World's Most Visited Cities - Slideshow

By Miriam B. Weiner, Staff WriterSept. 14, 2011
By Miriam B. Weiner, Staff WriterSept. 14, 2011, at 9:30 a.m.
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10. Istanbul, Turkey

10. Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul's vibrant culture and stunning sights like the Hagia Sophia continue to draw visitors in droves. You'll find fewer crowds and lower room rates between September and November.
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9. Bangkok, Thailand

9. Bangkok, Thailand

While Bangkok has experienced a significant amount of modernization, travelers from around the world come to the Thai capital for a taste of tradition. You can beat the tourist rush -- which takes place between November and April -- by visiting in September and October.
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10. Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul's vibrant culture and stunning sights like the Hagia Sophia continue to draw visitors in droves. You'll find fewer crowds and lower room rates between September and November.
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9. Bangkok, Thailand

While Bangkok has experienced a significant amount of modernization, travelers from around the world come to the Thai capital for a taste of tradition. You can beat the tourist rush -- which takes place between November and April -- by visiting in September and October.
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8. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This Middle Eastern metropolis is known for its stunning architecture, particularly the Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world. To get a view less obstructed by fellow tourists, visit in May or September.
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7. Hong Kong, China

In 2010, Hong Kong's flashy streets welcomed 8.4 million international tourists in search of the ultimate big-city experience with a hint of traditional culture. If that's what you're looking for, you'll find fewer crowds and lower room rates in March and September.
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6. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur may be a thriving modern city, but tourists, residents and monkeys alike appreciate the city's rich heritage. To avoid sharing your photo ops with other tourists, consider visiting in April, May or November.
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5. Singapore City, Singapore

Singapore's vibrant culture -- influenced by neighbors like China and India -- is the city-state's main draw. In 2010, 9.2 international visitors came to experience the food and the architecture. For the most ideal weather and the fewest crowds, plan for May or October.
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4. Antalya, Turkey

Antalya's rustic atmosphere and seaside locale have drawn tourists' attention away from bustling Istanbul. But you won't be the only one looking to hit the beach. To avoid the crowds, consider visiting in May or September.
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3. New York City, USA

New York City is by far the most popular tourist destination in the U.S., welcoming 9.7 international visitors in 2010. Unfortunately, you'll have to share your bite into the Big Apple with fellow travelers. If you avoid the holidays, you can at least count on lower room rates.
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2. London, UK

Major sites like the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye are certainly worth a visit. But London is also home to many vibrant areas, like Brick Lane and Portobello Road. Visit in September or October to avoid the summer crowds and the winter winds.
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1. Paris, France

It should come as no surprise that Paris is the most-visited city in the world. After all, the Eiffel Tower is one of those sites that everyone needs to see at least once. You can do so with fewer crowds if you plan a May or September trip.
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