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The best tourist attractions in America are those most loved and most visited places to see in the United States. Visited by millions each year, these American tourist attractions let visitors learn about American history, experience natural landmarks and let loose at theme parks or shopping centers. If you and the family are looking to see or experience the best things America has to offer, these tourist attractions should be on your must-visit list.

In terms of popularity, New York City's Times Square is the most visited American tourist destination with the Manhattan district, full of lights, megastores, historic theaters and street performers, welcoming over 40 million visitors each year. The Walt Disney parks in Florida and California, the Last Vegas Strip, the National Mall in Washington, DC, and the Mall of America in Minnesota are also among the most visited tourist attractions based on annual tourism figures.

Besides those most-popular man-made US tourist destinations, there are numerous natural wonders that attract millions of visitors each year too. Spread across the country, natural attractions that have become favorites for travels stretch from the Grand Canyon in the West down to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, up to Niagara Falls in New York and out East to Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

So whether you're looking to relax in the great outdoors at Yosemite National Park, learn about American history at the Lincoln Memorial or get some thrills at Universal Studios, these best American tourist attractions have a little bit of something for everyone. And they're not just the best in the country, these are among the top world famous tourist attractions too.

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Grand Canyon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Grand Canyon Arizona

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Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Niagara Falls New York

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Statue of Liberty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Statue of Liberty Liberty Island, New York

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Smithsonian is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Smithsonian Washington, D.C.

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Yellowstone National Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Yellowstone National Park Mostly Wyoming

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Lincoln Memorial is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Lincoln Memorial Washington, D.C.

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Yosemite National Park is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Yosemite National Park Central California

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Golden Gate Bridge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Golden Gate Bridge California, USA - San Francisco 

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National Mall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
National Mall Washington, D.C.

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Mount Rushmore National Memori... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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Sequoia National Park is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Sequoia National Park Tulare County, CA

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Rocky Mountains is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Rocky Mountains Canada to New Mexico

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Glacier National Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Glacier National Park Montana, USA

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Central Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Central Park New York City

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Walt Disney World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Walt Disney World Orlando, FL

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Times Square is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Times Square New York City

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Arlington National Cemetery is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington County, VA

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Grand Teton National Park is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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Great Smoky Mountains National... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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French Quarter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
French Quarter Louisiana, USA

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Hoover Dam is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Hoover Dam Arizona and Nevada

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Gettysburg Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Gettysburg Battlefield Pennsylvania

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Las Vegas Strip is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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Universal Studios is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Universal Studios Florida; California

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Disneyland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Disneyland Anaheim, CA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Washington, D.C.

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Appalachian Mountains is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Appalachian Mountains North America

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Thomas Jefferson Memorial is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Washington, D.C., USA

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Independence Hall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Independence Hall Philadelphia, PA

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Fisherman's Wharf is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco, CA

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Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C. Contiguous United States, USA

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Alcatraz Island is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Alcatraz Island San Francisco, CA

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Alamo Mission in San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
The Alamo San Antonio, TX

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Williamsburg Historic District is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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9/11 Memorial is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
9/11 Memorial

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Empire State Building is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Empire State Building Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York

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Ellis Island is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Ellis Island Manhattan, New York City, New York

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Cape Cod National Seashore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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United States Capitol is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
United States Capitol Washington^! D.C., USA

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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Arches National Park is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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Monument Valley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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San Antonio River Walk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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San Diego Zoo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
San Diego Zoo Balboa Park, San Diego, California

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Jefferson National Expansion M... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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World War II Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
World War II Veterans Memorial

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Badlands National Park is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Badlands National Park South Dakota, USA

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Downtown Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio

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Space Needle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Space Needle Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington