Sightsmap shows you the most photographed locations in the world — based on the number of items uploaded to photo-sharing community Panoramio. The more red an area is, the more photos it has. Yellow areas feature a lot of geotagged items.
The hottest places have markers linking photos, street view, Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, foursquare and Google plus articles about the site. The place names are selected by the Wikipedia readership numbers and foursquare checkins. Area populations are based on the GeoNames database.
Street-level heat maps are available for the top 15,000 places in the world, sorted by the number of photos in an area of a size of a few square kilometers around the place center. The popularity ranking of places in high-res area maps is computed by combining place hotness with popularity rankings from Wikipedia, foursquare and real-time Google places selection.
To view the heat map of a city, add its name at the end of the following link: http://www.sightsmap.com/. For example:
- Toulouse (France): http://www.sightsmap.com/toulouse
- New York: http://www.sightsmap.com/new_york
- New Orleans: http://www.sightsmap.com/new_orleans
- Milan (Italy): http://www.sightsmap.com/milan
You can change the number of place markers, use the top sights tab to find specific areas in a city (museums, shops, etc.), and plan trips. The places you rank and save remain private or you can share them on social networks.
Sightsmap is located at http://www.sightsmap.com. Have fun!