Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

2 of 51 Michael James O’Brien Annual Visitors: 91,250,000 Hand-painted ceramics, lanterns, intricately patterned carpets, copperware, gold Byzantine-style jewelry, and more eye-catching products vie for your attention within this 15th-century bazaar’s vaulted walkways. It has since expanded and become increasingly touristy, but locals, too, are among the millions of bargain hunters. To haggle like a pro, lowball your …

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The Zócalo, Mexico City

The Zócalo, Mexico City

3 of 51 © Konstantin Kalishko / Alamy Annual Visitors: 85,000,000 Formally known as the Plaza de la Constitución, the enormous Zócalo thrums with activity. It hosts military parades, cultural and political events, concerts, exhibitions, fairs, and public art installations. Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace flank this historic public square, and an imposing Mexican flag, raised and lowered …

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Times Square, New York City

Times Square, New York City

4 of 51 © Russell Kord / Alamy Annual Visitors: 50,000,000 Tourists flock to New York’s neon heart for the flashing lights, Broadway shows, megastores, and sheer spectacle—including costumed characters eager to pose for photo ops. Pedestrian-only areas with café tables introduced a few years ago have made it easier and more appealing to hang out here. Times Square …

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Union Station, Washington, D.C.

Union Station, Washington, D.C.

6 of 51 Alex Segre / Alamy Annual Visitors: 40,000,000 Opened in 1907, this busy station shuttles some 12,500 passengers daily in and out of the city. But it also handles millions of tourists who pass through to take in the impeccably mixed architectural styles throughout the colossal building: from Classical to Beaux-Arts to Baroque. More than 70 retail …

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Central Park, New York City

Central Park, New York City

5 of 51 © Edd Westmacott / Alamy Annual Visitors: 40,000,000 New York has larger green spaces, but none is more famous than Central Park, which stretches across nearly 850 acres of prime Manhattan real estate—an oasis for both tourists and locals. You can ride in one of the horse-drawn carriages, check out the modest-size zoo, climb to …

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Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Strip

7 of 51 Evangelina Annual Visitors: 30,500,000 In 2013, 77 percent of Vegas tourists—30.5 million—chose to stay at hotels right on the four-mile-long Strip. And why not? Roll out of bed and onto the Strip to catch the Bellagio fountains in action, shop, gamble, and, of course, people-watch (which can get especially fun later at night). For …

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Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo

Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo

8 of 51 © Paul Brown / Alamy Annual Visitors: 30,000,000 Built more than 100 years ago to honor the divine souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, this Shinto shrine in bustling Tokyo is a peaceful haven surrounded by a holy forest of more than 100,000 trees. Seasonal gardens feature spring azaleas, summer irises, brilliant autumn leaves on …

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Sensoji Temple, Tokyo

Sensoji Temple, Tokyo

9 of 51 © Vincent St. Thomas / Alamy Annual Visitors: 30,000,000 Tokyo’s oldest temple was dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon, the most compassionate Buddha, in 628. Dramatic nighttime illumination highlights vermilion and crimson detailing in the Five-Storied Pagoda. Continuing centuries-long tradition, stalls along the temple’s Nakamise Street sell food and goods to pilgrims, whose numbers swell around …

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Niagara Falls, New York and Ontario

Niagara Falls, New York and Ontario

10 of 51 © Rosemarie Stennull / Alamy Annual Visitors: 22,000,000 Straddling the border of the U.S. and Canada, three massive waterfalls, together called Niagara Falls, spill about 6 million cubic feet of water—from a maximum vertical drop of 165 feet—every minute. While there are about 500 taller waterfalls in the world, Niagara Falls is spectacular for its …

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