Here is a list of Top 10 Destinations in the World.
1. London, United Kingdom
London attracts very large numbers of visitors and tourists and can be an expensive place to visit. However, there is still much you can see and do for free.
Tourist attractions are mainly in Central London. Plan your day well. London is a big place and if you are not careful you may find yourself spending most of the day travelling.
Top 10 Places to Visit in London:
a. Take a ride on the London Eye
The big wheel which gives you a panoramic view of London. It is the world’s highest observation wheel and offers passengers spectacular views of over 55 of London’s most famous landmarks – all in just 30 minutes.
b. Changing of the guard
Buckingham Palace and Horse Guards at Whitehall. I prefer Whitehall as you can get closer to the guards.
c. See a Musical
d. Tower of London and Tower Bridge
Home to the Crown Jewels, the Tower of London is over a thousand years old.
The world’s biggest toy store
f. Shop at Picadilly Circus
g. Covent Garden
Street entertainment, shopping and nightlife
h. Museums and Art Galleries
British Museum – Best museum for history and its FREE
Madam Tussauds – Wax models of the famous
i. Buckingham Palace
Home of the Royal Family
j. Take a trip down the Thames to Greenwich
See many sites along the river. Greenwich is the home of Greenwich Mean Time.
2. New York City, New York
The state’s famous landscape is made up of fertile river valleys, flourishing hills, high mountains, and beautiful lakes. Mount Marcy (5,344 feet), one of the summits of the Adirondack Mountains that make up one quarter of New York’s land, is the highest point in the state.
As one of the cultural centers of the Western World, New York attracts more tourists than perhaps any other city in the country. It is also the largest printing and publishing center in the country. In Manhattan, one can catch a Broadway play in the theater district.
Visitors also enjoy climbing to the top of The Statue of Liberty. Lady Liberty stands in one of New York’s harbors and has welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States. Some recreate the experience by taking a ferry to Ellis Island, where many immigrants first stepped on American soil.
Niagara Falls was the most popular place for honeymooners before Walt Disney World opened in 1971. Many famous comedians, including Sid Caesar, got their start at the Catskill Mountain resort area, a place where many tourists go to get away from city life.
3. Rome, Italy
Rome is so called because it is a place of great beauty, contrast and life. Rome is an eclectic city: the religious world Centre of Catholic Church, the fabulous ruins of the Centre of the Roman Empire, and modern, bustling Rome. All three seem incongruous, yet they live inside and beside each other with great ease. You will soon realise Rome was build to rule and dominate the world. Everything is on a massive scale, solid and “eternal”.
During the summer there are music and cultural festivals. The Festa di San Giovanni, June 23-24, is an important festival with dancing, music, and food. Around Christmas, there are nativity scenes in many churches and there are religious festivals and processions during the week before Easter as well. The Spanish steps are a good place to go for the Spring Festival in April.
4. Paris, France
Paris has the typical Western European oceanic climate which is affected by the North Atlantic Current. Over a year, Paris’ climate can be described as mild and moderately wet.
Summer days are usually warm and pleasant with average temperatures hovering between 15 and 25 °C, and a fair amount of sunshine. Each year, however, there are a few days where the temperature rises above 32 °C (90 °F). In winter, sunshine is scarce; days are cold but generally above freezing with temperatures around 7 °C (45 °F). Rain falls throughout the year, and although Paris is not a very rainy city.
Paris actually famous for many things. Though below are some of the famous things you may find there:
- Arc de Triumphe
- The louvre
- Notre dame
5. San Francisco, California
San Francisco, the fourth-largest city in California. It is located in the northern part of the state between the Pacific Ocean. When gold was discovered in California in 1848, the city’s population jumped to 10,000, and it experienced turbulent years until order was established by Vigilance Committees, first in 1851, and again in 1856. Then followed a period of more orderly growth, and the foundations of the great commerce and industry of today were laid.
Here are some more interesting facts about the fantastic San Francisco:
a. A city of many names
San Francisco was originally called Yearba Buena, a Spanish name meaning “good herb” or “good grass.” “Baghdad by the Bay” coined by columnist Herb Caen, and “The City that Knows How” are among the common nicknames of the city.
b. The city of billionaires
Did you know that San Francisco is one of the richest cities in the world? It ranks fourth in the world, after New York, Moscow and London, in terms of the numbers ofbillionaires that call it home. This is despite the fact that it has less than 10% of the population of the other three cities. San Francisco is also known for having the largest Chinese community in the world, outside of China.
c. The Golden Gate Bridge
is a top tourist spot in San Francisco. It is the world’s second longest single span bridge. It links San Francisco with Marin County and the Redwood Empire. The Golden Gate Bridge is continuously painted and repainted because the bridge is so long that by the time it is painted from one end to the other, it’s time to start over again.
d. Where there is a coffee shop for everyone
San Francisco is known for its coffee shops, of which there are over three hundred within its boundaries. It is here that the famous Irish coffee was invented.
e. In 1906, San Francisco was obliterated by the earthquake, along with a massive fire.
