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25 Top Tourist Attractions in the USA

Last updated on February 5, 2024 by Touropia Editors - 21 Comments

As one of the largest and most diverse countries in the world, The United States boast an amazing amount of tourist destinations ranging from the skyscrapers of New York and Chicago, the natural wonders of Yellowstone and Alaska to the sunny beaches of California , Florida and Hawaii.

With so many tourist attractions in the USA it’s tempting to list entire cities or even states, but in this top 25 I have tried to focus on specific attractions.

25. Mount Rushmore [SEE MAP]

Mount Rushmore

Perhaps the most unmistakably American landmark is Mount Rushmore, a national memorial located in South Dakota. Constructed in the early 20th century, Mount Rushmore depicts the faces of four former American presidents, each of which is carved and blasted from the side of a rock face.

Visitors can admire the larger-than-life faces of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. The short Presidential Trail at the base of Mount Rushmore provides better views and an interesting perspective on the landmark.

24. Pike Place Market in Seattle [SEE MAP]

Pike Place Market

Overlooking the waterfront of Elliott Bay in Seattle, Washington, is the Pike Place Market. Opened in 1907, the market is now a historic, iconic part of the city. Pike Place Market is the ultimate place to shop in Seattle, because it is full of the oldest establishments in the region.

There are markets where fresh fish straight from the Puget Sound gets tossed dramatically, cheesemongers who offer tastings of locally made brie and camembert and then there is the site of the original Starbucks coffee shop.

23. Venice Beach in Los Angeles [SEE MAP]

Venice Beach

No visit to Los Angeles is complete without a trip to Venice Beach. Its canals and beaches are spectacular, but the biggest hit is undeniably the Venice Beach Boardwalk. This is a truly entertaining spot where street performers juggle, dance, sculpt and sing for passersby.

Shop for souvenirs, grab a refreshing drink and bring some small bills for a stroll on the boardwalk. After stopping to admire a live performer, many visitors tip a dollar or two to show appreciation.

See also: Where to Stay in Los Angeles

22. Mesa Verde [SEE MAP]

Mesa Verde

The Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado is home to the preserved homes of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Many of these homes, which are carved right from caves and rock faces, date back to the early 13th century.

Today, it is possible to walk beneath the overhanging cliffs and tour these ancient abodes. The Balcony House is especially well preserved, and it boasts 40 rooms that are accessible exclusively by ladder. The nearby Cliff Palace is even bigger, and it is believed to have housed more than 100 people in its 150 original rooms.

21. Faneuil Hall in Boston [SEE MAP]

Faneuil Hall

One of the most historic destinations in Boston, a city already full of heritage, is Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Also known as the Cradle of Liberty, this early 18th century structure served as a space where early leaders gathered to fight against oppression in the years before and during the American Revolutionary War.

Today, touring Faneuil Hall Marketplace means lots of opportunity to shop for local produce and desserts in the indoor and outdoor marketplace.

20. Kennedy Space Center [SEE MAP]

Kennedy Space Center

Cape Canaveral, located on the coast of Florida, boasts a lot of space-related attractions. One of the best is the Kennedy Space Center, which has been the launch site for every US human space flight since 1968 and currently operates as a launch site for unmanned rockets.

Visitors can learn more about the early pioneers into space, and they can also experience the tension and excitement over the rush to the moon. There is even the chance to participate in the Shuttle Launch Experience, which replicates the experience of space travel.

19. Navy Pier in Chicago [SEE MAP]

Navy Pier

Extending over the waters of Lake Michigan is Navy Pier, an enormous pier in the heart of Chicago’s coastal Streeterville neighborhood. Within the pier, there are countless attractions suited to the whole family.

Beautifully manicured gardens are the ideal place for a scenic stroll, and lots of souvenir shops are a wonderful way to snag gifts on a vacation to Chicago. The pier is also home to the Chicago Children’s Museum, two theaters and an abundance of excellent restaurants.

18. Great Smoky Mountains National Park [SEE MAP]

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Straddling the border between Tennessee and North Carolina is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park is the most visited in the entire country, thanks in large part to its enormous size and its incredible scenery.

Visitors can hike through old growth forest, spot hundreds of species of birds and check out the two visitor centers. Hikes can also wind through trails that lead to the waterfalls of Laurel Falls and the vistas of Clingman’s Dome.

17. River Walk in San Antonio [SEE MAP]

River Walk

In the city of San Antonio, Texas , there are few attractions more appealing than the River Walk. Also known as the Paseo del Rio, the River Walk is a network of walkways lining the San Antonio River.

Reserved for pedestrians, the revitalized area is packed with fascinating architecture, lush greenery and water views. The River Walk is a hub for dining and culinary exploration in this Texan city. It is possible to dig into Tex-Mex cuisine, upscale French fare and everything in between in this one easily navigable destination.

16. Carlsbad Caverns [SEE MAP]

Carlsbad Caverns

As the name suggests, Carlsbad Caverns is a collection of over 115 caves. Located in southern New Mexico, these caverns are carved from limestone, and it is possible for visitors to descend more than 900 feet (275 meters) below the surface of the earth on a guided tour.

The largest single cave chamber in all of North America is found here and is known as the Big Room. Within the room itself, visitors can set off on a 90-minute walk exploring the incredible underground environment.

15. Bryce Canyon National Park [SEE MAP]

Bryce Canyon National Park

Located in Southern Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park is a breathtaking display of rock formations. Technically, Bryce Canyon isn’t a canyon, but a series of natural amphitheaters. Mormon settlers once called the canyon home, but now most visitors come for the awe-inspiring views and the magnificent hiking opportunities.

Sunset Point is one of the most popular vantage points, offering panoramic views of the red, yellow and orange rock formations. Queen’s Garden Trail is another favorite, because it offers green trees among the red rocks for a brilliant juxtaposition.

14. French Quarter in New Orleans [SEE MAP]

French Quarter

New Orleans, Louisiana, is made up of several unique districts, but none is so famous as the French Quarter. Also known as the Vieux Carre, the French Quarter truly explores the rich French colonial influences on the city of New Orleans . Incredible architecture abounds, with the St. Louis Cathedral being the main attraction.

The French Quarter boasts the Moon Walk, a paved walkway next to the Mississippi River, as well as Bourbon Street, the undeniable hub of nightlife, drinking and entertainment in the city.

13. Sedona Red Rock Country [SEE MAP]

Sedona Red Rock Country

A two-hour drive north of Phoenix is Sedona, Arizona. Sedona isn’t a big city, but it is a major tourist attraction in the USA thanks to its gorgeous red rock landscape. Known as Red Rock Country, this region is an outdoor lover’s dream. Countless canyons, creeks and paths encourage outdoor activity, with Cathedral Rock Trail being one of the local favorite hiking spots.

One of the most interesting spots in Sedona combines the new with the old, with the contemporary Chapel of the Holy Cross built right into the side of the red rocks themselves.

12. Walt Disney World in Orlando [SEE MAP]

Walt Disney World

Orlando, Florida , is a hub of amusement parks, but none is so popular as Walt Disney World. Many travelers don’t realize that Walt Disney World is actually made up of several distinct theme parks, including the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and the Blizzard Beach Water Park.

Visitors will be able to enjoy thrill rides, watch Broadway-quality shows and explore the nightlife, cuisine, shopping and entertainment at Disney Springs.

11. Yosemite National Park [SEE MAP]

Yosemite National Park

In the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, there is Yosemite National Park. This extraordinary destination is known the world over for its amazing scenery. Within this single park, visitors can peer off spectacular granite cliffs, admire clear waterfalls and see sequoia trees that are hundreds of years old.

Yosemite Valley is a top spot to explore in the park, because it boasts the enormous Yosemite Falls as well as the granite monolith called Half Dome.

10. White House in Washington D.C. [SEE MAP]

White House

The White House in Washington DC is the official residence and office of the President of the United States. It was built between 1792 and 1800 and first used by President John Adams.

After the 9/11 attacks it has become more difficult to visit the White House and today tours are available only for groups of 10 or more and must be requested up to six months in advance through your member of Congress or your country’s US Ambassador.

9. Denali National Park [SEE MAP]

Denali National Park

The Denali National Park and Preserve is located in Interior Alaska and contains Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America. The word “Denali” means “the high one” in the native Athabaskan language and refers to Mount McKinley. In addition, the park protects an incredible wilderness area that contains grizzly bears, caribou, moose, wolves, and numerous other creatures.

8. Las Vegas Strip [SEE MAP]

Las Vegas Strip

The gambling mecca of the world, Las Vegas is situated in the midst of the southern Nevada desert landscape. Casinos can be found throughout Las Vegas, but the strip, a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South, contains the most of them.

It features giant mega-casino hotels, decorated with lavish care and attention to detail to create a fantasy-like atmosphere. The casinos often have names and themes that evoke romance, mystery, and far-away destination.

See also: Where to Stay in Las Vegas

7. Florida Keys [SEE MAP]

Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are a 120 mile long chain of tropical islands curving around the base of the Florida peninsula, connected to the mainland by a series of bridges.

The most spectacular bridge, the Seven Mile Bridge in the Lower Keys, has been frequently used as a location for films including True Lies and Fast 2 Furious. US Highway 1, the “Overseas Highway” runs from Key Largo , Islamadora, Marathon, Lower Keys and finally to Key West, the most distant and most famous island.

6. Kilauea [SEE MAP]

Kilauea

Kilauea is the most recent of a series of volcanoes that have created the Hawaiian Archipelago. It is a very low, flat shield volcano, vastly different in profile from the high, sharply sloping peaks of stratovolcanoes.

Kilauea is one of the most active volcano on the Earth, an invaluable resource for volcanologists. Thirty-three eruptions have taken place since 1952, not including the current eruption which started on January 3, 1983 and is still ongoing.

5. Niagara Falls [SEE MAP]

Niagara Falls

Situated between the state of New York and the province of Ontario, Niagara Falls is one of the most spectacular natural wonders on the North American continent. Niagara Falls is actually three different falls, the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls.

Horseshoe Falls is located on the Canadian side while the other are located in New York. With more than 14 million visitors each year it is one of the most visited tourist attraction in the world.

4. Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco [SEE MAP]

Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the strait between San Francisco and Marin County to the north.

The Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed in 1937, and has become an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco and California . The famous red-orange color of the bridge was specifically chosen to make the bridge more easily visible through the thick fog that frequently shrouds the bridge.

3. Yellowstone [SEE MAP]

Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park was the world’s first national park, set aside in 1872 to preserve the vast number of geysers, hot springs, and other thermal areas, as well as to protect the incredible wildlife and rugged beauty of the area. Yellowstone lies on top of a gigantic hotspot where light, hot, molten mantle rock rises towards the surface.

Subsequently, the park contains half of all the world’s known geothermal features, with more than 10,000 examples of geysers and hot springs. In addition, black bears, grizzly bears, deer, elk, bison and wolves can all be found within the park borders.

2. Manhattan [SEE MAP]

Manhattan

Manhattan is one of New York’s five boroughs and is what people most often think of when they picture New York City . It’s familiar skyline and sights have been featured a thousand times on screen. Walk in the shadow of the skyscrapers, picture the Statue of Liberty, see a Broadway show , climb the Empire State building, stroll Central Park, window shop on 5th Avenue or stagger around a museum.

1. Grand Canyon [SEE MAP]

#1 of Tourist Attractions In The Usa

The Grand Canyon is located in northern Arizona and is one of the great tourist attractions in the United States. Carved over several million years by the Colorado River, the canyon attains a depth of over 1.6 km (1 mile) and 446 km (277 miles) long.

The Grand Canyon is not the deepest or the longest canyon in the world but the overwhelming size and its intricate and colorful landscape offers visitor spectacular vistas that are unmatched throughout the world.

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November 12, 2020 at 8:34 pm

I’ve been to almost all of these. HANDS DOWN Grand Canyon- Bryce-Tetons- Yellowstone-Glacier is the most amazing trip. I’ve been all over the world, and Yellowstone’s wildlife and the view at the Grand Canyon are by far the most epic. I love Washington State as well: Mt. Ranier, Seattle, Olympic and the anitoles- you can see a variety in a small distance.

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July 26, 2019 at 10:32 am

You should have included the historic triangle in Virginia. It includes Williamsburg (Colonial Williamsburg) Jamestown (America’s first settlement) & Yorktown (the site of Cornwallis’ surrender, effectively ending the Revolutionary War) it is literally the birth place of this great nation and is a huge tourist destination.

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May 24, 2019 at 10:31 pm

Nice article, but may I make one correction regarding Pike Place Market? As a local tour guide, it bugs me when people tell our visitors that the Starbucks at the market is the original. It isn’t, and I try to set this myth straight every chance I get. The original Starbucks was on Western Ave., and burned down in the 70s. The original owner and team moved to the present location at the market, which is how they get away with calling it original, but in reality, it is misleading the public.

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October 31, 2018 at 10:15 am

Hello!? Savannah GA is amazing. It’s like stepping back in time.

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August 17, 2017 at 7:54 pm

oh my gaawwwd. these photos are amazing and I cant wait to go back to the us so I can visit vegas. I didn’t get to last time so im really looking forward to it!!!

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September 1, 2016 at 11:10 am

I am excited to see Niagra falls soon and its my dream to see New York specially Statue of Liberty, Central park and Brooklyn Bridge. I hope that soon i shall be there.

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February 9, 2015 at 8:09 am

It makes you dream and want to go there. I’ve learned a lot on the USA thanks to your site and the like. Your publications perfectly reflect the wonderful side of the USA.

