April 15th marks the 103 anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. While this maritime disaster happened a long time ago, it has yet to fade from the world’s fascination. In fact, it seems to be remembered and commemorated more than most world tragedies. Perhaps it’s because of its inherent drama that included famous passengers, class distinctions, heroic sacrifices and a two-and-a-half hour sinking of an unsinkable ship. Of course, multiple movies have helped keep the tragic tale top-of-mind. If you’re captivated by this event, here are the top ten Titanic tourism spots around the world that pay tribute to the first and last voyage of the infamous ship.
1. The Titanic Museum, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
The Titanic Museum opened in 2010, showcasing 400 artifacts in a half-scale replica of the RMS Titanic. Tickets for the two hour self-guided tour are printed like a boarding pass featuring the name of a real passenger on the 1912 voyage. The museum highlights the back story of several different passengers, putting a personal narrative on the tragedy. At the end of the tour, you find out if your boarding pass holder survived or not.