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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726 175
Grand Canyon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Arizona
2
624 94
Yellowstone National Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Mostly Wyoming
3
535 94
Yosemite National Park is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Central California
4
603 192
Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York
5
467 147
Golden Gate Bridge is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Rose1 added California, USA
San Francisco
 
6
600 220
Statue of Liberty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Liberty Island, New York
7
538 131
Smithsonian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.
8
479 130
Lincoln Memorial is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.
9
393 78
Sequoia National Park is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
ChangesDownClub added Tulare County, CA
10
424 160
Mount Rushmore National Memori... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
11
457 161
National Mall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.
12
469 79
Rocky Mountains is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Canada to New Mexico
13
300 50
Glacier National Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Montana, USA
14
235 65
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Contiguous United States, USA
15
335 112
French Quarter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
jschro1861 added Louisiana, USA
16
411 156
Central Park is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York City
17
520 211
Walt Disney World Resort is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
18
454 231
Times Square is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York City
19
318 77
Great Smoky Mountains National... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
smellsrank added Tennessee, USA
20
344 187
Disneyland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Anaheim, CA
21
196 60
Empire State Building is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
RobLein added Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York
22
244 86
9/11 Memorial is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
9/11 Memorial
23
309 136
Alcatraz Island is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
ChangesDownClub added San Francisco, CA
24
343 212
Universal Studios is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Florida; California
25
313 120
Vietnam Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.