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January 30, 2015 at 12:36 am

Christina Rusia! You are right America is fabulous and offer amazing sights to see there. I have explored its major attractions and Niagara Falls and Grand Canyon are one of those places which are my ever best spots to enjoy the natural beauty. Recently I went to have some fun with friends in Nagara Falls after my pedestrian streets trip.

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October 14, 2014 at 6:04 pm

I think that america is fabulous, The sights and also the view is amazing to see and visit. I am currently in New York.

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July 24, 2014 at 11:32 pm

I visited Yellowstone National Park. This is an awesome place in USA.

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December 12, 2013 at 4:46 am

I have been very lucky myself to have visited most of these places. One of my main reasons why I love America (USA) is because of the diversity the country has to offer in terms of landscapes e.g. countryside, deserts, mountains ect. Out of the above Yellowstone and Vegas are my favourites. Niagara Falls was an sight I will never forget – waking up each morning and opening my hotel room curtains to see the falls directly below….breathtaking.

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November 30, 2013 at 7:03 am

these are great places

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September 14, 2013 at 6:17 am

Las Vegas is my final destination …….thankew. informative website

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August 20, 2013 at 5:23 pm

I think that Niagara Falls needs to be higher on the list. Who agrees?

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March 27, 2013 at 6:44 am

Niagara Falls & Manhattan is my dream….I have no word to express the beauty

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February 19, 2013 at 1:03 am

great feed back about us visitor Sp like me who is going to visit USA first time and with family it was quite difficult for me to decide where to go but after visiting this page i am clear about my trip thanks alot

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November 14, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I can say that I have been very fortunate to have visited all but one of these tourist attractions. (Alaska being the only one) Visiting Alcatraz and seeing the Golden Gate was interesting, along with watching the Geysers in Yellowstone. I live in NY (15 minutes from Niagara Falls and an easy drive to NYC) so those don’t interest me as much but after driving cross country in my early twenties, I have realized just what a beautiful country we live in. I now have three children and make it a point to travel with them. Each child gets a surprise birthday trip every year and it has proved to be not only memorable but also educational. My 11 year old has been many places, in and out of the U.S. and now is starting to understand the value of travel. Great site! 🙂

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September 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Manhattan: “… stagger around a museum”… you have you never lied. I recently visited New York, and a friend of mine and I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Our initial plan was to try and see if we could make it through that one and the American Museum of Natural History. After a good 7 hours in the Met, we ended up taking a taxi to Penn Station, and slept our way back on the train to Long Island. I will say, however the exhaustion was worth it.

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August 6, 2012 at 8:52 am

A great page, I’ve been to the USA many times – Cities such as New York and San Francisco are really worth a visit – For natural wonder Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon are a must.

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August 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Very good collection of tourist places. I have bookmarked this page, and i will follow this blog at the time of my usa tour. Thanks.

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April 26, 2011 at 3:47 am

Fabulous photos of places to visit in the US. I have been very lucky to visit Vegas, and to have flown over the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. Over the page you have photos of Alaska and Denali National Park which I plan to visit next year. When I see those photos I can hardly wait. Thanks great post.

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The 20 top tourist attractions in the USA

Discover the top tourist attractions in the USA, from national-park essentials to iconic structures to must-see streets

Scott Snowden

Visiting popular tourist attractions can often mean navigating long lines and crowds—essentially, a lot of work for an experience that sometimes doesn't live up to the hype. While some attractions may be a bust, specific landmarks across the United States are well worth the effort. 

The top tourist attractions in the USA span from coast to coast, including iconic  buildings  like the national monuments in Washington DC, must-stroll neighborhoods  like the French Quarter in New Orleans,  unique landmarks  like the Space Needle in Seattle, or sights within breathtaking national parks .

We have rounded up the top U.S. tourist attractions you should add to your bucket list. In your quest to check them off your list, make a trip out of it and book one of the best hotels in America . And if you’re looking for a bit more travel inspiration, check out the best places to visit in the USA right now.

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Top tourist attractions in the USA

National Mall | Washington DC

1.  National Mall | Washington DC

Immaculately maintained by the National Park Service, the National Mall and Memorial Parks feature more than 1,000 acres of must-see monuments, sites and green space. While the Washington Monument towers above all else—quite literally, the city doesn’t zone for buildings taller than the marble icon—the Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial are just as magnificent. Though it will take a full day (or two) to see the National Mall, set aside some time to peruse through some of  Washington, D.C.’s top museums .

Niagara Falls | New York State

2.  Niagara Falls | New York State

Situated on the border of New York and Canada, the three waterfalls (Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridalveil Falls) have the combined highest flow rate of any waterfall worldwide. Their impressive force is nothing short of awe-worthy. A top tourist destination since the 19th century, the unstoppable beauty and charm of Niagara Falls  make it a memorable and unique landmark. 

The French Quarter | New Orleans, LA

3.  The French Quarter | New Orleans, LA

The oldest corner of New Orleans remains its most charming attraction. Walk down famous Bourbon Street to enjoy jazz, great nightlife and tons of food. While you travel on a streetcar between destinations, pay close attention to the spectacular architecture. And no trip to the French Quarter would be complete without a taste of authentic Cajun grub or a stop to pay your respects in the Cities of the Dead. 

Statue of Liberty | New York City, NY

4.  Statue of Liberty | New York City, NY

Though she may have been born in France, the Statue of Liberty has become synonymous with America and the country’s highest-held values. True, the 151-foot-tall copper monument can be seen up close from aboard the free Staten Island Ferry, but you can also pay your respects in person and even step inside it while on an official tour.

Old Faithful | Yellowstone Park, WY

5.  Old Faithful | Yellowstone Park, WY

A cone geyser found in Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful is not entirely as predictable as it once was (it won’t erupt precisely every 74 minutes, for example) yet remains as historically exciting. When erupting, the geothermal feature unleashes more than 3,700 gallons of piping hot water. When you’re done marveling at the spectacle, spend at least a full day exploring the rest of the park.

The Strip | Las Vegas, NV

6.  The Strip | Las Vegas, NV

Immortalized in a seemingly endless amount of movies, the Strip’s bright lights, larger-than-life performers and casinos are burned into our collective subconscious. Whether planning on trying your luck at poker or looking to catch a diva’s residency, the Strip is a top destination for all things entertainment and, yes, a bit of debauchery.

Smithsonian Museums | Washington, D.C.

7.  Smithsonian Museums | Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex. Located in the heart of this nation's capital, you can explore the  National Air & Space Museum , the National Museum Of Natural History, the National Museum of American History, and many more. The best part? It's all free. The latest addition to the museum line-up, which opened in 2016, is the National Museum of African American History and Culture and is a must-visit. 

The Grand Canyon | Arizona

8.  The Grand Canyon | Arizona

So, about five to six million years ago, the Colorado River more or less established its route through the Arizona desert. Glacial erosion, meltwater runoff and the simultaneous counter effect of the land slowly rising—as the weight of the glaciers was reduced—ultimately resulted in one of the most spectacular natural wonders on our modest, little blue-green planet. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, varies between four and 18 miles wide and has a maximum depth of 6,000 feet. There are hotels and restaurants in key locations, but for the most part, you should visit and marvel at how incredible this world is—you know, before we ruin it.

J. Paul Getty Museum | Los Angeles, CA

9.  J. Paul Getty Museum | Los Angeles, CA

The Getty brings visitors from across the country and around the world to California. The $1 billion facility, designed by internationally renowned architect Richard Meier, features travertine and white-metal pavilions highlighting the complex’s futuristic frame. Inside, find one of the most exciting art collections—including Medieval manuscripts, paintings by Van Gogh and Monet, and modern sculptures.

Kennedy Space Center | Orlando, FL

10.  Kennedy Space Center | Orlando, FL

If you’ve always dreamed of working in outer space, this is your chance to see and touch models of space shuttles, rockets, satellites, tools and mission control rooms. The simulators and explorable modules will make you feel like an actual astronaut—though if you wonder just how much the experience compares to the real deal, you can meet one of those brave scientists in person at the Astronaut Encounter Theater.

Golden Gate Bridge | San Francisco, CA

11.  Golden Gate Bridge | San Francisco, CA

Name a more iconic bridge—we'll wait. There's a reason the Golden Gate Bridge is so famous. With its vibrant international orange color and spanning from San Francisco to the Marin headlines, stands as a symbol of the West. There are countless ways to take in the stunning bridge views: head to a beach (try Baker Beach), head to the new Presidio Tunnel Tops Park, go to a vista overlook, or get up close and personal by crossing the bridge by foot or bike. A trip to San Francisco isn't complete until you get a picture with the Golden Gate in the background.

Little Havana | Miami, FL

12.  Little Havana | Miami, FL

After decades of serving as a home to Cuban exiles, Little Havana has become a must-visit destination in its own right. While out on the town, throw back rum-spiked Caribbean drinks and dance the night away to live rumba and salsa music. The food here is legendary : Cuban sandwiches, Colombian arepas, savory tacos and other Latin American dishes will leave your mouth watering.

Hoover Dam | Nevada

13.  Hoover Dam | Nevada

Perhaps the best example of America’s building prowess in the first half of the 20th century, this dam remains a bewildering feat of engineering and labor. Construction started in 1931 and took five years, 5,000 workers and 3.25 million cubic yards of concrete to complete. Today, you can tour the dam and its power plant to learn more about the facility’s history and unique features.

The Gateway Arch | St. Louis, MO

14.  The Gateway Arch | St. Louis, MO

Not only is St. Louis’s premiere attraction the world’s largest arch, but it is also the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere. Standing proud at 630ft tall, this metal beauty was built in the mid-20th century as a monument to America’s westward expansion and is meant to signify the connection of the East to the West, honoring the country’s first pioneers. To fully understand this architectural wonder, snag a ticket to the Gateway Arch Tram and ride to the top of the monument.

Mammoth Cave Park | Kentucky

15.  Mammoth Cave Park | Kentucky

With more than 400 miles explored, the world’s longest known cave system (by far) is in Kentucky and it welcomes any visitor not afraid of the dark or the damp. See the dramatic passages lined with geological formations that might inspire your inner explorer during a guided tour by a park ranger. The tours vary in length but they always include historic details about how the cave system was formed and how people and other creatures have interacted with it. After several hours in the caverns, appreciate the beauty of the clear waters and the untouched nature of the area while on a bike ride or canoe adventure.

Space Needle | Seattle, WA

16.  Space Needle | Seattle, WA

Like many famous landmarks, Seattle’s iconic Space Needle was built for the World’s Fair, back in 1962 when the theme was “The Age of Space.” Today, it remains one of the most recognizable and photographed landmarks worldwide for its futuristic design. Standing at 605 feet tall, visitors can take an elevator up to the tower’s saucer-shaped top floor with 360-degree views. Recent renovations resulted in a multi-level viewing experience with floor-to-ceiling glass viewing that will make your stomach drop.

Navy Pier | Chicago, IL

17.  Navy Pier | Chicago, IL

Clearly, one of the Midwest’s most popular destinations, Navy Pier is visited by roughly nine million people each year. From excellent shopping opportunities to eateries and, of course, Lake Michigan, the destination offers something for everyone. The little ones will be delighted by the Chicago Children’s Museum , while grown-ups should head to the award-winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater . 

Alcatraz | San Francisco, CA

18.  Alcatraz | San Francisco, CA

This formidable fortress in the middle of San Francisco Bay was converted from a lighthouse station to a military prison in the 1870s. However, it found genuine acclaim after being upgraded to a maximum security prison in 1934, home to the early 20th century’s most notorious criminals. Today, the tiny island is only accessible to the public via a ferry from Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing. You should plan to spend about three hours soaking up the amazing history and during that time, a self-guided audio cellhouse tour narrated by former inmates and guards will fill you in on harrowing escape attempts, prison riots and the 19-month-long occupation of the site by Native Americans demanding reparation for broken treaties in 1969. 

Venice Beach | Venice, CA

19.  Venice Beach | Venice, CA

Wedged in between Marina del Ray and Santa Monica, Venice Beach is one of the biggest draws for visitors to Los Angeles. It's firmly established as the bohemian epicenter of Southern California and you won't find a higher concentration of recognizable landmarks from film and TV anywhere else in Los Angeles. At weekends, during the summer, it gets pretty packed, but that just adds to the slightly chaotic atmosphere. Street acts add a carnival feel to the proceedings, plus, of course, the beach is just a few feet away. Try Hinano Cafe  for a great burger in a back-to-basics, spit 'n sawdust setting and the newly refurbished Pier House for classic cocktails as the sun sets over the Pacific.

Alamo Mission | San Antonio, TX

20.  Alamo Mission | San Antonio, TX

Most Americans know the phrase 'Remember the Alamo' even if they’re not exactly sure what transpired at the 18th-century Spanish mission. Later secularized and used as a fortress, 1836 the Alamo was the site of a bloody and decisive battle of the Texas Revolution between Texas’s early Anglo settlers and Mexico (the latter won). One of the most visited historic sites in the country today, the fort welcomes about three million visitors annually. 

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The top 12 places to visit in the USA in 2024

Bailey Freeman

Feb 23, 2024 • 6 min read

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New York City never gets old, not with so many exciting and dynamic neighborhoods to explore © LeoPatrizi / Getty

The best thing about visiting the USA can be summed up in one word: variety. This expansive country contains an incredible number of travel experiences that would take a lifetime to complete – try wandering through the redwoods, breathing in deep gulps of sea air on glimmering beaches, or immersing yourself in the underground art scenes in some of the world's most famous cities.

