the daily.
If you don't know much aboot Canada, than chances are you don't know what all the fuss over the provincial capital of Ontario is aboot. That would leave you in the dark while over 25 million people annually are enlightened. Canada itself is a rather diverse country, both culturally and environmentally, and Toronto is the epicenter of said diversity. Whether you're looking for urban living or want to get away, Toronto has it all for you, wrapped in a nice little package. Attractions like Niagara Falls pull in a great deal of visitors, but you'd be missing out if you didn't check out Dundas Square, Kensington Market, and the Toronto Islands.
Crepes, croissants, croque monsieur, macarons, duck confit - we have our five reasons why we'd love to visit Paris, France, but maybe we're being a bit shallow. There must be something great to this French city, seeing as how it attracts around 22 million people a year. While it could be the food, chances are it's far more attractive features like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame de Paris, and its rich culture in theater, art, and music, are probably on most people's bucketlist. Paris is a beautiful city, even if you do miss out on the more common landmarks in favor of putting on a few extra pounds.
This North American city is home to one of the country's most popular and historically important buildings, so there's no doubt that it would pull in a large crowd. On an annual basis, approximately 20 million people cross Washington D.C.'s borders to see attractions like the Washington Monument, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and the National Mall. We do question how many travelers are sorely disappointed to find that the National Mall is not a massive shopping center but rather a 2-mile stretch of statues, monuments, museums, and home to Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech.
This Northeastern United States city is known for several things, all of which culminating in a great tourist destination for an average of 16 to 19 million people a year. What could one, 89 square mile or 230 square kilometer city have to offer to draw in such a crowd? Though fresh seafood is on that list, other coastal dwellers may be more drawn to places like the Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Fenway Park, a favorite and iconic stadium for fans of Major League Baseball to visit. Television fanatics may also get a kick out of Cheers, the aptly named bar featured in the opening credits of the 90's sitcom.
If there’s one thing known worldwide about London, it's that you don't go there for the food lest you want a plate of sausage and mashed potatoes. Actually, that doesn't sound too bad, but there is so much to see in England's capital city, so let's not get distracted by food! Over 17 million overseas visitors a year travel to London to visit great sites like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace; get caught up in the city's large assortment of pubs, bars, and clubs; and literally get lost in the London Underground. Personally, we're a fan of the grisly horrors of The London Dungeon.