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
504 149
Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York

3
451 67
Yosemite National Park is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Central California

4
511 70
Yellowstone National Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Mostly Wyoming

5
510 183
Statue of Liberty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Liberty Island, New York

6
377 115
Golden Gate Bridge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Rose1 added California, USA - San Francisco  

7
465 110
Smithsonian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

8
409 109
Lincoln Memorial is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

9
362 134
Mount Rushmore National Memori... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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401 134
National Mall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

11
331 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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403 66
Rocky Mountains is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Canada to New Mexico

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256 36
Glacier National Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Montana, USA

14
352 133
Central Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York City

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280 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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384 196
Times Square is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York City

17
445 181
Walt Disney World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Orlando, FL

18
172 51
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Contiguous United States, USA

19
266 62
Great Smoky Mountains National... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
smellsrank added Tennessee, USA

20
297 193
Universal Studios is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Florida; California

21
296 153
Disneyland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Anaheim, CA

22
259 116
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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236 104
Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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356 177
Las Vegas Strip is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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275 100
Vietnam Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

26
304 96
Arlington National Cemetery is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Arlington County, VA

27
140 41
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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227 49
Grand Teton National Park is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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188 70
9/11 Memorial is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
9/11 Memorial

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252 119
Hoover Dam is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Arizona and Nevada

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260 100
Gettysburg Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Pennsylvania

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201 72
Independence Hall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
zxray added Philadelphia, PA

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181 52
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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165 94
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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131 39
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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183 84
Williamsburg Historic District is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
zxray added Virginia

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127 50
Ellis Island is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
hellodalai added Manhattan, New York City, New York

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228 114
Fisherman's Wharf is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
San Francisco, CA

39
128 44
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
207 47
Appalachian Mountains is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
North America

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131 27
Monument Valley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
benhooper99 added USA

42
147 66
Space Needle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington

43
112 22
Arches National Park is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
RobLein added Utah, USA

44
163 73
Cape Cod National Seashore is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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125 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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134 65
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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86 30
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.

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182 93
San Antonio River Walk is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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120 44
Badlands National Park is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
South Dakota, USA

50
111 49
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