What Are Some of the World's Popular Travel Destinations?

Some of the world's most popular travel destinations include Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand, The National September 11 Memorial In New York City, The Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. Hong Kong, China is another of the world's top tourist destinations, with over 8.6 million visitors expected for 2015, as well as the Great Wall of China.

Siem Reap in Cambodia is a popular tourist destination due to being the location of Angkor Wat, an ancient complex of 12th century temples and ruins. London, England is also a consistently popular destination for travelers, with famous monuments such as Buckingham Palace, Camden Market, Oxford Street and the Royal Opera House. Travel experts estimate a total of over 18 million visitors to London for 2015.

Another popular European destination is Paris, France, with landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe as well as world famous museums including the Louvre. Cusco, Peru is another favorite of world travelers as a starting point for treks to the world famous ruins of Machu Picchu. Istanbul, Turkey also enjoys a large number of visitors annually, as does St. Petersburg, Russia.