The 10 Most Visited Countries in the Entire World in 2024

Written by Niccoy Walker
Updated: September 12, 2023
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Here are the 10 most visited countries in the entire world!

People from all over the world like to travel and experience different countries, including new cultures and cuisine. Whether visiting the Eiffel Tower and eating coq au vin or shopping in Beverly Hills while sipping a vegan smoothie, visitors find much to do in the world’s most popular places.

Check out this list of the top 10 most visited countries in the entire world and discover why they are so appealing.

Spain

Panoramic aerial view of Gran Via, main shopping street in Madrid, capital of Spain, Europe.

Spain is the most visited country in the world.

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Annual International Visitors: 71.7 million

Population: 47 million

Capital City: Madrid

Popular Cities: Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Majorca, Valencia, Ibiza, Granada, Tenerife, Donostia-San Sebastian, Palma

Tourist Destinations: La Sagrada Familia, Alhambra, Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Guggenheim Museum, Park Guell, Museo Nacional del Prado, Plaza de Espana, Casa Batllo, Royal Palace of Madrid, Loro Park, Cioddad de las Artes y Las Ciencias, El Retiro Park

Best Time to Visit: Spring (March to May) and fall (September to November)

France

Lille in France - Grand Place

France is expected to overtake Spain as the most visited country within the next several years.

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Annual International Visitors: 66 million

Population: 67 million

Capital City: Paris

Popular Cities: Paris, Tours, Nice, Bordeaux, Provence, Lyon, Marseille, Strasbourg, Mont Saint-Michel, Cannes  

Tourist Destinations: Eiffel Tower, Palace of Versailles, Louvre Museum, Musee d’Orsay, Arc de Triomphe, Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris, Disneyland Paris, Puy du Fou, Luxembourg Gardens, Mont Saint-Michel, Palais Garnier, Sainte-Chapelle

Best Time to Visit: Spring (April to May), summer (June-August), and fall (September to October)

United States

Statue of Liberty

The United States has 331 million residents.

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Annual International Visitors: 50.9 million

Population: 331.9 million

Capital City: Washington, D.C.

Popular Cities: Miami, Orlando, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, New Orleans, Seattle, Denver, Houston 

Tourist Destinations: Central Park, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Disney World, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Golden Gate Bridge, Times Square, Universal Studios, Lincoln Memorial, Vegas Strip, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Space Needle 

Best Time to Visit: Spring (March to May), summer (June to August), fall (September to October)

Turkey

Istanbul

Istanbul is one of the most popular cities in Turkey.

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Annual International Visitors: 50.5 million

Population: 84.78 million

Capital City: Ankara

Popular Cities: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya, Bodrum, Pamukkale, Izmir, Ankara, Bosphorus, Marmaris, Fethiye  

Tourist Destinations: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace Museum, Sultanahmet Square, The Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Basilica Cistern, Moun Nemrut, Lycian Rock-Cut Tombs of Myra, Ankara Castle, Patara Beach, Galata Tower, Aqua Vega Aquarium, Duden Waterfalls, Goreme National Park, Pamukkale Thermal Pools 

Best Time to Visit: Spring (April to May) and fall (September to October)

Italy

Florence, Italy

Florence is a popular tourist destination.

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Annual International Visitors: 49.8 million

Population: 59.11 million

Capital City: Rome

Popular Cities: Venice, Rome, Florence, Milan, Naples, Amalfi, Cinque Terre, Sardinia, Lake Como, Dolomites   

Tourist Destinations: Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Duomo di Milano, St. Peter’s Basilica, Pantheon, Uffizi Gallery, Vatican Museums, Piazza Navona, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazzale Michelangelo, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Roman Forum, Saint Mark’s Basilica, Ponte Vecchio

Best Time to Visit: Spring (May to June) and fall (September to October)

Mexico

cancun

Cancun features an endless stretch of white sand beaches.

