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
530 160
Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York

3
534 75
Yellowstone National Park is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Mostly Wyoming

4
536 196
Statue of Liberty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Liberty Island, New York

5
467 74
Yosemite National Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Central California

6
399 127
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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481 116
Smithsonian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

8
425 115
Lincoln Memorial is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

9
377 143
Mount Rushmore National Memori... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

10
419 140
National Mall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

11
346 66
Sequoia National Park is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
ChangesDownClub added Tulare County, CA

12
413 72
Rocky Mountains is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Canada to New Mexico

13
268 40
Glacier National Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Montana, USA

14
365 141
Central Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York City

15
294 94
French Quarter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
jschro1861 added Louisiana, USA

16
400 209
Times Square is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York City

17
457 190
Walt Disney World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Orlando, FL

18
184 55
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Contiguous United States, USA

19
274 67
Great Smoky Mountains National... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
smellsrank added Tennessee, USA

20
307 203
Universal Studios is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Florida; California

21
280 123
Alcatraz Island is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
ChangesDownClub added San Francisco, CA

22
306 166
Disneyland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Anaheim, CA

23
208 75
9/11 Memorial is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
9/11 Memorial

24
286 106
Vietnam Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

25
154 47
Empire State Building is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
RobLein added Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York

26
242 52
Grand Teton National Park is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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373 190
Las Vegas Strip is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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314 101
Arlington National Cemetery is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Arlington County, VA

29
243 112
Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

30
263 122
Hoover Dam is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Arizona and Nevada

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211 75
Independence Hall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
zxray added Philadelphia, PA

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268 104
Gettysburg Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Pennsylvania

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176 98
Alamo Mission in San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
zxray added San Antonio, TX

34
187 55
Thomas Jefferson Memorial is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
nonpartisanpedicab added Washington, D.C., USA

35
138 43
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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189 87
Williamsburg Historic District is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
zxray added Virginia

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134 53
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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236 120
Fisherman's Wharf is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
San Francisco, CA

39
134 48
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
141 28
Monument Valley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
benhooper99 added USA

41
214 53
Appalachian Mountains is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
North America

42
125 23
Arches National Park is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
RobLein added Utah, USA

43
158 71
Space Needle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington

44
133 40
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
jschro1861 added New Mexico, USA

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167 78
Cape Cod National Seashore is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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138 68
Jefferson National Expansion M... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
cluelessinstlouis added St. Louis, Missouri, USA

47
91 33
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
189 98
San Antonio River Walk is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

49
127 48
Badlands National Park is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
South Dakota, USA

50
116 52
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