Annual Visitors: 30,000,000 Built more than 100 years ago to honor the divine souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, this Shinto shrine in bustling Tokyo is a peaceful haven surrounded by a holy forest of more than 100,000 trees.
Seasonal gardens feature spring azaleas, summer irises, brilliant autumn leaves on Japanese maples and ginkgos, and black pines dusted with winter snow.
Annual Visitors: 91,250,000 Hand-painted ceramics, lanterns, intricately patterned carpets, copperware, gold Byzantine-style jewelry, and more eye-catching products vie for your attention within this 15th-century bazaar’s vaulted walkways.
It has since expanded and become increasingly touristy, but locals, too, are among the millions of bargain hunters.
Annual Visitors: 40,000,000 New York has larger green spaces, but none is more famous than Central Park, which stretches across nearly 850 acres of prime Manhattan real estate—an oasis for both tourists and locals.
It hosts military parades, cultural and political events, concerts, exhibitions, fairs, and public art installations.More than 70 retail outlets make Union Station a shopping destination, and it’s also a jumping-off point for many D. For a cool new vantage point, hop aboard the High Roller, a 550-foot-tall Ferris wheel that debuted in March 2014.It’s part of Linq, a flashy 300,000-square-foot shopping and entertainment complex by Caesars.1742) made the cut, but not Minnesota’s Mall of America, which, with 40 million annual visitors, would otherwise have tied for No. Short walkways and plazas also fit our definition of tourist attractions; that disqualified the Blue Ridge Parkway.We also omitted beaches, bridges, and sites that draw almost exclusively religious pilgrims.