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Annual International Visitors: 38.3 million

Population: 126.7 million

Capital City: Mexico City

Popular Cities: Cancun, Mexico City, Playa del Carmen, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel, Oaxaca, Riviera Maya 

Tourist Destinations: Tulum, Chichen Itza, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Xcaret Park, Frida Kahlo Museum, Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Chapultepec Castle, The Arch of Caco San Lucas, Zocalo, Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Playa Norte Beach

Best Time to Visit: Winter (December to February) and spring (March to April)

United Kingdom

The Houses of Parliament in Westminster and the Big Ben tower in London seen from the Queen's Walk riverfront at dawn

London is a scenic tourist destination in the United Kingdom.

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Annual International Visitors: 31 million

Population: 67.33 million

Capital City: London

Popular Cities: London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow, Bath, Belfast, Bristol, Oxford, Brighton, Liverpool 

Tourist Destinations: London Eye, The British Museum, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, The National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Westminster Abbey, Edinburgh Castle, Victoria and Albert Museum, The Roman Baths, Stonehenge, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, St. Paul’s Cathedral

Best Time to Visit: Spring (March to June) and fall (September to November)

Germany

Dresden, Germany

Old Town architecture is prevalent along the Elbe River embankment in Dresden, Germany.

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Annual International Visitors: 28.5 million

Population: 83.2 million

Capital City: Berlin

Popular Cities: Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Cologne, Dresden, Nuremberg, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Heidelberg 

Tourist Destinations: Neuschwanstein Castle, Brandenburg Gate, Cologne Cathedral, Europa Park, Reichstag Building, Marienplatz, East Side Gallery, English Garden, Miniatur Wunderland, Berlin Wall Memorial, Heidelberg Palace, Aachen Cathedral, Pergamonmusuem

Best Time to Visit: Spring (April to May) and fall (September to October)

Greece

Famous greek iconic selfie spot tourist destination Oia village with traditional white houses and windmills in Santorini island in the evening blue hour, Greece

Greece is one of the most visited countries in the world.

©Dmitry Rukhlenko/Shutterstock.com

Annual International Visitors: 27.8 million

Population: 10.64 million

Capital City: Athens

Popular Cities: Santorini, Athens, Mykonos, Corfu, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, Paros, Zakynthos, Naxos  

Tourist Destinations: Acropolis of Athens, Meteora, Parthenon, Acropolis Museum, Delphi, Santorini, Elafonissi Beach, Ancient Agora of Athens, Temple of Olympian Zeus, National Archeological Museum, Archeological Site of Olympia

Best Time to Visit: Spring (April to June) and fall (September to October)

Austria

Achilleion palace in Corfu Island, Greece, built by Empress of Austria Elisabeth of Bavaria, also known as Sisi. The Achilleion palace in Corfu, Greece.

Austria features picture-perfect scenery.

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Annual International Visitors: 26.2 million

Population: 8.9 million

Capital City: Vienna

Popular Cities: Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Hallstatt, Graz, Linz, Zell am See, Soelden, Saint Anton am Arlberg, Kitzbuhel 

Tourist Destinations: Schonbrunn Palace, The Hofburg, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Fortress Hohensalzburg, Albertina, Vienna Operahouse, Schonbrunn Zoo, Museum of Natural History Vienna, Mirabell Palace, Hellbrunn Palace, Melk Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral

Best Time to Visit: Spring (May), summer (June to August), and fall (September)

The Most Visited Countries in the Entire World: A Recap of the Top 10

RankMost Visited CountriesInternational Tourist Arrivals
#1Spain71 million
#2France66 million
#3United States51 million
#4Turkey50 million
#5Italy49 million
#6Mexico38 million
#7United Kingdom31 million
#8Germany28 million
#9Greece27 million
#10Austria26 million

The photo featured at the top of this post is © iStock.com/Balate Dorin


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Niccoy is a professional writer for A-Z Animals, and her primary focus is on birds, travel, and interesting facts of all kinds. Niccoy has been writing and researching about travel, nature, wildlife, and business for several years and holds a business degree from Metropolitan State University in Denver. A resident of Florida, Niccoy enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and spending time at the beach.

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