Ranking the World's Best Tourist Attractions

“Is this it?”

A fear-inducing phrase in a tourist’s vocabulary.

Just like the selfie stick, tourist attractions can divide opinion. But how to tell the eye-openers from the eyesores? The attractions you’ll remember forever and the ones you want to quickly forget?

Using a specific set of data points, we have delved into the exciting world of tourist attractions, sorting the crème de la crème from the tourist traps in order to find the best around the globe.

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Accommodation Rating

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1
Plaza de Espana
Seville, Spain
9.81
8.89
6.54
9.55
9
4.97
8.13
2
Matterhorn
Valais, Switzerland
10
6.67
9.1
5.6
9.5
7.6
8.08
3
Puy du Fou
Les Epesses, France
9.81
8.89
8.35
8.35
7
5.56
7.99
4
Mosque of Cordoba
Córdoba, Spain
10
7.78
9.04
9.68
9
1.33
7.8
5
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Abu Dhabi, UAE
10
8.89
3.72
9.74
10
4.3
7.78
6
Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam, Netherlands
8.85
6.67
3.09
8.45
8.75
10
7.63
7
The Blue Lagoon
Iceland
7.88
5.56
7.34
9.58
10
4.98
7.56
8
Acropolis
Athens, Greece
9.42
7.78
10
8.77
7.5
1.83
7.55
9
Hungarian Parliament Building
Budapest, Hungary
9.42
7.78
9.2
9.03
7.75
1.37
7.43
10
Great Smoky Mountains Nat. Park
TN/NC, USA
10
10
6.22
9.19
6.5
2.68
7.43
11
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican City, Italy
9.81
7.78
9.31
9.06
7
1.21
7.36
12
Europa-Park
Rust, Germany
9.81
8.89
9.26
6.47
7.5
2.25
7.36
13
Central Park
USA
9.81
8.89
3.67
9.26
6.5
5.9
7.34
14
Prado National Museum
Madrid, Spain
9.42
7.78
7.07
9.64
9
1.1
7.34
15
The Colosseum
Rome, Italy
9.42
7.78
8.62
9.19
7
1.8
7.3
16
Uffizi Galleries
Florence, Italy
9.04
7.78
7.87
9.22
7
2.31
7.2
17
Notre-Dame Basilica
Montreal, Canada
9.62
7.78
4.73
9.51
8.75
2.84
7.2
18
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, USA
9.81
8.89
3.14
9.29
6.5
5.44
7.18
19
Angkor Wat
Siem Reap, Cambodia
9.81
7.78
8.78
9.77
6.25
0.69
7.18
20
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, USA
10
8.89
6.33
9.45
6.5
1.93
7.18
21
Lincoln Memorial
Washington, D.C., USA
9.81
8.89
5.74
9.9
6.5
1.43
7.05
22
Museum of New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
9.62
7.78
5
9.74
9.25
0.69
7.01
23
Milan Cathedral
Milan, Italy
9.62
7.78
6.54
9.39
7
1.76
7.01
24
Sagrada Familia
Barcelona, Spain
9.42
7.78
5.53
9.29
9
0.67
6.95
25
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Petersburg, Russia
9.62
8.89
8.4
8.96
4.25
1.57
6.95
26
Yad Vashem
Jerusalem, Israel
10
7.78
6.38
8.48
5
4.01
6.94
27
Efteling
Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands
9.23
7.78
5.37
9.19
8.75
1.21
6.92
28
Vasa Museum
Stockholm, Sweden
9.62
7.78
4.84
8.93
9
1.27
6.91
29
Sydney Opera House
Sydney, Australia
9.42
7.78
5.11
9.61
8.75
0.78
6.91
30
Museo Egizio
Turin, Italy
9.23
7.78
6.7
9.19
7
1.4
6.88
31
Neuschwanstein Castle
Schwangau, Germany
8.46
5.56
7.29
6.57
7.5
5.79
6.86
32
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kyoto, Japan
9.23
6.67
7.5
7.54
8.75
1.39
6.85
33
Christ the Redeemer
