100+ Songs About Cars & Driving

2005-Ford-Mustang-GT-ConvertibleAmericans have had a love affair with their cars, among other things, for nearly a century now. It seems to transcend generation after generation and is generally passed on down the line from father to son. For some it’s a hobby, for others it’s an obsession. Could be classic sports cars, muscle cars, street racers, dune buggies other a vast array of  original concept vehicles, limited only by there imagination. Whatever the type, there is ablue_camaro euphoric feeling that is hard to explain once you get behind the wheel of that special car. The one you’ve been dreaming about since you were a young kid. So once you’re in that treasure on wheels, you just gotta have some tunes to go along with that road test or road trip, even if it is just around the block a few times to show it off. Wherever you go, you want some songs to go 60_gtoalong for the ride. With such a vast array of music that could be considered driving music, songs that get you pumped up for the open road, or songs with street vibes for cruising, I wanted to narrow down the subject matter here in this post. The feature here is mainly songs about cars or songs specifically about driving. Great songs for road trips I’ll leave for another post in the future. Again, I was trying to focus on songs with mention of a certain type or make of car such as a Trans-Am, Mustang, etc. either in the title or referred to in the lyrics. There are probably a few exceptions to the rule included here, but none-the-less, you should find a nice selection here to choose from for your next mp3 playlist or compilation cd.

As always, this is a work in progress. Songs will be added from time to time based upon suggestions from viewers as well as others that I discovered that I had unintentionally omitted — ENJOY!

