Tripadvisor Awards 2022: Best Attractions, Parks & Experiences

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(CNN) – According to Tripadvisor reviewers, the dreamy and uniquely designed cathedral in Europe that has been under construction since 1882 is the world’s biggest attraction for 2022.

Each year, the travel advisory platform issues a series of Travelers’ Choice Awards. Its top destinations and best beaches handed out awards earlier this year.

On Tuesday, Tripadvisor unveiled its “best things to do” categories in 11 categories, including top world and US attractions, theme parks, and best all-inclusive experiences.

Hot spots in this year’s world attractions were Spain and Italy, taking half of the list. Here are the top 10, according to Tripadvisor:

1. Basilica of the Holy Family: Barcelona, ​​Spain
2 – Colosseum: Rome
3. Empire State Building: New York City
4. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
5. Uffizi Galleries: Florence, Italy
6. Spanish Steps: Seville, Spain
7. Iguazu Falls: Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
8. Roman Baths: Bath, United Kingdom
9. Garden of the Gods: Colorado Springs, Colorado
10. Trevi Fountain: Rome

More about the Holy Family Church

The church was the vision of the pioneering architect Antoni Gaudí, who became a leading figure in modern architecture. Vandalized during the Spanish Civil War during the 1930s, the Nativity facade and its crypt received UNESCO World Heritage status in 2005.

His unusual architectural style is a mixture of Catalan Modernism, Spanish Late Gothic, Catalan Modernist and Art Nouveau. The cathedral is a tourist hotspot in Barcelona, ​​a lively and cosmopolitan city known for its art, culture, and food.

To verify this yourself and to enter Spain, you will need to provide either a certificate proving full vaccination, a negative Covid-19 test result or a certificate of recovery from June 11.

Top 10 attractions in the United States

The Empire State Building looms high in New York City and in the minds of travelers.

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The Big Apple has three great points. The top 10 attractions in the United States are:

1 – Empire State Building: New York City
2. Garden of the Gods: Colorado Springs, Colorado
3. Central Park: New York City
4 – Iolani Palace: Honolulu
5. Biltmore: Asheville, North Carolina
6. National 9/11 Memorial and Museum: New York City
7. Arches National Park: Moab, Utah
8. National World War II Museum: New Orleans
9. Preserve Taliesin: Green Spring, Wisconsin
10. Stetson Mansion: Deland, Florida

Top 10 water and amusement parks in the world

An aerial view of Siam Park is shown in Tenerife, one of the Spanish Canary Islands.

An aerial view of Siam Park is shown in Tenerife, one of the Spanish Canary Islands.

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It’s a good year for Spain, who also took first place in this category. Brazil had a strong showing with three parks. The top 10 theme parks and water games are:

1. Siam Garden: Adeje, Spain
2. Boy Du Faux: Les Ibis, France
3. Beto Carrero World: Benha, Brazil
4 – Puy de Fou Spain: Toledo, Spain
5. The Milky Way Adventure Park: Clovelly, United Kingdom
6. Hot Park: Rio Quente, Brazil
7 – Bali Waterbom: Kuta, Indonesia
8. Dollywood: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
9. Global Islands of Adventure: Orlando
10- Terra Magica Floribal Garden: Canela, Brazil

Siam Park is a water park in Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands. They are in the Thai garden. One of the games there is called The Vulcano, which goes in the dark and features a laser light show.

Top 10 amusement parks and water games in the United States

Along with entertainment and charm, Dollywood theme park has a vibrant heart with roller coaster.

Along with entertainment and charm, Dollywood theme park has a vibrant heart with roller coaster.


Two parks that made the world’s top ten list topped the US version. Not surprisingly, Florida parks dominate this list.

1. Dollywood: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
2. Global Islands of Adventure: Orlando
3. Magic Kingdom Park: Orlando
4. Universal Studios Hollywood: Angels
5. Universal Studios Florida: Orlando
6. City of Silver Dollar: Branson, Missouri
7. Funland: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
8. Fun Spot America: Kissimmee, Florida
9- Santa’s Village: Jefferson, New Hampshire
10- Bush Gardens: Tampa, Florida

Nestled in the mountains of eastern Tennessee, Dollywood officially opened in 1986. But a theme park has been on site since 1961, with several name changes before the Dollywood brand took over and took off, drawing fans to Parton Tennesee’s mountain home.


Tripadvisor emphasizes experiences at this year’s awards, particularly those offered by tour operators.

“The awards give well-deserved recognition to hard-working and skilled tour operators who have been able to deliver exceptional experiences to their guests while navigating the pandemic,” Kate Urquhart, general manager of experiences at Tripadvisor, said in a press release.

Tripadvisor said outdoor activities dominated the awards in 2021, and put in another strong showing in 2022. But tours of the city are also growing in popularity in 2022, the press release said.

These are the #1 overall experiences:

Travelers’ Choice Awards also honor the best dining experiences; nature and outdoor activities; Cultural, historical tours and more.

Click here to see all the winners of the 2022 Best Things to Do categories on Tripadvisor.

How are the winners selected?

According to Tripadvisor, Best Things to Do awards are determined “based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings of experiences, tours, activities, and attractions on Tripadvisor… from May 1, 2021 through April 30, 2022, specifically for each award subcategory, as well as Additional editing process.

“Experiences are classified as bookable tours and activities on Tripadvisor. Non-bookable experiences or attractions, are activities on Tripadvisor that travelers can visit without booking a ticket.”

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