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Planning your summer travel? TripAdvisor recently released its travel trends report with the top tourism trends and experiences ranked by 2017 booking count totals. The travel company ranked the most popular travel attractions and sites both globally and domestically and according to the report, iconic landmarks and sites remain the most-booked by travelers globally, while cultural categories like food tours, cooking classes and historical and heritage experiences are on the rise. 

The results show that travelers are becoming increasingly interested in new experiences, but are loyal to booking the world’s most iconic sites. Attractions like the Sagrada FamiliaEiffel Tower and the Empire State Building remain in the top-10 booking options for both US and global travels. Meanwhile, Stateside travelers are booking more cooking and restaurant experiences and getting active in the great outdoors, according to Trip Advisor

In addition to booking popular tourist sites, global travelers are increasingly looking for skip-the-line experiences, regardless of the destination. TripAdvisor offers nearly 1,200 express opportunities, one of which is the City Wonders’ skip-the-line pass for the Vatican Museums — which was the most-booked experiences globally.

Below are TripAdvisor’s top attractions and activities among both global and American travelers.

The world’s most popular experiences for 2017, as ranked by global travelers:  

  1. Skip the line: Vatican Museums, St Peter’s, Sistine Chapel
  2. Chicago Architecture River Cruise
  3. Skip the line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour
  4. Rome Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour
  5. Priority Access: Barcelona Sagrada Familia Tour
  6. Eiffel Tower Summit: Priority access with host
  7. Warner Bros Studio: The Making of Harry Potter with Luxury Round-Trip Transport from London
  8. Empire State Building Tickets
  9. Murano, Burano, and Torcello half-day sightseeing tour
  10. Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour

The USA’s most popular experiences for 2017, as ranked by global travelers:  

  1. Chicago Architecture River Cruise
  2. Empire State Building Tickets
  3. NYC One World Observatory: Skip the line
  4. USS Midway Museum: Skip the line (San Diego)
  5. New York City PASS
  6. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour
  7. Skydeck Chicago: Admission
  8. Big Bus New York Hop-on, Hop-off
  9. 9/11 Memorial Museum Admission
  10. Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour

The most popular new global experiences (added in 2017), as ranked by global travelers:  

  1. Eiffel Tower Summit Priority Access with Host
  2. Ancient Monuments of Rome Tour with Skip-the-Line pass
  3. Skip the Line: Gaudi’s Casa Batlló Ticket with Audio Tour
  4. Skip the Line: Arc de Triomphe Including Terrace Access
  5. Skip-the-Line Florence Accademia Gallery and Michelangelo’s David Ticket
  6. Full-Day Tour of Abu Dhabi City From Dubai
  7. Fast Track Seville Guided Tour into Alcazar
  8. Jewish Quarter Anne Frank Walking Tour in Amsterdam
  9. Field Museum of Natural History Admission
  10. San Antonio Zoo General Admission

The most popular new domestic experiences (added in 2017), as ranked by global travelers:  

  1. Eiffel Tower Summit Priority Access with Host
  2. Ancient Monuments of Rome Tour with Skip-the-Line pass
  3. Skip the Line: Gaudi’s Casa Batlló Ticket with Audio Tour
  4. Skip the Line: Arc de Triomphe Including Terrace Access
  5. Skip-the-Line Florence Accademia Gallery and Michelangelo’s David Ticket
  6. Full-Day Tour of Abu Dhabi City From Dubai
  7. Jewish Quarter Anne Frank Walking Tour in Amsterdam
  8. Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass Combination Ticket
  9. Live Nashville Walking Tour
  10. 3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves

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