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The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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The best tourist attractions in America are the 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 fascinating and sometimes weird 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 more than 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 the 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 travelers 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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