Songs About Cars & Driving

  1. ’41 Ford – Grand Prix
  2. ’54 Corvette – The Customs
  3. ’57 Chevrolet – Billie Jo Spears
  4. 92 Subaru – Fountains Of Wayne (2007)
  5. 409 – Beach Boys (1962)
  6. All I Wanted Was A Car – Brad Paisley
  7. American Pie – Don McLean (1971)
  8. The Automobile Song – Benny Bell
  9. Beep Beep (Little Nash Rambler) – The Playmates (1958)
  10. Behind The Wheel – Depeche Mode (1988)
  11. Bitchin’ Camero – Dead Milkmen (1985)
  12. Black Sunshine – White Zombie (1992)
  13. Cab Of My Truck – Dierks Bentley (2005)
  14. Cadillac Assembly Line – Albert King
  15. Cadillac Boogie – Jimmy Liggins (1947)
  16. Cadillac Ranch – Bruce Springsteen (1981)
  17. Cadillac Ranch – Chris LeDoux (1993)
  18. Cadillac Style – Sammy Kershaw (1991)
  19. Camaro – Kings Of Leon (2007)
  20. The Car – Jeff Carson
  21. Cars – Gary Numan (1980)
  22. Cars – Fear Factory (1999)
  23. Chevrolet – The Black Crowes
  24. Chevrolet – Foghat
  25. Chevrolet – ZZ Top
  26. Chevy Van – Sammy Johns (1975)
  27. Coupe DeVille – Neil Young (1988)
  28. Dead Man’s Curve – Jan & Dean (1964)
  29. The Distance – Cake (1996)
  30. Dodge Dart – Patty Larkin
  31. Drag City – Jan & Dean
  32. Drive – The Cars (1984)
  33. Drive – REM (1992)
  34. Drive (For Daddy Gene) – Alan Jackson (2002)
  35. Drive My Car – The Beatles (1966)
  36. El Camino – Ween (1990)
  37. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman (1988)
  38. Ford Econoline – Nanci Griffith
  39. Freeway Of Love – Aretha Franklin (1985)
  40. Fun Fun Fun – Beach Boys (1964)
  41. Get Your Kicks On Route 66 – Nat King Cole (1946)
  42. Get Your Kicks On Route 66 – Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sisters (1946)
  43. Get Your Kicks On Route 66 – Perry Como (1959)
  44. Go Lil’ Camaro Go – The Ramones
  45. Greased Lightnin’ – John Travolta (1978) [Grease soundtrack]
  46. G.T.O. – Ronny & The Daytonas (1964)
  47. Helen Wheels – Paul McCartney & Wings (1973)
  48. Hey Little Cobra – The Rip Chords (1963)
  49. Highway Star – Deep Purple (1972)
  50. Hot Rod City – Ronny & The Daytonas
  51. Hot Rod Lincoln – Johnny Bond (1960)
  52. Hot Rod Lincoln – Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen (1972)
  53. I Can’t Drive 55 – Sammy Hagar (1984)
  54. I Get Around – Beach Boys (1964)
  55. I’m In Love With My Car – Queen (1975)
  56. Jaguar – The Who (1967)
  57. Jeepster – T-Rex (1971)
  58. Keep It Between The Lines – Ricky Van Shelton (1991)
  59. Little Deuce Coupe – Beach Boys (1963)
  60. Little Honda – The Hondells (1964)
  61. Little Old Lady From Pasadena – Jan & Dean (1964)
  62. Little Red Corvette – Prince (1983)
  63. Long May You Run – Neil Young (1976)
  64. Low Rider – War (1975)
  65. Making Love In A Subaru – Damaskas
  66. Maybellene – Chuck Berry (1955)
  67. Mercury Blues – Ry Cooder & David Lindley
  68. Mercury Blues – Steve Miller
  69. Mercury Blues – Alan Jackson (1993)
  70. Mercury Boogie – KC Douglas (1949)
  71. Mercedes Benz – Janis Joplin (1971)
  72. Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett (1966)
  73. My Chevrolet – Phil Vassar
  74. My Hooptie – Sir Mix-A-Lot
  75. My Mighty GTO – Jan & Dean
  76. No Particular Place To Go – Chuck Berry (1964)
  77. Nothin’ But The Tailights – Clint Black (1997)
  78. Ol’ ’55 – Tom Waits
  79. Ol’ 55 – Eagles
  80. The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song) – George Jones (1985)
  81. One Piece At A Time – Johnny Cash (1976)
  82. Paradise By The Dashboard Light – Meat Loaf (1978)
  83. Pink Cadillac – Bruce Springsteen (1984)
  84. Pink Cadillac – Natalie Cole (1988)
  85. Pontiac Blues – Sonny Boy Williamson
  86. Racing In The Street – Bruce Springsteen (1978)
  87. Radar Love – Golden Earring (1974)
  88. Red Barchetta – Rush (1981)
  89. Riding With Private Malone – David Ball (2001)
  90. Rocket 88 – Ike Turner (1951)
  91. Rocket 88 – Bill Haley & The Saddlemen (1951)
  92. Rockin’ Down The Highway – Doobie Brothers (1972)
  93. Roll On Down The Highway – Bachman Turner Overdrive (1975)
  94. Route 66 – Depeche Mode (1988)
  95. Route 66 – John Mayer
  96. Rusty Chevrolet – Da Yoopers
  97. Sausalito Summer Night – Diesel
  98. Shut Down – Beach Boys
  99. Six Days On The Road – Dave Dudley (1963)
  100. Six Days On The Road – Sawyer Brown (1997)
  101. Speed – Montgomery Gentry
  102. SS 396 – Paul Revere & The Raiders
  103. Stick Shifts & Safety Belts – Cake
  104. Still Cruisin’ – Beach Boys
  105. Sweet Little ’66 – Steve Earle
  106. Three Window Coupe – Jan & Dean
  107. Trans Am (Highway Wonderland) – Sammy Hagar (1979)

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

 

 ALABAMA

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United States Space & Rocket Center

Huntsville, AL

Annual Visitors — 509,000

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

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

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ALASKA

Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Skagway, AK

Annual Visitors — 935,940

http://www.nps.gov/klgo

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

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 ARIZONA

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Grand Canyon National Park

Northwestern Arizona

Annual Visitors — 4,425,314

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

http://www.thecanyon.com/

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ARKANSAS

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Hot Springs National Park

near Hot Springs, AR

Annual Visitors — 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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CALIFORNIA

