Tourists are thrilled more by man-made attractions than natural wonders

These 8 countries attract the most tourists of the world. by Srishti Sisodia

1. France

France is famous for cheese and wines and world's most popular tourist destination in terms of tourist arrival. In 2016 82.6 million tourists arrived in France.

The Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris and one of the top tourist attractions in France. At 324 meters (1,063 feet) tall, it is still the highest building in Paris.

Lourve a landmark art museum with other attractions like Mont Saint-Michel, Palace of Versailles and Disneyland are very famous among tourists.


2. USA

The USA stands at number 2 when it comes to tourist arrival. Located in northern Arizona, Grand Canyon is one of the famous tourist spots in the US. The Canyon is carved by the Colorado River.

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco has been listed among top visited places of the world. It has the longest suspension bridge and was completed in 1937.

The list also includes Niagara Falls which is one of the most renowned natural wonders of the USA, situated between New York and Ontario.


3. Spain

Spain has beautiful attractions, that amuses the travellers coming to experience the Spanish extravaganza, from all over the world.

From ancient cathedrals to distinctive festivals, from football clubs to glitzy nightlife, Spain has a plethora of tourist attractions.

Standing at number 3, Spain recorded 75.6 million international tourists arrival in 2016.


4. China

One of the iconic symbols of China, "the Great Wall of China" is the longest wall in the world. It is placed among "the Seven Wonders of the World".

When it comes to tourists arrival, China is at number 4.

The Terracotta Army is significant because of detailed terracotta models, representing the Imperial army that triumphed over other armies in the Warring Period (475-221 BC), and they were the catalyst in making a united China.

Places like The Forbidden City in Beijing, The Yellow Mountains in Huangshan, The Potala Palace in Lhasa etc, has attracted tourists from all over the world.


5. Italy

Earlier, the capital of the Roman Empire, Rome today is the capital city of Italy. Rome has both historic and modern architecture. It is best known for housing ancient Roman structures and the Vatican City.

Popularly known as one the most romantic cities in the world, Venice is well worth visiting for its magnificent landmarks, such as Saint Mark?s Square and Basilica, Doge?s Palace and Rialto Bridge. One of the most popular things to do is to take a gondola ride along one of its many canals.

Listed at number 5, Italy also has other attractions like Pompeii, which is a famous Roman city that had been buried under several feet of volcanic ash.


6. United Kingdom

Stonehenge is one of the top tourist attractions in England. This mysterious monument has no written history about its purpose but scholars believed that the stones were erected around 2500 BC.

The Big Ben is a 150 years old clock tower. It is the third largest free-standing clock tower in the world. It is one of the London's favourite destination.

With a combination of modern and ancient architecture, UK stands at number 6 in terms of international tourists arrival in 2016.


7. Germany

Berlin is closely associated with World War II as well as because of the Cold War. The Berlin Wall was built to divide the country into East and West Germany. Since the fall of the Wall in 1989, it became a unified city. Currently, Berlin is the federal state and capital city of Germany.

Munich is one of the best places to visit in Germany, popular for its sophisticated opera houses.

Germany's Neuschwanstein Castle is Europe's most photographed castle. It is quite a palace to visit during snowfall.


8. Mexico

Mexico stands at number 8 when it comes to international tourists arrival, 35.0 million tourists arrived in 2016. Mexico is a land of colour and contrasts. Mexico is famous for one of the world?s largest barrier reef, festive culture and ancient Mayan history.

Beach destinations on extensive coastlines, colonial architecture and archaeological sites make it a dream destination for globetrotters.