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Best of the Best Things to Do 2024
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Best of the Best Things to Do

Top Attractions - World

From natural wonders to man-made marvels, these are the most-loved attractions in the world—according to the travellers who ‘ooh-ed’ and 'ahh-ed' at them.

The Travellers’ Choice Awards Best of the Best title celebrates the highest level of excellence in travel. It’s awarded to those who receive a high volume of above-and-beyond reviews and opinions from the Tripadvisor community over a 12-month period. Out of our 8 million listings, fewer than 1% achieve this milestone.


The Empire State Building is arguably the most iconic building in New York City. Visitors can expect two observation decks, with sweeping skyline views. Other than a classic photo-op, you can learn about the building's history through informative displays and videos, then have a meal at one of the seven on-site restaurants.
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The views are truly amazing, however the whole experience is really interesting and well put together. I would certainly visit again in the future. The staff are professional and look great in their 'vintage' style uniforms.
    film2014
    @film2014
    Reviewed July 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unbelievable experience! Loved being at the Empire State Building in 2021, their 90th Anniversary! Our first time there! Expect a nice surprise in the elevator!!
    R9543HImariah
    @R9543HImariah
    Reviewed July 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy to access, very good experience overall. Ti kets did take a while to get to my email, they do not appear in TripAdvisor app, had to ask for them via the App and got them quickly sent to my email.
    dfrez
    @dfrez
    Reviewed July 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views, great photo ops, and very helpful staff. From the line attendants to the elevator attendants, everyone was very pleasant and helpful. It was nice to see them sharing their stories on the screens throughout the building instead of actors. Lots of interesting facts to learn on the way to the windows/deck about the construction of the building and several fun photo ops before you even get to the views of the city.
    work2travelTexas
    @work2travelTexas
    Reviewed July 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see still when in New York, a great classic and really wonderful views. We went just after sunset, there was no waiting time.
    delagioventu
    @delagioventu
    Reviewed July 2024