Whether you're a nature lover looking for wide open spaces and snow-covered peaks or a culture fiend who can't get enough of museums and galleries, the USA has something for you. To help stem the overwhelm of options, these are our 12 favorite places to visit in the USA in 2024.

1. New York, New York

Best place for art and architecture

A city that looms large in American lore, New York continues to live up to its hype. A global center for art, fashion, finance, music and food, the Big Apple will never leave you feeling bored. Sip sunset cocktails on luxurious rooftops, mosh at local punk shows, marvel at world-class art in famous museums, or indulge in the best food you've ever had at a hole-in-the-wall favorite.

Planning tip: New York has so much to offer, but resist the urge to see it all on your first trip. Break things down by neighborhood or borough , or perhaps even by interest.

2. San Francisco, CA

Best for counter-culture

San Francisco contains multitudes, offering an urban travel experience with a distinctly West Coast flavor: take in breathtaking bay views at Golden Gate Park , wander the alleyways of the country's largest and oldest Chinese neighborhood , pay homage to LGBTIQ+ heroes in the Castro, or dive into cutting-edge art at SFMOMA and a plethora of local galleries.

3. National Mall in Washington, DC

Best for national history

Washington DC's National Mall represents the center of American political life and distills its cultural history into a two-mile strip of iconic monuments and the country's most famous museums. The mall contains ten Smithsonian museums – the National Museum of Natural History , the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History, among others – plus landmarks including the National Gallery of Art, the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol building.

A group of friends cooking seafood over a fire outdoors in Maine

4. New England

Best for forest drives

Want to meander on mountain roads beneath brilliant forest canopies and savor tasty lobster and coastal views all in the same trip? New England is the place to be. Explore the quaint villages and cranberry bogs of Cape Cod , snuggle into a cabin in the mountains of Vermont , or dive into all the seafood you can eat in Portland, Maine . And if you visit in autumn, prepare yourself for some of the most spectacular fall foliage in the country.

5. Pacific Coast Highway

Best for West Coast exploration

The Pacific Coast Highway – technically three highways linked together – connects sunny San Diego with moody Seattle , delivering epic West Coast experiences along the 1600-mile journey. Stay at kitschy motels in coastal towns, admire the cliffs of Big Sur , marvel at the tidepools in Oregon , and explore Washington's Olympic National Park .

Planning tip: Sections of the Pacific Coast Highway run along sea cliffs prone to rockslides. Always check road conditions before setting out in case of any unexpected closures.

6. New Orleans, Louisiana

Best for foodies and art lovers

There's no place in the world like New Orleans  – we promise. A vibrant cocktail of Indigenous, Caribbean, African, French and Spanish influences, this city possesses a unique magic that keeps people coming back for more. Dive into its legendary Creole cuisine, revel in its lively festivals, and immerse yourself in a world-class music scene – this is the birthplace of jazz, after all.

Planning tip: New Orleans's coastal location makes it susceptible to hurricanes from June through October, with the most active months being August and September.

7. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Best for Indigenous history and culture

Nicknamed the "City Different," Santa Fe is rooted in American history while still keeping up with the times. A cultural melange of Indigenous, Spanish and Mexican influences, this city is home to numerous historical sites – like the 400-year-old Plaza – and a cutting-edge art culture that features a strong contingent of independent artists and the original Meow Wolf , a game-changing immersive art installation.

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8. Chicago, Illinois

Best metropolis for midwestern charm

Chicago contains all the hallmarks of a great American city – excellent food, multicultural neighborhoods , top-tier museums – with a distinctly midwestern twist. Spend your days lounging next to the ocean-like Lake Michigan, catch a Cubs game at Wrigley Field , or have an evening of laughs at Second City , the launchpad for greats like Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey.

9. Rocky Mountains, Colorado

Best for big peaks and winter sports

If you want to see the quintessential mountains of the American West, the Rockies in Colorado should be your first stop. Rocky Mountains National Park is a logical starting point, but in truth, there are so many different ways to access this dynamic mountain range – hit the slopes in ski hubs like Vail , Aspen and Telluride, drive the scenic byways of the San Juan range, or pitch camp in one of the state's numerous national forests.

Planning tip: Unless you're from somewhere with similar elevation, you might feel the effects of altitude throughout the Rockies; stay extremely hydrated, take your time on hikes, and skip the alcohol.

10. Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina and Virginia

Best for east coast mountains

While the Rockies tend to get a lot of press – for good reason – the USA's oldest mountain range is a must-see. The Blue Ridge Mountains make up the southern third of the Appalachian mountain chain, and the lush forests wrapped around these rolling hills make for incredible blue-green vistas from the region's many ridges and balds. Dive into the numerous day hikes, cruise the Blue Ridge Parkway , or hike a section of the storied Appalachian Trail .

Man kayaking at a mangrove forest in the Everglades

11. The Everglades, Florida

Best for wildlife watchers

The importance of the Everglades can't be overstated – this sprawling wetland is an International Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a national park, thanks to the diverse profusion of flora and fauna that live here. Paddle through the coastal estuaries and camp among mangroves, or whiz through the numerous waterways via airboat. All the while, keep your eyes peeled for wading birds, manatees, and of course, alligators and crocodiles.

Planning tip: For the best experience, come prepared for the elements: sunscreen and bug spray are essentials.

12. Southwestern Utah

Best for geology lovers

If you want to visit one place in the US that sums up the grandiosity of its natural history, southwestern Utah is the place to go. Home to five of the country's most spectacular national parks, Red Rock Country puts the region's geological past on display with a dazzling amount of artistic flair. Hike the peaks and valleys of Zion and Bryce Canyon , or marvel at the crimson, ochre and amber palette in the cliffs and canyons of Capitol Reef and Canyonlands . And if you want a special treat, watch the sun rise over the sandstone masterpieces at Arches .

Planning tip: Large swaths of this region are extremely remote and sometimes lack cell service, both on the road and on the trail. Always share your plans with others and bring plenty of water in case of emergencies.

This article was first published May 2021 and updated February 2024

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40 Best Tourist Attractions & Things to Do in USA 2024/2025

Experience the best of the USA with our ultimate guide to the top tourist attractions and things to do. From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, explore all that the country has to offer and plan your next adventure today!

  • The United States of America stands as a vast and diverse country, drawing travelers worldwide with its plethora of tourist attractions and thrilling activities.
  • From iconic landmarks like the White House and Statue of Liberty to natural marvels such as the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park, the USA offers a rich tapestry of experiences for every kind of explorer.
  • This article serves as a comprehensive guide to the top-rated attractions and best things to do in the USA, providing travelers with invaluable insights for planning their adventures in this captivating nation.
  • Whether you're navigating the winding curves of Lombard Street in San Francisco, witnessing the majesty of Niagara Falls, or delving into the enchanting world of Walt Disney World in Orlando, the possibilities for memorable experiences are endless.
  • Prepare yourself for an unforgettable journey as you immerse in the vibrant energy of Times Square, marvel at engineering marvels like the Golden Gate Bridge, and indulge in the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas.
  • Explore the rich cultural heritage along the Freedom Trail in Boston, stroll along the charming San Antonio River Walk, or relax amidst the natural beauty of Crandon Park in Miami; each destination offering its own unique charm and allure.
  • With its diverse landscapes, rich history, and boundless opportunities for adventure, the United States of America invites travelers to embark on a journey of discovery and exploration unlike any other.

The United States of America is one of the largest countries in the world; it has many excellent tourist attractions to discover and fun things to do. There are many travelers around the whole world seeking to plan trips to the USA to explore the beauty of this magnetic country, as the country has too many to offer from famous attractions to explore in the USA like " The White House, Times Square, the Golden State Bridge, San Francisco Bridge ", and many more.

 In this article, we will cover top-rated attractions & the best things to do in the USA, so prepare your coffee, and let's get started.

1- Lombard Street, San Francisco

Lombard Street San Francisco - 41 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

Lombard Street, San Francisco, renowned for its iconic zigzagging road and picturesque surroundings, stands out as one of the best things to do in the USA in 2024.  Lombard Street in San Francisco, affectionately dubbed the " crookedest street in the world ", is an iconic symbol of the city's charm and ingenuity. This renowned street is renowned for its steep, winding section featuring eight hairpin turns nestled amidst a backdrop of vibrant gardens and elegant Victorian houses.

Visitors flock to Lombard Street to experience the thrill of navigating its serpentine curves, either on foot or by car. The street's unique design was conceived in the early 20th century as a solution to the steep gradient of the hill, making it safer for vehicles to traverse. Today, it stands as a testament to human innovation and the creative solutions born out of necessity.

The beauty of Lombard Street extends beyond its architectural marvels. Lush greenery adorns the terraced gardens that line its meandering path, offering a picturesque setting that attracts photographers and nature enthusiasts alike. During the spring and summer months, the gardens burst into bloom with colorful flowers, adding to the street's allure.

2- Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon in USA - 41 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

This area is one of the most amazing natural landmarks in the United States and the most visited place in the United States of America. It falls under this place with lots and lots of landscapes, and it comes out of the Colorado River and produces wonderful walls and bridges.

Related Post: Discover the best time to visit the Grand Canyon in 2024 .

Those who visit this place can stand on the edge of the valley and see the bottom of the valley floor only a mile away. They can also look at the hills and slopes that extend far into the horizon, as far as you can see with their eyes.

3- Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls in USA - 41 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

Niagara Falls, USA, is the American side of the iconic Niagara Falls, one of the most famous natural experiences in the USA . Located in western New York State, along the border with Canada, Niagara Falls is made up of three waterfalls: the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls.

Visitors to Niagara Falls, USA, are treated to awe-inspiring views of the thundering waterfalls, which cascade over towering cliffs into the Niagara River below. The falls are illuminated at night, creating a mesmerizing display of lights and colors that can be enjoyed from various viewpoints along the riverfront.

For those seeking adventure, Niagara Falls offers opportunities for ziplining, helicopter tours, and whitewater rafting in the Niagara River Gorge. Visitors can also explore the surrounding area, which is home to scenic parks, historic sites, and charming towns such as Niagara-on-the-Lake and Lewiston.

4- Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park in USA - 41 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

As a beloved destination for nature enthusiasts, Yellowstone National Park holds a special place in the hearts of many. Spanning over 2.2 million acres, it captivates visitors with its diverse landscape and captivating geological features. Exploring the park offers an immersive experience in nature, where one can observe wildlife up close and marvel at the wonders of the Earth's geothermal activity.

Related Post: Explore the ideal time to go to Yellowstone National Park in 2024 .

For those who seek adventure and tranquility, Yellowstone provides endless opportunities for hiking, camping, and scenic drives. Its breathtaking vistas, from cascading waterfalls to colorful hot springs, never fail to inspire awe and wonder. Amidst its pristine wilderness, visitors can connect with the natural world and create memories that last a lifetime.

5- The Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty in USA - 41 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

The Statue of Liberty, an iconic symbol of freedom and democracy, stands tall on Liberty Island in New York, one of the best cities to travel in 2024 . Designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886, this colossal statue was a gift from the people of France to the United States.

With her torch held high and a tablet inscribed with the date of America's Declaration of Independence, Lady Liberty represents enlightenment and the pursuit of liberty and justice for all. At 305 feet, she commands attention, welcoming immigrants and visitors from around the world with her stoic presence.

6- The White House

The White House in USA - 41 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

The White House, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States  & Considered one the best historical places to visit in 2024 . Designed by James Hoban and completed in 1800, it has served as the presidential residence for over two centuries.

This iconic building, with its neoclassical architecture and distinctive white exterior, symbolizes the power and prestige of the American presidency. It has been the backdrop for countless historic events, from diplomatic negotiations to state dinners, and has welcomed dignitaries and leaders from around the world.

7- Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World in USA - 41 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

Walt Disney World, located in Orlando, Florida, is one of the most iconic and beloved theme park resorts in the world. Spanning over 25,000 acres, it encompasses four major theme parks, two water parks, numerous hotels, shopping districts, and entertainment venues.

Opened on October 1, 1971, Walt Disney World was envisioned by Walt Disney himself as a place where families could escape into the magic of storytelling and imagination. The resort is home to the Magic Kingdom, where Cinderella Castle stands as a beacon of enchantment and wonder, as well as Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom, each offering its own unique experiences and attractions.

Beyond its theme parks, Walt Disney World boasts a vast array of dining options, ranging from casual eateries to fine dining restaurants, as well as shopping opportunities featuring ev

8- Times Square

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Times Square, often referred to as "The Crossroads of the World", is a bustling commercial and entertainment hub located in the heart of Manhattan, New York City. Renowned for its iconic neon lights, towering billboards, and constant hustle and bustle, Times Square is a vibrant symbol of the energy and excitement of New York City.

Every day, thousands of visitors flock to Times Square to experience its electrifying atmosphere and iconic attractions. From world-famous theaters like the Broadway district to flagship stores and restaurants, there's no shortage of things to see and do in this bustling district.

One of the most iconic features of Times Square is its massive digital billboards, which illuminate the area with an array of colors and advertisements. These dazzling displays make Times Square a feast for the eyes, especially when viewed at night.

9- The Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco Bridge in USA - 41 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

The Golden Gate Bridge, In contrast to the blue water, the color of the Andalusian-colored bridge is an aesthetic color that brings a unique quality to the city. It also has a unique presence when it is shrouded in mist only at the tops of the main constellations that fall through the lower cloud. The bridge is about 2 miles long and is part of the highway San Francisco Bridge Oakland San Francisco Bridge. Or the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most famous landmarks of San Francisco.

