Recreation is a must in today’s fast paced lifestyle. An outing requires a great deal of planning if one wants to make it really memorable. For rejuvenating, we often research the best places across the globe to indulge in some fun and frolic. Mainly it is the kids who are interested in picnics and excursions. Right from theme parks to man made islands to ‘leaving you spellbound’ types architecture to the amusement parks, tourism sort of has its own genres when it comes to attracting people. Presenting the most visited tourist spots in the world.
10. Disneyland, Paris
At number 10 is what every little boy’s dream playground-The Disneyland Paris earlier known by the name Euro Disney Resort is located in Marne-la-Vallee in Paris. It is one of the few Disney resorts to be built outside the US. It houses two theme parks and many multi cuisine restaurants It was first inaugurated on the 12th of April 1992. It is touted to be a prime tourist spot in Europe and comprises a major chunk of Tourism profit share in France. Every year it welcomes over a 10 million tourists. The castle towers in fairy tales are all made of pure stainless steel. There were about 30 restaurants added to suffice the growing population with regards to food needs. The menu is mainly American. However alcoholic beverages are not served. Menu and prices vary as per cuisine and the gradation of the restaurant. Europe’s weather being favorable, park restaurants were introduced. People loved the idea of outdoor dining.
9. Notre Dame de, Paris
Those who love architecture and admire structural marvels, should make it a point to visit Notre-Dame de Paris. This cathedral is one of the neatest and finest Gothic architectures. It is one of the largest churches of the world attracting a whole lot of spiritual tourists from all over the world. The peculiar features of the architectural styling here is stained glass. This gives it a wholesome Roman appeal. There are many statues of grey stone. Other supports made of grey stone were once covered with vivid distinct colors. There are still numerous spiral staircases to navigate through the cathedral. A beautiful panoramic view of Paris can be enjoyed from the topmost spot on the cathedral. Adroitly carved statues act as column supports. St.Peter’s Cathedral in Australia takes extensive inspiration from here.
8. Disneyland, Tokyo
Tokyo Disneyland is one of the most popular theme parks in Japan spread over 120 acres of land. It was the first Disney park to be built outside of the United States. The basic building style and conceptualization was based on Disneyland in California and Magic Kingdom in Florida. It contains many theme parks. Adventureland is mainly based on a theme which is based on forests which includes attractions like the Pirates of the Carribean. Westernland is themed on the ‘old-west’ which has features like Tom Sawyer’s island and the Big Thunder Mountain. Critter Country houses the Splash Mountain along with other water rides. It has a lot of eateries too. ToonTown offers all cartoon based attractions. Tomorrowland is futuristically based with Space Mountain rides and is more like a community.
7. Fisherman’s Wharf / Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco
A flora and fauna lover must visit this place if he/she has any intentions of visiting the United States. Ecologically speaking, a lot of care is taken at this center to protect varied wild species. GGNRA as it is referred to protect about 80,000 acres of historically and ecologically significant landmass and water bodies. Amongst many national parks, GGNRA is one of the most visited parks in the states. It has about 7-8 million guests every year.It is about 2.5 times San Francisco! One can imagine the gigantic impact it throws. GGNRA is one of the largest urban parks in the world.
6. Niagara Falls, Ontario U.S.A
Niagara Falls is a natural marvel in its own way. It is like a heavenly water body whose panoramic view leaves your jaw wide open. One of nature’s finest creations. Every tourist who visits the US, definitely makes it a point to visit here at least once. At night, the surroundings are illuminated making it all the more attractive. It looks like an arcane monumental marvel. The average visitors count is around 25-30 million annually. Cruise boats operate from either sides of the falls.The falls can be viewed from the ‘The American Side’ and ‘The Canadian Side’. The Niagara Scenic Trolley offers guided trips along the American Falls and around Goat Island. There are also hot air balloon trips conducted to view the falls aerially. Casinos and Restaurants are opened to indulge in after a tiring journey of the Niagara.The newest hotel built is the first addition to the city’s marvelous skyline.
5. Disneyland Park, France
France surely has boomed its tourist visit count since the opening of the Disneyland Park. It is one of the most popular theme parks in France. Its basic structure is based on the Anaheim, California. It is in reality the biggest Disney park exclusively dedicated to Disney characters and fairy tales. It has places of attraction like the Frontierland which is known for the Phantom Manor. Adventure land is famous for the Pirates of the Carribean. Fantasy land is Disney character based popular for its Peter Pan theme. Discoveryland deals with, as the name suggests, discovery of land and space elements and is relatedly theme centric. If you happen to visit France, do not miss the chance to visit this kiddo friendly park. It is an absolutely delight for the little folks.
4. Trafalgar Square, London
“Hey, I have been to the UK but forgot Trafalgar Square!”. This statement is a hypothesis. Ranked one of the most popular places visited in the world, the tourist obviously has this on his/her agenda. There are numerous statues and beautiful fountains located here. It is more of heritage importance and glorified for its exquisite architectural designing. There is the famous Nelson’s statue with four lions at the base. It is mainly contemporary in art. Trafalgar Square is very famous for its political gatherings, demonstrations, protests and also very loved by locals for ringing in the New Year with their families. There is lot of cultural importance associated with the Trafalgar Square.
3. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Florida,U.S.A
One of the most loved parks in the US Magic Kingdom Park, commonly known as Magic Kingdom. Located in Florida it became an instant hit with kids owing to its extensive amount of kid friendly rides it offers. This park is based on the Disney Resort of Anaheim of California.It receives more than 15 million visitors each year. The Cinderella Castle is kind of a monument here which is built with grandeur and draws inspiration from the 1950 film of the same name. Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square and Tomorrowland are primary attractions offering numerous rides. Each land has its own specific theme.
2. National Mall & Memorial Parks, Washington D.C, U.S.A
This is a treat for History overs and those who admire statues, sculptures and architecture in general. One of the most respected tourists spots in America and one of the most visited place worldwide, it has various memorials related to the American Heritage and History. Some popular ones include Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, Thomson Jefferson memorial and the Washington Monument.
1. Times Square, New York
One of the most happening place in the world, The Times Square in New York is the most flocked place in the world. Each year it welcomes more than 45 million visitors. It is major entertainment hub. There are tonnes of stores, shops, music stores and galleries. It has been the place of various communal gatherings, protests. There are many places to visit in the Times Square which include specialty restaurants, music concerts and authentic jazz shows. TheTimes Square is associated with numerous flash mobs. On the 1st of April this year, people had a grotesque flash mob which involved walking backwards for 5 minutes. More than 2000 people took part.