One of the main reasons people like to travel is to visit popular tourist attractions. The places and landmarks you see on TV and movies growing up and think 'I want to see that one day too!'. Earth is a huge planet and there are so many beautiful places and interesting things to see. In this list, we're going to be talking about 10 of the most popular and cheesy tourist attractions on Earth. There are so many around the world so it was hard to nail down just 10. We thought carefully and picked the top 10 that everyone generally thinks of immediately. We will be including everything from natural occurrences to man-made attractions. A quick Google search of the destinations on our list will not only have your bucket list growing longer, but we bet you'll be researching some flights too.
We'll also be talking about 10 of the less popular attractions, places people tend not to think of immediately, but that are still definitely worth a trip. This is not to say these places aren't somewhat popular as well. These are places you've probably heard of, but they're not as popular or talked about as the others in our list. No matter what we rank, we recommend traveling to any of the places on our list as they're all amazing. If you've always thought of visiting a certain place but never gone through with your travel plans, we hope reading this list is the motivation you need to start planning a trip to see the sites of the world!
20 Cheesy: Eiffel Tower
We're just going to take a guess and assume that this was the first attraction you thought of when you started reading this article. The Eiffel Tower in Paris is one of the most well-known, and popular places in the world.
It was built in 1889 and has around 7 million visitors per year. If you want to be a part of that statistic, luck is on your side as the entry to the tower is between $13-$19. One thing to keep in mind is the 700 (at least) stairs there is to climb.
19 Cheesy: Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in England and the world. It's the home of the Queen and fans of the Royals love tours of it, with there being thousands and thousands of visitors to the Palace each year.
In 2010 a record was broken with there being 410,000 visitors during the year. If you're a fan of the Royals, old castles or both, you can get your day tour ticket to Buckingham Palace for $30. For a further price of $55, you can visit more rooms in the palace including the Queen's Gallery.
18 Cheesy: Stonehenge
Stonehenge is an ancient formation of stones in England. It's allegedly dated all the way back to between 3000BC - 1520BC and it has officially made the list as a wonder of the world. Stonehenge gets around a huge amount of visitors per year, around 800,000!
If you want to see Stonehenge it's $25 entry which is pretty cheap to see a real part of history. We're thinking it might be a good idea to do an England trip so you can see Stonehenge and Buckingham Palace in one.
17 Cheesy: Times Square
This one a popular tourist attraction close to home, so you don't have to worry about international flights and visas. Some of you may even be around the corner from one of the most populated places on Earth. Around 340,000 people pass through Times Square daily.
If that shocked you then thinking of the 50 million visitors Times Square has annually will blow your mind. Yep, 50 million. If you'd love to see the busy traffic, thousands of pedestrians and lots of screens then the good news for you is Times Square is absolutely free to visit.
16 Cheesy: Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is a different kind of attraction because you can see it from two different countries. To see the beautiful waterfalls you can decide if you want to visit from New York or Ontario, Canada. It's up to you to research and decide which side you want to see. Maybe even choose both.
If you're interested in seeing one of the most beautiful places on Earth you can and more. Niagra Falls has a long list of attractions to see while you're there, including helicopter tours starting from $115 USD/$144 CAD.
15 Cheesy: Great Wall Of China
Walking the Great Wall of China is a tough feat for anyone. If you're interested in visiting this 2000-year-old attraction, it's time to start training. The bridge itself took 20 years to build and is an astounding 13,170 miles long.
If you were to walking continuously it would take literally 18 months to walk the whole length of the Great Wall of China. For a day trip and to be able to walk (a bit) of the wall it will cost you around $3o. There are so many activities to choose from it'll be hard to choose.
14 Cheesy: Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Another close-to-home attraction for the US readers. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is not only one of the biggest attractions in the world. It's in one of the most popular cities in the world which is in a popular state. Basically, the whole of California is an attraction for tourists.
If you're a huge fanatic for TV/Film stars than the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a definite must for you. The good news is it's free, and the better news is there are a lot more tours and activities for you to do while you're in the town of the stars.
13 Cheesy: Louvre
The Louvre is one of the most famous museums of all time. It holds some of the oldest and most expensive art in history. If you're a big Tom Hanks fan then you probably know it best as the setting for his 2006 film The Da Vinci Code (based on the popular book by Dan Brown).
The Louvre in Paris is 226 years old and is a piece of history itself. If you're a fan of the arts, Paris, movies or all of the above, you can get admission to the Louvre for about $17. That sounds pretty good to us.
12 Cheesy: Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House is the first attraction on our list that is more about the outside than the inside. The Sydney Opera House is a performing arts center in Australia, but it's mostly a tourist attraction because of how it looks outside.
