Garden of the Gods ranked ninth top attraction in the world, according to Tripadvisor

The famous Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs is the ninth best attraction worldwide and second best attraction in the U.S., according to Tripadvisor’s 2022 awards released Tuesday.

Tripadvisor released its “Best of the Best Things to Do,” a part of their annual Traveler’s Choice Awards. The ranked list consists of the top attractions, both national and international, as well as amusement parks and quality of experience a place has to offer.

The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona topped the list of world attractions. Spain and Italy occupied half this year’s list, with places like the Plaza de España and and the Roman Colosseum, among others. Stateside, the Empire State Building beat out the Garden of the Gods for the top U.S. spot.

According to Tripadvisor, the rankings “are determined based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings for experiences, tours, activities and attractions on Tripadvisor … from May 1, 2021, through April 30, 2022, specific to each award subcategory, as well as an additional editorial process.”

The Garden of the Gods, famous for its panoramic views of red rock formations, receives on average 4 million visitors each year, according to the City of Colorado Springs.

“(Garden of the Gods) is up there with the Coliseum, and the Empire State Building, the Roman Baths, the Trevi fountain in Rome, it’s remarkable,” Doug Price, the president of Visit Colorado Springs, told KRDO.

The world attraction rankings are as follows:

1. Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
2. Colosseum, Rome
3. Empire State Building, New York City
4. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
5. Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
6. Plaza de España, Seville, Spain
7. Iguazu Falls, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
8. The Roman Baths, Bath, United Kingdom
9. Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs
10. Trevi Fountain, Rome

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