Some of the world's most popular travel destinations are over-hyped and not as good as you might hope. But others live up to expectations, as is the case with this run down of the top 10 tourist traps worth visiting.
Travelling to attractions that are on almost everyone’s bucket list can seem daunting, as there will be crowds to overcome and likely getting that perfect photograph in front of the attraction will be just as challenging. However, the payoff of seeing the most famous and worthwhile attractions that man has ever created is gratifying enough to brave the crowds.
Tower Bridge, London, England
The World’s most famous bridge, is one of the world’s tourist traps worth visiting for several reasons. Tower Bridge is located on London’s legendary River Thames and is renowned as a lifting bridge. Check out the Victorian engine room, walk on the glass floors or simply take in the views of London.
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Statue of Liberty, New York, USA
Lady Liberty is a symbol of freedom and democracy known around the world. A visit to New York would not be complete without paying a visit to the Statue of Liberty. View New York Harbour from many observation decks including one from the Statue’s Crown, visit the Liberty museum or take a tour of Liberty Island.
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Louvre, Paris, France
France is arguably the best country in the world to go to an art museum as it has many of the best exhibits in the world. The Louvre is one of the world’s tourist traps worth visiting as it is the largest museum and the priceless artwork contained in the Louvre is fascinating for both art lovers and history buffs.
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Great Pyramid of Giza, Cairo, Egypt
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Giza is oldest Wonder. The largest of the pyramids, the Great Pyramid, is the only pyramid left intact and that is what makes it one of the world’s tourist traps worth visiting.
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Colosseum, Rome, Italy
When in Rome it is a must to visit the Colosseum! Located in the centre of Rome, it is challenging to get to the Colosseum due to the congestion of the roads, however a gratifying trip. The largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum was used to host gladiator competitions for the Emperor and Roman spectators. It is a sight to behold.
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Acropolis, Athens, Greece
The Acropolis is another one of the world’s tourist traps worth visiting, as there has economically never been a better time to visit Greece. Greece needs tourist dollars, so take a trip at a discount to see this citadel overlooking Athens. The architecture and history is always worth seeing and the buildings atop of the Acropolis date back to roughly 400 BC.
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Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is an expansive fortification wall along its northern border that served to protect China from invasion. While the wall is no longer geopolitically necessary it draws over 10 million tourists annually. It is worthwhile visiting the Great Wall despite the throngs of people as there are many different tours and areas of the wall that people visit, so this disperses the crowds. The history and views of the Great Wall of China are unmatched.
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Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is by far the biggest attraction that draws sightseers to Peru. Machu Picchu is one of the world’s tourist traps worth visiting, as it offers spectacular views of the surrounding Andes and offers a glimpse into the culture of the ancient Incans. Classified as a World Heritage site there is something mysterious and spiritual about this destination that you must experience for yourself.
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Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal is the most iconic image of India. Another World Heritage site, the Taj Mahal is the epitome of Muslim architecture and also boasts beautiful formal gardens. Millions of tourists visit the Taj Mahal annually to take in its magnificence. Take the trip to see the beautiful marble building and observe this piece of Indian history up close for yourself.
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Christ the Redeemer, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
No visit to Brazil is complete without making the trip to see Christ the Redeemer. The statue is visible from all vantage points of Rio and serves as a compass for its inhabitants. Looking out from the peak of Corcovado Mountain will give you the best vantage point of the city of Rio. While this attraction is the most popular in Brazil, it is a once-in a lifetime opportunity.
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