It sits basically across the street from Sydney's other main notable attraction the Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you're interested in seeing these sites, then a photo outside the opera house is free. To climb over Australia's most recognizable bridge your ticket will cost around $230.
11 Cheesy: Colosseum
The Colosseum in Rome is probably the second tourist attraction on most people's travel bucket lists. It is truly a magnificent piece of history. The Colosseum was built in 80 AD and became one of the greatest monuments ever known.
Nowadays we've moved on from gladiators and fighting to tours and tourist photos. If you're a history buff, or you just want to go to Rome and see the sights, a tour of the Colosseum will cost you $114. We definitely recommend it.
10 Worth It: Palace Of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles in France was the home to the French Royal family until the 1700's. It is still one of the most beautiful places on Earth, both inside and out. Entry to the palace as well as its gardens will cost you $20 which is pretty fair.
Considering all the amazing views, and the fact that indoors makes for the perfect Instagram shot, $20 is a very good price. We suggest adding this to your France trip after you visit the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.
9 Worth It: Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful buildings on Earth. It's actually a mausoleum and was built in 1632. Emporer Shah Jahan had it built in memory of his favorite wife. It was built over a period of 20 years and around 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal each year.
If you want to visit a beautiful piece of history and a stunning country, read on. Tickets for a tour of the Taj Mahal will cost you around $15. We think not only would it be a good idea to take a tour of the Taj Mahal, but to also see some of India's other beautiful tourist attractions.
8 Worth It: Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is said to be one of the most peaceful destinations to visit. It could be because of its seclusion and the fact that it is in the midst of nature. Macchu Picchu is a historical place deep in the mountains of Peru.
Many people love to hike there for the tranquility and spirituality. If you're a nature lover and would like to have this experience then keep reading. Tickets start off at $70 and there are a lot of different options for you to choose from.
7 Worth It: Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall isn't exactly the place for a family vacation, but it is a part of history that many people enjoy seeing. The Berlin wall was constructed in 1961 and was torn down in 1989. It stood for nearly 30 years and remains a huge piece of history today.
If you're interested in visiting the memorial and taking the cold war tour, tickets for this event will cost you around $16. The Berlin Wall was built to separate, but in the end, was torn down for good.
6 Worth It: Leaning Tower Of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is affectionately known for its amazing tourist photos. Or rather a different tourist doing the same post in every photo. You know the one where they pretend to hold it up.
It has been a popular tourist destination for many years. The fact that it is still standing is pretty amazing since it was constructed back in 1173. If you want to take the popular tourist pose or make up one of your own, the good news is it's free to do that. To tour the tower is around $32.
5 Worth It: Vatican City
Vatican City may be small but it sure is a very beautiful place. It is the home of The Pope and the Roman Catholic Church. It is also the setting of the second installment of Tom Hanks' film franchise, the 2009 film Angels & Demons starring Ewan McGregor (also a book by Dan Brown).
If you like pretty sites, movie locations, the Church or all three, Vatican City sounds like the perfect holiday for you. There are a lot of different tours you can do around Vatican City, and they start off at about $30. We suggest taking a few different tours to really explore.
4 Worth It: Bolshoi Theatre
Not a lot of people think of Russia when they think of family vacation destinations, but Russia is a very beautiful country. The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow is a historic ballet theatre that still runs to this day.
It first opened in 1780 and has basically been the home of ballet ever since. If you're a fan of ballet and would like to see a magnificent show, tickets are varying depending on what you're looking for. To buy tickets for a building tour, you'll have to buy them at the door.
3 Worth It: Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are just below South America and is known to be a popular destination for wildlife viewing. For those of you who have been waiting for a destination with sun, sand, and surf, this one is for you.
The Galapagos Islands has a steady temperature in the range of 69-84 degrees (21-30 Celsius), meaning it's the perfect beach getaway. To get to the Galapagos you take a small plane from Ecuador. There are many different tours and activities for those of you with more energy!
2 Worth It: Northern Lights, Iceland
The Northern Lights can only be seen to be believed. They're an experience that can be captured in a photograph but only done justice in real life. Viewers from Iceland can experience this best from September until April.
It's also suggested that the lights are best viewed in the darkest night possible, but waiting for the perfect day is difficult. The best thing about the Northern Lights? They're free! This natural anomaly is one of the Earth's best natural gifts.
1 Worth It: Petra, Jordan
We're sure some of you are wondering if you've heard of Petra, Jordan. Probably not by name, but the picture will be recognizable to most. Petra in Jordan is the setting for the third installment of Harrison Ford's box office hits; Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Other than a famous movie site, Petra is a popular archeological destination in Jordan's desert (fitting for an Indiana Jones film!). To visit the area and take a tour of Petra, there are a few different options for you to choose from. They start at about $316. Remember to take lots of water, and happy travels, friends!