The California Department of Transportation began building it on July 9, 1933, and it was officially opened in 1937. The bridge was two stories high, but a strong earthquake hit the eastern part of the bridge, destroying it and causing the upper floor to collapse onto the lower floor. The Loma Prieta earthquake measured 6.93 on the Richter scale. And because seismologists predicted another earthquake 30 years later, construction and restoration operations increased the bridge's strength and solidity, especially in the eastern part of it. The eastern part, after the amendments, became safer and more effective than before.

10- Las Vegas

Las Vegas in USA - 41 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

Walking along the Las Vegas Strip, the main street that runs through town after the huge resorts, is like wandering into a theme park for adults. This popular street is also close to the New York City skyline, the Eiffel Tower, the Venice Canals, and many foreign sites. Beginning with one of the hotels, the Luxor Hotel, which is designed in the form of a pyramid, a walk down the street will reveal the volcano and the dancing fountains, while inside the resorts, there are all kinds of oddities and entertainment.

Many of the attractions of Las Vegas are sights like these, which can be seen for free. Las Vegas is also famous for its shows. International famous singers are looking to settle down and head to Las Vegas as a home base, where they perform regularly. Unique performance combinations from magic to comedy and acrobatics can be found here every night.

11- St. Louis Arch

St. Louis Arch in USA - 41 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

The St. Louis Arch, officially known as the Gateway Arch, is a monumental structure located in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Designed by architect Eero Saarinen and completed in 1965, it stands as the tallest arch in the world, reaching a height of 630 feet.

This architectural marvel serves as a symbol of westward expansion in the United States, commemorating the role St. Louis played in the country's history as the Gateway to the West. The stainless steel structure features a graceful, curved design, resembling a giant gleaming archway that frames the western skyline.

Visitors to the St. Louis Arch can ascend to the top via a unique tram system, offering stunning panoramic views of the city and the Mississippi River below. At the base of the arch lies the Museum of Westward Expansion, where exhibits showcase the history of America's westward expansion and the significance of the St. Louis region.

12- Freedom Trail

Freedom Trail in USA - 41 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

The Freedom Trail, a historic path in Boston, Massachusetts, winds its way through the city, connecting 16 significant landmarks that played pivotal roles in the American Revolution. Established in 1951, this 2.5-mile-long trail offers visitors a captivating journey through American history.

Beginning at the Boston Common, the nation's oldest public park, the trail passes by sites such as the Massachusetts State House, where visitors can learn about the state's government and history. It then leads to the Granary Burying Ground, the final resting place of notable figures like Paul Revere and John Hancock.

Continuing along the trail, visitors encounter the Old State House, site of the Boston Massacre, and Faneuil Hall, a historic marketplace and meeting hall often referred to as the "Cradle of Liberty". Nearby lies the Paul Revere House, the former home of the famed patriot.

13- San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk in USA - 41 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

The San Antonio River Walk, often referred to as the Paseo del Rio, is a scenic urban waterway located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, one of the most expensive cities In Texas . Stretching for approximately 15 miles along the banks of the San Antonio River, this enchanting oasis is lined with lush greenery, charming cafes, shops, and cultural attractions.

Constructed in the 1930s as part of a flood control project, the River Walk has since evolved into one of San Antonio's most beloved destinations , drawing millions of visitors each year. Its serene waters wind through the city, offering a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

Visitors to the San Antonio River Walk can explore its meandering pathways on foot or by boat, soaking in the picturesque scenery and vibrant atmosphere. Along the way, they'll encounter iconic landmarks such as the historic Spanish missions, the vibrant arts district of La Villita, and the iconic Alamo, where they can learn about the city's rich history and cultural heritage.

14- Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park in USA - 41 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

Montana Glacier National Park offers some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the United States. Mountains, lakes, glaciers, valleys, and waterfalls combine to form a breathtaking landscape of the Alps. One of the best ways to truly express the terrain is from the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Related Post: Know the best time to visit Glacier National Park in 2024 .

This narrow, mountainside-hugging trail winds its way over the 7,477-foot Logan Pass, which opened in 1932. Because of elevation and climate, the trail is only open during the summer months. Visitors who have the opportunity to visit the park will not want to miss an opportunity to see the sights along this route. Glacier National Park also has some unique historic lodges and beautiful hiking trails.

15- The Leaning House in San Francisco

The Leaning House in San Francisco - Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

Why do the streets look slanted in San Francisco? In 1906, one of the most powerful earthquakes in state history struck San Francisco and northern California. Which led to the death of many people and the destruction that affected the topography of the city. Thanks to the earthquake, San Francisco has a lot of terrain, crooked streets, and hills. The earthquake was not the only one in California, of course, the presence of the San Andreas fault in the state poses a huge earthquake risk.

The truth is that the homes in San Francisco are very natural and not as tilted as they seem to us. At first glance, you see it tilted, but if you knock on its doors you will find that it is completely flat and normal people live in it. Take a good look at the streets of San Francisco, and you will find that it is she who suffers from inclination and slope, most of which are of different degrees of inclination San Francisco has attractive boulevards thanks to its magnificent Victorian buildings. And we allocate in it the buildings that were built on the famous inclined streets.

It fills the streets of San Francisco and decorates them with its unique shape. Hence the tourist wants to circumvent the logic and begins to take many pictures. He tilts his camera with the street inclined, then takes a picture to show the street is flat and the house is tilted. His zigzag bears the slanted house in San Francisco and the perfect illusion can be captured in it. Cohorts come to San Francisco passing the most famous winding streets in the world.

16- Chinatown Street in the USA

Chinatown Street in USA - Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

Chinatown streets in the USA are vibrant, bustling thoroughfares that serve as cultural hubs for the local Chinese community and popular destinations for visitors seeking a taste of authentic Asian culture. These streets are characterized by their colorful architecture, adorned with ornate gates, lanterns, and signage in traditional Chinese characters.

As you stroll through a Chinatown street, you're enveloped in a sensory feast of sights, sounds, and smells. Market stalls overflow with exotic fruits, vegetables, and spices, while the air is filled with the tantalizing aroma of sizzling stir-fries and steaming dumplings emanating from bustling restaurants and food carts.

The streets are alive with activity, as locals and tourists alike weave through the crowds, browsing shops filled with silk garments, intricate artwork, and traditional Chinese handicrafts. Along the way, you may encounter street performers showcasing traditional dances or martial arts demonstrations, adding to the vibrant atmosphere.

17- Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion Building

Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion Building - Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

The building is located at the end of the bridge and everything in the building belongs to the San Francisco Bridge. After you have finished walking on the bridge you should marry this building. This is because it contains valuable educational information about the bridge. Frankly, it is an architectural masterpiece where the interior is designed to look like a natural extension of the bridge.

In the sense that the interior design is as if you are still on the bridge. You can buy gifts and souvenirs from the building, even the merchandise sold inside the building greatly expresses the information, history, and stories of the bridge. Which increases profits by a higher percentage.

18- Round House Café

Round House Café at Golden Gate Bridge - Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

The Round House Café is a charming eatery nestled in the heart of town, known for its cozy atmosphere and delicious fare. Situated in a historic building with a distinctive circular design, the café exudes a unique charm that draws locals and visitors alike.

As you step inside the Round House Café, you're greeted by the inviting aroma of freshly brewed coffee and mouthwatering aromas wafting from the kitchen. The interior is warm and welcoming, with rustic wooden tables, comfortable seating, and soft lighting that creates a relaxed ambiance.

The menu at the Round House Café features a variety of culinary delights to suit every palate. Whether you're craving a hearty breakfast to start your day, a satisfying lunchtime sandwich, or a decadent dessert to indulge your sweet tooth, you'll find plenty of options to tempt your taste buds.

19- Central Park

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Central Park is undoubtedly the most famous and one of the most important tourist places in New York. It was founded in 1857 and extends over an area of 843 acres. It is the most visited urban park among the tourist attractions in America, with up to 42 million visitors each year.

The reason for visiting Central Park is that there is a large number of attractions within it, in addition to being the picturesque backdrop in countless films and TV shows. The most famous attractions within Central Park include a zoo, an ice rink, a concert venue, and many more. The restaurants, not to mention the open fields and the woods, in short, Central Park feels like you've got it all in one place.

You will not find a better place in New York to practice skiing than Central Park. The park offers large areas and several teachers who specialize in this fun sport, in addition to providing ski equipment. You should not leave Central Park to visit the historical dimension. Which is embodied in the picturesque literary walkway; in addition to the ancient Egyptian obelisk, you should also have some pictures next to these monuments.

Central Park New York will allow you to spend a wonderful time of fun, relaxation, and the natural scenery, which is embodied in the lake's sprawling green spaces, and fields of Flowers. If you are going to spend the whole day in Central Park New York, then food and drink are a must! Central Park includes many options for restaurants, which in turn serve many meals from around the world. Animal lovers can visit the huge zoo attached to Central Park, the park contains a large number of animals that are very popular among the general public such as elephants, penguins, white tigers, lions, deer, and giraffes.

20- Disney Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios- Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

Disney's Hollywood Studios, located in Bay Lake, Florida, is a captivating theme park that immerses visitors in the glamour and excitement of the entertainment industry. Originally opened in 1989, the park has undergone significant expansions and renovations over the years, evolving into a premier destination for fans of movies, television, and popular culture.

Upon entering Disney's Hollywood Studios, guests are transported to the golden age of Hollywood, with iconic landmarks and streetscapes reminiscent of Tinseltown's heyday. The park is divided into themed areas, each offering its own unique attractions, entertainment, and dining experiences.

One of the park's main attractions is the Hollywood Tower Hotel, home to the thrilling Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride, where guests can plummet down an elevator shaft in a spine-tingling free fall. Another highlight is the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge area, an immersive land that transports visitors to the far-flung planet of Batuu, where they can pilot the Millennium Falcon, build their own lightsabers, and sample exotic galactic cuisine.

21- Orlando Marine Life Aquarium

SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium - Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

The Orlando Marine Life Aquarium is a captivating aquatic destination nestled in the heart of Orlando, Florida. As one of the city's premier attractions, this state-of-the-art aquarium offers visitors an immersive journey into the wonders of the ocean, showcasing a diverse array of marine life from around the world.

Upon entering the Orlando Marine Life Aquarium, visitors are greeted by a breathtaking underwater world teeming with vibrant colors and fascinating creatures. From graceful sea turtles and shimmering schools of fish to majestic sharks and playful dolphins, the aquarium is home to an impressive variety of marine species, each housed in meticulously designed habitats that mimic their natural environments.

Throughout the aquarium, interactive exhibits and educational displays provide insight into the importance of marine conservation and the delicate balance of ocean ecosystems. Guests can learn about marine biology, oceanography, and environmental stewardship while marveling at the beauty and diversity of the underwater world.

22- Old Town Park

Old Town Park - Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

Old Town Park is a cherished green space located in the heart of our community. Situated amidst historic buildings and bustling streets, this tranquil oasis offers residents and visitors a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

As you step into Old Town Park, you're greeted by the soothing sounds of rustling leaves and chirping birds, creating a serene atmosphere that invites relaxation and reflection. The park features lush green lawns, shaded walkways, and vibrant flower beds, providing a picturesque backdrop for picnics, leisurely strolls, and outdoor gatherings.

For those seeking recreation and exercise, Old Town Park offers a variety of amenities to enjoy. From playgrounds and sports courts to fitness stations and walking trails, there's something for everyone to stay active and healthy while soaking in the beauty of nature.

23- Madame Tussauds Orlando Museum

Madame Tussauds Orlando Museum - Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

This museum is one of the most important international museums, as it includes wonderful wax statues of the most famous personalities in the world, as a kind of salute to these famous people in cinema, television, sports, and music, as well as with the most important celebrities of culture and history, as well as famous cartoon characters.

The museum allows you to take the most beautiful souvenir photos with your favorite characters, as they look very real. The museum also hosts celebrities, and you can take pictures with them and their wonderful wax statues.

24- Lake Eola Park

Lake Eola Park - Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in USA - Planet Travel Advisor

Lake Eola Park is a picturesque oasis nestled in the heart of downtown Orlando, Florida, offering residents and visitors alike a tranquil escape from the urban hustle and bustle. Spanning 23 acres, the park centers around a pristine, 23-acre lake known as Lake Eola, which serves as a focal point for recreational activities and community events.

Visitors to Lake Eola Park can stroll along its scenic pathways, shaded by towering oak trees and lush landscaping, while enjoying breathtaking views of the lake and the Orlando skyline. The park's picturesque setting provides the perfect backdrop for picnics, leisurely walks, and outdoor gatherings with family and friends.

One of the park's most iconic features is its majestic swan boats, which offer visitors the opportunity to glide across the tranquil waters of Lake Eola while taking in the sights and sounds of nature. The resident swans, along with other waterfowl and wildlife, add to the park's serene ambiance and provide a unique opportunity for birdwatching and photography.

25- Orlando

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Orlando, located in the heart of Florida, is a vibrant and dynamic city known for its world-class attractions, diverse culture, and warm climate. Often referred to as "The Theme Park Capital of the World", Orlando is home to some of the most iconic and beloved theme parks and entertainment complexes, including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld Orlando.

Beyond its theme parks, Orlando boasts a thriving arts and cultural scene, with numerous museums, galleries, theaters, and performing arts venues showcasing everything from contemporary art and live music to Broadway-style shows and ballet performances. The city's downtown area, known as the "City Beautiful", features a bustling dining and nightlife scene, as well as scenic parks and gardens perfect for leisurely strolls and outdoor activities.

