6 Things You Didn’t Know About the World’s Greatest Tourist Attractions

6 Things You Didn’t Know About the World’s Greatest Tourist Attractions

Did you know that 40 per cent of the New York subway system is above ground, and it runs 24 hours a day? Did you know London, England draws more international visitors than any other city on the planet? Read on to discover more fun travel trivia!

1. The Golden Gate Bridge

One of the world’s most famous tourist attractions , San Francisco’s suspension bridge isn’t actually gold—its official paint colour is “international orange.” Its official website even publicizes the colour formula used to attain this orange hue, so fans of the bridge can replicate the exact tone at home. The bridge owes its golden name to the Golden Gate Strait, the waterway it straddles, not its paint colour.

2. Hong Kong

Pacific Rim tourists susceptible to vertigo, be warned. Hong Kong’s skyline features more skyscrapers than New York City .

3. Big Ben

If you’re referring to the tower in London’s Houses of Parliament as Big Ben, try again. According to the UK Parliament’s website , the tower is officially called the Clock Tower. Big Ben is the nickname for the clock’s bell.

4. Australia

Don’t forget your swimsuit and snorkel—life really is a beach in Australia. The country lays claim to over 10,000 beaches—more than any other nation.

5. Statue of Liberty

Reaching triumphantly skyward over the waters of New York City ‘s harbour, the Statue of Liberty is one of America’s most beloved attractions. But surprisingly, this iconic American landmark began her life in Europe. Built by French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, the Statue took nine years to complete and was shipped via boat from France to New York City in 350 individual pieces.

6. The Eiffel Tower

For more than 600 Parisians, the elegant Eiffel Tower serves as their daily workplace.