Visiting a major city can be intimidating to some but the rest of us know just how exciting these metropolises can be. We found out which cities get the most tourist traffic each year and made a guide to visiting the busiest destinations in the world. See which cities were visited the most and what to do in each mega-metropolis.
New York City
New York isn’t only the largest city in the US, it also thinks of itself as the center of the world. There is so much to do and see in NYC, your trip depends on what kind of stuff you like to do. With iconic sights like Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, your itinerary can get full fast, so pick what you really want to see and make it happen. We recommend the city’s subway system as its super easy to navigate and the cheapest way to get around. Cabs work in a pinch but the traffic above ground can get pretty dicey. Most people want to stay in Manhattan because it’s busier but give Brooklyn a try for some more artsy vibes and cheaper rates. JFK airport is easily accessible by the subway but LaGuardia airport requires a bus or taxi ride.
Tokyo is a massive city with so many moving parts and people, it can obviously be very intimidating, but it shouldn’t be. Sure there is a language barrier but most touristy places speak English and the city is very easy to navigate. With well over 30 million people, Tokyo is huge and has so much to offer visitors. April is the busiest time of year with the Cherry Blossom festival, so everything is a bit more expensive in this already pricey city. We recommend the subway to get around the city and the Japan Rail for sites outside the city center.
Two major airports: Narita and Haneda. Haneda is closer and cheaper to travel to, but Haneda handles most international travel and is a $75 train ride from the city center.
Los Angeles is the mega-metropolis with perfect weather and enough beautiful people to match the weather. Los Angeles is the country’s second-largest city but has a completely opposite vibe of its east coast rival, New York. Expect a slower pace and casual attitude almost everywhere in the city. There is plenty to do and see here with World-class beaches, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and a full arsenal of museums and events to keep you entertained. The city is made up of many unique towns, which all have their own attitude, style, and feel, so check them all out and find your vibe. Traffic here is terrible and the public transportation is a joke so your best bet is rideshare apps like Lyft. LAX is the major airport and is pretty far from most places in the city so give yourself an hour or so in a car.
Mexico City is one of the biggest cities in the world but it’s not nearly as hectic as Tokyo or NYC. The city is broken up into smaller city centers, which give this massive metropolis a small town vibe on a larger scale. The city doesn’t have the impressive skyline of other mega cities but what it lacks in height; it gains in uniqueness and friendliness. The street food is amazing, the history dates all the way back to the Aztecs and the art scene is internationally recognized. You must see the pyramids outside the city center to truly understand the area’s rich history. The subway is adequate but the best way to get around town is in the super safe Uber system. The airport is only a $15 cab ride away so no worries there.
Bangkok receives over 30 million tourists each year so this city needs to be on this list. The majority of tourists that come to Thailand travel through Bangkok so the transient vibe is strong here in this truly international city. English is widely spoken and the city is surprisingly easy to navigate despite the terrible traffic. Most people use the subway and rickshaws to get around and the airport is a long cab ride of about an hour or a bit shorter on the train. You’ll find the most tourist attractions and shopping areas are in three regions: Sukhumvit Road, Khao San Road, and Silom.