This NYC Landmark Was Just Named the No. 1 Attraction in the World by Tripadvisor

The Empire State Building comes with 8,000 5-star reviews.

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There's a brand-new No. 1 Best Thing to Do in the world, according to Tripadvisor reviewers.

Tripadvisor released its 2024 Travelers' Choice Awards Best of the Best Things to Do list, which showcases the highest-rated experiences and attractions around the globe. The team determines the rankings based on the "quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings posted on Tripadvisor over the 12-month period between April 1, 2023, through March 31, 2024," Tripadvisor explained in a statement provided to Travel + Leisure, and noted that it adds an extra layer of editorial decision-making to ensure each choice is top-notch.

"With more than 1.4 million activities and experiences, Tripadvisor is a go-to resource for travelers to discover and book their next adventure, no matter what 'adventure' means to them," Kristen Dalton, the president of Tripadvisor, shared in a statement. "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. 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."

After looking at all the data, the Empire State Building in New York City took first place as the No. 1 attraction in the world for 2024.

"Boasting 60,000 5-star reviews, the Empire State Building reinforces its claim as the 'World’s Most Famous Building' by rising to the No. 1 attraction in the U.S. and in the world," Tripadvisor shared in its statement. "Reviewers are wowed by the 360-degree view of New York, where they can point out all of their favorite landmarks and see up to six states on a clear day. Over 300 reviews deem it a 'once in a lifetime' experience."

Other top attractions making the list include the Eiffel Tower in Paris in second, followed by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the Basílica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and the Cayman Crystal Caves in the Grand Cayman, Caribbean, rounding out the top five. They're joined by the Colosseum in Rome, the Louvre Museum in Paris, the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, the Duomo di Milano in Milan, and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center in Abu Dhabi in the top 10.

As for the other top attractions in the U.S., Tripadvisor named Iolani Palace in Honolulu the No. 2, followed by Central Park in New York City; the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Florida; Stetson Mansion in DeLand, Florida; Alcatraz Island in San Francisco; Graceland in Memphis; the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City; the Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle; and Diamond Head State Monument in Honolulu to its top 10.

See more about the top attractions and the rest of the Traveler's Choice Awards picks at

Related: 35 Best Things to Do in New York City, According to Local Experts

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