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

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453 143
Statue of Liberty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Statue of Liberty Liberty Island, New York

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439 122
Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Niagara Falls New York

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385 57
Yosemite National Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Yosemite National Park Central California

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451 59
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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325 91
Golden Gate Bridge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Rose1 added Golden Gate Bridge California, USA - San Francisco  

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422 89
Smithsonian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Smithsonian Washington, D.C.

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367 91
Lincoln Memorial is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Lincoln Memorial Washington, D.C.

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366 114
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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325 115
Mount Rushmore National Memori... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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286 54
Sequoia National Park is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
ChangesDownClub added Sequoia National Park Tulare County, CA

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359 58
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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306 111
Central Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Central Park New York City

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

The Most Pointlessly Large Roadside Attractions in the U.S.

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212 29
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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400 150
Walt Disney World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Walt Disney World Orlando, FL

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235 72
French Quarter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
jschro1861 added French Quarter Louisiana, USA

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259 164
Universal Studios is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Universal Studios Florida; California

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130 35
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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280 77
Arlington National Cemetery is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington County, VA

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224 50
Great Smoky Mountains National... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
smellsrank added Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tennessee, USA

The Most Dangerous Cities in America

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Disneyland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Disneyland Anaheim, CA

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186 41
Grand Teton National Park is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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239 86
Gettysburg Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Gettysburg Battlefield Pennsylvania

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319 152
Las Vegas Strip is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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246 90
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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232 100
Hoover Dam is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Hoover Dam Arizona and Nevada

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207 90
Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

America's Coolest Cities

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Alcatraz Island is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
ChangesDownClub added Alcatraz Island San Francisco, CA

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9/11 Memorial is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
9/11 Memorial

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Empire State Building is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
RobLein added Empire State Building Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York

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181 60
Independence Hall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
zxray added Independence Hall Philadelphia, PA

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142 75
Alamo Mission in San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
zxray added The Alamo San Antonio, TX

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160 40
Thomas Jefferson Memorial is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
nonpartisanpedicab added Thomas Jefferson Memorial Washington, D.C., USA

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181 39
Appalachian Mountains is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Appalachian Mountains North America

The 35 Coolest Pools in the World

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166 69
Williamsburg Historic District is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
zxray added Williamsburg Historic District Virginia

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202 100
Fisherman's Wharf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco, CA

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101 28
United States Capitol is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
RobLein added United States Capitol Washington^! D.C., USA

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110 36
Ellis Island is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
hellodalai added Ellis Island Manhattan, New York City, New York

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100 21
Monument Valley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
benhooper99 added Monument Valley USA

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145 64
Cape Cod National Seashore is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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99 33
San Diego Zoo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
hellodalai added San Diego Zoo Balboa Park, San Diego, California

The Most Beautiful Places In America

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Jefferson National Expansion M... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
cluelessinstlouis added Jefferson National Expansion Memorial St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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98 38
World War II Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
hellodalai added World War II Veterans Memorial

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106 33
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
jschro1861 added Carlsbad Caverns National Park New Mexico, USA

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126 57
Space Needle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Space Needle Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington

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168 77
San Antonio River Walk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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67 20
Washington Monument is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Random User added Washington Monument National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington^! D.C., USA

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102 39
Badlands National Park is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Badlands National Park South Dakota, USA

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122 43
Key West is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Key West Florida, USA