10 Tourist Traps Worth The Trip

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and every traveler has their own idea of what constitutes a must-visit destination. Some people geek out on works of art or architecture, while others find natural wonders more awe-inspiring.

After 15 years of traveling the globe professionally as a travel writer, I’ve accumulated a very personal list of renowned tourist traps that I feel are worth the crowds, pricey entry fees, or logistical challenges just to be seen and experienced in person. It’s no coincidence that many of these picks are UNESCO World Heritage Sites or Wonders of the World — it’s because billions of other people find them just as freaking amazing. Click ahead to view 10 spots worth the trip.