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
Arizona

2
507 149
Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York

3
513 183
Statue of Liberty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Liberty Island, New York

4
452 68
Yosemite National Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Central California

5
513 70
Yellowstone National Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Mostly Wyoming

6
379 116
Golden Gate Bridge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Rose1 added California, USA - San Francisco  

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467 110
Smithsonian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

8
412 109
Lincoln Memorial is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

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364 134
Mount Rushmore National Memori... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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403 135
National Mall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

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333 64
Sequoia National Park is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
ChangesDownClub added Tulare County, CA

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405 67
Rocky Mountains is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Canada to New Mexico

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257 37
Glacier National Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Montana, USA

14
353 134
Central Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York City

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282 88
French Quarter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
jschro1861 added Louisiana, USA

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385 199
Times Square is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York City

17
447 182
Walt Disney World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Orlando, FL

18
174 51
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Contiguous United States, USA

19
267 63
Great Smoky Mountains National... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
smellsrank added Tennessee, USA

20
298 195
Universal Studios is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Florida; California

21
297 155
Disneyland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Anaheim, CA

22
261 116
Alcatraz Island is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
ChangesDownClub added San Francisco, CA

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237 105
Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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276 101
Vietnam Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

25
358 179
Las Vegas Strip is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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305 97
Arlington National Cemetery is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Arlington County, VA

27
141 42
Empire State Building is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
RobLein added Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York

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191 70
9/11 Memorial is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
9/11 Memorial

29
228 50
Grand Teton National Park is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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254 119
Hoover Dam is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Arizona and Nevada

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261 101
Gettysburg Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Pennsylvania

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203 73
Independence Hall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
zxray added Philadelphia, PA

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182 53
Thomas Jefferson Memorial is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
nonpartisanpedicab added Washington, D.C., USA

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166 95
Alamo Mission in San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
zxray added San Antonio, TX

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132 40
United States Capitol is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
RobLein added Washington, D.C., USA

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129 50
Ellis Island is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
hellodalai added Manhattan, New York City, New York

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184 85
Williamsburg Historic District is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
zxray added Virginia

38
229 115
Fisherman's Wharf is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
San Francisco, CA

39
129 45
San Diego Zoo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
hellodalai added Balboa Park, San Diego, California

40
208 48
Appalachian Mountains is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
North America

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132 28
Monument Valley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
benhooper99 added USA

42
149 67
Space Needle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington

43
113 23
Arches National Park is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
RobLein added Utah, USA

44
164 74
Cape Cod National Seashore is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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127 38
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
jschro1861 added New Mexico, USA

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135 66
Jefferson National Expansion M... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
cluelessinstlouis added St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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87 31
Washington Monument is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Random User added National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.

48
19 1
Route 66 - Chicago to L.A. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Samurai Mike added Route 66 - Chicago to L.A.

49
182 95
San Antonio River Walk is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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112 50
World War II Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
hellodalai added World War II Veterans Memorial