AttractionsA collation of reviews on Tripadvisor unveils the top 2023 global experiences and attractions.

The hottest travel attractions and experiences in 2023

For the second consecutive year, Barcelona's Sagrada Familia retains the top position as the world's No. 1 attraction.
For the second consecutive year, Barcelona's Sagrada Familia retains the top position as the world's No. 1 attraction. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/NEWTRAVELDREAMS

With the summer travel season in full swing, global wanderers seek the most memorable activities and sights worldwide. From May 2022 to April 2023, millions of reviews on Tripadvisor unveiled its Travelers' Choice Best of the Best "Things to Do" list.

Top 10 attractions in the world

  1. Basílica de la Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain: Marvel at Antoni Gaudí's magnum opus, an architectural masterpiece that continues to capture the world's imagination.
  2. Colosseum, Rome, Italy: Step into the grandeur of ancient Rome at the Colosseum, an iconic amphitheater steeped in history and stories of gladiatorial combat.
  3. Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Journey into history at Anne Frank House, where the poignant story of Anne Frank comes to life through her diary and the preserved living quarters.
  4. The Dubai Fountain, Dubai, UAE: Be enchanted by the spectacle of The Dubai Fountain, a choreographed water dance set against the backdrop of the stunning Burj Khalifa.
  5. Empire State Building, New York City, N.Y.: Soar to the heights of the Empire State Building and behold the panoramic view of New York City's skyline, a symbol of urban ambition.
  6. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France: Immerse in Parisian artistry at Musée d'Orsay, home to an impressive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces.
  7. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France: Ascend the iconic Eiffel Tower for a breathtaking panorama of Paris, an enduring symbol of romance and elegance.
  8. Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy: Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to Rome. Admire the Baroque grandeur and cultural significance of this stunning masterpiece.
  9. Central Park, New York City, N.Y.: Escape to the lush tranquility of Central Park, a sprawling oasis in the heart of Manhattan that offers respite from the urban bustle.
  10. Plaza de Espana, Seville, Spain: Marvel at the architectural splendor of Plaza de Espana, a grand semicircular complex that stands as a tribute to Spain's rich heritage.

Top 10 experiences in the world

  1. Grand Circle Island and Haleiwa Tour, Honolulu, Hawaii: Uncover Oahu's beauty in a single day. Traverse through the island's top highlights, including the remarkable Hālona Blowhole and serene Byodo-In Temple. Sink your toes into its most exquisite beaches and prime surf spots.
  2. Thai Cooking Course, Chiang Mai, Thailand: Embark on a culinary journey in the heart of Thailand. Savor the flavors and techniques that make Thai cuisine renowned worldwide.
  3. Ubud Tour - Best of Ubud, Ubud, Bali: Dive into the cultural tapestry of Bali in Ubud. Traverse through its vibrant markets, lush landscapes, and iconic attractions, discovering the heart of this Indonesian gem.
  4. Red Dunes ATV, Sandsurf, Camels, Stargazing & 5 BBQ, Dubai, UAE:* Conquer Dubai's desert dunes on an exhilarating ATV adventure. Experience sand surfing, camel rides, stargazing, and a sumptuous BBQ feast under the stars.
  5. Best DMZ 3rd Infiltration Tunnel Tour from Seoul, Seoul, South Korea: Journey into Korea's history on a DMZ tour. Explore the underground tunnels that narrate the region's complex past.
  6. Reykjavik Food Walk - Local Foodie Adventure, Reykjavik, Iceland: Embark on a culinary odyssey through Reykjavik's streets. Delight in the local flavors and gastronomic secrets of Iceland's capital.
  7. Amsterdam Luxury Guided Sightseeing Canal Cruise, Amsterdam, Netherlands: Glide through Amsterdam's picturesque canals on a luxury cruise. Witness the city's iconic landmarks from the water, discovering its rich history and vibrant culture.
  8. Angkor Wat Sunrise Tour, Siem Reap, Cambodia: Witness the majestic Angkor Wat at dawn, as Cambodia's most famous temple complex is bathed in the soft hues of sunrise.
  9. San Juan Guided Snorkel Tour, San Juan, Puerto Rico: Immerse yourself in San Juan's underwater beauty on a guided snorkeling adventure. Explore vibrant coral reefs and marine life in the crystal-clear Caribbean waters.
  10. Hanoi Jeep Tours, Hanoi, Vietnam: Discover Hanoi's hidden gems in style on a jeep tour. Roam through the city's bustling streets, uncovering its historical and cultural treasures.

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