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
512 151
Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York

3
518 72
Yellowstone National Park is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Mostly Wyoming

4
456 69
Yosemite National Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Central California

5
519 187
Statue of Liberty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Liberty Island, New York

6
382 119
Golden Gate Bridge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Rose1 added California, USA - San Francisco
 

7
471 111
Smithsonian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

8
416 110
Lincoln Memorial is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

9
367 137
Mount Rushmore National Memori... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

10
407 136
National Mall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

11
337 65
Sequoia National Park is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
ChangesDownClub added Tulare County, CA

12
407 68
Rocky Mountains is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Canada to New Mexico

13
262 38
Glacier National Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Montana, USA

14
356 137
Central Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York City

15
283 90
French Quarter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
jschro1861 added Louisiana, USA

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388 201
Times Square is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York City

17
448 184
Walt Disney World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Orlando, FL

18
177 52
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Contiguous United States, USA

19
267 64
Great Smoky Mountains National... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
smellsrank added Tennessee, USA

20
300 197
Universal Studios is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Florida; California

21
299 157
Disneyland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Anaheim, CA

22
263 118
Alcatraz Island is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
ChangesDownClub added San Francisco, CA

23
238 105
Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

24
278 101
Vietnam Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

25
196 70
9/11 Memorial is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
9/11 Memorial

26
145 43
Empire State Building is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
RobLein added Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York

27
359 180
Las Vegas Strip is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

28
308 97
Arlington National Cemetery is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Arlington County, VA

29
230 50
Grand Teton National Park is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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255 119
Hoover Dam is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Arizona and Nevada

31
262 102
Gettysburg Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Pennsylvania

32
204 73
Independence Hall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
zxray added Philadelphia, PA

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182 53
Thomas Jefferson Memorial is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
nonpartisanpedicab added Washington, D.C., USA

34
167 96
Alamo Mission in San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
zxray added San Antonio, TX

35
134 40
United States Capitol is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
RobLein added Washington, D.C., USA

36
130 50
Ellis Island is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
hellodalai added Manhattan, New York City, New York

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185 85
Williamsburg Historic District is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
zxray added Virginia

38
230 116
Fisherman's Wharf is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
San Francisco, CA

39
129 45
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
210 48
Appalachian Mountains is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
North America

41
132 28
Monument Valley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
benhooper99 added USA

42
151 67
Space Needle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington

43
114 23
Arches National Park is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
RobLein added Utah, USA

44
165 74
Cape Cod National Seashore is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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128 38
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
jschro1861 added New Mexico, USA

46
135 66
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
87 31
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
183 95
San Antonio River Walk is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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114 50
World War II Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
hellodalai added World War II Veterans Memorial

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120 46
Badlands National Park is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
South Dakota, USA