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Disneyland Park

Anaheim, CA

Annual Visitors — 14,721,000

Disneyland

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

* great site for Disney history & nostalgia >> Yesterland

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COLORADO

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Rocky Mountain National Park

near Estes Park, CO

Annual Visitors — 2,757,390

http://www.nps.gov/romo

http://rockymountainnationalpark.com/

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CONNECTICUT

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Hammonasset Beach State Park

Madison, CT

Annual Visitors — 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

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Delaware Seashore State Park

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Annual Visitors — 1,200,000

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

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

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FLORIDA

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Walt Disney World / Magic Kingdom Park

Lake Buena Vista, FL

Annual Visitors — 17,063,000

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

http://www.wdwinfo.com/

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GEORGIA

stone-mountain-park-georgia

Stone Mountain Park

Atlanta, GA

Annual Visitors — 4,000,000

http://www.stonemountainpark.com/

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

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HAWAII

waikiki-beach

Waikiki Beach

Honolulu – Island of Oahu, HI

Annual Visitors — 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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IDAHO

silverwood-theme-park

Silverwood Theme Park

Athol, ID

Annual Visitors — 558,000

http://www.silverwoodthemepark.com/

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

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ILLINOIS

navy_pier_downtown_chicago

Navy Pier

Chicago, IL

Annual Visitors — 8,600,000

http://www.navypier.com/

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

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INDIANA

indiana_dunes

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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

Annual Visitors — 1,833,596

http://www.nps.gov/INDU

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

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IOWA

amana_colonies

Amana Colonies (National Historic Landmark)

Amana, IA

Annual Visitors — 800,000

http://www.amanacolonies.com/

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

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KANSAS

flint_hills

Flint Hills Tall Grass Prairie (National Preserve)

near Strong City, KS

Annual Visitors — 250,000

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

http://flinthillstallgrass.org/

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KENTUCKY

land-between-the-lakes-national-recreation-area

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area

Between Lake Barkley & Kentucky Lake (Kentucky/Tennessee)

Annual Visitors — 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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LOUISIANA

french-quarter-new-orleans

The French Quarter

New Orleans, LA

Annual Visitors — 5,000,000

http://frenchquarter.com/

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

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MAINE

ll-bean-flagship-store

L.L. Bean Flagship Store

Freeport, ME

Annual Visitors — 3,500,000

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

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MARYLAND

assateague-island-national-seashore-maryland

Assateague Island National Seashore

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

Annual Visitors — 2,011,438

http://www.assateagueisland.com/

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

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MASSACHUSETTS

faneuil-hall-marketplace

Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Quincy Market)

Boston, MA

Annual Visitors — 20,000,000

http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/

http://www.faneuilhall.com/

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MICHIGAN

henry-ford-museum-michigan

The Henry Ford Museum (Edison Institute/Greenfield Village)

Dearborn, MI

Annual Visitors — 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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MINNESOTA

mall-of-america-overview1

Mall of America

Bloomington, MN

(additional photo at bottom of this post)

Annual Visitors — 40,000,000

http://www.mallofamerica.com/

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

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MISSISSIPPI

natchez_trace_parkway_mississippi

Natchez Trace Parkway (National Park Service)

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

Annual Visitors — 4,200,000

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

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

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MISSOURI

jefferson_national_expansion_memorial_arch_st_louis

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Arch

St. Louis, MO

Annual Visitors — 1,954,810

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

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

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MONTANA

yellowstone-national-park-lower-falls

Yellowstone National Park

NW Wyoming (predominantly), SW Montana, E Idaho

Annual Visitors — 2,000,000

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

http://www.travelyellowstone.com/

http://www.yellowstonenationalpark.com/

http://www.yellowstonepark.com/

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NEBRASKA

henry_doorly_zoo_nebraska

Henry Doorly Zoo (Riverview Park)