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
9.23
7.78
7.45
8.28
4.75
3.52
6.84
34
Burj Khalifa
Dubai, UAE
8.65
6.67
4.89
9.71
10
1.09
6.84
35
Rijksmuseum
Amsterdam, Netherlands
9.04
6.67
3.99
9.39
8.75
2.89
6.79
36
Universal Studios Singapore
Singapore
8.08
6.67
3.46
9.48
9.75
3.3
6.79
37
The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
New York, USA
9.42
8.89
5.21
8.93
6.5
1.59
6.76
38
Beto Carrero World
Santa Catarina, Brazil
9.23
7.78
7.98
9.48
4.75
1.11
6.72
39
Museo Larco
Lima, Peru
9.81
7.78
7.5
9.48
4.75
0.92
6.71
40
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Washington, D.C., USA
8.85
7.78
6.22
10
6.5
0.58
6.66
41
Statue of Liberty
New York, USA
8.46
6.67
5.59
9.55
6.5
3.02
6.63
42
Alcatraz Island
San Francisco, USA
9.62
7.78
2.23
9.58
6.5
3.8
6.58
43
Louvre Museum
Paris, France
9.23
7.78
4.47
8.58
7
2.16
6.54
44
National Gallery
London, UK
9.62
7.78
5.43
8.32
6.75
1.12
6.5
45
National Museum of Anthropology
Mexico City, Mexico
10
8.89
6.06
9.61
4
0.4
6.49
46
El Ateneo Grand Splendid
Buenos Aires, Argentina
9.62
7.78
6.01
7.93
6
1.52
6.48
47
Musee d'Orsay
Paris, France
9.81
7.78
5
8.67
7
0.55
6.47
48
Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, USA
9.62
8.89
2.93
9.45
6.5
1.37
6.46
49
Magic Kingdom Park
Florida, USA
8.27
7.78
5.05
9.39
6.5
1.61
6.43
50
Mount Fuji
Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
9.23
4.44
6.54
5.95
8.75
3.33
6.38
51
Notre Dame Cathedral
Paris, France
9.23
7.78
4.26
8.74
7
1.17
6.36
52
Disney's California Adventure
Anaheim, USA
8.65
7.78
4.26
9.64
6.5
1.07
6.32
53
Wat Pho
Bangkok, Thailand
9.04
6.67
5.9
8.51
3.5
4.31
6.32
54
Natural History Museum
London, UK
8.85
7.78
5.21
8.38
6.75
0.98
6.32
55
Blue Mosque
Istanbul, Turkey
8.85
7.78
6.22
9.09
3.75
2.15
6.31
56
Eiffel Tower
Paris, France
9.04
6.67
2.71
8.96
7
3.34
6.29
57
Niagara Falls
Ontario/New York, USA
9.62
8.89
1.81
9.13
6.5
1.51
6.24
58
PortAventura
Tarragona , Spain
6.92
4.44
4.36
9.87
9
2.85
6.24
59
Epcot
Florida, USA
7.69
7.78
5.59
9.45
6.5
0.33
6.22
60
British Museum
London, UK
9.42
7.78
4.41
8.51
6.75
0.47
6.22
61
Palace of Versailles
Versailles, France
7.31
5.56
4.57
8.64
7
4.18
6.21
62
Tokyo Disney Sea
Tokyo, Japan
8.65
5.56
4.89
9.42
8.75
0
6.21
63
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo, Japan
8.27
5.56
5
9.51
8.75
0.2
6.21
64
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
9.62
8.89
3.94
8.38
4.75
1.63
6.2
65
Grand Central Terminal
New York, USA
9.42
6.67
4.2
9.09
6.5
1.28
6.19
66
Tower of London
London, UK
9.04
6.67
5
8.41
6.75
1.01
6.15
67
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Florida, USA
7.69
6.67
4.95
9.48
6.5
1.3
6.1
68
Universal Studios Orlando
Florida, USA
7.88
7.78
3.67
9.64
6.5
0.84
6.05
69
Times Square
New York, USA
7.69
6.67
3.51
8.25
6.5
3.59
6.03
70
Sacré-Cœur
Paris, France
9.23
6.67
1.97
9.03
7
2.11
6
71
Tivoli Gardens
Copenhagen, Denmark
7.88
5.56
2.93
9.68
8.75
1.1
5.98
72
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
9.23
6.67
3.94
8.64
6.25
0.42
5.86
73
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka, Japan
7.31
4.44
5.21
8.87
8.75
0.34
5.82
74
