Of course it’s corny—replete with candy shops, T-shirt emporiums, stuffed animals, and fried food—but Pier 39 at the edge of Fisherman’s Wharf offers great views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Perhaps the wooden pier’s biggest attraction is the noisy community of sea lions that bark and bask on the docks.

Of course it’s corny—replete with candy shops, T-shirt emporiums, stuffed animals, and fried food—but Pier 39 at the edge of Fisherman’s Wharf offers great views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Perhaps the wooden pier’s biggest attraction is the noisy community of sea lions that bark and bask on the docks.

Disney describes its Hollywood Studios park (est. 1989) as “the Hollywood that never was and always will be.”

No. 30 Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL

Disney describes its Hollywood Studios park (est. 1989) as “the Hollywood that never was and always will be.”

No. 40 (tie) Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

No. 40 (tie) Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

For nearly 500 years, the emperors living within Beijing’s opulent Forbidden City dictated who could enter and leave. Well, the gates have opened, and tourists are pouring in to see it all for...

Strömstad, beautiful little town on Sweden's north-western coast. Famous for its shrimps!

Strömstad, beautiful little town on Sweden's north-western coast. Famous for its shrimps!

Nothing says Hollywood like the (literally) star-studded Walk of Fame, with each star bearing the name of a celebrity with enough cachet to be immortalized on the street. That means stars from James Dean and Marilyn Monroe to, more recently, Tina Fey and Neil Patrick Harris.

No. 32 Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, CA

Nothing says Hollywood like the (literally) star-studded Walk of Fame, with each star bearing the name of a celebrity with enough cachet to be immortalized on the street. That means stars from James Dean and Marilyn Monroe to, more recently, Tina Fey and Neil Patrick Harris.

Solvang, California - This picturesque destination, on the Central Coast of California, in scenic Santa Barbara County wine country is less than two hours up the coast from Los Angeles and offers plenty to see and do, or even not to do - it's up to you!

Solvang, California - This picturesque destination, on the Central Coast of California, in scenic Santa Barbara County wine country is less than two hours up the coast from Los Angeles and offers plenty to see and do, or even not to do - it's up to you!

In Central Park, you can ride in one of the horse-drawn carriages, check out the modest-size zoo, climb to the top of 19th-century Belvedere Castle, or take a break from pounding the pavement to sprawl on the Great Lawn, gazing at the skyscrapers above.

No. 4 (tie) Central Park, New York City

In Central Park, you can ride in one of the horse-drawn carriages, check out the modest-size zoo, climb to the top of 19th-century Belvedere Castle, or take a break from pounding the pavement to sprawl on the Great Lawn, gazing at the skyscrapers above.

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