15 Tourist Traps That Are Actually Worth Visiting

15 Tourist Traps That Are Actually Worth Visiting

One of the first things to do when visiting a new destination is to stop and see its famous attractions – tourist attractions. It's the best way to learn about history and discover ancient places.

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Regardless of where you decide to travel to, there is almost always a tourist attraction for you to explore. If you are going to China, you can't leave without visiting the Great Wall; if you're in Seattle, you must visit their famous Space Needle – one of the best observation points in the world. Traveling to New York City? Your visit isn't complete without a trip to the Statue of Liberty.

Great Wall of China, China

This is the largest man-made structure ever built, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. It stretches for more than 2,000 miles across Northern China and can be seen from space, according to USA Today. Hike along the sections of the wall and even camp out overnight.

The Statue of Liberty, New York City

Located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor is the Statue of Liberty. It is one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy. Visitors can climb 393 stairs to the observation deck and experience stunning views of New York City. "Nearly 3.5 million people visit the Statue of Liberty every year," according to nyctourist.com.

The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most visited monuments in the world. Tourists can take a look from the outside and indulge in its beauty. Make sure you enter the tower and take the glass lifts up to the top for panoramic views of Paris and its monuments. Visiting the Eiffel tower is a spectacular, educational and romantic experience.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The temple of Angkor Wat is located inside one of the most archaeological sites in South-East Asia, Angkor. It is one of the largest religious monuments in the world. Approximately 5 million tons of sandstone was used to build it.

Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas

There are tons of exciting adventures to embark on in Las Vegas. But one of the biggest tourist traps includes the Las Vegas Strip. It stretches about 4.2 miles in length and is comprised of a variety of resorts and casinos. Visitors love it for its lively nightlife, dramatic architecture and lights.

Taj Mahal, India

The Taj Mahal is a must-see world heritage site. It's known as "the jewel of Muslim art in India" and as one of the most gorgeous places in in the world. Tourists, should go there soon. A 2010 survey revealed it is facing a major threat from pollution. Experts believe the pollution and erosion combined could cause it to collapse.

The Acropolis, Athens

The Acropolis, also known as "Sacred Rock," is situated on a hill that rises in the basin of Athens. It is comprised of the remains from several ancient buildings with great historical significance. Tourists can go and explore the architecture and beauty of this important reference point of ancient Greek culture.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

This medieval Catholic cathedral is a must-visit for tourists. It is one of the largest, most well-known church buildings in the world and one of the oldest and most prominent cathedrals in France. Step inside to view tons of sculptures and stained glass windows.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

The Grand Canyon is one of the world's natural wonders, it gets approximately five million visitors every year. Tourists love it because there is so much to do and even more to explore. Hike the Bright Angel Trail, raft the Colorado River and take a trip to the North Rim. The Grand Canyon has a powerful and inspiring landscape. With its large size and mind-blowing colors tourists will not be disappointed.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, California

Surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area is the protected Golden Gate National Recreation Area, also known as one of the largest urban parks in the world. It gets more than 15 million visitors each year. It is comprised of numerous sites, some of which include Alcatraz, Fort Mason, the Marin Headlands and the Nike Missile Site. Tourists can also go camping, hiking and sightseeing.

Times Square, New York City

Times Square is one of the best and most visited attractions in New York. Tourists can enjoy delicious foods from famous restaurants, shopping in countless shops and watching plays and musicals. But visit at night for one of the most magnificent Times Square experiences; simply look around you and admire the city's lights.

The Space Needle, Seattle

We can give credit to the famous Space Needle Observation Tower and the incredible Mount Rainer for Seattle's breathtaking skyline. The observation deck of the Space Needle is located at about 520 feet and offers 350 degree views of the Emerald City.


Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

This is one of the largest covered markets in the world. It is home to over 60 streets and 5,000 shops and attractions. The Grand Bazaar attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. It is known for its jewelry, carpets, hand-painted ceramics and antique shops. Bargaining is also a must at this tourist destination.

Niagara Falls, New York and Ontario

Formed by receding glaciers, these waterfalls link the international border between the U.S. and Canada. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Niagara Falls consists of three waterfalls: The Horseshoe Falls (the most powerful waterfall in North America), the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. The falls are located on the Niagara River and they have a combined fall with the highest flow rate of all of the world's waterfalls.

Grand Palace, Bangkok

A visit to Bangkok is not complete without a trip to the Grand Palace. It is by far the city's most famous landmark. Visitors enjoy exploring the impressive buildings inside the complex – Royal Reception Halls and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha); the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand.