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What were the most popular travel destinations in 2012?
From: CNN          Published On: December 19, 2012, 9:35 GMT
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 What were the most popular travel destinations in 2012?

Talk about staying power. Around since 1889, the Eiffel Tower is still the hottest cultural icon in the world.

The year 2012 was definitely a hot one for travel, what with a record-breaking 1 billion people journeying outside their borders.

So what were the most popular travel destinations of the year? And, more specifically, which attractions were people hitting?

Social travel website Gogobot has just released a list of the top destinations and attractions this year, based on the nearly 10 million travel stories and virtual "postcards" shared on Facebook by its users.

Coming out on top of the destination list was Paris, followed by Las Vegas, San Francisco, Barcelona and San Francisco.

The most popular tourist sites featured in Gogobot's users' postcards were the Eiffel Tower, Paris; The Colosseum, Rome; Central Park, New York; Gardens by the Bay, Singapore; and the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.

Most shared travel destinations

1. Paris
2. Las Vegas
3. San Francisco
4. Barcelona
5. San Diego
6. Bangkok
7. Rome
8. New York City
9. Venice
10. Marrakech
11. Chicago
12. Nice
13. Singapore
14. Madrid
15. Cape Town
16. Los Angeles
17. Granada
18. Rio de Janeiro
19. Istanbul
20. Tula
21. Phnom Penh
22. Washington, D.C.
23. Greater New York City
24. Hong Kong
25. Dubai

Most shared attractions

1. Eiffel Tower, Paris
2. The Colosseum, Rome
3. Central Park, New York
4. Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
5. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
6. Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
7. La Sagrada Família, Barcelona
8. Times Square, New York
9. Balboa Park, San Diego
10. Arc de Triomphe, Paris
11. Trevi Fountain, Rome
12. Disneyland Paris
13. Big Ben, London
14. The Las Vegas Strip
15. London Eye, London
16. Tulum Ruins, Mexico
17. Tower Bridge, London
18. Empire State Building, New York
19. Hoover Dam, Nevada
20. Château de Versailles, France
21. Alibi Restaurant and Lounge
22. Sam Poo Kong, Indonesia
23. Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
24. Park Güell, Barcelona
25. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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