26- Islands of Adventure Park

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Islands of Adventure Park is an exhilarating theme park located at Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida. Opened in 1999, this immersive destination takes visitors on an extraordinary journey through a series of themed islands, each offering its own unique attractions, adventures, and experiences.

One of the highlights of Islands of Adventure is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a magical land inspired by J.K. Rowling's beloved book series. Here, guests can explore iconic locations such as Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmeade Village, sample Butterbeer, and embark on thrilling rides like Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.

27- Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum

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Imaginative and stunning architecture, the tilted Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum feels like it's coming out of the ground. This museum attracts many visitors from different parts of the country. This archaeological museum includes many strange, rare, and unbelievable exhibits, which were collected by “Marco Polo, Robert Ripley” for more than forty years.

The number of these exhibits is about 600 unique pieces. It also houses the surprisingly colorful vortex tunnel, with a baffling optical illusion. It is one of the strangest tourist attractions in Orlando that we advise you to visit.

28- Eye of Orlando

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The "Eye of Orlando" is a phrase that refers to the Orlando Eye, a prominent landmark and observation wheel located in the heart of Orlando, Florida. Officially known as the ICON Orlando, this towering structure stands at a height of 400 feet, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city and its surroundings.

The Orlando Eye is part of the ICON Park entertainment complex, which features a variety of restaurants, shops, and attractions, making it a popular destination for visitors and locals alike. Guests can take a leisurely ride on the observation wheel, enjoying stunning views of downtown Orlando, nearby theme parks, and the sparkling waters of the surrounding lakes.

29- Magic kingdom

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It is an amusement park at the Walt Disney Resort, and one of the most important tourist destinations in Orlando, which attracts many visitors every year. Perhaps the most important characteristic of it is "Cinderella's Castle", which is inspired by the famous cartoon film in 1950.

The Magic Kingdom offers its visitors the opportunity to enjoy many recreational activities, from the land of fantasy to an exciting journey with Peter Pan, the land of the future with missiles, robots, and alien figures, and the land of adventure that resembles the remote forests of the Middle East. As well as the main street, which makes you feel like you are inside the noble and stray cartoon. As well as experiencing the life of a cowboy, the adventure of Freedom Square, and many more that surprise and admire visitors of all age groups.

30- Orlando Scientific Center

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The Orlando Science Center is a dynamic educational institution located in Orlando, Florida, dedicated to inspiring curiosity and fostering a love of learning in visitors of all ages. Founded in 1955, the Science Center has grown into a premier destination for hands-on exploration, discovery, and innovation.

The Orlando Science Center features a variety of interactive exhibits and immersive experiences that cover a wide range of scientific disciplines, including physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and technology. From exploring the wonders of outer space in the Crosby Observatory to delving into the fascinating world of dinosaurs in the DinoDigs exhibit, there's something for everyone to discover and explore.

31- Epcot Park

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Epcot Park, part of the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, is a unique and innovative theme park that celebrates human achievement, technological innovation, and global culture. Originally opened in 1982, Epcot (which stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) is divided into two distinct areas: Future World and World Showcase.

Future World is dedicated to exploring the wonders of technology, science, and innovation. Here, guests can embark on thrilling attractions such as Test Track, where they can design and test their own virtual concept cars, or Soarin' Around the World, a breathtaking flight simulation ride that takes visitors on a journey to iconic landmarks around the globe. Other highlights include Spaceship Earth, an iconic geodesic sphere that explores the history of communication, and The Seas with Nemo & Friends, an interactive aquarium experience inspired by Disney's animated film Finding Nemo.

32- Hollywood

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Hollywood is a neighborhood located in the central region of Los Angeles, California, which is considered one of the most famous tourist destinations in America, as it is the main home of the film industry in the United States.

You will not miss visiting the Walk of Fame or the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is only a step away from the Wax Museum in Los Angeles and is one of the famous Hollywood attractions Visit Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and get acquainted with the most important figures displayed in the museum in terms of art and cinema, where you can watch your favorite stars and take memorial photos with them visit the nearby Griffith Park with the family and enjoy many exciting activities, including hiking and camping as well as cycling and walking in addition to visiting Zoo

33- Los Angeles Zoo

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The Los Angeles Zoo, located in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California, is a beloved destination for animal lovers and families seeking a day of adventure and exploration. Established in 1966, the zoo is home to over 1,400 animals representing more than 270 species, making it one of the largest and most diverse zoos in the United States.

Spanning 133 acres of lush, landscaped grounds, the Los Angeles Zoo offers visitors the opportunity to observe a wide variety of animals in naturalistic habitats designed to mimic their native environments. From majestic elephants and playful primates to exotic birds and endangered big cats, guests can marvel at the beauty and diversity of wildlife from around the world.

34- Venice Beach

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Venice Beach is a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood located on the west side of Los Angeles, California, renowned for its bohemian atmosphere, eclectic culture, and stunning coastline. Stretching along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Venice Beach is famous for its wide sandy beaches, bustling boardwalk, and colorful murals.

One of the main attractions of Venice Beach is its iconic boardwalk, which stretches for approximately 2.5 miles and is lined with shops, street performers, artists, and vendors selling everything from handmade crafts to souvenirs. Visitors can stroll along the boardwalk, taking in the sights and sounds of this lively scene, or rent a bike or rollerblades to explore at a faster pace.

35- Griffith Park

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Griffith Park, located in Los Angeles, California, is one of the largest urban parks in the United States, spanning over 4,300 acres of natural terrain and cultural attractions. Established in 1896, Griffith Park offers visitors a diverse array of recreational opportunities, scenic landscapes, and iconic landmarks to explore.

One of the most iconic features of Griffith Park is the Griffith Observatory, a beloved destination for stargazers and astronomy enthusiasts. Perched atop Mount Hollywood, the observatory offers stunning views of the Los Angeles skyline and the Hollywood Sign, as well as a variety of exhibits, telescopes, and planetarium shows that provide insight into the wonders of the universe.

36- Havana USA

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"Havana USA" is a neighborhood or area within a city or region that is heavily influenced by Cuban culture, often characterized by vibrant colors, lively music, and delicious cuisine. While there may not be an official "Havana USA" area, some cities in the United States have neighborhoods or districts that evoke the spirit of Havana, Cuba.

For example, in cities like Miami, Florida, and Union City, New Jersey, there are neighborhoods with significant Cuban-American populations where you can find Cuban restaurants, cigar shops, Latin music venues, and vibrant street life reminiscent of Havana. These areas serve as cultural hubs where residents and visitors can immerse themselves in Cuban culture and traditions without leaving the United States.

37- Crandon Park

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Crandon Park is a picturesque public park located on the island of Key Biscayne, just south of Miami, Florida. Spanning over 800 acres, Crandon Park offers visitors a pristine natural environment, stunning beaches, and a variety of recreational amenities.

One of the highlights of Crandon Park is its beautiful sandy beaches, which stretch for over two miles along the Atlantic Ocean. The park's beaches are known for their calm, clear waters and soft white sand, making them perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of water sports and activities, including kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling.

38- Villa Vizkaite

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Villa Vizkaite Museum is a cultural gem nestled in the heart of the United States, offering visitors a captivating journey through art, history, and natural beauty. Located in a picturesque setting, this museum invites guests to explore its impressive collection of artifacts, artworks, and immersive exhibitions housed within its grand halls and corridors.

With over seventy meticulously curated rooms, Villa Vizkaite Museum showcases a diverse array of antiques and European art pieces, providing insights into different periods and styles of artistic expression. From exquisite furniture and decorative arts to paintings, sculptures, and textiles, each room offers a glimpse into the rich tapestry of human creativity and craftsmanship.

39- The Florida Keys

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The Florida Keys is a breathtaking archipelago located off the southern coast of Florida, stretching approximately 120 miles from the southern tip of the state to Key West. Comprising over 1,700 islands and islets, this tropical paradise is renowned for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant marine life, making it a popular destination for travelers seeking sun, sand, and relaxation.

One of the most iconic features of the Florida Keys is the Overseas Highway, a scenic roadway that connects the islands and offers stunning views of the surrounding turquoise waters and coral reefs. Along the highway, visitors can explore charming coastal towns and villages, each with its own unique character and attractions.

Key Largo, the largest and northernmost island in the chain, is known for its world-class diving and snorkeling opportunities, thanks to the presence of the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the first underwater park in the United States. Here, visitors can explore vibrant coral reefs, swim alongside tropical fish, and discover sunken shipwrecks teeming with marine life.

40- California's Napa and Sonoma Valleys

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California's Napa and Sonoma Valleys are picturesque destinations nestled in the northern part of the state, just north of San Francisco. These valleys are renowned for their stunning landscapes, charming towns, and diverse recreational opportunities.

In Napa Valley, visitors can explore rolling hillsides adorned with vineyards, picturesque towns such as St. Helena and Yountville, and scenic vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see. The valley offers a plethora of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and hot air balloon rides, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the region.

Final Words!

Undoubtedly, the United States of America is one of the most spacious and touristic places in which you can enjoy its beauty, and we hope that we have obtained even a small part of the beauty of this picturesque city in our article.

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100 Best Tourist Attractions in the US

best tourist attractions in the US

The US is a land of endless wonder, and every traveler has their own dream destinations tucked away on their wish list. At TourScanner, we’ve got a bit of an insider’s peek. We see where the daydreams of our users take them and which spots spark their wanderlust the most.

Having sifted through a sea of searches on our platform, we’ve handpicked a list that stands out. Think of the electric hum of Times Square, the mesmerizing glow of the Las Vegas Strip, or the serene allure of the Florida Keys.

So, without further ado, here’s a roundup of top tourist attractions in the US that you, our adventurous travelers, can’t wait to explore.

1 – Central Park, New York City

Central Park, New York City

A verdant oasis amidst the towering skyscrapers of New York City, Central Park is an urban marvel. Over 840 acres, this magnificent park was designed in the 19th century, offering city dwellers a much-needed escape from the bustling streets.

It is more than just a park; it’s a sanctuary where New Yorkers and tourists alike can row boats, enjoy picnics, watch street performers, or simply lounge on the vast meadows. Central Park isn’t just the lungs of Manhattan; it’s the soul of the city, where memories are made and stories unfold.

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2 – Walt Disney World, Orlando

Walt Disney World, Orlando

The magical world of Walt Disney comes alive in Orlando, one of the premier tourist attractions in the US. Constructed in 1971, Wald Disney World was designed to be the happiest place on earth.

Every guest is transformed into a child again as they enjoy a classic form of family entertainment, entranced by the characters and stories that have captivated generations.

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3 – Times Square, New York City

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Often dubbed “The Crossroads of the World,” Times Square stands a dazzling showcase of New York’s vibrancy. With its origins in the late 19th century, Times Square transformed from a modest commercial hub to a global symbol of urban dynamism.

Illuminated by neon lights and colossal digital screens, the square is a sensory spectacle, alive with energy 24/7. There’s more to it than just a tourist draw.; it’s the heartbeat of Manhattan, where art, commerce and entertainment converge, captivating travelers and locals alike.

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4 – Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas

The pulsing heart of Nevada’s Sin City, the Las Vegas Strip is an emblem of the dynamic energy and vibrant nightlife that Las Vegas offers. Initially growing in prominence in the mid-20th century, the Strip boasts some of the most luxurious hotels, casinos, and resort properties.

Now, tourists from all over are drawn to it by its variety of entertainment options. With its captivating neon signs, mind-blowing shows, and the promise of never-ending adventures, a walk down the Strip is like a journey through a world of wonder.

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5 – National Mall, Washington D.C.

National Mall, Washington, D.C

The heartbeat of American history resonates through the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  From the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial, it has witnessed numerous pivotal moments and speeches that have shaped the nation.

The huge open space is surrounded by monuments and museums, providing a representation of democracy and freedom and a hub for tourists eager to learn about the history of the country.

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6 – Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles

Universal Studios, Los Angeles

Immersing its guests in movie magic, Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles offers a unique blend of thrilling rides and live-action shows.

Built in 1915, Universal Studios is a theme park that captures the essence of Hollywood’s golden era, providing fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the film industry while entertaining with its multitude of attractions.

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7 – Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood

Embedded into the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard, the Hollywood Walk of Fame celebrates over a century of entertainment history. Established in 1960, each of the iconic terrazzo and brass stars pays homage to the luminaries of entertainment – from cinema to music, television to radio.

Travelers from all around come to tread the same path as legends, searching for the stars of their idols. It’s a tangible connection to the glitz and glamor of the entertainment industry, and a must-visit to pay respects to the artists who’ve shaped pop culture.

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8 – Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa Park, San Diego

A cultural oasis in central San Diego, Balboa Park boasts a rich tapestry of gardens, museums, and architecture. Built in 1868, this extraordinary park is a testament to the city’s appreciation for arts.

Wander amidst its lush landscapes, and you’ll be rewarded with artistic treasures and performances that reflect San Diego’s diverse heritage.

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9 – Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

One of the most recognizable images of San Francisco is the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge. Completed in 1937, the Golden Gate suspension bridge is not only a feat of engineering but also a testimony to perseverance and human vision.

Gazing upon its fiery orange hue against the backdrop of the vast Pacific makes it a must-visit spectacle for every traveler.

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10 – Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Nature’s magnum opus, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, is proof to the timeless artistry of geological forces. Spanning over millions of decades, an awe-inspiring landmark that is a reminder of Earth’s grandeur and history.

And while here, one shouldn’t miss the reliable eruptions of Old Faithful, a testament to the raw power and beauty of nature.

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11 – Empire State Building, New York City

Empire State Building, New York City

Soaring into the Manhattan horizon, the Empire State Building embodies the ambition and spirit of New York City.

