Most Popular US Attractions: State By State


Should anyone be planning any family vacations, excursions or road trips in the near future or even planning ahead for the holidays, this “numbers survey” might give you an idea of what others have done over recent years. There could be some helpful tips here or just a guide for your planning of where to go, what to see, places to shop, places to visit, camping opportunities, or just the opposite, what to stay away from if you’re looking to avoid crowds. The places listed here could also give you some research ideas ….. searching for more information online.

The information collected below has come from various sources including statistics from the National Park Service, state tourism offices, listed attraction’s own websites, Wikipedia (only as a last result) and other statistical websites. The attendance figures are based upon annual visitors to the attractions (some are exact figures while others are rounded off or estimated). Keep in mind that in determining the top attraction draws, the tourism industry is very controversial as well as competitive in it’s methods.

Listings Are Alphabetically – State By State


Use the links provided for easy access and navigation!

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*** For additional information, as well as your convenience, link(s) have been included underneath each listing. These links should lead you directly to the attraction’s website, the local city or state office of tourism, the state or national park service or another informative resource.


Most Popular Attractions in the USA


  • AlabamaSpace and Rocket Center

United States Space & Rocket Center

Huntsville, AL

509,000

http://www.spacecamp.com/museum/

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/home/index.html

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  • AlaskaChilkoot Trail Gold Rush Sign

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Skagway, AK

935,940

http://www.nps.gov/klgo

http://www.travelalaska.com/Regions/ParksDetail.aspx?ParkID=

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  • Arizonagrand-canyon

Grand Canyon National Park

Northwestern Arizona

4,425,314

http://www.nps.gov/grca/

http://www.thecanyon.com/

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  • ArkansasHot_Springs_National_Park

Hot Springs National Park

near Hot Springs, AR

1,238,147

http://www.nps.gov/hosp/

http://www.arkansas.com/state-federal-parks/national-federal-parks/hot-springs.aspx

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  • Californiadisneyland-sign

Disneyland Park

Anaheim, CA

14,721,000

http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/en_US/parks/landing?name=DisneylandParkLandingPage

http://www.wdwinfo.com/disneyland/disneyland-theme-parks.htm

* superb site for Disney history & nostalgia >> http://www.yesterland.com/

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  • Coloradorocky mountain lake

Rocky Mountain National Park

near Estes Park, CO

2,757,390

http://www.nps.gov/romo

http://rockymountainnationalpark.com/

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  • Connecticut 

Hammonasset Beach State Park

Madison, CT

1,9000,000

http://www.ct.gov/dEP/cwp/view.asp?A=2716&Q=325210

http://www.friendsctstateparks.org/parks/hammonasset_beach.htm

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  • Delaware

Delaware Seashore State Park

Rehoboth Beach, DE

1,200,000

http://www.destateparks.com/park/delaware-seashore/

http://www.beach-net.com/Parkdelshore.html

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  • FloridaDisney_World

Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Lake Buena Vista, FL

17,063,000

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/

http://www.wdwinfo.com/

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  • Georgiastonemountain

Stone Mountain Park

Atlanta, GA

4,000,000

http://www.stonemountainpark.com/

http://www.atlanta.net/visitors/stone-mountain.html

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  • Hawaiiwaikiki_beach01

Waikiki Beach

Honolulu – Island of Oahu, HI

3,670,000

http://www.waikikibeachwalk.com/

http://www.gohawaii.com/oahu/plan/things_to_do_on_oahu/attractions/points_of_interest/waikiki

http://www.aloha.com/~lifeguards/waikiki.html

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  • IdahoSilverwood-Theme-Park

Silverwood Theme Park

Athol, ID

558,000

http://www.silverwoodthemepark.com/

http://www.visitidaho.org/thingstodo/view-attraction.aspx?id=31026

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  • IllinoisNavy_Pier_Downtown_Chicago

Navy Pier

Chicago, IL

8,600,000

http://www.navypier.com/

http://www.chicagotraveler.com/chicago-navy-pier.htm

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  • IndianaIndiana_Dunes

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Lake Michigan’s south shore (near Porter, IN)

1,833,596

http://www.nps.gov/INDU

http://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

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  • IowaAmana_Colonies

Amana Colonies (National Historic Landmark)

Amana, IA

800,000

http://www.amanacolonies.com/

http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/amana/

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  • Kansasflint_hills

Flint Hills Tall Grass Prairie (National Preserve)

near Strong City, KS

250,000

http://www.nps.gov/tapr/

http://flinthillstallgrass.org/

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  • KentuckyLandbtwLakes_aerial

