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9 of the most visited tourist attractions in the world

Want to join the masses at the year’s most popular tourist destinations? Maybe you want to avoid them? Here’s how to plan ahead for trips to the world’s busiest tourist attractions.

We know times are challenging for travelers. Although we can’t travel to our bucket list destinations now, we can start planning them. If you’re wondering where you should go once travel restrictions are lifted, this list is a great place to start. Keep reading to learn about some of the world’s most visited tourist attractions.

9. The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Iceland is no doubt one of the hottest new travel destinations, with interest increasing exponentially over the past few years. The number one destination in Iceland is The Blue Lagoon. In 2017, it had a record number of visitors totaling 1.2 million. The Blue Lagoon is a natural, geothermal spa sunken into a lava field and is known for its mineral-rich healing waters. Families book with care, as children under 2 are not allowed in the pools — children between the ages of 2 and 8 are required to wear arm floaties.

Glassy water and moss covered rocks under a moody sky

8. Machu Picchu, Peru

Tourists are quickly taking note of South America as they look for lesser-known, undiscovered places in the world. Machu Picchu is one of the most recognizable icons of the continent and its tourism numbers reflect it. After receiving over 1 million visitors in 2016, tourism officials decided to cut back on the entrance allowance in efforts to save the precious ruins from crumbling.