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Best of the Best Things to Do

Top Attractions - World

From natural wonders to man-made marvels, these are the most-loved attractions in the world—according to the travelers who ‘ooh-ed’ and 'ahh-ed' at them.

The Travelers’ Choice Awards Best of the Best title celebrates the highest level of excellence in travel. It’s awarded to those who receive a high volume of above-and-beyond reviews and opinions from the Tripadvisor community over a 12-month period. Out of our 8 million listings, fewer than 1% achieve this milestone.


The Empire State Building is arguably the most iconic building in New York City. Visitors can expect two observation decks, with sweeping skyline views. Other than a classic photo-op, you can learn about the building's history through informative displays and videos, then have a meal at one of the seven on-site restaurants.
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    It was our first time in NYC with our teen. We pre purchased our tickets online - it was fairly straightforward and entry was smooth. Definitely a lot changes to the experience since our last visit. The employees were great. One in particular seemed to go out of his way to ensure everyone was having a great experience. Melvin was very kind and pleasant, speaking with fellow visitors with the same enthusiasm and engaging, even with the little ones. He was very authentic, and honestly, it made my day to observe how he spoke with each person. The views from the 86th floor do not disappoint. It was busy but we still got to the front and took some great pics. The museum area was interactive and we learned a lot about the Building. An enjoyable couple of hours.
    sandra716
    @sandra716
    Reviewed July 2024
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    My family and I toured on Wednesday, July 17 however, the tickets that I purchased was for Thursday, July 18 and Sharon B assisted us by contacting the tickets department and exchange them out for a Wednesday tour. She was very courteous kind and patient and we really appreciate her.
    E2098RRvickyp
    @E2098RRvickyp
    Reviewed July 2024
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    I recently had an amazing solo trip to the city and got to experience the Empire State Building like never before. At the very top, Renita was there offering to take photos so people would have lasting memories of their vacations. She offered to take some of me because I was by myself. But the next thing that happened is what made this so special. There was a family of three generations and she was taking their photo with the Statue of Liberty in the background. She was explaining the significance about how we all came from somewhere and that having your family with you is so important because it’s where you came from. Touched my heart immensely. I came to the city to reconnect with my family and see my grandmother whose health is declining. It was a special moment. The most beautiful part of the city had nothing to do with the skyline. <3
    K3077MNangelinab
    @K3077MNangelinab
    Reviewed July 2024
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    The Empire State Building is a trivia lover's dream. It is so big that it has its own zip code, 10118. It cost $41 million to build, $20 under budget. It was the first building in the world to be more than 100 stories tall but only the lower 86 are usable. On a clear day, you can see six states -- New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Delaware. Take a tour of this 102-story Art Deco skyscraper, all the way to the observation deck, and you understand why it is described as "the living pulse of New York." Located at 20 West 34th Street, on the west side of Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets, in the Midtown South neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City, it was built in 1931 and climbed by the giant gorilla King Kong in the classic 1933 movie. At 1,454 feet tall, it was the world's tallest building until the first tower of the World Trade Center was topped out in 1970. Today, it is the seventh tallest building in New York City. But its distinguished Art Deco architecture, height and observation deck have made it one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Around 4 million tourists from around the world annually visit the building's three observatories on the 86th and 102nd floors. The Empire State Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986,
    866TaylorB
    @866TaylorB
    Reviewed July 2024
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    The views were incredible. Lots of fun facts and plenty of picture taking. We didn’t upgrade to the higher floors but it was still fun. The elevator rides were entertaining but once you are outside…wow. We visited around 2pm on a Friday and it wasn’t busy which was perfect.
    Helen940
    @Helen940
    Reviewed July 2024

