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Top 25 Most Visited Tourist Destinations in America

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 8 15

Times Square, New York City, NY
Times Square is a stunning area of New York City filled with lights, camera and action. No movie scene can compare to the real life happenings of this famous tourist district. Have your choice of biking, great food, sight-seeing and various other activities. On any weekday you will find 2,000 plus pedestrians crowding a mass of 7th Avenue within a fifteen-minute period. 

Las Vegas Strip, Nevada
Las Vegas is an international gambling Mecca with plenty of shopping and entertainment. Enchanting around 39.2 million visitors a year there’s plenty for them to do. You can gamble your heart away, marry your heart away and divorce plus receive your heart back all in the same day!

National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.
A number of the oldest existing sheltered park lands in the National Park Service are at the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Some of the memorable landmarks are the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the Korean and Vietnam War Veterans Memorials and the Jefferson Memorials. 

Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA
The Faneuil Hall Marketplace has 20 million tourist a year. There’s the Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, South Market and North Market all against a old-fashioned cobblestone esplanade filled with magicians, musicians and jugglers to keep the visitors entertained. Along with stops for shopping, drinking and eating. Warning: the cobblestones will destroy any high heels, so its best to wear flats unless you enjoy walking and leaving one shoe behind stuck in the cobblestone cracks every few yards. 

Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, FL
According to the Theme Park Attendance Report, Disney’s Florida appeal improved by 2.5%. That’s an increase of 17.1 million visitors in comparison with 2006. The Magic Kingdom has been able to sustain a family friendly safe environment that’s given enjoyment to many throughout the years. 

Disneyland Park, Anaheim, CA
Walt Disney’s everlasting California theme park is the first of the Disney Theme Park sequence. About 15 million tourist visited in 2010. This was a record season the Theme Park Attendance Report revealed. Many have walked through this enchanting wonderland of Disney characters including heads of state, royalty, presidents and your everyday visitor.

Fisherman’s Wharf/Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area encircles the San Francisco Bay area. The city of San Francisco is stunning in itself. This area includes the well-known orange bridge along with various other places all the way through the Bay Area drawing 14.3 million tourist yearly.

Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Niagara Falls sets right on the U.S.-Canadian border. This fall has kept many tourist in fascination since the 19th century. Records from the Niagara Falls Tourism Bureaus and Niagara Falls Bridge Commission note that in the region of 12 million tourist come to gaze each year. However, it seems Canada has the better end of the deal since there’s more to do for tourist on their side. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tenn./N.C.
Believe it or not America’s most visited national park is not Yosemite or the Grand Canyon. GSMNP leaves them all in the dust. Its natural splendor and obvious seasonal changes can’t be beat. Fall is the most stunning with trees shifting seasons in an array of beautiful colored leaves. Even the most noted oil painting could not match this natural exquisiteness. About 10 million bird watchers, drivers and hikers visited GSMNP in 2010. 

Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
There’s something about round shaped buildings (or unusually shaped buildings like the Pentagon) that gives them prominence and tradition. The Navy Pier was first opened in 1916. It sets on the coast of Lake Michigan and serves as a campus and military training ground. There are restaurants, rides, entertainment and exhibitions to keep the 8.6 million yearly visitors busy. 

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Ariz./Nev.
The views are absolutely breathtaking. Situated thirty miles southeast of Las Vegas this recreation area is the United State’s biggest man-made lake and reservoir. A recreational popular area for fishermen, swimmers, naturalists and boaters alike, Lake Mead attracts 7.6 million visitors a year. 

Universal Studios Orlando/Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, FL
Considered a destination compound, Universal Studios Orlando consist of two theme parks plus a Universal Island of Adventure attracting 6.2 million venturesome tourist yearly. 

Sea World Florida, Orlando, FL
Up one-percent in attendance from 2010, Sea World Florida is a watery theme park with inspiring water shows consisting of sea mammals that are humungous, literally. Just watching these creatures is so inspiring. It gives you a deep-felt respect for marine life. Lets hope the 5.8 million yearly visitors feel the same way. 

San Antonio River Walk, Texas
The River Walk is one of the best tourist places in the whole of Texas. Also known as Paseo del Rio it’s a group of walkways surrounding the San Antonio River connecting various key attractions one level beneath downtown San Antonio, Texas. With 5.1 million visitors a year River Walk is noted as the numero-uno entertainment destination in Texas. Really?

Temple Square, Salt Lake City, UT
Temple Square is Utah’s most famous attraction with 5 million yearly visitors. It’s an elaborate ten-acre block Temple where the Mormon church’s head office is located. 

