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Tripadvisor names New York's Empire State Building best worldwide attraction

New York City is home to three of America's top seven attractions, according to Tripadvisor reviewers.
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Posted at 10:42 AM, Jun 25, 2024

In its 2024 Travelers' Choice Awards of the best things to do, New York's Empire State Building ranked No. 1 out of all attractions across the world. The 102-story skyscraper beat out the Eiffel Tower, Anne Frank's House and Basilica de la Sagrada Familia as the top attractions in the world.

"The World's Most Famous Building" has garnered 60,000 five-star reviews on Tripadvisor. The online travel website said that many reviewers are "wowed" by the 360-degree view from the top of the tower.

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"Experiences make a trip, and our Best of the Best Things to Do Awards offer some of the highest-rated activities from across the world, highlighted by our community of travelers," said Tripadvisor President Kristen Dalton. "Whether you're a thrill seeker or a leisurely explorer, the 'Best of the Best' badge has the seal of approval from global travelers as a source of inspiration for an unforgettable vacation."

The Empire State Building was the only U.S. attraction in the top 10. France and Italy had multiple entries in the top 10.

Tripadvisor's top 10 attractions in the world:

  1. Empire State Building, New York City, United States
  2. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
  3. Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  4. Basílica de la Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
  5. Cayman Crystal Caves, Grand Cayman, Caribbean
  6. Colosseum, Rome, Italy
  7. Louvre Museum, Paris, France '
  8. Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, Singapore
  9. Duomo di Milano, Milan, Italy
  10. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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According to Tripadvisor, these are the top 10 attractions in the U.S.:

  1. Empire State Building, New York City, New York
  2. Iolani Palace, Honolulu, Hawaii
  3. Central Park, New York City, New York
  4. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo, Florida
  5. Stetson Mansion, DeLand, Florida
  6. Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California
  7. Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee
  8. Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, New York
  9. Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle, Washington
  10. Diamond Head State Monument, Honolulu, Hawaii

If you're looking for the best experiences the U.S. has to offer, here are the top 10 attractions Tripadvisor reviewers recommend:

  1. Oahu Circle Island Tours, Oahu, Hawaii
  2. Honolulu Xtreme Parasail, Honolulu, Hawaii
  3. History and Hauntings of Salem Guided Walking Tour, Salem, Massachusetts
  4. Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching, Juneau, Alaska
  5. Pearl Harbor Remembered Tour, Honolulu, Hawaii
  6. Koloa Zipline in Kauai, Kauai, Hawaii
  7. Niagara Falls in 1 Day: Tour of American and Canadian Sides, Niagara Falls, New York
  8. ATV Riding: First-Time Rider Course and Guided Tour, Las Vegas, Nevada
  9. Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area, Tierra Verde, Florida
  10. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour: All Options, New York City, New York