Forbes Traveler 05 Most Visited Tourist Attractions List

1. Times Square, New York City, NY:
35 million
An estimated 80 percent of the Big Apple’s 44 million visitors head for Broadway (including the considerable theater crowds) and end up gawking at the world’s most garish neon crossroads. Plugging numbers into the equation, we get an estimated total of 35,200,000 per year.

Source: Times Square Alliance
For more information: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/facts/facts_economic.html; http://www.nycvisit.com/content/index.cfm?pagePkey=57

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2. National Mall & Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C. (Washington Monument, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the war memorials):
About 25 million
The nation’s premier national park and its monuments and memorials attract more visitors than such vast national parks as the Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone — combined. The nearby Smithsonian museums of Natural History and Air & Space welcome more than about 5 million visitors apiece.

Source: National Park Service
For more information: http://www.nps.gov/nama/newsdesk.si.edu/visits/default.htm

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3. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.:
16.6 million
Florida’s most popular attraction opened on October 1, 1971—16 years after the birth of its older sister, Disneyland, in Anaheim, Calif. Disney doesn’t release attendance figures for its parks, however the TEA/ERA Theme Park Attendance Report confirms that the Magic Kingdom is the most popular of its Florida attractions, followed by Epcot, Disney MGM Studios and Animal Kingdom. A cumulative figure (ie. total number of people who visited the Disney World theme parks) would likely not alter the Mouse’s ranking.

Source: TEA/ERA Theme Park Attendance Report 2006
For more information: http://www.connectingindustry.com/pdfs/TEA-ERAAttendance06.pdf

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4. Trafalgar Square, London, England:
15 million
Lord Nelson and the British Navy defeated a combined French and Spanish force in 1805, and a grateful country built a splendid public square to commemorate the occasion. Now a popular spot for demonstrations, concerts and New Year’s Eve celebrations, Trafalgar Square feeds popular attractions like the National Gallery. Note: This is an estimated figure from the Greater London Authority extrapolated from pedestrian counts. (There are no equivalent estimates for similar locations as Beijing’s Tiananmen and Moscow’s Red Square. However, the tourism industry is not yet as developed in either China or Russia as in the West.)

Source: Greater London Authority

For more information:http://www.london.gov.uk/

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5. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, Calif.:
14.7 million
Open since 1955, the grand dame of the Disney parks continues to be the top tourist attraction draw in California, even though it occupies a much smaller area than its Florida sister. Almost all the international Disney parks dominate the country in which they’re located.

Source: TEA/ERA Theme Park Attendance Report 2006
For more information: http://www.connectingindustry.com/pdfs/TEA-ERAAttendance06.pdf

Source: http://www.forbestraveler.com/

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