Omaha, NE

Annual Visitors — 1,388,014

http://www.omahazoo.com/

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

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NEVADA

las-vegas-strip-night_view

Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas, NV

Annual Visitors — 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 HAMPSHIRE

white-mountain-national-forest

White Mountain National Forest

New Hampshire/Maine

Annual Visitors — 5,000,000

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

http://www.visitwhitemountains.com/

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NEW JERSEY

atlantic-city-boardwalk

Atlantic City Boardwalk

Atlantic City, NJ

Annual Visitors — 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 MEXICO

albuquerque_biological_park

Albuquerque Biological Park (BioPark)

Albuquerque, NM

Annual Visitors — 1,123,000

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

http://www.bioparksociety.org/aquarium

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NEW YORK

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times-square-new-york-nightlife

Times Square

Manhattan/New York City

Annual Visitors — 37,600,000

http://www.timessquarenyc.org/

http://timessquare.com/

http://timessquare.nyctourist.com/

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NORTH CAROLINA

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Blue Ridge Parkway (National Park Service)

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

Annual Visitors — 10,943,831

http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/

http://www.virtualblueridge.com/

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

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NORTH DAKOTA

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

near Medora, ND

Annual Visitors — 516,804

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

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

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OHIO

cedar-point-amusement-park-resort-1

Cedar Point Amusement Park

Sandusky, OH

Annual Visitors — 3,200,000

http://www.cedarpoint.com/

http://wikitravel.org/en/Cedar_Point

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OKLAHOMA

oklahoma_city_national_memorial

Oklahoma City National Memorial

Oklahoma City, OK

Annual Visitors — 500,000

http://www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/

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

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OREGON

crater-lake-oregon

Crater Lake National Park

South Central Oregon

Annual Visitors — 415,686

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

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

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PENNSYLVANIA

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Independence National Historic Park (Independence Hall)

Philadelphia, PA

Annual Visitors — 4,076,638

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

http://www.independencevisitorcenter.com/

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RHODE ISLAND

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Roger Williams Park Zoo

Providence, RI

Annual Visitors — 505,409

http://www.rogerwilliamsparkzoo.org/

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SOUTH CAROLINA 

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broadway-at-the-beach-south-carolina-waterfront

 

Broadway At The Beach

(entertainment/shopping complex)

Myrtle Beach, SC

Annual Visitors — 14,000,000

http://www.broadwayatthebeach.com/

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SOUTH DAKOTA

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial

near Keystone, SD

Annual Visitors — 1,789,328

http://www.nps.gov/moru

http://www.mountrushmoreinfo.com/

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TENNESSEE

great_smoky_mountains_national_park_sign

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Tennessee/North Carolina

Annual Visitors — 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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TEXAS

san-antonio-riverwalk-newer

San Antonio River Walk (Paseo del Rio)

San Antonio, TX

Annual Visitors — 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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UTAH

temple-square-salt-lake-city-night

Temple Square

Salt Lake City

Annual Visitors — 5,000,000

http://www.visittemplesquare.com/

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

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VERMONT

ben-jerry-ice-cream-factory

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory

Waterbury, VT

Annual Visitors — 293,000

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

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

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VIRGINIA

 

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Blue Ridge Parkway (National Park Service)

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

Annual Visitors — 5,365,474

http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/

http://www.virtualblueridge.com/

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

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WASHINGTON

pike-place-market-seattle

Pike Place Market

Seattle, WA

Annual Visitors — 10,000,000

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

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

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WEST VIRGINIA

new-river-gorge-national-river-west-virgina

New River Gorge National River

southern West Virginia

Annual Visitors — 1,212,854

http://www.nps.gov/neri

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

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WISCONSIN

devils_lake_state_park_wisconsin

Devil’s Lake State Park

near Baraboo, WI

Annual Visitors — 1,300,000

http://www.devilslakewisconsin.com/

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

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WYOMING

Yellowstone National Park

NW Wyoming (predominantly), SW Montana, E Idaho

Annual Visitors — 3,066,579

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

http://www.travelyellowstone.com/

http://www.yellowstonenationalpark.com/

http://www.yellowstonepark.com/

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WASHINGTON DC

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National Mall & Memorial Parks

Washington, D.C.

Annual Visitors — 25,000,000

http://www.nps.gov/NAMA

http://www.nps.gov/mall

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