Monday, 22 April 2013

Most Popular Tourist Attractions

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Central Park, New York City

Most Popular: Public park

What it's Got: Central Park offers ponds, woodlands, gardens, playgrounds, statues, and restaurants, as well as a carousel, a castle, and a zoo, on 843 acres of Manhattan.

Why You Should Go: You can choose from hundreds of activities set against an unexpectedly convincing pastoral backdrop. And your lungs enjoy the break from all the traffic fumes of the surrounding city.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

Most Popular: Religious building

What it's Got: Nearly 850 years of history, some of the world's most impressive stained-glass windows, flying buttresses, and views of Paris from the South Tower.

Why You Should Go: Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris is a magnificent feat of architecture and construction set in one of the world's most beautiful cities.

Niagara Falls, U.S. And Canada

Most Popular: Natural wonder

What it's Got: Water, and a lot of it. Over 700,000 gallons of water plunge over the falls each second. Visitors can see the different individual falls from lookouts on the Canadian and U.S. sides, or get a different view with helicopter or boat tours.

Why You Should Go: The thunderous falls are impressive in a way that can't be captured on film. And a concerted effort on both sides of the border to class things up a bit has yielded options for visitors looking for more than a motel and a burger.

Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

Most Popular: Scenic outlook

What it's Got: One of the world's most scenic funicular railways, which leads to a panoramic lookout of Hong Kong at 1,300 feet above sea level.

Why You Should Go: A thrillingly steep ride up the mountain yields temperatures on the Peak that are cooler than you'll find down in the city. And on clear days and evenings, visitors are rewarded with amazing views of Hong Kong, water, and outlying islands.

Imes Square, New York City, New York

Most Popular: Public space

What it's Got: Flashing signs, crowds, stores, restaurants, theaters, and hot-dog carts—everything that makes New York New York.

Why You Should Go: As the single most popular tourist attraction on the planet, Times Square lives up to its claim as the "Crossroads of the World." That alone makes it worth checking out.


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