The 10 Most Searched Landmarks of 2017

What iconic landmarks did travelers Google last year? The answer may surprise you.

By: Ryan Reed

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10: Trevi Fountain

If you're visiting Rome, Italy, make sure the Trevi Fountain is on your must-see list. The massive stone fountain was completed in 1762 and features numerous sculptures, including some from Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The Trevi Fountain has appeared in famous movies, including "Three Coins in the Fountain," which likely is the inspiration for tourists to throw an estimated €3,000 into the fountain every day.

9: Washington Monument

Standing 555 feet 5.9 inches tall, the Washington Monument is the second tallest masonry structure in the world and dedicated to the first president of the United States. The foundation for the obelisk was laid in 1848 but due to design differences, funding issues and the Civil War, the structure was not completed until 1885.

8: Leaning Tower of Pisa

Located next to the Cathedral of Pisa, the Tower of Pisa was completed in the mid-1300s and was meant to be a bell tower for the church. However, once construction began in 1173, architects noticed the soft ground was causing the structure to lean after they completed the third level. Changes were made to subsequent stories but to no avail. Today, the Tower of Pisa is more than five meters off perpendicular.

7: Sydney Opera House

It's difficult to imagine Sydney's skyline without the iconic shell-shaped roof of the Sydney Opera House. Opened in 1973 with a final cost of $102 million, the venue welcomes more than 8.2 million people every year who come to tour the grounds and see a show.

6: Parthenon

Athens, Greece, is home to multiple historical structures but the Parthenon might be the most famous. Located on the highest section of the Acropolis, this temple was dedicated to the patron goddess of the city, Athena, and features intricate details and numerous sculptures.

5: Great Wall of China

Stretching more than 13,000 miles, the Great Wall of China is the longest man-made structure in the world. Construction of the UNESCO World Heritage site lasted from the 3rd century BC through the 17th century and was meant to be a way to protect China from invasion.

4: Golden Gate Bridge

Opened in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge is 1.7 miles long and connects the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County. Many might think the suspension bridge was named after its color (which is technically called GGB International Orange). But it's actually named after the Golden Gate strait that connects San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.

3: Stonehenge

The mysterious rock monument in Wiltshire, England, has baffled experts for centuries. No one knows its true purpose but it's believed that construction began around 3000 BCE and some of the stones, which can weigh up to four tons, may have travel more than 150 miles — an impressive accomplishment without the ability to use modern technology.

2: Eiffel Tower

Named after engineer Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower was originally designed to be the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. And at 1,062 feet, it was the tallest structure in the world until 1930. Today, the iron structure is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and serves as a symbol of the French capital.

1: Niagara Falls

Located on the border between Ontario, Canada and New York, Niagara Falls is comprised of three waterfalls (Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls). It's not the largest waterfall in the world (176 feet in certain areas), but it's breathtaking nonetheless. In fact, several daredevils have gone over the edge in a barrel and managed to survive the fall.