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 over 41 million visitors in 2011.

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 2011, the most visited tourist attractions in the U.S. were:

Place Location Visitors (millions)
Times Square New York, New York 41.9[1]
Mall Of America Bloomington, Minnesota 40[2]
Central Park New York, New York 40[1]
Union Station Washington, D.C. 36.5[1]
Las Vegas Strip Las Vegas, Nevada 29.5[1]
Millennium Park Chicago, Illinois 25[citation needed]
Grand Central Terminal New York, New York 21.6[1]
Lincoln Park Chicago, Illinois 20[citation needed]
Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida 17.1[1]
Disneyland Resort Anaheim, California 16.1[1]
Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco Bay Area, California 15[1]
Faneuil Hall Marketplace Boston, Massachusetts 15[1]
Golden Gate Park San Francisco, California 13[1]
Balboa Park San Diego, California 13[1]
Epcot, Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida 10.8[1]
Pike Place Market Seattle, Washington 10[1]
Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida 9.8[1]
Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida 9.7[1]
Great Smoky Mountains National Park North Carolina and Tennessee 9[1]
South Street Seaport New York, New York 9[1]
Mackinac Bridge St. Ignace and Mackinaw City, Michigan 9[1]
Navy Pier Chicago, Illinois 8.7[1]
Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco, California 8.1[1]
High Line New York, New York 5[citation needed]


As of 2007, there are 2,462 registered National Historic Landmarks (NHL) recognized by the United States government.[3] 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.[4]

Natural monuments[edit]

There are many natural monuments in the United States and they are a large tourist venue.


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[5] to $410 billion.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]


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. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Orcutt, April (5 December 2012). "America's Most Visited Tourist Attractions". Travel + Leisure. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  2. ^ Sederstrom, Noel (November 15, 2018). "Minnesota's top tourist destination: Mall of America with 40-million visitors". KTTC-TV. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  3. ^ National Park Service (June 2010). "National Historic Landmarks Program: List of National Historic Landmarks by State" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  4. ^ text by Andrew S. Dolkart; Matthew A. Postal. (2003), Guide to New York City Landmarks, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0-471-36900-4CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "The Sports Industry", SportsBusiness Journal, Street & Smith's, 2008, retrieved May 19, 2008
  6. ^ "Sports Statistics", Plunkett's Sports Industry Almanac, Plunkett Research, 2007, retrieved May 19, 2008
  7. ^ Standeven & De Knop 1999, p. 176
  8. ^ Standeven & De Knop 1999, p. vii


  • Standeven, Joy; De Knop, Paul (1999). Sport Tourism. Champaign, Ill: Human Kinetics. ISBN 0-87322-853-7.