30 Most Visited Countries in the World and their most visited places

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30 Most Visited Countries in the World! There are many beautiful and interesting places in the world that you can visit for your next vacation. Some countries have a larger tourism industry than others, but just about all of them have something to offer.

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Every year, tens of millions of tourists leave their home country in order to find a new adventure, romance, entertainment, shopping or other experience. Although each country has something to offer to its visitors, some destinations are still more popular than the other. The following countries are among the most visited in the world. And we have also added the most visited places for each country along with wonderful pictures!

30 Most Visited Countries in the World

1. France – 82.6 million visitors

Each year millions of people all over the world visit France for its exquisite cuisine, historic sites, and beautiful scenery. Paris is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, and this country as a whole has a lot to offer those who are planning their next big trip.

France is a country of castles, it would be a pitty not to stay in one!

Chateau de Codignat, Hotels in France

Chateau de Codignat, Hotels in France

There are lots of castles in France you will want to visit, but there are a few you can even spend a night at!

Book a 16th century styled room e.g. at Chateau de Codignat and make your France expedition a special one!

Feel like a royal (regardless of your blood’s colour) at this 14th-century castle!

You can surf along the beautiful white beaches of the Atlantic coast, or visit the lavender-scented Provence if you are looking for some romance, go to the French Riviera for relaxing on the beach, to the Alps for skiing or hiking, or to Paris for the mysterious history and the rich art collections… This country has something to offer for everyone, and it is a unique experience that will be sure to stay with you for a very long time.

Eiffel tower, Paris, France, Most Visited Countries in the World
Eiffel tower, Paris, France, Most Visited Countries in the World by Free-Photos / Pixabay.com

Most visited places in France

1. Eiffel tower in Paris, the most visited city in France
2. St Tropez summer holiday destination
3. Chamonix ski resort
4. Palace of Versailles
5. Mont Saint-Michel

Read more about Cities in France – 50 most beautiful cities and towns to visit in France.

France is a popular and diverse destination that attracts millions of visitors each year. Here are several compelling reasons to visit France:

Cultural Richness: France is known for its rich cultural heritage, including art, literature, philosophy, and music. Cities like Paris are home to world-renowned museums like the Louvre, housing iconic works of art like the Mona Lisa.

Historic Landmarks: France boasts a wealth of historic landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Mont Saint-Michel, and the Palace of Versailles. Each of these landmarks holds significant historical and architectural importance.

Cuisine: French cuisine is celebrated globally. Indulge in delicious pastries, cheese, wine, and exquisite haute cuisine. France is a haven for food lovers, with diverse regional specialties to explore.

2. The United States – 75.6 million visitors

The United States is an extremely diverse place culturally and ethnically. New York City and Las Vegas are two of the most popular destinations in this country that people flock to each year for fun and adventure.

One of the best things about the U.S. is that there are quite a few nice warm places to go in the winter and cooler places to visit in the summer. The US is said to be a country of endless possibilities and it is indeed true. Whether you are looking for busy cities or, on the contrary, you prefer quiet, majestic countryside, you will find everything in America.

E.g. Yellowstone is a real pearl among the national parks in the world. The park was declared in 1872, which makes it the oldest national park in the world.

Grand Canyon, USA, Most Visited Countries in the World
Grand Canyon, USA, Most Visited Countries in the World by skeeze/pixabay.com

Most visited places in the USA

1. Grand Canyon
2. Manhattan in NYC
3. Yellowstone National Park with its geysers
4. Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
5. Niagara Falls at the borders with Canada.

Read more about Best Places to Visit in the USA and their best tourist attractions!

The United States is a vast and diverse country that offers a wide range of attractions and experiences.

Diverse Landscapes: The U.S. features diverse landscapes, including national parks, mountains, beaches, deserts, and forests. Whether you’re interested in hiking, skiing, or relaxing on the coast, the U.S. has something to offer.

Cultural Diversity: The United States is a melting pot of cultures, reflecting the diversity of its population. Each region has its own unique history, traditions, and cuisine.

