Thanks to our enormous network of passionate explorers around the world, TripAdvisor has its finger on the pulse of travel trends. We just crunched the latest data to find the attractions that are trending this season: The ones that have seen the greatest uptick in interest among our travelers between this fall compared to last. Here’s a sampling of some of the sites around the globe that are capturing the attention of travelers– and we’ve identified 10 awesome experiences and tours to book for additional local insights.
Castle Howard, England
Perhaps the popularity of Downton Abbey has something to do with the rising interest in this stately home that dates back to the 18th century, where earls and their staff once lived in splendid surroundings. Visitors can stroll through its many rooms, full of fine furnishings and renowned works of art, as well as its extensive gardens. The York Pass gets you entry to the castle and dozens of other places in and around the city of York—from museums to a dungeon and the York Brewery—saving one traveler more than $ 50 in admission fees.
Stadio Santiago Bernabeu, Spain
Reigning Champions League winners Real Madrid are one of the world’s best teams, playing one of the world’s most popular sports. This soccer squad’s award-winning history has made their home field, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, a major tourist attraction in its own right. This ticket gets you entrance to the stadium to explore at your own pace (when a game isn’t in session, of course); be sure not to miss the presidential box, trophy room, tunnel to the changing rooms, and on-site museum.
Underground Naples, Italy
The secret is out: There is a network of tunnels, caves, and even an ancient Roman theater hidden beneath the streets of Naples. This two-and-a-half hour tour takes you back in time as you descend 130 feet to these recently rediscovered underground sites, carved into Naples’ volcanic ash and rock. You’ll see cisterns excavated in the 4th century, air-raid shelters from World War II, and a Greco-Roman aqueduct. This tour has garnered enthusiastic reviews, but travelers warn the claustrophobic that there are a few “extremely narrow passages where you have to walk sideways to fit through,” and that are lit only with the candles your guide will provide.
Yarra River, Australia
The Yarra runs right through Melbourne. Recent efforts have cleaned up the river and revitalized the areas on its banks, making a half-day kayak tour a lovely way to get a different perspective on Melbourne. From the city center, you can choose to either paddle downstream, past the former Customs House and the old docks area (with a view of the Crown Casino fireworks display, if you opt for the twilight tour), or upstream, past the Royal Botanic Gardens to the sculpture park on Herring Island.
The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, US
Fifteen years after the tragic events of 9/11, travelers from around the world are visiting New York City’s powerful National 9/11 Memorial. On New York Tour1’s All-Access 9/11 Experience, a guide with a personal connection to 9/11 will take you to St. Paul’s Chapel (which became a makeshift rescue center), the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and the One World Observatory, high up in the Freedom Tower. Travelers who have enjoyed the tour recommend that you pace yourself in the museum, since you’ll need to move on to the observatory at the time that your ticket specifies.
Grand Ole Opry, US
Whether you’re a hopeful country music singer or a devoted fan, the Grand Ole Opry has long been Nashville’s most coveted ticket. From bluegrass to modern country, the Opry showcases rising talents in country music. Book admission via TripAdvisor and you’ll get to hear six to eight acts perform on the Opry stage during a two-hour performance. From November through January, the Opry show will take place in the historic Ryman Auditorium, its original home in Nashville.
Florence Cathedral’s Duomo, Italy
The Florence Cathedral’s imposing dome stands high above the city, a beacon to tourists from around the world. This tour of the complex takes you up into the dome, and to secret terraces that have been closed to the public for centuries. You’ll also gain entry to a workshop where restorers recondition original statues from the cathedral’s façade, and your ticket gives you access to the rest of the complex for 48 hours after your tour. It’s 463 steps up to the top of the Duomo, but travelers promise that you’ll be glad you made the effort.
Vieux Lyon, France
With its narrow streets, Lyon’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town is best seen by bike—and an electric ride makes the experience effortless. Lyon Bike Tour offers day and evening guided e-bike excursions through the city, with a focus on history, architecture, and food (Lyon is considered the culinary capital of France). Travelers recommend doing this overview tour early in your stay, so that you know which spots to explore further on subsequent days.
Boa Vista Palace, Brazil
For a relaxing alternative to the hustle and bustle of São Paulo, take a daytrip to Campos do Jordão, known as the Brazilian Switzerland. Its mountain setting has long made it a popular retreat for Paulistas, and the Boa Vista Palace (today a museum with collections of Brazilian art, 17th-century furniture, and tapestries) was once the governor’s summer home. The drive through the Mantiqueira Mountains is quite scenic, too.
Sahakari Spice Farm, India
The southern Indian state of Goa is famous for the spices that grow there, and this year travelers are excited about the Sahakari Spice Farm, which cultivates an aromatic assortment of flora: vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, pepper, cloves, and chili. This daytrip (a convenient shore excursion if your cruise ship docks in Goa) includes a tour of and lunch at the plantation, plus stops at two centuries-old temples and the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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