Most Popular Travel Destinations in the World

Despite the innumerable travel destinations around the world today, more discoveries are still being made to identify additional attractions and activities. However, there are renowned travel destinations that have continued to attract travelers for decades. These destinations attract more visitors mainly because of their ability to meet the varying tastes and preferences of travelers. The following are the most popular travel destinations in the world, according to the World Tourism Board. 


France bears the lead for the most visited countries in the world, receiving an estimated 89 million visitors in the past year. Many people love France because it has multiple destinations with rich cultural attractions like Paris, Strasbourg, and Lyon. Besides, it also has a diverse landscape that features mountains, beaches, French villages, pristine gardens and other beautiful sceneries to charm travelers. France has 37 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and, its capital Paris is also the most visited city in the world. 


Spain received about 83 million visitors in 2018, making it the second most visited travel destination in the world. Most of the people that visit Spain come from European countries like the UK, Germany, Italy, and France. Spain is home to several historical cities with world class resorts and amenities including Madrid and Barcelona. It borders the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans, which also create spectacular spots for tourism activities. Spain boasts 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 15 national parks, electric nightlife, winter travel facilities, and cultural festivals. 

United States 

The United States has continued to attract millions of visitors from all parts of the world over the years. In 2018, it received about 80 million visitors. Most of its major cities like Las Vegas, New York, Hawaii, and Los Angeles are magnets for tourists all year round. A majority of the visitors come from the United Kingdom, Canada, and Mexico. The U.S has vast tourism resources including landmarks, beaches, stunning modern hubs, natural wonders, lush landscapes, architecture, food, and resorts. Unlike most destinations, the US has a very competitive domestic tourism sector. 

Other travel destinations also on this list include China, Turkey, Mexico, Thailand, and the United Kingdom, respectively. These destinations are ranked top because of their diversity in terms of tourism attractions.