Iconic Cities: Cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco are iconic and offer a mix of cultural attractions, entertainment, shopping, and dining experiences.

Historical Sites: The U.S. has numerous historical sites, including Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, and the historic districts of cities like Boston and Charleston.

National Parks: The U.S. is home to stunning national parks, such as Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Zion. These parks showcase the country’s natural beauty and are popular for outdoor activities like hiking and wildlife watching.

Hawaii is the dream!

Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas, Hotels in USA

Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas, Hotels in USA

You surely heard about Hawaii, but it’s better to explore on your own!

Book your dream vacation at Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas and make your dreams come true!

Beautiful beaches and interesting history, volcanoes and ocean, great Hawaiian food and well-being.

3. Spain – 75.6 million visitors

Spain is one of the most visited European countries, at least in part because of its striking beauty. Some of the more popular tourist attractions in this country include Park Guell, which is a park made up of breathtaking sculptures, and Alhambra, which is a fortified hilltop Moorish complex. This country also has some spectacular white sand beaches to explore. And what about Barcelona, or the world-famous island of Ibiza?

Top-quality world-class wines, infinite coasts unspoiled by civilization, spectacular whole night parties, sun-drenched beaches, imposing architecture… These are just a few reasons why everyone should visit Spain!

Alhambra, Spain, Most Visited Countries in the World
Alhambra, Spain, Most Visited Countries in the World by Walkerssk/pixabay

Most visited places in Spain

1. Alhambra
2. Mezquita of Cordoba
3. El Escorial
4. Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
5. Ibiza island

Spain is a diverse and vibrant country with a rich cultural heritage and a range of attractions.

Cultural Heritage: Spain has a deep and varied cultural history, with influences from Roman, Moorish, and Christian civilizations. This is reflected in its architecture, art, and traditions.

Historic Landmarks: Explore historic landmarks such as the Alhambra in Granada, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and the historic city of Toledo. Each of these places showcases Spain’s rich history and architectural brilliance.

Beautiful Beaches: Spain is known for its beautiful beaches along the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. The Costa del Sol, Costa Brava, and the Balearic Islands (including Ibiza and Mallorca) are popular destinations for sunbathing and water activities.

World-Class Cities: Visit vibrant cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, and Valencia, each offering a unique blend of modernity and tradition. Enjoy cultural events, gastronomy, and a lively nightlife scene.

Culinary Delights: Spanish cuisine is renowned worldwide. Try tapas, paella, churros, and indulge in a wide variety of regional dishes. Spain is also famous for its wines, including Rioja and Cava.

Read more about the best places to visit in Spain here!

ShoreHouse Apartamento de primera linea en Playa Honda

ShoreHouse Apartamento de primera linea en Playa Honda

4. China – 59.3 million visitors

Beijing and Shanghai are two of the more popular places for tourists to visit in China, though there are many other beautiful places with lots of interesting things to see and do.

The architecture of the larger cities, as well as the beauty of the countryside, make this a wonderful place for a vacation. The Karst hills and twin pagodas in Guilin are also worth seeing.

The Great Wall of China is the largest building of human history, and the numbers that describe it are fascinating. 25,000 watchtowers, 300,000 dead in the first phase of its construction, and an estimated length of about 8860 kilometers (although there is an archaeological survey saying that the wall is 21,196 km long). That’s something you can’t miss, can you?! 🙂

Great Wall of China, Most Visited Countries in the World

Great Wall of China, Most Visited Countries in the World by skeeze / pixabay

Most visited places in China

1. The Great Wall of China in Beijing
2. The Terracotta Army in Xi’an
3. The Forbidden City in Beijing
4. The Li River in Guilin
5. The Yellow Mountains in Huangshan

China is a vast and diverse country with a rich cultural history, stunning landscapes, and a rapidly evolving modern society. Here are several compelling reasons to visit China:

Great Wall of China: The Great Wall is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. Visiting this ancient structure, which stretches across northern China, offers a unique historical and cultural experience.

Historical and Cultural Heritage: China has a rich history that spans thousands of years, with numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, and the ancient city of Pingyao.