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Penn./N.J.
Part of the stunning Appalachian Mountains, there’s all types of outdoor recreation available. Drawing nearly 5 million tourist annually, the park conserves forty-miles of the center Delaware River and about 70,000 acres of territory down the river’s New Jersey and Pennsylvania coast. 

Universal Studios, Hollywood, CA
Almost 5 million tourist swamp the self-titled Entertainment Capital of LA, even though through the summer season its called The Coolest Place in LA. Who knows, depending on the mood of the director, producer, actor and eager starlets your big break may be just around the corner.

Metropolitan Museum, New York, N.Y.
Established in 1870 MOMA’s immense collection of art which consist of more than 2 million pieces. With two million square feet plus to exhibit, its no secret why this museum is a world famous New York attraction. The museum also houses encyclopedia collections of musical instruments, accessories and costumes plus armor and antique weapons from around the world. Approximately 4.5 million visitors visit yearly to gawk at some of the world’s most prestigious art collections.

Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
Right on the south shore of Oahu in Hawaii, Waikiki Beach is a legendary tourist district. Nearly 4.5 million beach lovers come to relax on its sandy shores every year and view the volcanic cone, Diamond Head. 

Grand Canyon, AZ
The Grand Canyon is the most well-known natural attraction in the United States and perhaps the world. Photos of this natural wonder are so vivid that you can actually “feel” yourself in its presence just by looking at them. The horseshoe figured Skywalk gives the 4.5 million visitors per year a thrilling on the edge view of this natural wonder.

Busch Gardens Africa, Tampa Bay, FL
With 4.4 million visitors per year this fun family adventure park offers a variety of magnificent attractions similar to unusual encounters with the African mainland.

Cape Cod National Seashore, MA
Devised of numerous beaches, sand dunes, shipwrecks and 19th century lighthouses it’s a land with a subtle history and a bit spooky too. With 4 million visitors a year there’s plenty to do like fishing, biking and swimming.

Sea World San Diego, San Diego, CA
Up close animal exchanges and unforgettable thrills are what you will experience at one of the world’s top marine adventure parks. With 4 million visitors plus every year exploring the secrets of sea life is fun and educational.

American Museum Of Natural History, NY
Attracting 4 million tourist each year the American Museum has been an unsurpassed science and research institutions famous for its compilations and exhibitions. 

Atlantic City Boardwalk, New Jersey
Commemorated in the Monopoly board game, the Boardwalk is four miles of flashy casinos, shops and hotels linking to the Garden Pier domicile of the Atlantic City Historical Museum and the Atlantic City Art Center. With 4 million visitors every year coming to try their luck its easy to see why Atlantic City is so tempting.



Feb 15, 2011 8:59pm
Great list. Some I knew about and others are new to me. Great article!
Feb 15, 2011 9:23pm
Thanks Sookie!I planned on adding some pictures but I cannot seem to get the pics put where I want them to since the switch to IB 2.0.
Mar 3, 2011 7:23am
Great job Ernie.
Mar 3, 2011 9:14am
Great article, Ernie! I'm so glad that it is now featured at InfoBarrel. I've been to many of these places myself, but the rest are now on my "bucket list!" Well done.
Mar 3, 2011 9:47am
I've been to 5 of those destinations, the Navy Pier being the most recent. Walking along the water with a large city backdrop is pretty cool. Nice post man!
Mar 4, 2011 2:56am
Waikiki. I just love Hawai'i! Mahalo for the mention.
Mar 4, 2011 3:08am
My family and I love to travel and there a few reminders on this list that I will be adding to our travels. Thanks for the reminder!
Mar 9, 2011 12:14am
Great article on the 25 most visited tourist destinations in America. My family and I have been blessed to visit most of them, and have wonderful memories of these trips. Thanks for sharing.
Mar 15, 2011 7:38pm
Good list. But, no Branson! Branson, MO receives 8 to 9 million visitors to the strip, annually. It is one of the top ranking domestic tourism destinations in the country.
Mar 18, 2011 12:36pm
Great list about popular tourist destinations of america
Mar 21, 2011 7:28am
If I never visit NYC in my life I will regret it. I always wanted to live there and become a New Yorker.
Mar 21, 2011 3:18pm
I need to do some more travelling.
Mar 22, 2011 8:27am
I always wanted to visit the grand canyon. Hope someday I will.
Mar 22, 2011 12:14pm
Universal Studios, Hollywood, CA - Should definitely be on the list of every movie buff. =)
Jul 7, 2011 12:19pm
Great List!!! I will be at the Museum of Natural History in October 2nd I think. Incredible place.
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