An art deco skyscraper, which was finished in 1931 and formerly stood as the highest structure built to this day, represents the city’s quick rise to prominence on the worldwide stage. The panoramic views from its observatory deck remain unparalleled, capturing the city’s endless horizons.

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12 – Pike Place Market, Seattle

Pike Place Market, Seattle

In the center of Seattle lies Pike Place Market , a bustling hive of vendors, artisans, and entertainers. Established in 1907, it’s considered America’s oldest continuously operated public markets. While the bustling market offers a sensory overload, people are often intrigued by the peculiar Gum Wall, a sticky attraction that has become an unconventional piece of art.

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13 – Broadway, New York City

Broadway, New York City

The glitz and glamour of Broadway in New York City are synonymous with world-class theatrical performances and rank among the top tourist attractions in the US. Formed in the 18th century, it remains the epicenter for theater enthusiasts, delivering a smorgasbord of emotions through its diverse plays and musicals.

A visit to the city is incomplete without experiencing the magic that unfolds on the Broadway stages.

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14 – 9/11 Memorial, New York City

9_11 Memorial, Manhattan

A solemn tribute to resilience and remembrance, the 9/11 Memorial in New York City stands on the grounds where the Twin Towers once rose.

Honoring the lives lost in the tragic events of September 11, 2001, a somber reminder of the city’s resilience and cohesion in the face of misfortune, the reflecting pools and the names of the fatalities are etched on to it.

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15 – Disneyland Park, Anaheim

Disneyland Park, Anaheim

Walt Disney, a brilliant visionary, created Disneyland Park in Anaheim. He envisioned it as a magical kingdom where families could share magical experiences. In the present, it serves as both the company’s iconic center and the first of its many theme parks.

Often termed the “Happiest Place on Earth,” Disneyland has carved a niche for itself in society. Annually, travelers flock from all corners to relive cherished tales and create new stories of their own.

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16 – Rockefeller Center, New York City

Rockefeller Center, New York City

The Rockefeller Center , found at the beating center of Manhattan, is not merely an architectural achievement. It was supposed to be a big commercial district that represented the city’s rise as a strong worldwide economic power when it was initially developed in the 1930s.

The Rockefeller Center, perhaps best known for its famous Christmas tree and skating rink, represents the diverse cultural and commercial fabric of New York today. Whether they are there to take in works of art of the highest caliber or simply to take in the stunning views from the Top of the Rock.

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17 – Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

Stretching along the southern shore of Honolulu, Waikiki Beach is the epitome of paradise, with its shimmering sands and azure waters. Historically, it was a retreat for Hawaiian royalty, offering an oasis of tranquility and natural beauty.

Now, tourists from all over flock to Waikiki Beach. It is is more than a a beach; it is a nexus of nature and history that offers a memorable experience that lasts long after the sun has set on its horizon.

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18 – Madison Square Garden, New York City

Madison Square Garden, New York City

Tucked amidst the towering skyscrapers of New York, Madison Square Garden stands not only as the Mecca of entertainment and sports but also as one of the premier tourist attractions in the US.

To step inside is to immerse oneself in a legacy of epic moments and events. A visit offers much more simply entertainment; it’s a journey through history at one of the most legendary venues in the city.

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19 – Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Carved into the granite face of the Black Hills in South Dakota, Mount Rushmore is a testament to the indomitable spirit of a nation. Commissioned in the 1920s, this grand sculpture captures the visages of four U.S. presidents, each representing a crucial epoch in the shaping of the nation.

A trip to Mount Rushmore is not only to experience the magic of art and engineering but also a pilgrimage to celebrate the essence of America. With the gaze of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln always in the foreground, the monument is a enduring beacon of democracy and hope.

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20 – The Alamo, San Antonio

The Alamo, San Antonio

The Alamo , formerly known as Misión San Antonio de Padua, is a potent representation of the Texan character and its tenacious independence. It was built in the 18th century and played a key role in the Texas Revolution in 1836.

People are still drawn to San Antonio by the iconic mission, which honors the valiant Texans who fought for freedom. The depth of the Alamo’s history and the fortitude of those who once lived there leave every guest speechless.

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21 – Statue of Liberty, New York City

Statue of Liberty, New York City

Gifted to the United States by France in 1886, the Statue of Liberty stands tall on Liberty Island, guarding the entrance to New York Harbor. A figure of freedom and democracy, she was a beacon of hope for millions of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, searching for a better life in a new land.

With her torch held high, she represents the light of freedom shining across the Earth. Tourists from every corner of the globe visit Lady Liberty, not only to admire her grandeur but to experience the essence of what America represents.

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22 – Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee/ North Carolina

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee_ North Carolina

Enveloped by a mesmerizing mist that gives the mountains their ‘smoky’ appearance, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an amalgamation of nature’s beauty and tranquility.

Stretching across the borders of Tennessee and North Carolina, the park is renowned for its biodiversity, ancient mountains, and preserved landmarks. Nature enthusiasts gather here, not just for its picturesque views but to experience the serene melodies of nature and rich cultural heritage that resonates through the vast landscape.

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23 – The Space Needle, Seattle

The Space Needle, Seattle

Built as the centerpiece of the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle is a recognizable representation of Seattle. Soaring 605 feet into the city’s skyline, this observation tower offers panoramic views of downtown Seattle, the Puget Sound, and on clear days, the distant Mount Rainier.

Beyond its impressive height, the Space Needle is a work of design that exemplifies the city’s ongoing pursuit of progress and innovation.

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24 – Hoover Dam, Nevada

Hoover Dam, Nevada

The Hoover Dam , a feat of contemporary engineering, is a testament to human ingenuity and strength. Located in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, the dam was erected during the Great Depression, providing jobs to thousands.

It now provides both an essential water storage facility and a significant hydroelectric power generator. Its enormous structure and Lake Mead’s expansive views, the country’s largest reservoir.

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25 – Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park, California

Carved by the forces of nature over millions of eons, Yosemite National Park is a showcase of geological wonders and pristine wilderness. Stretching across California’s Sierra and Nevada mountains, its landscape boasts of towering waterfalls, giant sequoias, and awe-inspiring cliffs like El Capitan and Half Dome.

With its vast biodiversity and striking beauty, Yosemite is not just a national treasure but a sanctuary for all who seek a connection with nature’s grandeur.

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26 – Dollywood, Tennessee

Dollywood, Tennessee

The crown jewel of the Smoky Mountains, Dollywood is the brainchild of the iconic country music star, Dolly Parton. Established as an ode to the rich heritage of East Tennessee, a theme park that seamlessly combines thrilling rides with a hearty dose of Southern musical heritage.

Today, Dollywood is a must-see attraction where countless travelers each year immerse themselves in the Southern charm and exciting musical performances. It also demonstrates Parton’s devotion to her heritage.

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27 – The High Line, New York City

The High Line, New York City

The High Line , a linear park elevated over the West Side of Manhattan by a former freight railroad, is a representation of urban renewal. Once a symbol of industrial might, today it has transformed into a green oasis in the midst of the city’s concrete jungle.

Offering breathtaking views of the Hudson River and the city horizon providing a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple below.

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28 – San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo, California

Over 3,500 unique and endangered species are housed at the San Diego Zoo , a refuge concealed in Balboa Park. Started as part of a conservation effort, standards for habitat design and animal care have been the hallmark of the zoo.

Nowadays, a window into the scope of the world’s biodiversity, encouraging people to go across continents on an educational adventure while taking in the spectacular beauty of species from all over the planet.

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29 – Cedar Point, Sandusky

Cedar Point, Sandusky

Boasting a record-breaking number of roller coasters, Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, is a haven for adrenaline junkies. Often referred to as the “Roller Coaster Capital” an amusement park that as been a staple for thrill-seekers for over a century.

With its prime location on the shores of Lake Erie, where people are treated to not only heart-pounding rides but also panoramic views of the lake, an unmissable attraction for both adventure and nature lovers.

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30 – Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

Alcatraz Island, California

Alcatraz Island, which is located in the brisk waters of San Francisco Bay, is a somber reminder of America’s penal past. It was once the residence of some of the most notorious criminals in the country, but it has since evolved into a hub of mystery and contemplation.

The island is now visited by tourists who embark on an unforgettable journey through its eerie corridors, fascinating stories of the prisoners, and breathtaking views of San Francisco’s skyline.

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31 – Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park , which spans a sizable area of southwest Utah, is a marvel of colossal geologic beauty. towering cliffs and enormous canyons in the park are evidence of millennia of wind, water, and time.

Nowadays, it is a highly procured natural sanctuary in the United States due to its breathtaking landscapes and extensive trail systems, which beckon adventurers and nature lovers alike.

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32 – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Draped over the rugged terrains of Wyoming, Yellowstone is America’s first and perhaps most revered national park. Established in 1872, it’s a living showcase of geysers, hot springs, and a myriad of ecosystems, housing a wealth of wildlife.

Often regarded as the crown jewel of the American West, the park’s mesmerizing terrains and ecosystems captivate countless travelers, a must-visit for any nature aficionado.

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33 – Ark Encounter, Kentucky

Ark Encounter, Kentucky

A colossal tribute to the Bible’s most iconic tales, the Ark Encounter in Kentucky is an architectural marvel. The life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark follows the dimensions specified in the Bible, is a token of history, artistry, and faith.

Inside, guests explore biblical narratives while learning and awe-struck by the ancient tales. It’s not just a place of spiritual reflection but also an embodiment of dedicated craftsmanship and artistry.

34 – Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York City

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York City

The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) , located in the central part of New York City, is a paradise for fans of modern art. It houses an unparalleled assemblage of modern masterpieces by artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, and Dali and continues to serve as a tribute to the transformative power of creativity.

Each visit promises inspiration, as art lovers and tourists alike are plunged into color, form, and imagination.

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35 – The Gateway Arch, St Louis

The Gateway Arch, Missouri

The Gateway Arch in Missouri is simply a technological wonder; it rises magnificently along the bank of the Mississippi River. Designed by Eero Saarinen and completed in 1965, it symbolizes a gateway to the West, celebrating the nation’s pioneering will and westward expansion.

The stainless steel monument, shimmering in sunlight and moonlight alike, offers a panoramic view of St. Louis, marking its indelible stamp an iconic American landmark.

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36 – Garden of the Gods, Colorado

Garden of the Gods, Colorado

The Garden of the Gods , a breathtaking assemblage of sandstone formations that have been organically carved over millions of decades, is located right in the center of Colorado Springs. This park exhibits the beauty of nature in its most unadulterated state, representing the splendors of the West.

It now draws people from all over who are eager to explore its paths and take in its splendor in addition to being a representation to the Southwest’s natural beauty.

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37 – Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston, Texas

At the forefront of cosmic exploration, the Space Center Houston in Texas offers a close look into mankind’s forays into the vastness of the universe.

As the official center of NASA Johnson Space Center, it showcases the legacy and achievements of US space travel. Aspiring astronauts and curious minds alike flock here to marvel at exhibits, meet astronauts, and immerse themselves in the magic of space exploration.

It is one of the top tourist attractions in the US for travelers enamored with space.

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38 – Mall of America, Minneapolis

Mall of America, Minnesota

The Mall of America in Minnesota is a popular shopping destination and a well-known representation of contemporary entertainment and retail. It is not only the largest shopping mall in the US, but also a center for adventures and experiences, covering acres.

Beyond its countless shops, it boasts an indoor amusement park, aquarium, and much more. Tourists congregate yearly not only for retail therapy but also to take advantage of the mall’s distinctive events and attractions.

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39 – The French Quarter, New Orleans

The French Quarter, New Orleans

The renowned downtown of New Orleans, a living example of the diverse tapestry of cultures that have shaped the Crescent City is the French Quarter.

With its streets lined with colonial-era buildings, the sound of jazz resonating in the air, and the tempting aroma of Creole cuisine wafting through, it truly is a sensory experience like no other. Whether wandering along Bourbon Street or exploring the local markets, everyone gets immersed.

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40 – Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

Spanning the East River and connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge is an architectural marvel and an enduring representation of New York City.

It was the first steel-wire suspension bridge ever built and was finished in 1883. It is a symbol of innovation and tenacity. Taking in the expansive views of the city skyline and the rumor of stories that it holds. Whether at dawn or dusk, the bridge remains a captivating sight against the backdrop of the Big Apple.

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41 – Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston

Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston

Faneuil Hall , often referred to as “The Cradle of Liberty,” was a pivotal meeting place during the American Revolution. Located in central Boston, a famed marketplace that worked as a experience to many notable speeches by patriots like Samuel Adams and James Otis.

With its abundance of businesses, restaurants, and live entertainment, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is still a thriving center of activity currently. Because it captures the rich tapestry of American history, it is a must-see for both history buffs and shoppers.

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42 – Smithsonian Museums, Washington D.C.

National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C

The Smithsonian Institution , a vast collection of museums and galleries in Washington, D.C., serves as the guardian of America’s collective memory. Constructed in 1846 for the “increase and diffusion of knowledge,” it is now a memoir to human achievement and culture.

Guests are transported through time, from the dawn of human civilization to space exploration. From the Hope Diamond to the Apollo 11 command module, each exhibit tells a story. As one wanders the halls, it’s evident: its here where history meets the present.

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43 – Fenway Park, Boston

Fenway Park, Massachusetts

Tucked in the heart of Boston, Fenway Park stands among the oldest ballparks in the country. Since its inauguration in 1912, it has been home to the Boston Red Sox and has witnessed some of baseball’s most iconic moments.