Traditional Chinese Architecture: Explore traditional Chinese architecture in cities like Beijing, with its historic hutongs (narrow alleys) and ancient temples. The contrast between modern skyscrapers and ancient structures is fascinating.

Panda Conservation Centers: China is home to the giant panda, and visiting panda conservation centers, such as Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, provides an opportunity to see and learn about these adorable creatures.

Scenic Landscapes: From the karst mountains in Guilin to the stunning landscapes of Zhangjiajie and the serene Li River, China offers a diverse range of natural beauty.

Read more about 30 Best Places to Visit in China here!

Li River Resort, China

Li River Resort, China

5. Italy – 52.4 million visitors

Located on the Mediterranean coastline, Italy offers some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Europe. The Coliseum of Rome and the canals of Venice are just two of the things that bring so many people here each year.

The Amalfi Coast, as well as similar Cinque Terre, have both some very charming villages and a beautiful coastline to explore for those who want a quiet getaway. The largest active volcano in Europe, countless historical sites and monuments, breathtaking cities and towns with narrow romantic streets, wonderful beaches and sea and funny but also very kind people…

The country with the Most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world is here and waiting for every kind of traveler to offer everyone an experience you’ll never forget.

Colosseum, Rome, Italy, Most Visited Countries in the World
Colosseum, Rome, Italy, Most Visited Countries in the World by julius

Most visited places in Italy

1. Colosseum in Rome
2. Grand Canal in Venice
3. Florence Cathedral
4. Piazza del Campo in Siena
5. Pompeii

Italy is a country that holds immense cultural, historical, and natural treasures.

Art and Culture: Italy is home to some of the world’s most renowned art and cultural treasures. Cities like Florence, Rome, and Venice house iconic works of art, including masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael.

Historical Landmarks: Italy is rich in historical landmarks, from the ancient ruins of Rome, such as the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, to the well-preserved city of Pompeii, showcasing life in ancient times.

Architecture: Italy boasts stunning architecture, from the grandeur of the Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome to the historic and romantic canals of Venice. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is another iconic architectural marvel.

Culinary Delights: Italian cuisine is celebrated worldwide. Indulge in pasta, pizza, gelato, and regional dishes that showcase the diversity of Italian cooking. Each region has its culinary specialties and traditions.

Wine and Vineyards: Italy is renowned for its wine regions, including Tuscany, Piedmont, and Veneto. Touring vineyards and tasting local wines is a delightful experience for wine enthusiasts.

For more great tips in Italy read our article: The 30 Most Beautiful Cities in Italy and their Top Tourist Attractions

Canal View San Marco Luxury Rooms, Venice, Italy

Canal View San Marco Luxury Rooms, Venice, Italy

Julius Szabo

Since 2010 I have created a lot of travel-inspiring websites, have written countless travel articles and made a hundred thousand pictures and videos. Govisity.com is the newest one, my other way to conquer the world! :)

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34 Responses

  1. Gaius says:

    Hi. Your label and image for Singapore’s Botanic Gardens are wrongly paired. The image is rightfully Gardens by the Bay and not Botanic Gardens. Botanic Gardens does not have Supertrees.

  2. Fascinating facts. Have you been to all these countries? I’d be interested in your personal view, especially of the UK which is where I am from. I do always wonder why certain places seem to be so much of an attraction – Stonehenge is fascinating, but you can’t get very close to the stones themselves and we have other sites where you can have a better user experience in my view (Avebury for example). What do you think?

  3. Hannah says:

    Wow, what an amazing list of incredible countries! I am happy to have been to 12 of them so far, with many others on the list! It’s great to see the top attractions in each country – it has given me so much food for thought for my bucket list! Istanbul and Dubrovnik are the top hitters for me.

  4. Linda says:

    Wow. What a list you have compiled. As I read through the post, it was great to see how many places we have visited but I realized how many places I still want to see. Germany, Turkey, Poland, Malaysia and the Ukraine are countries we have not even touched. But in many of the others, there are still so many other sites to visit. Thanks for putting a few new ones on my long list!