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area

Between Lake Barkley & Kentucky Lake (Kentucky/Tennessee)

1,259,773

http://www.lbl.org/Home.html

http://www.tnvacation.com/vendors/land_between_the_lakes_national_recreation_area/

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  • LouisianaFrench_quarter

The French Quarter

New Orleans, LA

5,000,000

http://frenchquarter.com/

http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/fq/

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  • MaineLL-Bean-Flagship-Store

L.L. Bean Flagship Store

Freeport, ME

3,500,000

http://www.llbean.com/shop/retailStores/freeportFlagshipStore/flagship/flagship.html

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  • MarylandAssateague-Island-overview

Assateague Island National Seashore

Assateague Island (a barrier island along the Maryland & Virginia coast)

2,011,438

http://www.assateagueisland.com/

http://www.nps.gov/asis/

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  • MassachusettsFaneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Quincy Market)

Boston, MA

20,000,000

http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/

http://www.faneuilhall.com/

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  • MichiganHenry_Ford_Museum

The Henry Ford Museum (Edison Institute/Greenfield Village)

Dearborn, MI

1,500,000

http://www.hfmgv.org/

http://www.thehenryford.org/

http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-15481_19267_20424-54578–,00.html

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  • Minnesotamall-of-america-overview

Mall of America

Bloomington, MN

(additional photo at bottom of this post)

40,000,000

http://www.mallofamerica.com/

http://www.bloomingtonmn.org/page/1/mall-of-america.jsp

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  • MississippiNatchez_Trace_Parkway

Natchez Trace Parkway (National Park Service)

444 mile long parkway stretching from Natchez, MS to Pasquo, TN

4,200,000

http://www.nps.gov/natr/

http://www.byways.org/explore/byways/2285/

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  • MissouriJefferson_National_Expansion_Memorial_Arch

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

St. Louis, MO

1,954,810

http://www.nps.gov/jeff/

http://www.gatewayarch.com/Arch/

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  • MontanaYellowstone Upper Falls

Yellowstone National Park

NW Wyoming (predominantly), SW Montana, E Idaho

2,000,000

http://www.nps.gov/yell/

http://www.travelyellowstone.com/yellowstone-national-park-bison

http://www.yellowstonenationalpark.com/

http://www.yellowstonepark.com/

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  • NebraskaHenry_Doorly_Zoo

Henry Doorly Zoo (Riverview Park)

Omaha, NE

1,388,014

http://www.omahazoo.com/

http://www.visitomaha.com/listings/index.cfm?action=display&listingID=57137

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  • NevadaLas-Vegas-Strip-night_view

Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas, NV

30,000,000

http://www.vegas.com/attractions/

http://www.visitlasvegas.com/vegas/index.jsp

http://www.lasvegasmaps.com/stripmap.html

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  • New HampshireWhiteMountainNationalForest

White Mountain National Forest

New Hampshire/Maine

5,000,000

http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/white_mountain/

http://www.visitwhitemountains.com/

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  • New Jerseyatlantic-city-boardwalk

Atlantic City Boardwalk

Atlantic City, NJ

4,000,000

http://www.atlanticcitynj.com/visitors/thingstodo/attractions/boardwalktour.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_City,_New_Jersey

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  • New MexicoAlbuquerque_Biological_Park

Albuquerque Biological Park (BioPark)

Albuquerque, NM

1,123,000

http://www.cabq.gov/biopark/

http://www.bioparksociety.org/aquarium

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  • New YorkTimes-Square

Times Square

Manhattan/New York City

37,600,000

http://www.timessquarenyc.org/

http://timessquare.com/

http://timessquare.nyctourist.com/

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  • North CarolinaBlue-Ridge-Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway (National Park Service)

469 mile National Parkway along the Blue Ridge Range of the Appalachian Mountains through North Carolina & Virginia

10,943,831

http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/

http://www.virtualblueridge.com/

http://www.nps.gov/blri/

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  • North DakotaTheodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

near Medora, ND

516,804

http://www.nps.gov/thro/

https://www.ndtourism.com/whatdo/attractions/attraction-details.asp?AID=990

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  • Ohiocedar-point-amusement-park-resort-1

Cedar Point Amusement Park

Sandusky, OH

3,200,000

http://www.cedarpoint.com/

http://wikitravel.org/en/Cedar_Point

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  • OklahomaOklahoma_City_National_Memorial

Oklahoma City National Memorial

Oklahoma City, OK

500,000

http://www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/

http://www.nps.gov/okci/

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  • OregonCrater_Lake

Crater Lake National Park

south central Oregon

415,686

http://www.nps.gov/crla/

http://www.oregon.com/trips/craterlake.cfm

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  • PennsylvaniaIndependence_Hall

