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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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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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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Golden Gate Bridge is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Rose1 added Golden Gate Bridge California, USA - San Francisco  

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

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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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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
ChangesDownClub added Sequoia National Park Tulare County, CA

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Central Park is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Central Park New York City

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Rocky Mountains is listed (or ranked) 13 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) 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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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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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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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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Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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Universal Studios is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Universal Studios Florida; California

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Great Smoky Mountains National... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
smellsrank added Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tennessee, USA

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Disneyland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Disneyland Anaheim, CA

The Best Countries to Meet Women

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Grand Teton National Park is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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

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Arlington National Cemetery is listed (or ranked) 24 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) 25 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Gettysburg Battlefield Pennsylvania

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Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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Las Vegas Strip is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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Empire State Building is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
RobLein added Empire State Building Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York

America's Coolest Cities

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

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Hoover Dam is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Hoover Dam Arizona and Nevada

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9/11 Memorial is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
9/11 Memorial

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Williamsburg Historic District is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
zxray added Williamsburg Historic District Virginia

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Independence Hall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
zxray added Independence Hall Philadelphia, PA

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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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Alamo Mission in San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
zxray added The Alamo San Antonio, TX

The Most Beautiful Natural Wonders In The World

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

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Appalachian Mountains is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Appalachian Mountains North America

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Fisherman's Wharf is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco, CA

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United States Capitol is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
RobLein added United States Capitol Washington^! D.C., USA

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

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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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Space Needle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Space Needle Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington

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Jefferson National Expansion M... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
cluelessinstlouis added Jefferson National Expansion Memorial St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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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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World War II Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
hellodalai added World War II Veterans Memorial

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

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Arches National Park is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
RobLein added Arches National Park Utah, USA

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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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Washington Monument is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Random User added Washington Monument National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington^! D.C., USA