Terracotta Army
Xi'an, China
9.23
5.56
4.1
8.51
6
1.36
5.79
75
Disneyland Park California
California, USA
8.08
6.67
2.18
9.61
6.5
1.55
5.76
76
Disneyland Paris
Paris, France
5.96
5.56
6.22
9.06
7
0.62
5.74
77
The Zócalo
Mexico City, Mexico
8.46
6.67
4.68
9.68
4
0.81
5.72
78
Oriental Pearl Tower
Shanghai, China
7.5
5.56
4.1
8.61
6
2.5
5.71
79
War Remnants Museum
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
8.27
4.44
4.15
9.42
7.5
0.42
5.7
80
Victoria Peak
Hong Kong, China
8.46
5.56
3.62
8.67
6
1.89
5.7
81
Stonehenge
Wiltshire, UK
6.73
4.44
6.65
7.8
6.75
1.77
5.69
82
Forbidden City
Beijing, China
8.27
5.56
3.67
8.74
6
1.93
5.69
83
Grand Palace
Bangkok, Thailand
7.31
7.78
5.74
8.51
3.5
0.99
5.64
84
PIER 39
San Francisco, USA
7.12
5.56
3.14
9.51
6.5
1.08
5.48
85
Victoria Harbour
Hong Kong, China
8.85
5.56
0
8.9
6
3.31
5.44
86
Tate Modern
London, UK
6.54
5.56
4.52
8.16
6.75
1.02
5.42
87
Nagashima Spa Land
Kuwana, Japan
8.46
3.33
0.32
8.87
8.75
2.64
5.4
88
Taj Mahal
Uttar Pradesh, India
9.81
6.67
2.13
9.06
3.75
0.79
5.37
89
Busch Gardens
Florida, USA
7.88
6.67
0.9
9.45
6.5
0.83
5.37
90
Great Pyramid of Giza
Cairo, Egypt
9.23
5.56
4.1
8.35
1.75
2.91
5.32
91
Grand Bazaar
Istanbul, Turkey
5.77
1.11
5.32
9.09
3.75
6.52
5.26
92
Gold Museum
Bogotá, Colombia
9.04
7.78
4.95
9
0
0.64
5.23
93
Lotte World
Seoul, South Korea
5.38
2.22
5.59
8.25
8
0.83
5.05
94
Great Wall of China
China
9.81
2.22
3.09
7.9
6
1.25
5.04
95
Everland
Yongin, South Korea
8.65
4.44
3.14
4.98
8
0.93
5.02
96
Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong, China
7.31
4.44
2.29
9.94
6
0.11
5.01
97
Ocean Park
Hong Kong, China
7.88
4.44
1.86
8.9
6
0.61
4.95
98
Machu Picchu
Cuzco, Peru
10
8.89
2.29
0
4.75
1.56
4.58
99
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Los Angeles, USA
0
0
4.04
9.35
6.5
2.47
3.73
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Methodology

For each category, we sifted through the internet for the most recent and reputable data. Because these data sources were in a variety of different formats, min-max normalisation was used to standardise the data into a score between 0 and 10. The overall rankings are then determined by a tourist attraction’s overall average score.

Trip Advisor Reviews

Combines the percentage of ‘Excellent’ and ‘Very Good’ reviews for each attraction on TripAdvisor.com.

TripAdvisor

Google Reviews

Looks at the rating of each attraction on Google Reviews.

Google

Quality of Accommodation

The average user rating of up to 70 properties that are in the surrounding area of the tourist attraction.

Booking.com

Ease of Access

Looks at the driving time from the nearest airport to the tourist attraction.

Google Maps

Safety and Security

The safety and security indicator from the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report looks at the extent to which a country exposes tourists and businesses to security risks. This is a country level data point.

World Economic Forum

Instagram Engagement

Looks at 200 Instagram posts on each tourist attraction’s hashtag, using the number of likes to calculate an engagement rate.

Instagram