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The world's most popular tourist attractions have a gravity all their own, pulling millions into their orbits each year. There's no one formula that drives the demand either; some spots rely on natural beauty to inspire awe—and visits—and others feel like the center of the universe, drawing curious eyes from around the globe.
Forbes, Travel + Leisure, and U.K.-based TravelSupermarket have all done the numbers and come up with definitive lists of the most popular tourist attractions. Using these tallies as a springboard, we're excited to bring you a snapshot of some of the standouts, from the world's most popular public park (any guesses?) to the theme park that beats all others (are you surprised?) and the globe's most visited palace (hint: if you see William and Kate there, it's only because they're on vacation).
The numbers don't lie—these spots are among the most popular in the world—but they also don't tell the whole story. So along the way, be sure to jump in with your own favorites in the comments section.
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