Tourist attractions in the United States

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Times Square is the most visited public (not privately owned) tourist site in the United States, with 35 million visitors in 2006.

This is a list of the most popular individual tourist attractions in the United States, lists of tourist attractions organized by subject region, and a selection of other notable tourist attractions and destinations.

Top tourist attractions[edit]

In 2008, the most visited tourist attractions in the US were:

Place Location Visitors (millions)[1]
Walt Disney World Resort Orlando, Florida 45
Mall of America Bloomington, Minnesota 40
Times Square New York, New York 35
Las Vegas Strip Las Vegas, Nevada 31
National Mall and Memorial Parks Washington, D.C. 24
Disneyland Resort Anaheim, California 22.1
Faneuil Hall Marketplace Boston, Massachusetts 20
Fisherman's Wharf/Golden Gate Area San Francisco, California 14
Niagara Falls New York 12
Great Smoky Mountains National Park North Carolina and Tennessee 9.4
Navy Pier Chicago, Illinois 8.6
Lake Mead National Recreation Area Las Vegas, Nevada 7.6
Empire Mall Sioux Falls, South Dakota 7
Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida 6.2
SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida 6
San Antonio River Walk San Antonio, Texas 5.1
Salt Lake Temple Salt Lake City, Utah 5
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area New Jersey and Pennsylvania 4.8
Universal Studios Hollywood Universal City, California 4.7
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City, N.Y. 4.5
Waikiki Beach Honolulu, Hawaii 4.5
Grand Canyon Arizona 4.41
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Tampa, Florida 4.4
Cape Cod National Seashore Barnstable County, Massachusetts 4.35
SeaWorld San Diego San Diego, California 4.26
American Museum of Natural History Manhattan, New York City 4


As of 2007, there are 2,462 registered National Historic Landmarks (NHL) recognized by the United States government.[2] Each major US city has thousands of landmarks. For example, New York City has 23,000 landmarks designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. These landmarks include various individual buildings, interiors, historic districts, and scenic sites which help define the culture and character of New York City.[3]

Natural monuments[edit]


Sporting events and their associated venues make up a significant percentage of tourist dollars in the US. Estimates of the US sports industry's size vary from $213 billion[4] to $410 billion.[5] In 1997, 25% of tourism receipts in the United States were related to sports tourism; this would have valued the market at approximately $350 billion annually.[6] Many US sporting events routinely attract international visitors. The 1997 New York City Marathon attracted 12,000 participants from outside the US, out of 28,000 participants.[7]


Hotels can be both housing for tourists visiting a particular region or city, and destinations themselves, with many hotels having historic and cultural status.

Lists of tourist attractions in the United States[edit]

Lists by type of attraction[edit]

Lists by city or region[edit]

Other tourist attractions and destinations[edit]

Former tourist attractions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Baedeker, Rob (May 5, 2008), [dead link] "America's 25 Most Visited Tourist Sites", ForbesTraveler (Forbes), retrieved May 19, 2008 
  2. ^ National Park Service (June 2010). "National Historic Landmarks Program: List of National Historic Landmarks by State" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  3. ^ text by Andrew S. Dolkart ; Matthew A. Postal. (2003), Guide to New York City Landmarks, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0-471-36900-4 
  4. ^ "The Sports Industry", SportsBusiness Journal (Street & Smith's), 2008, retrieved May 19, 2008 
  5. ^ "Sports Statistics", Plunkett's Sports Industry Almanac (Plunkett Research), 2007, retrieved May 19, 2008 
  6. ^ Standeven, Joy; de Knop, Paul, p. 176  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Standeven, Joy; de Knop, Paul, p. vii  Missing or empty |title= (help)