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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Grand Central Terminal, New York City

Grand Central Terminal, New York City

Annual Visitors: 21,600,00 Unlike harried commuters, visitors take their time in the main concourse of this Beaux-Arts landmark, pausing to view its glittering ceiling painted with a map of the constellations from the night sky. Shops, an annual holiday market, special events, and restaurants also attract attention. Two of the grandest venues are the Campbell …

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Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City

Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City

Annual Visitors: 20,000,000 The Old Basilica, begun in the 16th century and completed in 1709, stands in stark contrast to the massive new basilica, designed by the Mexican architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, which was built in the mid-1970s and looks like a sports arena. It is, in fact, intended to hold 50,000 people, who come for mass—celebrated …

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