Saturday, June 29, 2013

TripAdvisor announces their Top Attractions and Destinations: Do you agree?

TripAdvisor®, announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice Attractions Awards based on millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. 

In its inaugural year, the awards honor 1,263 of the world’s top landmarks, parks, museums and amusement and water parks.

Winners are found in 39 countries around the world including regional lists for Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Central America, China, Europe, India, Mexico, the Middle East, South America, the South Pacific, and the United States.

The Travelers’ Choice Attractions awards were determined based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews of attractions, featured on TripAdvisor, in each of the categories.

Top 10 U.S. Landmarks
  1. Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas, Nevada
  2. Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  3. USS Arizona Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii
  4. Top of the Rock Observation Deck, New York City, New York
  5. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California
  6. Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Savannah, Georgia
  7. Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C.
  8. Broadway, New York City, New York
  9. Cloud Gate, Chicago, Illinois
  10. Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool, Washington, D.C.
Top 10 World Landmarks
  1. Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu, Peru
  2. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  3. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
  4. Petra World Heritage Site, Wadi Musa, Jordan
  5. Bayon Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  6. Great Cathedral and Mosque, Cordoba, Spain
  7. Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia
  8. St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Italy
  9. Ancient City Walls, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  10. Main Market Square (Rynek Glowny), Krakow, Poland
Top 10 U.S. Parks
  1. Central Park, New York City, New York
  2. Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  3. High Line, New York City, New York
  4. Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois
  5. Balboa Park, San Diego, California
  6. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California
  7. Boston Public Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
  8. Forsyth Park, Savannah, Georgia
  9. Falls Park on the Reedy, Greenville, South Carolina
  10. Forest Park, Saint Louis, Missouri
Top 10 World Parks
  1. Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  2. Central Park, New York City, New York
  3. Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  4. High Line, New York City, New York
  5. Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois
  6. Balboa Park, San Diego, California
  7. Guell Park, Barcelona, Spain
  8. Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France
  9. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California
  10. Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore
Top 10 U.S. Museums
  1. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  2. Frick Collection, New York City, New York
  3. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  4. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York
  5. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona
  6. National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida
  7. The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana
  8. National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.
  9. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
  10. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, Illinois
Top 10 U.S. Amusement & Water Parks
  1. Discovery Cove, Orlando, Florida
  2. Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida
  3. Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Florida
  4. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, California
  5. Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Orlando, Florida
  6. Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Florida
  7. SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Florida
  8. Disney California Adventure Park, Anaheim, California
  9. Typhoon Lagoon, Orlando, Florida
  10. Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
My personal favorite, The Grand Canyon, was not included. Wonder why? And, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco seems a bit "over-liked?" What do you think?