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
521 154
Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York

3
529 190
Statue of Liberty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Liberty Island, New York

4
524 74
Yellowstone National Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Mostly Wyoming

5
460 72
Yosemite National Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Central California

6
392 121
Golden Gate Bridge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Rose1 added California, USA - San Francisco
 

7
475 114
Smithsonian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

8
422 112
Lincoln Memorial is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

9
375 140
Mount Rushmore National Memori... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

10
414 138
National Mall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

11
342 66
Sequoia National Park is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
ChangesDownClub added Tulare County, CA

12
409 71
Rocky Mountains is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Canada to New Mexico

13
265 40
Glacier National Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Montana, USA

14
362 139
Central Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York City

15
288 91
French Quarter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
jschro1861 added Louisiana, USA

16
396 203
Times Square is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
New York City

17
453 186
Walt Disney World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Orlando, FL

18
182 53
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Contiguous United States, USA

19
270 67
Great Smoky Mountains National... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
smellsrank added Tennessee, USA

20
304 201
Universal Studios is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Florida; California

21
303 163
Disneyland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Anaheim, CA

22
272 122
Alcatraz Island is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
ChangesDownClub added San Francisco, CA

23
203 73
9/11 Memorial is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
9/11 Memorial

24
283 104
Vietnam Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Washington, D.C.

25
312 98
Arlington National Cemetery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Arlington County, VA

26
366 186
Las Vegas Strip is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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240 110
Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

28
237 52
Grand Teton National Park is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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150 47
Empire State Building is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
RobLein added Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York

30
258 121
Hoover Dam is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Arizona and Nevada

31
266 103
Gettysburg Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Pennsylvania

32
207 75
Independence Hall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
zxray added Philadelphia, PA

33
173 97
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
185 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
135 42
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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132 52
Ellis Island is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
hellodalai added Manhattan, New York City, New York

37
186 87
Williamsburg Historic District is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
zxray added Virginia

38
233 118
Fisherman's Wharf is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
San Francisco, CA

39
132 47
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
211 51
Appalachian Mountains is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
North America

41
136 28
Monument Valley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
benhooper99 added USA

42
156 70
Space Needle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington

43
119 23
Arches National Park is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
RobLein added Utah, USA

44
132 38
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
jschro1861 added New Mexico, USA

45
167 76
Cape Cod National Seashore is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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136 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
89 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
186 97
San Antonio River Walk is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America

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115 51
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

50
123 48
Badlands National Park is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tourist Attractions in America
South Dakota, USA