Independence National Historic Park

Philadelphia, PA

4,076,638

http://www.nps.gov/inde/planyourvisit/index.htm

http://www.independencevisitorcenter.com/

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  • Rhode IslaRoger_Williams_Park_Zoond

Roger Williams Park Zoo

Providence, RI

505,409

http://www.rogerwilliamsparkzoo.org/

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  • South CarolinaBroadway_at_the_Beach

Broadway At The Beach

(entertainment/shopping complex)

Myrtle Beach, SC

14,000,000

http://www.broadwayatthebeach.com/

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  • South DakotaMount-Rushmore

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

near Keystone, SD

1,789,328

http://www.nps.gov/moru

http://www.mountrushmoreinfo.com/

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  • Tennesseegreat_smoky_mountains_national_park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Tennessee/North Carolina

6,940,000

http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/index.htm

http://www.gatlinburg.com/things-to-do/national-park/

http://www.tnvacation.com/vendors/great_smoky_mountains_national_park/

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  • Texassan-antonio-riverwalk-newer

San Antonio River Walk (Paseo del Rio)

San Antonio, TX

5,100,000

http://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/

http://www.sanantonioriverwalk.com/

http://www.visitsanantonio.com/visitors/play/the-river-walk/index.aspx

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  • UtahSLTemple-snow

Temple Square

Salt Lake City

5,000,000

http://www.visittemplesquare.com/

http://www.utah.com/mormon/temple_square.htm

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  • VermontBen-&-Jerry-Ice-Cream-Factory

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory

Waterbury, VT

293,000

http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/factory-tours/

http://www.central-vt.com/web/benjerry/index.html

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  • VirginiaBlue Ridge Parkway Fall _jpg

Blue Ridge Parkway (National Park Service)

469 mile National Parkway along the Blue Ridge Range of the Appalachian Mountains through North Carolina & Virginia

5,365,474

http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/

http://www.virtualblueridge.com/

http://www.nps.gov/blri/

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  • WashingtonPike_Place_Market

Pike Place Market

Seattle, WA

10,000,000

http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/frameset.asp?flash=true

http://www.seattletravel.com/pikesplacemarket.html

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  • West VirginiaNew River Gorge National River, West Virgina

New River Gorge National River

southern West Virginia

1,212,854

http://www.nps.gov/neri

http://www.visitwv.com/companies/165/176

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  • WisconsinDevils_Lake_State_Park

Devil’s Lake State Park

near Baraboo, WI

1,300,000

http://www.devilslakewisconsin.com/

http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/ORG/LAND/PARKS/specific/devilslake/

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  • WyomingOld_Faithful_Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park

NW Wyoming (predominantly), SW Montana, E Idaho

3,066,579

http://www.nps.gov/yell/

http://www.travelyellowstone.com/Morning_Glory_Pool_Yellowstone_National_Park

http://www.yellowstonenationalpark.com/

http://www.yellowstonepark.com/

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  • Washington DCLincoln-Memorial

National Mall & Memorial Parks

Washington, D.C.

25,000,000

http://www.nps.gov/NAMAWashington-Memorial-Park

http://www.nps.gov/mall

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Additional Useful Travel Links on this Site

The World’s Most Popular Tourist Attractions according to attendance records – Lots of pictures included here with direct links to the featured listings – Here is the link…..

►50 Most Popular Tourist Attractions In The World

The Best National & State Parks in the USA is worth a look for planning your next camping trip – Pictures of the parks are featured as well as direct links to the featured parks – Here is the link…..

►Best National & State Parks in the USA

Nostalgia-minded Remembering Lost & Forgotten Roadside Tourist Attractions & Amusement Parks On The West Coast is an older post (May/2009) that is still being updated and worth checking out – now featuring almost 200 fun and memorable roadside attractions, amusement parks and kitschy tourist traps of years past that no longer exist today. Definitely a trip down memory lane — See how many you had been to and still remember – Lots of pictures are featured here with many historical and fan club links to the featured attractions – Here is the link …..

►Remembering Lost & Forgotten Roadside Tourist Attractions & Amusement Parks On The West Coast

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Below is another picture inside the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota which annually draws over 40,000,000 visitors for shopping, entertainment, dining and people watching.

6 Responses

  1. Interesting forum, i have bookmarked your site for future referrence.

  2. i am going to the mall of america next summer. you people have the most amazing waterpark i have ever seen.

  3. Great website and information. Thank you. ~ BC

  4. Amazing, beautiful,lovely,parks and falls you have here!!…i have bookmarked your site already

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