Whether you’re a die-hard baseball fan or just curious, a visit to Fenway isn’t just about the game. It’s about experiencing the history, the Green Monster, and the palpable energy of fans who’ve been cheering for over a century. It’s an authentic piece of Americana.

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44 – Wall Street, New York City

Wall Street, New York City

Wall Street, which is frequently regarded as the center of the world’s financial system, At the southernmost point of Manhattan, Wall Street and the neighborhoods around it provide a unique fusion of New York City history, architecture, and energy.

While here, one can marvel at the towering skyscrapers, experience the hustle of traders, or take a leisurely stroll to nearby attractions like the Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Memorial, or the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. A journey to Manhattan isn’t complete without soaking in the essence of Wall Street, where ambition meets legacy.

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45 – Niagara Falls, New York

Niagara Falls, New York City

A breathtaking spectacle of nature, Niagara Falls is a stunning convergence of three waterfalls at the border of the United States and Canada. With thunderous roars, gallons of water cascade every second, creating mesmerizing rainbows and an unforgettable misty experience.

The falls, which are not far from New York City, have enthralled tourists for centuries. Whether witnessing its majesty from a boat, the observatory, or the numerous trails around, Niagara Falls remains a eternal proof to nature’s grandeur.

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46 – Philadelphia Museum of Art Steps

Philadelphia Museum of Art Steps, Pennsylvania

As iconic as the museum itself, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Steps offers an entrance to art. These steps gained widespread fame from the classic scene in the movie “Rocky,” where the underdog boxer triumphantly races to the top. They now offer a unique vantage point with views of the Philadelphia skyline while also providing a physical challenge.

Numerous guests who are compelled to imitate Rocky’s famous sprint have made its location a cultural landmark and must-see location in the center of Pennsylvania.

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47 – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Wrigley Field, Chicago

Wrigley Field isn’t just a baseball stadium; it’s a shrine to America’s favorite pastime. Built in 1914, an age-old park that resonates with the echoes of legendary plays and iconic Chicago players, offering an authentic slice of American sports history.

The Chicago Cubs home field; it is a enduring testimony to the spirit and tradition of baseball. Going on a vacation entails more than simply going to a game; it also entails getting a taste of what keeps American sports alive.

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48 – Historic Route 66

Historic Route 66

Often dubbed the “Main Street of America”, the Historic Route 66 winds its way through the heartland, showcasing the essence of the American road-trip spirit. Constructed in 1926, it stretches from Chicago to Santa Monica, offering a kaleidoscopic view of the nation’s diverse landscapes and storied past.

Journeying along a iconic route is like flipping through pages of American history, with each mile marker telling tales of dreamers, adventurers, and travelers in search of the Great American Dream.

49 – Oracle Park, San Francisco

Oracle Park, San Francisco

In addition to being a ballpark, Oracle Park is positioned on the cliff above San Francisco Bay. With its breathtaking views of the ocean and the well-known Bay Bridge, the stadium is a fusion of sports and natural beauty. It has seen legendary moments and dramatic victories as the San Francisco Giants’ home field.

But it’s not just about baseball; Visitors are drawn in by the attractive surroundings as well, making it a special place that harmoniously combines the city’s strong sports culture with its natural seaside appeal.

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50 – Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Situated on the side of Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a gateway to artistic wonders. Spanning over 5,000 eons of culture, it’s not just a museum, but a journey through time and civilizations.

From ancient relics to contemporary masterpieces, it captivates the senses and evokes a sense of wonder. Its grandiose facade and expansive galleries tell tales of human creativity, an essential stop for enthusiasts and curious minds alike in the city that never sleeps.

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51 – Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta

Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta

Located in Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium stands as the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere.

First opened to the public in 2005, it’s now a testimony to marine conservation and the wonders of the aquatic realm, and became one of the top tourist attractions in the US for animal lovers.

The aquarium is home to thousands of marine species, drawing both young and old with its mesmerizing underwater displays and conservation efforts. Yearly, visitors plunge into the aquatic experience, a must-see icon of Georgia.

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52 – Cloud Gate, Chicago

Cloud Gate_The Bean, Illinois

An architectural marvel set amidst the urban expanse of Chicago’s Millennium Park, Cloud Gate , fondly known as “The Bean,” is among the Windy City’s most cherished modern installations.

Its smooth, mirror-like surface, which was designed by Sir Anish Kapoor, reflects the city skyline and offers a distinctive perspective that appeals to everyone.

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53 – The Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral

The Kennedy Space Center, Cap Canaveral

Serving as the primary launch center for human spaceflight since 1968, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida is a beacon for space enthusiasts and history buffs alike. A sprawling complex that has been the departure point for numerous renowned space missions.

Marvel at the gigantic rockets, meet astronauts, and even experience the thrill of a shuttle launch simulator. It has become a representation of America’s pioneering will in space exploration and a portal to the stars.

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54 – Henry Ford Museum, Detroit

Henry Ford Museum, Michigan

Located in Dearborn, Michigan, the Henry Ford Museum is a tribute to America’s industrial revolution and the ingenious spirit of its people. Housing a rich collection of iconic vehicles, machinery, and other artifacts, the museum stands represents a reflection of a century of American innovation.

From the first-ever Ford car to the bus where Rosa Parks made her unforgettable stand, it’s a journey through the pivotal moments that have shaped the nation.

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55 – The Guggenheim Museum, New York City

The Guggenheim Museum, New York

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is not only a assemblage of works of art; it is also a work of architecture. Designed by the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright, its spiral structure and unique interior space have made it a landmark in modern design.

Inside, it houses an exquisite collection of contemporary and modern art. As you ascend the spiral ramp, not only you experience a timeline of evolution but also the fusion of art and architectural brilliance.

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56 – Arches National Park, Utah

Arches National Park, Utah

Huddled in the rugged terrain of eastern Utah, Arches National Park is a showcase of unique geological wonders. The park boasts over 2,000 natural stone arches, along with hundreds of soaring pinnacles, giant fins, and balanced rocks.

It has become an iconic representation of the American Southwest due to the influx of tourists from all over who come to awe at these natural marvels and the breathtaking desert landscapes.

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57 – The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

The Art Institute of Chicago is not just an educational institution but a beacon of history. Home to some of the most iconic paintings, sculptures, and installations, a museum that captures the essence of art through the ages.

From ancient artifacts to contemporary pieces, every step inside offers a journey through the epochs of creativity.

The Art Institute of Chicago is a testimony to human artistic prowess and a must-visit for enthusiasts.

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58 – The Getty Center, Los Angeles

The Getty Center, Los Angeles

The Getty Center is a multipurpose facility located on a hill near Los Angeles. It is in and of itself a work of art with its magnificent scope, tranquil gardens, and amazing views of the city. The Center houses an exquisite ensemble of European paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts.

Renowned for its commitment to conservation and education, The Getty Center attracts art lovers and casual people alike, becoming an integral part of LA’s cultural fabric.

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59 – Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Across the heart of the Colorado Rockies, sits a haven for those seeking the raw beauty of the alpines.

Majestic peaks, verdant forests, and crystal-clear lakes dot its landscape. Numerous adventurers travel its trails annually in search of peace and excitement. Every nature lover should visit Rocky Mountain National Park because it is a celebration of nature in its pristine form, with snow-capped summits and lush valleys.

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60 – Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Positioned along the rugged coast of Maine, Acadia National Park is a symphony of the sea, forests, and mountains. The park offers a unique blend of natural beauty, from the crashing waves of Thunder Hole to the panoramic views atop Cadillac Mountain.

It’s a refuge for wildlife and a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. With its diverse habitats and scenic beauty, Acadia bears witness to the pristine landscapes of the northeastern United States.

61 – White House, Washington D.C.

White House, Washington, D.C

The White House , a token of the United States’ leadership and an iconic emblem of the country’s democracy, is the official residence and workplace of the President. Initially conceived during George Washington’s era, it was completed in 1800 and has since been the residence of every U.S. president.

The White House is now a beacon of historical significance and architectural majesty, attracting tourists from all over in addition to serving as the center of American politics. That’s probably one of the most iconic tourist attractions in the US.

62 – Grand Central Terminal, New York City

Grand Central Terminal, New York City

Grand Central Terminal is a masterwork of architecture that stands opulently in the middle of Manhattan’s busy financial district. Commissioned in 1913, it epitomizes the height of America’s railway era with its celestial dome and opulent chandeliers.

The station not only offers a glimpse of luxury travel in the past, but also continues to vividly showcase the timeless beauty and energy of New York City in the present.

63 – Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

The unrivalled beauty of Bryce Canyon National Park captivates every onlooker with its ethereal landscapes. Located in Utah, a natural wonder that boasts of crimson-colored hoodoos, towering spires, and vast amphitheaters carved by nature.

Though not a canyon in the traditional sense, its mesmerizing formations, shaped by millennia of erosion, make it a must-visit for nature lovers and explorers. With each sunrise, the park comes alive, painting a spectacle that remains etched in the memories of those fortunate to experience it.

64 – The Field Museum, Chicago

The Field Museum, Illinois

The Field Museum is a treasure mine of historical and natural history artifacts, conveniently located in Chicago. It has been committed to advancing knowledge since its founding in 1893 and has therefore collected more than 40 million specimens.

From dinosaur skeletons to ancient Egyptian artifacts, take a journey through time, witnessing the marvels of evolution and human civilization. It’s a beacon of knowledge and exploration, an essential stop for those keen on unraveling the mysteries of the planet.

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65 – National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton

National Museum of the United States Air Force, Ohio

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is a monument to the nation’s lengthy aviation history and is located in Dayton, Ohio. It is the largest and oldest military aviation museum, including over 360 aircraft and weapons.

Guests are transported through eras, witnessing the evolution of flight from its infancy to the marvels of modern engineering.

With its vast collection, the museum pays homage to the brave souls of the skies and the advancements that have shaped aviation history.

66 – Liberty Bell, Philadelphia

Liberty Bell, Pennsylvania

The Liberty Bell , once echoed through the streets of Philadelphia in 1776, marking the reading of the United States Declaration of Independence. Originally forged in Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, its distinctive crack became a distinct representation of American independence.

Even now, it sits in the Liberty Bell Center in old Philadelphia. Countless people come to see in every period because of its undoubted importance and iconic imperfections, enduring of the American history.

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67 – Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Oahu, Hawaii

Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Hawaii

Pearl Harbor , a lustrous name tinged with a somber history. It was here on December 7, 1941, that an unexpected attack jolted the United States into WWII. A important memorial that honors the lives lost and the brave souls who guarded the port.

The memorial site offers an introspective journey into history, a must-see for any history enthusiast or patriot.

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68 – Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park , with its jagged mountain peaks piercing the azure skies, offers an exquisite natural escape. Situated in Wyoming’s rugged terrain, it’s a slice of wilderness that is unmatched.

The park is renowned for its dramatic landscapes, shimmering glacial lakes, and diverse wildlife. Nature enthusiasts flock yearly to bask in its pristine beauty, to hike its trails, and to capture its panoramic vistas. Grand Teton National Park is, without doubt, one of the US’s most breathtaking spots.

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69 – Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania

The hallowed grounds of Gettysburg witnessed one of the most significant battles in American Civil War history between July 1 and 3, 1863. It was here that the Union emerged victorious, marking a turning point in the war.

Gettysburg National Military Park is a solemn memorial to the brave soldiers who fought on both sides. It gives time to reflect deeply on the price of freedom and unity as you are transported back in time by the vast expanse of fields scattered with monuments and markers.

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70 – Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park , where the Mojave and Colorado deserts converge, is a land of surreal landscapes. Famous for its namesake, the Joshua Tree, the park boasts of rugged rock formations and starlit nights that seem almost otherworldly.

Get drawn not only by its unique flora but also by its mesmerizing sunsets, and the opportunity to stargaze without the interference of city lights. A haven for artists, adventurers, and dreamers, this national park captures the imagination of California’s wild heart.

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71 – Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

Standing proudly on the northern waterfront of San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf is undeniably amongst the city’s most lively attractions. Rich in maritime history and brimming with jubilant energy, it offers a taste of San Francisco’s rich seafaring heritage.

Today, the city’s landmark, offering tourists everything from delicious seafood specialties to mesmerizing views of the Golden Gate Bridge.. With its blend of remarkable sites and modern attractions, the Wharf embodies the essence of San Francisco’s coastal charm.

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72 – Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park, Montana

The pure splendor of nature is on display in Glacier National Park , which is found in the wilds of Montana. Originally carved out by glaciers millions of years ago, the park boasts of rugged mountains, pristine forests, and over 700 glistening lakes.

Often referred to as the “Crown of the Continent”, a natural haven teems with diverse wildlife and offers an immersive experience of America’s pristine wilderness. The wild beauty of the park is a magnet for adventurers and nature enthusiasts who flock to come here annually.

73 – Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens

An oasis amidst the bustling city center of Denver, the Denver Botanic Gardens are a breathtaking portrayal of nature’s artistry. Spanning over 24 acres, these gardens offer a tapestry of plants from all corners of the globe.

The meticulously manicured landscapes, combined with the exotic ensembles, make it a haven for nature enthusiasts. Here, visitors not only experience the serenity of lush green spaces but also embark on a botanical journey that spans continents.

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74 – Death Valley National Park, California/Nevada

Death Valley National Park

Straddling the border of California and Nevada, Death Valley National Park is a representation of the harshness of nature. It claims to be the hottest, driest, and lowest-lying national park in the United States.

However, amidst stark landscapes lies an unexpected array of life and beauty. From the vast sand dunes and rugged canyons to the colorful wildflower blooms, the park surprises at every turn. A shining example to nature’s resilience, Death Valley offers a unique, contrasting beauty unlike any other.

