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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 fascinating and sometimes weird 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
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Yellowstone National Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Mostly Wyoming
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Yosemite National Park is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Central California
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Statue of Liberty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Liberty Island, New York
5
Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York
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Golden Gate Bridge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Rose1 added San Francisco, California
San Francisco
 
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Smithsonian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.
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Mount Rushmore National Memori... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
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Lincoln Memorial is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.
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Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Contiguous United States, USA
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National Mall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.
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Sequoia National Park is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
ChangesDownClub added Tulare County, CA
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Rocky Mountains is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Canada to New Mexico
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Glacier National Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Montana, USA
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Walt Disney World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Orlando, FL
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French Quarter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
jschro1861 added Louisiana, USA
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Central Park is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York City
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Empire State Building is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
RobLein added Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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Times Square is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York City
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Great Smoky Mountains National... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
smellsrank added Tennessee
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9/11 Memorial is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
9/11 Memorial
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Disneyland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Anaheim, CA
23
Las Vegas Strip is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
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Arlington National Cemetery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Arlington County, VA
25
Gettysburg Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Pennsylvania