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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Grand Canyon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Arizona
2
610 90
Yellowstone National Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Mostly Wyoming
3
525 90
Yosemite National Park is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Central California
4
591 186
Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York
5
453 143
Golden Gate Bridge is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Rose1 added California, USA
San Francisco
 
6
588 215
Statue of Liberty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Liberty Island, New York
7
528 127
Smithsonian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.
8
468 125
Lincoln Memorial is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.
9
383 74
Sequoia National Park is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
ChangesDownClub added Tulare County, CA
10
415 156
Mount Rushmore National Memori... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
11
452 155
National Mall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.
12
456 77
Rocky Mountains is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Canada to New Mexico
13
295 46
Glacier National Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Montana, USA
14
329 105
French Quarter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
jschro1861 added Louisiana, USA
15
510 205
Walt Disney World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Orlando, FL
16
224 62
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Contiguous United States, USA
17
402 153
Central Park is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York City
18
442 228
Times Square is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York City
19
310 72
Great Smoky Mountains National... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
smellsrank added Tennessee, USA
20
338 180
Disneyland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Anaheim, CA
21
189 54
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
238 81
9/11 Memorial is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
9/11 Memorial
23
301 134
Alcatraz Island is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
ChangesDownClub added San Francisco, CA
24
335 211
Universal Studios is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Florida; California
25
308 115
Vietnam Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.