26 Reasons to Visit the United States

Travel and Leisure Magazine gathered the most recent data on the world’s most-visited tourist attractions they defined as cultural and historical sites, natural landmarks, and officially designated spaces. Their tally came up with 51 attractions from around the world.

World’s Most-Visited Tourist Attractions | Travel + Leisure.

Twenty six out of the 51 are from the United States!

So, which attractions are on the list? Here are the attractions that made the cut with their corresponding rank.

#3 Times Square, New York City


You know you’re in Times Square when you see the Naked Cowboy, and of course, one of the ubiquitous hotdog carts!

#4 Central Park, New York City is tied with Union Station in Washington, D.C.


This 843-acre urban park is not only the most visited in the world. It’s also one of the most filmed locations in the world.

#6 Las Vegas Strip, Nevada

The Strip in Vegas is most alive at night. There are free entertainment to attract tourists to the various hotels that line the strip.

#9 Niagara Falls, New York (and Ontario)


This magnificent falls deserves to be on the list. It is breathtaking and tourists have been known to shed a tear beholding its grandeur.
#10 Grand Central Terminal, New York City

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My picture does not do Grand Central any justice, but this station is architecturally beautiful. It is worth seeing when one is in New York City.

#12 Magic Kingdom, Disney World Orlando, FL

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The happiest place on earth is, of course, on the list. Kids love anything Disney and parents can’t say no to their kids. A trip to any Disney Park is a major vacation.

#13 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston MA

 This is a place for foodies. For me, it’s home to one of my favorite soups, clam chowder! So, this is a must stop whenever I’m in Boston.

#14 Disneyland, California   

“Disneyland Park is a beloved Southern California destination where generations of families have made their Disney dreams come true. Opened in 1955, Walt Disney’s original theme park is divided into 8 extravagantly themed lands—Main Street, U.S.A., Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown, Frontierland, Critter Country, New Orleans Square and Adventureland.”-www.disneyland.disney.go.com

#17 Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco CA

“The park chronicles 200 years of history, from Native American culture, Spanish Empire frontier, California Gold Rush, evolution of American coastal fortifications, and growth of urban San Francisco; comprising of 19 separate ecosystems & home to 1,273 plant/animal species. It has hundreds of ways to recreate including horseback riding, ranger-led programs, bicycling, hiking, and walking your dog.”-http://www.nps.gov/goga

#20 Golden Gate Park, San Francisco CA


“From a vast, windswept expanse of sand dunes, park engineer William Hammond Hall and master gardener John McLaren carved out an oasis–a verdant, horticulturally diverse, and picturesque public space where city dwellers can relax and reconnect with the natural world.”-http://sfrecpark.org

#21 Balboa Park, San Diego CA

Balboa Park is an urban park with open spaces, gardens, walking paths, museums, and San Diego Zoo. It’s kind of a one stop shop.

#22 South Street Seaport, New York City

The area is designated a historic district as buildings are of old architecture. There are sailing ships and malls for food and shopping. There’s night life here with a view of Brooklyn Bridge.

#23 San Antonio River Walk, San Antonio TX

“The San Antonio River Walk is a public park, open 365 days a year. It is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath approximately 5 miles of downtown San Antonio. Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the River Walk is an important part of the city’s urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right.”-http://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com

#24 Epcot, Walt Disney World, Lake Buenavista FL


The rides here are so much fun. I’m not a roller coaster fan, but I had to try for experience.Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster was a thrill!! 

#29 Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World FL


The closest I ever got to wild animals back then was at the Safari at Animal Kingdom. Kids enjoy seeing and learning about animals at this theme park.

#30 Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World FL


A haven for Disney fans, Hollywood Studios is home to Cinderella’s castle. I enjoyed the Parade of Lights done in the evening.

#32 Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood CA


When one is in Hollywood, it would be a shame to miss the Walk of Fame. Looking for the star of favorite actors is an entertaining thing to do.

#33 Pike Place Market, Seattle WA


“Pike Place Market is Seattle’s center for fresh, local produce, specialty food and small independent businesses.”-www.pikeplacemarket.org

#34 Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee


As one of the largest National Parks in the United States, this park offers stunning views and multiple trails and campgrounds for adventurers. Wildlife is rich as well. It’s a Nature trip!

#36 Navy Pier, Chicago IL


“Historic Navy Pier® is the #1 leisure destination in the Midwest, welcoming nearly nine million visitors annually.

Navy Pier has enjoyed a remarkable evolution. Originally designed for shipping and recreational purposes, the facility has evolved into a premiere entertainment center while also offering exposition facilities.”-www.navypier.com

#37 Disney’s California Adventure, Anaheim CA


“Explore 7 exciting lands that bring to life Disney and Pixar stories and characters through amazing attractions, entertainment and dining! The 2 most recent additions—Buena Vista Street and the awe-inspiring Cars Land—join the themed lands of Grizzly Peak, Paradise Pier, Pacific Wharf, “a bug’s land” and Hollywood Land. With so much to do day and night, Disney California Adventure Park has something for every member of your family.”-www.disneyland.disney.go.com

#39 Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando FL


This is my kind of theme park. I would rather visit here than any of the Disney Parks. In fact, I had been twice. The attractions are fun, and most are not as heart attack inducing.

#40 Pier 39, San Francisco, CA tied with Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC


Pier 39 is famous for its water view, restaurants, and seals. It is a shopping area and an entertainment area with video arcades and street performances. It’s a major attraction in San Francisco.

#45 Bourbon Street, New Orleans LA

Bourbon Street is in the oldest part of New Orleans, the French Quarter. It was named to honor France’s ruling family in the 1700’s, the House of Bourbon. 

Which U.S. attraction on the list have you been or would like to visit?



6 thoughts on “26 Reasons to Visit the United States

  1. Wow, I am shocked by many of these places in the US. There are so many more worthwhile destinations in the US than these; Yosemite Valley, the Everglades, New Orleans…to name a few.


    1. Indeed! The United States has many spectacular places that visitors can go to. Travel and Leisure does describe the methodology used in coming up with the list of Most Visited Attractions. If you click the link I included on my post, the magazine describes how they came up with the list.


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