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The Eiffel Tower has stunning panoramas of Paris. Book a ticket in advance to climb the steps—or better yet, take the elevator—to the three platforms. You'll learn about the monument's historic and architectural background. Don't miss snapping a picture at the top of the twinkling tower at night or reserving a table at the on-site restaurant.
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At the Anne Frank House, you'll learn how the Nazi occupation impacted Jewish families in Amsterdam during WWII. Immersive, educational exhibits bring history to life, with videos and artifacts on display. The audio tour follows in Anne's footsteps through the secret rooms where she lived in hiding. Tip: Tickets sell out quickly, so book them weeks in advance.
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If there's one landmark you must visit in Barcelona, it's Gaudí's architectural masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. Take a guided tour to learn about the detailed façade, stained glass windows, and impressive artwork inside. You'll also hear about the history and craftsmanship it took to build the basilica. Tip: Check out the farmers' market and souvenir shops nearby.
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At Cayman Crystal Caves, your friendly guides will tell you all about the geological site. Admire the stunning limestone formations and lush vegetation while learning how the caves were created. This unique, family-friendly activity is perfect for a break from the beach. Just remember to wear water shoes during your visit.
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The Colosseum is iconic for a reason. Although you can explore the Roman arena on your own time, it's best to book a guided tour to hear about the history, architecture, and gladiator games in more detail. Tip: It's even better at night, when the landmark is lit up and there are fewer crowds.
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There's much more to the Louvre than the Mona Lisa. Maximize your time at the massive museum by booking a guided tour, where you'll see the highlights of the extensive art collection. From classical sculptures and art masterpieces, there's something for everyone. Free maps, secure lockers, and accessible elevators are helpful perks.
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Gardens by the Bay looks like a fantasy land. Wander through the flower dome, cloud forest, and skyway, snapping Insta-worthy pictures of Singapore's skyline. There are also special exhibits, eye-popping sculptures, and interactive activities that are fun for the whole family. Tip: To get here, you can take the MTR or bus.
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Head to Milan's Duomo to take in the Gothic architecture and stunning stained glass windows. You can get up close and personal by climbing the stairs to the rooftop terrace for panoramic views, especially at sunset. Don't miss the museum that gives more insight into the cathedral's cultural and historical significance.
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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center is a must-see landmark thanks to its magnificent architecture and design. Relax in the picturesque gardens and take a tour to learn more about its historical and cultural significance. Suitable for all ages, the site is free to enter and has golf carts available at no extra charge.
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At the Vasa Museum, you can marvel at the restored warship and learn more through informative displays, interactive activities, and multimedia exhibits (don't miss the movie!). It's a fun experience for all ages, plus kids get free admission. It's also wise to book early bird tickets to beat the crowds.
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Angkor Wat is a world wonder—and it's not hard to see why. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site and admire its architecture and intricate carvings. Many people visit at sunrise, so make sure to set your alarm to snag a spot. The guided tour is also worthwhile as you'll hear the stories and significance behind the landmark.
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Who hasn't heard of the Acropolis? Explore this ancient landmark and take a guided tour to hear about the Greek mythology. Plus, aside from its historic significance, the Acropolis has amazing views across Athens, especially at sunset. Bring a bottle of wine and take in the skyline as it glitters at dusk.
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At Musée d'Orsay, you'll find an extensive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Housed in a former train station, the spacious galleries showcase works by Van Gogh, Munch, and other famous figures. After the audio tour, take in the architecture and the stunning views of the Seine.
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Journey into the Roman ruins at Pompeii Archaeological Park. As you walk around the preserved town, you'll learn about its fascinating history and architecture. The park is well-organized, with knowledgeable guides and easy-to-follow maps. Plus, it's a family-friendly activities for those with kids in tow. Tip: Avoid visiting in August when the heat is intense.
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Stroll through Jardin Majorelle, where its sapphire-colored walls and exotic plants create an oasis in the middle of Marrakech. Explore the unique design and landscaping, snap some Insta-worthy photos, and follow tranquil walking paths past ponds, fountains, and flower beds. Tip: Combine your visit with the adjacent Yves Saint-Laurent Museum and Berber Museum.
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The Iolani Palace is a beautiful place to go to learn more about Hawaii's history. Beyond its intricate architecture, the museum has Hawaiian music, videos, and displays about the islands. Plus, it's very family-friendly, so feel free to bring the kids along.
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Central Park is the beating heart of Manhattan. Stroll around the lawns, gardens, and reservoirs, but make sure to look up at the historic buildings and romantic Belvedere Castle. There's even public art and live musicians along the leafy promenades. The best way to explore is by bike, row boat, or horse-drawn carriage.
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There are many hiking routes along the Mutianyu Great Wall to choose from. But a guided walking tour is recommended to learn about the history and architecture. You can also take a thrilling toboggan ride or a more peaceful cable car (the views are stunning). Hungry? A healthy restaurant serves lunch, with vegetarian options.
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Chichen Itza is a fascinating cultural site, with impressive architecture and rich Mayan history. Stroll around the ruins at your own pace. Smaller group tours are recommended, especially those that come at sunrise as there are excellent photo ops and fewer crowds. Tip: Seniors and students get discounted admission.
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Iguazu Falls is an awe-inspiring sight. The national park features tranquil hiking trails, colorful butterflies and diverse wildlife. Though the waterfall is stunning at sunset, it's even better seen from above—book a helicopter ride in advance. Boat tours are also available, but you'll need to wear a bathing suit and bring a change of clothes.
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The Taj Mahal is mesmerizing thanks to its beautiful architecture, peaceful gardens, and interesting history. Catch the perfect sunrise or sunset reflection photo by the ponds (just watch out for the monkeys). A local tour guide can share fascinating stories while you marvel at the world wonder. You can also take a tuk tuk or electric buggy ride.
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Petra is a sight to behold with its ancient architecture, rich history, and intricate monuments. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers breathtaking landscapes, unique rock formations, and adventurous hiking trails. Take a tour to hear stories and go off the beaten path for the best views. There's a free shuttle service to make it convenient, too.
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Stroll through the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, admiring its colorful torii gates and fascinating fox sculptures. As you walk around the extensive trails, enjoy the zen atmosphere, pretty views, and friendly locals. It's no wonder why this temple complex is one of the most popular in Japan.
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Everywhere you go in Rio, you'll see Christ the Redeemer hovering above you. It's quite a hike up the hillside so take the train or a tourist shuttle to get to the top. Although the statue is definitely worth a visit, the real stunner is the 360-degree panoramic view of the city skyline.
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