Check out this info graph of the 50 most popular tourist destinations as measured by the number of visitors per year:
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The U.S. holds the #1 and #2 most visited destinations, Times Square in New York City (35 million visitors) and Washington D.C. (25 million visitors), respectively. While New York doesn’t surprise me, I am surprised to see Washington D.C. holding the #2 spot! I practically lived in D.C. for a few months a couple of years back and the only people I saw visiting the nation’s capital were Americans (well, maybe that’s where all the Americans go on vacation?).
The other observation I have is that it must be raining money at the Disney empire! With its locations in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris, Florida, and California, there have been no shortage of people (60 million to be exact) visiting “the happiest place on Earth”. In fact, it’s the only theme park taking up 5 spots on this list! Quite impressive….
….and yet also kind of disconcerting that more than twice as many people have visited a Disneyland than have visited Pompeii, the Vatican, the Coliseum, the Pyramids of Giza, the Taj Mahal, and the Great Wall of China! As someone who’s been fortunate enough to see a lot of the sites on this list, it’s a shame more people haven’t had a chance to see these architectural feats and landmarks in person. There’s just something magical about standing in front of something you only read about in history books or see on TV and oftentimes, (yes, I’ll dare to say it) it can be life changing.