Italy’s tourist attractions ranked second and tenth this year, with the Vatican Museums ranking second and Venice’s Canal Grande ranking tenth. In third place behind the Colosseum and Vatican Museums was the Statue of Liberty from the United States. Based on all experience bookings made on TripAdvisor in 2018, TripAdvisor has ranked the year’s top attractions.
Molly Burke, a TripAdvisor spokesperson, says travelers are showing no sign of slowing down when it comes to visiting the world’s most famous sights. Travelers are exploring the wide variety of options, including special access or skip-the-line tours, for exploring world famous sites, with experience bookings increasing this year. Whether you’re looking for a Jail and Sail cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge, a murder mystery tour in the Louvre, or a Gladiator Gate experience at the Colosseum, TripAdvisor offers something for everyone.”
The number of bookable experiences on TripAdvisor exceeds 140,000, including sightseeing, cooking classes, a food tour, and guided multi-day trips.
Check out TripAdvisor’s most popular attractions for 2018, as well as suggestions for your next trip.
1. Colosseum, Rome, Italy
A half-day walking tour through Ancient Rome and the Colosseum is one of the highlights of any trip to Rome. Book a skip-the-line ticket to experience Ancient Rome and the Colosseum on this half-day walking tour, or, for a behind-the-scenes experience take the special-access ticket and walk through the Gladiator Gate.
2. Vatican Museums, Rome, Italy
Take a look at the Pope’s home as well as the vast complex of museums that document mankind’s history over the past 2000 years. Waking Up the Vatican allows you to experience the Sistine Chapel without the crowds on a small-group tour. In case you want to meet the Pope, you can secure your place at the weekly audience and meet one of the world’s most prominent religious figures.
3. Statue of Liberty, New York City, United States
Symbolizing freedom and democracy, the Statue of Liberty became an international symbol of friendship between France and the United States. A multiday small-group tour takes travelers to both the Statue and Ellis Island.
4. Louvre Museum, Paris, France
With its collection of items covering the full spectrum of art throughout the ages, the Louvre is regarded as the world’s greatest art museum, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Taking a Skip-the-Line walking tour allows you to bypass the crowds and see some of the museum’s most iconic works. If you don’t mind a little adventure, you can engage in a family treasure hunt, participate in a murder and mystery experience, or elevate your visit with an interactive tour.
5. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
With this priority summit access pass, you’ll be able to bypass the long queues and head directly to the second viewing platform at the Eiffel Tower. It’s a must-see attraction for travelers around the world.
6. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
This unfinished Roman Catholic basilica may be Gaudi’s most famous work. Construction on the basilica began in 1882 and although it has yet to be completed, this is a sight no traveler to Barcelona should miss. There’s always a long wait because of its popularity, so book ahead with a priority ticket or one with tower entry to skip the line and get to the front.
7. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, United States
The famed Golden Gate Bridge towers over 4,200 feet and is as tall as a 65-story building. It is the gateway to San Francisco. On this 3-hour bike tour from San Francisco to Sausalito, you can either bike along the bridge with views of the bridge or take a Jail and Sail Cruise that visits Alcatraz.
8. Stonehenge, Amesbury, United Kingdom
Discover one of the most important remnants of prehistoric England. Travelers have been captivated by Stonehenge’s rough-cut stones arranged in two concentric circles for decades. Take advantage of your visit to Stonehenge by taking this small-group day trip from London or opt for the Stonehenge Inner Circle Access Day Trip, which gives travelers access to the exclusive inner circle – something most visitors miss!
9. Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
Up until the French Revolution, the Palace of Versailles was the principal residence of the French monarchy. It is truly a sight to behold. Whether it’s the palace’s perfectly manicured gardens or the stunning Hall of Mirrors, there’s plenty to explore. During this VIP tour, you’ll see how the Royals lived behind the scenes in the Palace’s Royal Quarters.
10. Canal Grande, Venice, Italy
Experience some of Venice’s best views along the Canal Grande, the city’s main water thoroughfare. With its many Renaissance palaces and gondolas, this is a colorful and busy sight full of vaporetti. This one-hour tour of the canals offers scenic views and a chance to see sights most visitors miss.