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The Eiffel Tower has stunning panoramas of Paris. Book a ticket in advance to climb the steps—or better yet, take the elevator—to the three platforms. You'll learn about the monument's historic and architectural background. Don't miss snapping a picture at the top of the twinkling tower at night or reserving a table at the on-site restaurant.
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At the Anne Frank House, you'll learn how the Nazi occupation impacted Jewish families in Amsterdam during WWII. Immersive, educational exhibits bring history to life, with videos and artifacts on display. The audio tour follows in Anne's footsteps through the secret rooms where she lived in hiding. Tip: Tickets sell out quickly, so book them weeks in advance.
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If there's one landmark you must visit in Barcelona, it's Gaudí's architectural masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. Take a guided tour to learn about the detailed façade, stained glass windows, and impressive artwork inside. You'll also hear about the history and craftsmanship it took to build the basilica. Tip: Check out the farmers' market and souvenir shops nearby.
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At Cayman Crystal Caves, your friendly guides will tell you all about the geological site. Admire the stunning limestone formations and lush vegetation while learning how the caves were created. This unique, family-friendly activity is perfect for a break from the beach. Just remember to wear water shoes during your visit.
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The Colosseum is iconic for a reason. Although you can explore the Roman arena on your own time, it's best to book a guided tour to hear about the history, architecture, and gladiator games in more detail. Tip: It's even better at night, when the landmark is lit up and there are fewer crowds.
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There's much more to the Louvre than the Mona Lisa. Maximize your time at the massive museum by booking a guided tour, where you'll see the highlights of the extensive art collection. From classical sculptures and art masterpieces, there's something for everyone. Free maps, secure lockers, and accessible elevators are helpful perks.
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Gardens by the Bay looks like a fantasy land. Wander through the flower dome, cloud forest, and skyway, snapping Insta-worthy pictures of Singapore's skyline. There are also special exhibits, eye-popping sculptures, and interactive activities that are fun for the whole family. Tip: To get here, you can take the MTR or bus.
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Head to Milan's Duomo to take in the Gothic architecture and stunning stained glass windows. You can get up close and personal by climbing the stairs to the rooftop terrace for panoramic views, especially at sunset. Don't miss the museum that gives more insight into the cathedral's cultural and historical significance.
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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center is a must-see landmark thanks to its magnificent architecture and design. Relax in the picturesque gardens and take a tour to learn more about its historical and cultural significance. Suitable for all ages, the site is free to enter and has golf carts available at no extra charge.
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At the Vasa Museum, you can marvel at the restored warship and learn more through informative displays, interactive activities, and multimedia exhibits (don't miss the movie!). It's a fun experience for all ages, plus kids get free admission. It's also wise to book early bird tickets to beat the crowds.
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Angkor Wat is a world wonder—and it's not hard to see why. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site and admire its architecture and intricate carvings. Many people visit at sunrise, so make sure to set your alarm to snag a spot. The guided tour is also worthwhile as you'll hear the stories and significance behind the landmark.
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Who hasn't heard of the Acropolis? Explore this ancient landmark and take a guided tour to hear about the Greek mythology. Plus, aside from its historic significance, the Acropolis has amazing views across Athens, especially at sunset. Bring a bottle of wine and take in the skyline as it glitters at dusk.
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At Musée d'Orsay, you'll find an extensive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Housed in a former train station, the spacious galleries showcase works by Van Gogh, Munch, and other famous figures. After the audio tour, take in the architecture and the stunning views of the Seine.
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Journey into the Roman ruins at Pompeii Archaeological Park. As you walk around the preserved town, you'll learn about its fascinating history and architecture. The park is well-organized, with knowledgeable guides and easy-to-follow maps. Plus, it's a family-friendly activities for those with kids in tow. Tip: Avoid visiting in August when the heat is intense.
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Stroll through Jardin Majorelle, where its sapphire-colored walls and exotic plants create an oasis in the middle of Marrakech. Explore the unique design and landscaping, snap some Insta-worthy photos, and follow tranquil walking paths past ponds, fountains, and flower beds. Tip: Combine your visit with the adjacent Yves Saint-Laurent Museum and Berber Museum.
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The Iolani Palace is a beautiful place to go to learn more about Hawaii's history. Beyond its intricate architecture, the museum has Hawaiian music, videos, and displays about the islands. Plus, it's very family-friendly, so feel free to bring the kids along.
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Central Park is the beating heart of Manhattan. Stroll around the lawns, gardens, and reservoirs, but make sure to look up at the historic buildings and romantic Belvedere Castle. There's even public art and live musicians along the leafy promenades. The best way to explore is by bike, row boat, or horse-drawn carriage.
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There are many hiking routes along the Mutianyu Great Wall to choose from. But a guided walking tour is recommended to learn about the history and architecture. You can also take a thrilling toboggan ride or a more peaceful cable car (the views are stunning). Hungry? A healthy restaurant serves lunch, with vegetarian options.
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Chichen Itza is a fascinating cultural site, with impressive architecture and rich Mayan history. Stroll around the ruins at your own pace. Smaller group tours are recommended, especially those that come at sunrise as there are excellent photo ops and fewer crowds. Tip: Seniors and students get discounted admission.
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Iguazu Falls is an awe-inspiring sight. The national park features tranquil hiking trails, colorful butterflies and diverse wildlife. Though the waterfall is stunning at sunset, it's even better seen from above—book a helicopter ride in advance. Boat tours are also available, but you'll need to wear a bathing suit and bring a change of clothes.
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The Taj Mahal is mesmerizing thanks to its beautiful architecture, peaceful gardens, and interesting history. Catch the perfect sunrise or sunset reflection photo by the ponds (just watch out for the monkeys). A local tour guide can share fascinating stories while you marvel at the world wonder. You can also take a tuk tuk or electric buggy ride.
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Petra is a sight to behold with its ancient architecture, rich history, and intricate monuments. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers breathtaking landscapes, unique rock formations, and adventurous hiking trails. Take a tour to hear stories and go off the beaten path for the best views. There's a free shuttle service to make it convenient, too.
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Stroll through the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, admiring its colorful torii gates and fascinating fox sculptures. As you walk around the extensive trails, enjoy the zen atmosphere, pretty views, and friendly locals. It's no wonder why this temple complex is one of the most popular in Japan.
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Everywhere you go in Rio, you'll see Christ the Redeemer hovering above you. It's quite a hike up the hillside so take the train or a tourist shuttle to get to the top. Although the statue is definitely worth a visit, the real stunner is the 360-degree panoramic view of the city skyline.
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