World’s Best Places to Visit

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France

With a whopping 19 million more visitors in 2009 than its nearest rival, France is the undeniable destination of choice for international tourists. Paris’ image as the city of love, and iconic attractions like the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysees are no doubt major draw cards. World renowned wine regions like Bordeaux and internationally recognised sporting events like the Tour de France and French Open tennis also put France centre stage. Over 74 million tourists visited French shores in 2009.

United States of America

With so much popular culture emanating from the US, it’s no surprise that people want to go and see the real thing. Indeed just fewer than 55 million tourists visited the United States of America in 2009. New York and its Statue of Liberty, Los Angeles and the movie capital of the world, Hollywood, stand out as major attractions.

Spain

Northern Europeans flock to Spain to enjoy its warmer weather, when it is cold at home. Beautiful beaches and a nice climate are two attractions. The running of the bulls in Pamplona is another. Don’t forget to try lovely seafood paella. Fifty-two million people made their way to Spain in 2009.

China

As China has opened up to the world, visitors have flocked there. It’s no surprise, with unique attractions such as the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors. Over 50 million people visited China in 2009.

Italy

Rounding out the top five is Italy, with 43 million visitors in 2009. Historical Roman ruins, beautiful artwork from famous painters such as Michelangelo, amazing cities like the waterborne Venice topped off with Italy’s delicious pasta and pizza make this country a popular choice.

United Kingdom

Steeped in tradition, landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle continue to draw the crowds. Premier League Football is a major draw for some, while others prefer the village experience in the quaint English countryside.

Turkey

Turkey, where east meets west, contains many important relics from the great Ottoman Empire. Aegean and Mediterranean resorts are also popular with visiting holidaymakers. Turkey’s explosive growth as a tourist destination has seen it become the seventh most popular in the world, with 25 million visitors in 2009.

Germany

Now a united country, the divided past draws many curious visitors to the previously partitioned Berlin. Oktoberfest in Munich is a must for serious beer lovers. Hearty and delicious meals of German sausage and sauerkraut can be found in many town pubs. Over 24 million sampled Germany’s delights in 2009.

Malaysia

Malaysia is certainly open for tourism. With more developed infrastructure than some other neighbouring South East Asian nations, Malaysia can be enjoyed in comfort. Kuala Lumpur’s striking Petronas Twin towers signify Malaysia’s development, while its beautiful islands and cool highland retreats highlight the wonderful natural experiences on offer. Visitors in 2009 totalled over 23 million.

Mexico

Over 21 million people visited Mexico in 2009. A popular destination for those in Latin America, Mexico offers Aztec, Mayan and Olmec ruins for the historically inclined and beautiful beach resorts for other types of holiday makers.

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Spain is often recognized as the single greatest historical museum in the open, surrounded by beautiful beaches and resort areas, perhaps the best in Europe. Also a true miracle of nature in terms of animal species variety and the beauty of its landscapes, Spain is a perfect place for aesthetic recreation away from city bustle. Spain is a country with glorious history. The most ancient monuments of culture in Spain belong to the Paleolithic period. These are rock paintings on the cave walls of Altamira. The architecture of the Iberians is represented by the ruins of the gigantic stone walls in Tarragona. The Romans left mainly civil constructions in Spain, such as water mains, bridges, aqueducts, amphitheatres, and arches. One of the Roman bridges, the Alcantara River Tagus, is perfectly preserved. This bridge features six arches with the middle one being a triumphal arch. The ruins of the Roman amphitheater for 6,000 spectators in Merida and Sagunto are simply majestic. Also, there are ancient arches in Medisaneli and Bar built in 107-102 BC.

The Arabs exerted a great influence on medieval Spanish art and architecture. The Alhambra palace-fortress in Granada, the Mosque of Cordoba, La Giralda minaret in Seville are world-famous tourist destinations. Alhambra is the palace-fortress of the 13th century, a fine example of Muslim architecture. Depending on the light, its walls and towers change colour during the day. Especially beautiful is the Lions courtyard, surrounded by columns of white marble. In the courtyard, there is a fountain, with its huge marble bowl resting on 12 lions. In the palace, there are some great halls, including the Hall of Ambassadors; the Royal Hall with gold lace arches resembling stalactites, the Hall of Secrets with amazing acoustic effects.

The Mosque Cathedral of Cordoba is the largest mosque in the world, second to the famous Kaaba in Mecca. With its 19 aisles with 32 arches, it occupies a large area. Moreover, it is a double monument since it combines a mosque and a cathedral. In 1236, after the city had been captured by the Christians and the Muslims had fled to North Africa, King Ferdinand III ordered to turn the mosque into a Christian church, and the minaret was transformed into a bell tower.

Numerous medieval castles, Paradors, have survived in Spain. They are usually located in the quiet corners and provide excellent opportunities for leisure and for work. Now they form a complex of buildings that combine strict architectural lines with modern interiors and provide a swimming pool, tennis courts, and gyms. Madrid, the capital of Spain, is famous for its Prado National Museum of painting and sculpture, the museums of Modern Art and Natural Sciences, Archaeological and Ethnographic museums. Tourists will be thrilled to see the Royal Palace of the 18th century and Sabatini gardens, the Church of San Francisco el Grande, Buena Petiro Park, and the Zoo.

Barcelona is another major tourist destination which attracts tourists with its Marine and Archaeological Museums, the Cathedral of the Holy Family, the Museum of Catalan Art and Pablo Picasso, the Montjuic Castle, and the Church of San Pablo del Campo. Zaragoza is famous for the residence of the Aragonese kings of Castillo de la Alyaferis. Toledo will help you to get acquainted with the architecture of the Moorish period, including the Alcazar castle, Gothic church of San Juan Delos Reyes, and Square Plaza del Zoko.

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It’s that time of year again, when the days are getting shorter, nights a little crisper, and fall is in the air. Surprisingly, this time of year is also when many people plan their vacations, whether it is a day trip, or a weekend getaway. There are a number of reasons for this, Summer crowds have died down, costs for lodging are cheaper, and of course one of the biggest reasons, the changing of the seasons and the beautiful colours that are all around. There are many different fall travel destinations, too many to name all at once, but here are a few of the ones that are at the top of many people’s list. A lot really depends on where you live, and what your budget is like. One of the best places to go in the fall, no matter what your budget may be is into the mountains. Fall offers a spectacular display of colours, the leaves are changing, and you can see browns, yellows, and reds. New England is a great place, as well as Colorado, Montana, and Utah for fall colours. For many, this experience is just a short drive, not costing too much, with many stops along your way. Quaint shops and stores are often still open, and offer the travel many cheap meals and inexpensive deals.

One of the best things about fall is the cooler temperatures. There are many different National Parks that are just too hot or too crowded during the Summer months, and Fall can be a time when you should visit. Most people are aware of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, but there are many other Monuments and Parks in the area as well. Some of these include Zion National Park, Arches, both in Southern Utah, or the Colorado National Monument, just to name a few. Often at this time of year, campgrounds, lodges, and restaurants are offering special incentives to get in travellers before shutting down for the Winter.

Speaking of cooler overall temperatures, many people love Las Vegas, but going there during the Summer months can be overwhelming, not just because of the crowds, but the heat as well. The Fall is a great time to visit Las Vegas, as well as just about anywhere in Southern California. There is so much to see and do, and prices can be a lot more reasonable. Special deals abound, so your dollar can go much farther. These are just a few of the popular travel destination choices. It is easy to find many more online from a variety of different travel sites. This is a great time of year for sightseeing, enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer. You can get great deals, and have a great time before having to hunker down for the long cold Winter months that are coming just around the corner.

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