  5. Rosemary says:

    This is a great list and I’ve been to 15 of them with plans to visit at least 3 more next year. How many of these countries have you visited? Do you have a favorite or favorites? As an American. I’m curious how that number of visitors to the U.S. has changed in the last 2 years??

  6. John says:

    this is soooo wrong…where did you put Portugal?!?!?!

  7. What an absolutely fascinating post to read, of course we know these countries are popular but to see the hard visitor numbers, and broken down by sites, is very interesting. Of the top five, I need to explore more of Spain and China is near the top of my wishlist to visit.

  8. What a fun read. I have been to 22 of them, so just another 8 to go 🙂 It’s really interesting just how many people visit these countries. I can’t believe how many people visit Saudi, but I guess that has to do with pilgrims visiting Mecca. I wonder what those annual figures are?

  9. sherianne says:

    I am surprised Ibiza island beats out Barcelona for Spain’s Top 5 list. Also surprised Mexico is #8. It was fun to compare my tastes to the rest of the world, they are quite different!

    • Melissa says:

      Mexico is actually number 6 now according to the Tourism World Organization beating Germany and the Uk But don’t know why you are surprised.

  10. Claire says:

    I usually try to avoid mega popular places as I hate crowds but I’m really surprised France is the most popular country to visit! I guess it’s pretty big so doesn’t always seem that crowded unless you’re in Paris or on the south coast beaches in summer!!

  11. A few surprises here! I knew France got lots of visitors but didn’t think it would be number one. Spain is another surprise. I do agree that it’s the natural beauty of Austria, my home country, that attracts visitors here.

  12. milano says:

    for me Istanbul and Antalya are awesome that you should see it at least once

  13. Stanley says:

    Are these figures representing the real number of different visitors or the total number of visits that can be the same visitors ? How did Malaysia get its figures ? Malaysia benefited many tourists who stop by for transit on their way to Thailand but it still don’t deserve to be no. 12. Just check Malaysia’s number of hotel rooms from those hotel booking websites. I think they count in those Singaporeans who are the same people who crossed over for just day trips during the weekends as well as the number of foreign workers.

  14. Anish says:

    India is best

  15. jack says:

    thank you so much for making this page. now i can do my studies!!

  16. priser till maldiverna says:

    Italy and Maldives and has the most visited number of tourists as stated by the global tourism department and they will be continuing to rise in next years. The beauty of these two nations is preserved best and provide top accommodation and facilitation to their clients. Must see priser till maldiverna here.

  17. Francis says:

    Where is Portugal, literally the 17th most visited country in the world?

  18. As from my point of view the most visited place which everyone wants to visit is France because of its beauty and tall Eiffel tower which makes it most visiting places for tourists all over there are more places which you may consider as your second option for visiting in vacations.

  19. Jacinto says:

    Did you know Portugal existed? It should be the nr 20 or 19

  20. Kake says:

    Whole world are very beautiful place
    Enjoy our life

  21. FlightsDaddy says:

    Thanks for giving the best info who want to travel the world. This article is too useful to choose our best place to visit.

  22. Nepal is called the Amazon of Asia. The hidden treasure of its rich biodiversity. Don’t forget to include Nepal this small country every year millions of travelers visit around the world.

  23. Camila says:

    This is so wrong…where did you put Portugal?!?!?!

  24. Abhi says:

    It is fascinating to know that there are so much to explore in this world. I still have a lot in my bucket list just trying to take some inspiration from you Julius.

  25. Al-Ajr says:

    amazing information about world travel destinations to visit. Thank you for your contribution


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  26. Ahmed says:

    India is medium the most visited is china

  27. touristify says:

    I read it all in one breath. It is a wonderful travel and culture article.

  28. Nepal is a land of contrasts, from the bustling streets of Kathmandu to the serene beauty of the Annapurna range. It’s a place where adventure meets spirituality, where traditions thrive amidst modernity, and where every corner offers something new to discover.

  29. Alphabet says:

    France is the best tourist destination in the world which i have ever travelled.

  30. SNK Creation says:

    It’s really informative. They are really nice article shared! Thanks a lot for taking the time to share with us.

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