Culture 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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682 155
Grand Canyon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Arizona

2
581 85
Yellowstone National Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Mostly Wyoming

3
571 179
Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York

4
502 85
Yosemite National Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Central California

5
571 210
Statue of Liberty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Liberty Island, New York

6
435 141
Golden Gate Bridge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Rose1 added California, USA
San Francisco
 

7
513 123
Smithsonian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

8
452 124
Lincoln Memorial is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

9
403 150
Mount Rushmore National Memori... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

10
371 71
Sequoia National Park is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
ChangesDownClub added Tulare County, CA

11
443 150
National Mall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

12
442 76
Rocky Mountains is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Canada to New Mexico

13
288 45
Glacier National Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Montana, USA

14
319 102
French Quarter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
jschro1861 added Louisiana, USA

15
390 148
Central Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York City

16
491 199
Walt Disney World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Orlando, FL

17
208 61
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Contiguous United States, USA

18
427 219
Times Square is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York City

19
297 71
Great Smoky Mountains National... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
smellsrank added Tennessee, USA

20
178 51
Empire State Building is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
RobLein added Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York

21
229 79
9/11 Memorial is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
9/11 Memorial

22
325 174
Disneyland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Anaheim, CA

23
296 131
Alcatraz Island is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
ChangesDownClub added San Francisco, CA

24
328 207
Universal Studios is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Florida; California

25
300 113
Vietnam Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.