6. Marrakech, Morocco
The name Marrakech originates from the Amazigh (Berber) words mur (n) akush, which means “Land of God.” It is the third largest city in Morocco after Casablanca and Rabat, and lies near the foothills of the snow capped Atlas Mountains and a few hours away from the foot of the Sahara Desert. Its location and contrasting landscape has made it an enviable destination in Morocco.
Marrakech is a Berber city, with little influence by Arabs. Marrakech had been the capital of Morocco, as well as for smaller countries (Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania and Libya), for many decades.
There are many monuments in Marrakech, most famous is the Koutoubia mosque. It is the medina, the souks and Jam el-Fnaa square, that attract most tourists.
7. Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is truly a world city, a city which everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. It is an enchanting blend of Eastern and Western culture, a vibrant, modern city, with a unique identity. Its rich past coexists alongside its youthful exuberance. Although no longer the capital of Turkey, Istanbul still remains the country’s cultural and business centre.
It is a city of contrasts, bustling with the cacophony of 21st century life, and is yet achingly beautiful. It is set in a stunning location, surrounded by water, which is the narrow strait of the Bosphorus and the serene sea of Marmara separating Europe from Asia. Istanbul has a foot in each, celebrating the best of both heritages. As Byzantium, Constantinople and finally, Istanbul, it has been the capital of three Empires, each leaving their mark in the form of stunning palaces, castles, mosques, churches and monuments. The legacy of its chequered past can be seen on every turn of the modern city.
Istanbul has a temperate oceanic climate which is influenced by a continental climate, with hot and humid summers and cold, wet and occasionally snowy winters.
8. Barcelona, Spain
There are two official languages spoken in Barcelona: Catalan, generally spoken in all of Catalonia, and Castillian Spanish. The city of Barcelona has a population of 1.510.000, but this number spirals to more than 4.000.000 if the outlying areas are also included.
There are two major arts festivals during the year, one in the summer (the Grec) and one in the autumn (La Mercé), and there are concerts and shows of different kinds happening all the time.
This beautiful city is full of what European cities are known for (outdoor markets, restaurants, shops, museums and churches) and is fantastic for walking with an extensive and reliable Metro system for more far-flung destinations. The core center of town, focused around the Ciutat Vella provides days of enjoyment for those looking to experience the life of Barcelona while the beaches the city was built upon provide sun and relaxation during the long periods of agreeably warm weather.
9. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap, which literally means the “Defeat of Siam”, is the most prosperous region of contemporary Cambodia. Its close proximity to the Angkor Wat temple complex has turned the city into one of the world’s premier travel destinations. More than one million travelers visit Siem Reap every year to explore over a thousand years of Khmer heritage built near Tonle Sap Lake, the foundation of the economic power of the ancient Cambodian empire.
The heart of Siem Reap’s tourist district is known as Old Market, or Psah Chas. This part of town is home to a large concentration of restaurants and shops geared towards an ever-increasing number of American, British and European tourists. The influx of tourism has transformed a quiet little city into a bustling downtown area with an eclectic array of restaurants, bars and nightclubs that rivals any college town along with a night market that keep going well past midnight.
A variety of shopping centers, spas, cafés, parks, and other activities can be found throughout the the old market area. Don’t expect duty free mall stuffed with high-end boutique shops or even basic necessities. The local merchants offer a variety of hand made item, local silk goods, world famous Cambodian puppets and an assortment of disturbingly similar goods that could be found at a flee market anywhere in the world.
10. Berlin, Germany
Berlin is the capital city of Germany and one of the 16 states (Länder) of the Federal Republic of Germany. Berlin is the largest city in Germany and has a population of 4.4 million within its metropolitan area and 3.5 million from 190 countries within the city limits. Berlin is best known for its historical associations as the German capital, internationalism and tolerance, lively nightlife, its many cafes, clubs, and bars, street art, and numerous museums, palaces, and other sites of historic interest. Berlin’s architecture is quite varied. Although badly damaged in the final years of World War II and broken apart during the Cold War, Berlin has reconstructed itself greatly, especially with the reunification push after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. It is now possible to see representatives of many different historic periods in a short time within the city center, from a few surviving medieval buildings near Alexanderplatz, to the ultramodern glass and steel structures in Potsdamer Platz. Because of its tumultuous history, Berlin remains a city with many distinctive neighborhoods.