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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.
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    So this iconic building has made it bigger than ever.. with an interactive demonstration and the history importance to its community. Definitely a must see. I first saw it and went up in 1999, and love to see its endurance through out the years. I would recommend it to anyone of all ages. A must see!
    Reviewed July 2024
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    This review happened on June 2024. My wife and I were on a vacation in New York and we visited the Empire State Building. Its a tourist this you have to do. They have a museum inside that explains the history of the Empire State Building. Talks about its historical importance to the City of New York and the world. They also have a display that looks the King Kong is out side building climbing it like the famous movie. They also have a picture station of his hand so it looks likes he is holding you. When you get up they have a section you walk around that enclosed and you can see all around New York. When you take the next elevator it leads to an outer walkway that goes all the way around. Again you can see all around New York. You can take some great pictures here. This is a tourist trap but You have to do it so you can at least say you did it. They have a gift shop when you exit, it sales Empire State Building related products. The employees where nice. Nothing amazing but views are. You have to it once in your life. I recommend you go.
    Reviewed July 2024
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    The Empire State Building is an absolute must-visit in NYC! The views from the top are breathtaking, offering a stunning panorama of the city skyline. A true symbol of New York's greatness and a highlight of any trip to the Big Apple!
    Reviewed June 2024
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    The Empire State Building is one of the most amazing skyscrapers ever built, and unquestionably one of New York City’s greatest and most revered attractions. Designed by renowned architectural firm, Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon and built from 1930 to 1931, the Empire State Building has 102 floors and stands a total of 1454 feet when including its antenna. It is currently owned by the Empire State Realty Trust. The Empire State Building has been recognized as one of the Seven Wonders Of The Modern World by the American Society Of Civil Engineers, and universally considered as one of the top architectural buildings by architects all over the world. The building’s 86th and 102nd floor observation has been visited by 4 million tourists on an annual basis, and the building itself has prominently featured in numerous films and television series, most notably the 1933 film classic, “King Kong” Due to its distinctive and pioneering architectural features, it’s prolific appearance in films and television series, and it’s immensely positive worldwide recognition, the Empire State Building is regarded as a New York City Landmark, listed on the U.S. National Register Of Historic Places and recognized as a U.S National Historic Landmark. In April of 2024, I brought my wife and myself for a visit to the Empire State Building and we thoroughly enjoyed every moment of our experience there!!! We were an absolute awe of the sheer beauty and size of this magnificent structure and definitely loved the building’s Art Deco architectural design, especially the interior setting located at the Fifth Avenue lobby. During our visit, my wife and I were able to explore the building’s gorgeous 86th Floor Observation Deck, and were able to see breathtaking views of New York’s City’s skyline. We were able to view and take great pictures of many of New York’s popular destinations ranging from the Chrysler Building, the One World Trade Center, the One Vanderbilt, the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the Edge & the Statue Of Liberty. What also made our visit of the Empire State Building quite extraordinary was that we were able to view the Star Wars themed exhibit, which was located at the building’s observation decks. The exhibit featured spectacular Star Wars artistry, such as a beautiful mural of Luke Skywalker, and superbly designed scenes of Darth Maul, Darth Vader, & stormtroopers. Our personal favorite attractions were the six foot tall brick built recreations of Darth Maul & Darth Vader!!! Both my wife and I would love to thank the staff at the Empire State Building for providing us with a wonderful experience!!! Visiting this incredible and iconic building will be a moment that we’ll cherish forever!!!
    Reviewed June 2024
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    No matter where you are in the world, I think it’s safe to assume you’ve seen the Empire State Building at least once. Personally, ever since I first saw it, I’ve been obsessed with it. It doesn’t get more New York City than this. For me it was a must see for sure! The inside of the building is insanely gorgeous. The elevators, the art, STUNNING. The gift shop will make you want everything. I’ll attach a pic of my favorite fridge magnets. The only thing that’s weird here, is NOT seeing the Empire State Building from the observation deck. 😆
    Reviewed June 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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