If someone were to ask you what you think is the top tourist attraction in the U.S., what would you say? (hint, it’s not South of the Border)
My first response would be the Grand Canyon; if the person said ‘guess again’, I would reply with Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park, and if the person said ‘one more try’, I would answer with the Statue of Liberty. Wrong again.
The number one tourist attraction in the U.S. is…
drum roll please…..
That’s right, Central Park in New York City. This is based on TripAdvisor’s analysis of the top ranked things to do in each country.
I’ve been to Central Park, and yes, it’s a great place to visit, but I would have never thought to list it as one of the top places I’d want to visit if I was coming to the U.S. on a vacation.
Maybe the fact that I’ve already been to Central Park makes it less attractive, which could explain why I’ve listed the Grand Canyon and Old Faithful so highly, since I’ve never been to either.
But I’ve seen the Statue of Liberty, and I don’t think I could ever get tired of such a magnificent sight, so I would gladly go visit that again.
So I started exploring what the top tourist attractions were in other countries; I thought this would help me to start building my travel bucket list.
- Canada – Niagara Falls (that’s what I would have guessed)
- United Kingdom – Harry Potter Studio Tour (seriously??)
- France – Musee d’Osray (no idea what this is)
- Israel – Old City of Jerusalem (I’d like to see that)
- Ukraine – Gorky Central Park (I guess there’s something about Central Parks)
- Russia – Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (hmmm… I’d have to do my research first)
- China – Great Wall at Mutianyu (another place I’d like to see)
- Australia – Sydney Harbor (another place on my bucket list)
- Kazakhstan – Medeu Skating Rink & Ski Resort (I know my wife and youngest son would like this one)
- India – Taj Mahal (another bucket list)
- Greece – Acropolis Museum (and another bucket list item)
- Dominican Republic – Bavaro Beach (now that sounds like my kind of tourist attraction)
and one more which I found interesting:
- Germany – Miniatur Wonderland (I find this hard to believe that in such a great country, a miniature wonderland would be the top tourist attraction; I don’t think you’d ever find me there – well, maybe you would, since I would be taller than everything else).
Anyway, I found the listing fascinating, and well done, since it shows a map of the world, with each country labeled with its top tourist attraction. I’d encourage you to check it out.
And if you are the type of person who would find the following video fascinating, then maybe visiting Germany should be high on your list.
P.S. I just discovered that Travel + Leisure has put together a slide show of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, which is different than the top ranked attractions. Click here to see its list.