attractions The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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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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Statue of Liberty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Statue of Liberty Liberty Island, New York

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Grand Canyon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Grand Canyon Arizona

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Smithsonian is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Smithsonian Washington, D.C.

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Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Niagara Falls New York

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Lincoln Memorial is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Lincoln Memorial Washington, D.C.

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Yellowstone National Park is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Yellowstone National Park Mostly Wyoming

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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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National Mall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
National Mall Washington, D.C.

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Golden Gate Bridge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Golden Gate Bridge California, USA - San Francisco 

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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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Times Square is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Times Square New York City

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Walt Disney World is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Walt Disney World Orlando, FL

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Glacier National Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Glacier National Park Montana, USA

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

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Great Smoky Mountains National... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Arlington National Cemetery is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington County, VA

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Gettysburg Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Gettysburg Battlefield Pennsylvania

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Grand Teton National Park is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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French Quarter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
French Quarter Louisiana, USA

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Hoover Dam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Hoover Dam Arizona and Nevada

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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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Appalachian Mountains is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Appalachian Mountains North America

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Washington, D.C.

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Independence Hall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Independence Hall Philadelphia, PA

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Thomas Jefferson Memorial is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Washington, D.C. USA

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Alamo Mission in San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 30 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) 31 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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Fisherman's Wharf is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco, CA

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Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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Alcatraz Island is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Alcatraz Island San Francisco, CA

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Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C. Contiguous United States, USA

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

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Ellis Island is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Ellis Island Manhattan, New York City New York

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United States Capitol is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
United States Capitol Washington^! D.C., USA

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Empire State Building is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Empire State Building Midtown Manhattan, New York City New York

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Cape Cod National Seashore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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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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Monument Valley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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Arches National Park 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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Badlands National Park is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Badlands National Park South Dakota, USA

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World War Ii Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
World War Ii Veterans Memorial

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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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Graceland is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Graceland Memphis, TN