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75 – Everglades National Park, Florida

The Everglades National Park, Florida

Stretching over southern Florida, the Everglades National Park is a unique tropical wilderness that offers a glimpse into a delicate ecosystem. Often referred to as the “River of Grass”, a UNESCO Heritage Site that is renowned for its rich biodiversity.

From its dense mangroves to the vast wetlands, the park plays host to a multitude of wildlife, including rare and endangered species. A visit to The Everglades isn’t just a journey through a park; it’s an intimate experience of nature’s intricate dance of life and survival.

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76 – Navy Pier, Chicago

Navy Pier, Illinois

The Navy Pier , built in 1916, the landmark can be found on Chicago’s Lake Michigan shore. Initially, it served as both a cargo facility for freighters and docking space for passenger excursion steamers.

It is now regarded as Chicago’s unmistakable emblem and one of the city’s top entertainment hotspots. Navy Pier proceeds to entice tourists with its lively atmosphere and unrivaled views of the Chicago skyline, including its colorful Ferris wheel and an abundance of dining and entertainment options.

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77 – SeaWorld Orlando, Florida

SeaWorld Orlando, Florida

Founded in 1973, SeaWorld Orlando is a marine zoological park that offers an exhilarating mix of thrilling rides, aquatic animal exhibitions, and interactive experiences. From its early days, the park has been dedicated to marine conservation and education.

The blend of entertainment and educational experiences make SeaWorld Orlando a must-visit destination for marine life enthusiasts.

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78 – Venice Beach, Los Angeles

Venice Beach, Los Angeles

Venice Beach in Los Angeles is a mesmerizing tapestry of experiences, and beach moods. When it was founded in the early 20th century, it was initially designed to be a coastal resort with a network of European-style canals.

Venice Beach is still a center for eccentricity and creativity nowadays. Here is where the vibrant energy of LA truly comes to life, from its well-known Ocean Front Walk, where street performers, artists, and vendors showcase their talents, to its muscle beach gym.

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79 – Florida Keys, Florida

The Florida Keys

A coral cay archipelago stretching into the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Keys is a tropical paradise like no other. They developed into the stunning islands we see currently from the time when the region’s coral reefs were thriving in antiquity.

Famous for their laid-back vibe, the Keys are a haven for those seeking pristine beaches, unique marine life, and legendary sunsets. Whether it’s diving in the coral reefs of Key Largo or enjoying the nightlife of Key West , the Keys promise an unforgettable journey.

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80 – The Broad, Los Angeles

The Broad, Los Angeles

Constructed in 2015, in Downtown Los Angeles, The Broad is a museum of modern and contemporary art. The museum was established by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad and features a wide variety of works from their private collection.

A fusion of architecture and art, the museum’s innovative “veil-and-vault” design capture your attention even before entering. Inside, masterpieces from some of the most prominent artists of the last five decades can be admired, making The Broad an essential stop for aficionados visiting LA.

81 – Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

The captivating Mesa Verde National Park , located in southwest Colorado, is home to some of the most well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites. These cliff dwellings, which date back more than 700 years, are evidence of the elaborate prehistoric architecture and extensive cultural heritage of the Pueblo people.

It beckons tourists from all over, captivated by its stories and the panoramic views of the high desert landscape.

82 – Miami South Beach, Florida

Miami South Beach, Florida

Miami South Beach is the pinnacle of sun, surf, and style, positioned right in the middle of Florida. Not only famed for its pristine sandy shores and crystal-clear waters, but South Beach is also renowned for its iconic Art Deco design, pulsating nightlife and cultural scene.

A visit here is incomplete without strolling the famed Ocean Drive, ensuring a memorable experience of the Sunshine State.

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83 – Sequoia National Park, California

Sequoia National Park, California

A realm of giants, the Sequoia National Park situated in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains of California, is home to some of the planet’s largest trees.

Behold the majestic General Sherman, the largest tree by volume, and immerse yourself in the park’s serene atmosphere.

Beyond the colossal sequoias, the park offers mountain vistas, deep caverns, and an abundance of biodiversity, making it a haven for nature lovers.

84 – American Museum of Natural History, New York City

American Museum of Natural History, New York City

Positioned in the bustling city of New York, the American Museum of Natural History is a treasure trove of wonders. Housing vast collections that span various scientific fields, the museum is a reflection of our planet’s history and the evolution of its inhabitants.

From life-sized dinosaur fossils to intricate dioramas, each exhibit transports visitors to a different time and space, an essential stop for anyone seeking knowledge and wonder in the Big Apple.

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85 – Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Delve deep beneath the Chihuahuan Desert in New Mexico, and you’ll discover the mesmerizing Carlsbad Caverns National Park . A subterranean wonderland that boasts over 100 caverns, adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and an array of intricate formations.

Beyond its natural beauty, the park offers a unique spectacle at dusk, when hundreds of thousands of bats emerge from the cave, creating a sight to behold and an unforgettable memory for those fortunate to experience.

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86 – San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

Texas’ rich history and unique culture are showcased on the San Antonio River Walk , a lush oasis below street level. It was initially designed to stop flooding, but it is now the lifeblood of the city.

The River Walk draws countless tourists with its collection of charming cafes, iconic sites, and tranquil surroundings. You will be immersed in a special fusion of tradition and modernity as you stroll alongside the meandering river, which symbolizes the soul of San Antonio.

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87 – Freedom Trail, Boston

The Freedom Trail, Boston

Going on the Boston Freedom Trail is like going back in time and seeing the creation of a country.

A red-bricked path that connects 16 historically significant sites over a distance of 2.5 miles. Tales of revolutionaries and the passionate quest for American independence are revealed around every bend and turn.

Walking the trail, which offers far more than a important tour, its a journey into the very heart of Boston’s resilient will.

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88 – Chicago River

Chicago River

The Chicago River winds through the heart of the Windy City, a symbol of exceptional architectural achievement and urban innovation. The river, which was once a crucial route for transportation, now shows how the city has changed.

Experience a panoramic view of the famous skyline of the city as you cruise its waters. The river’s emerald sheen on St. Patrick’s Day is a sight that highlights Chicago’s vibrant fusion of tradition and innovation.

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89 – National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum reflects the essence of American frontier life and is a testimony to the tough period of the Wild West. The museum, which is located in Oklahoma, is a veritable treasure mine of relics, and exhibitions.

Visitors are taken back in time to the era of renown criminals, expert ranchers, and the unbreakable pioneer will.

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum portrays the atmosphere of American frontier life via its complex displays, which are a monument to the tough spirit of the Wild West.

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90 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana

A haven for thrill-seekers and motorsports enthusiasts, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway , also known as the “Racing Capital of the World,”. Since it was built over a century ago, the speedway has hosted a number of thrilling competitions.

Every engine scream and tire screech is echoed by the thrilling past of legendary races and titanic showdowns. Whether you’re an avid traveler or a die-hard racing fan, the speedway’s intensity and history guarantee an unforgettable encounter.

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91 – Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum , located in the center of storied Music City, is the pinnacle of the country music tradition in the United States. It honors the musicians who established country music on the international scene and is committed to preserving the genre’s growing heritage.

It continues to be not only a shining example of Nashville’s musical history but also an alluring testimony to the rich history of country music. Fans swarm here to take part in a medley of legends and customs.

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92 – World of Coca Cola, Atlanta

World of Coca Cola, Atlanta

The World of Coca-Cola , which is tucked away in Atlanta’s bustling downtown, is a delicious treat for both history buffs and cola connoisseurs. It depicts the development of a straightforward beverage into a universal emblem throughout time.

Set off on a fizzy trip, learning about the history of the brand as well as the many global flavors. It’s a rousing tribute to the enduring affection for the traditional beverage and Atlanta’s rich industrial past.

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93 – Big Sur, California

Big Sur, California

Big Sur is a natural wonder that stretches along the untamed Californian coastline and captures the ferocious beauty of the Pacific. It’s a little piece of paradise for explorers and lovers of nature alike with its spectacular cliffs, meandering roads, and expansive ocean vistas.

Big Sur welcomes visitors to take in its natural delights, from the lush redwood woods to the echoing whispers of the surf below. It is frequently praised as one of the finest destinations on the Pacific Coast.

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94 – Reunion Tower, Dallas

Reunion Tower, Dallas

Dallas’ horizon is adorned by the Reunion Tower , sometimes known as “The Ball,” and its recognizable luminous orb. The architectural wonder was finished in 1978, and it rapidly became a well-known feature of the city.

Take in the panoramic vistas since it is the center of Dallas’ cultural identity. Beyond the views, the tower’s rotating restaurant provides an unforgettable dining experience, making it a must-see when in Texas.

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See also: Fun Things to Do in Dallas , Fun Things to Do in Fort Worth

95 – Oriole Park, Baltimore

Oriole Park, Baltimore

Oriole Park is a renowned monument for baseball fans and graces Baltimore, a bustling metropolis. With its timeless style and unwavering attitude, it brings back the glory days of baseball parks while giving guests a cutting-edge experience.

It offers an experience steeped in heritage in addition to echoing shouts and exciting games, making it a must-visit for anybody looking to grasp the essence of American baseball.

See also: Fun Things to Do in Baltimore

96 – Edge, New York City

The Edge, New York City

The Edge , the tallest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere, is perched high above New York City’s famous horizon. It is an architectural wonder. It guarantees a stunning experience and offers unmatched views of the expansive environment of the city.

Visitors are not only greeted with a visual spectacle when they step upon the dizzying platform, but also with a sense of grandeur, making it a must-stop for anyone looking to capture the spirit of the Big Apple from above.

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97 – The Sphere, Las Vegas

The Sphere, Las Vegas

The Sphere is the pinnacle of contemporary architectural excellence and is located in Las Vegas, a city renowned for its glamor and splendor. The Sphere, a relatively recent addition to the Las Vegas Strip, is an experience rather than merely a place to go.

It captures the dynamic energy of Vegas with cutting-edge acoustics and graphics. The Sphere is sure to make an impact, whether you’re there for the performance or just to gawk at its futuristic architecture.

98 – Harley Davidson Museum, Milwaukee

Harley Davidson Museum, Milwaukee

The Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee pays homage to more than a century of motoring history and is representative of America’s equestrian gistory. The brand’s iconic journey is traced in the exhibits, which appeal to both history buffs and bike enthusiasts.

Besides the bicycle, it also symbolizes the development of American culture and the spirit of freedom. Without exploring the fascinating history of power and tradition, a trip to Milwaukee is still not complete.

  • Harley Davidson museum tickets

See also: Fun Things to Do in Milwaukee

99 – Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park , which itself is located in the Pacific, is a perfect example of the untamed beauty and power of nature. The national park provides a glimpse into how the islands themselves were formed with its bubbling lava flows and ethereal landscapes.

There are craters for tourists to walk through, steam vents to see, and even unusual plants and animals to spot. The park offers the chance to engage with the Earth’s primordial forces, making a visit here one you will not forget.

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park tours

See also: Fun Things to Do on the Big Island

100 – Little Havana, Miami

Little Havana, Miami

You can enter Little Havana and be immediately immersed in a Cuban environment . A neighborhood which is a vibrant part of Miami, is teeming with activity, music, and history. Take a stroll through its streets while listening to salsa music or savor genuine Cuban food at neighborhood cafes.

The annual Calle Ocho festival features the best Latino art, music, and dance, and the murals depict stories of Cuban heritage. Little Havana is a special gem in the crown of Miami because a visit there guarantees a rich mosaic of experiences.

  • Little Havana tours

See also: Fun Things to Do in Miami, Florida

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20 Epic Places To Visit In The South, USA

February 11, 2021 //  by  Southern Trippers

There are so many amazing, beautiful, and unique places to visit in the South of the United States. The southern states consist of a large chunk of the U.S. so if you plan on doing any major traveling in this country, you are bound to end up in the South at some point. And you are in for a treat once you arrive!

Whether you are taking a southern road trip, exploring a specific state, or want to cross off another U.S. National Park, whatever brings you to the South will be well worth the trip! There are so many things to do here from fun, history-rich cities to gorgeous natural landscapes. You are sure to make some great memories as you discover what these states have to offer.

Places to Visit in the South include viewing this Spanish Moss in Savannah.

Providence Canyon, Georgia

Providence Canyon State Park provides one of the best landscapes in Georgia and is 100% worth the visit if you are in the state. Known as Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon,” the Providence Canyon makes a great day trip for nature lovers and hikers.

With over one thousand acres to explore, you will have so much fun searching out the best photo spots. The soil here is an array of pink, orange, red, and purple, creating an otherworldly appearance you will fall in love with.

If you want to check out the hiking trails, there are many to chose from with varying levels of difficulty. There are many scenic overlooks that give a view of the many gullies, the deepest of which is at 150 feet. If you visit in July or August, look for the rare Plumleaf Azalea flower blooming. You can camp at this park as well if you want to stay longer in the pretty area.

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Ginnie Springs, Florida

Ginnie Springs is truly a beautiful hot spring oasis in Florida! With shockingly blue, crystal clear water, you will feel as if you have traveled to paradise. If you are looking for a place to relax, this is one of the best places in the South.

Spend time swimming, tubing, or paddle boarding in this consistent 72 degree Fahrenheit water. If you are scuba trained, this is a great place to go diving as well as there are many caves to explore.

Ginnie Springs can get quite busy in the summer due to its popularity, but if you visit in the spring or fall, you can avoid the worst of the crowds. The area is also fairly good-sized, so it is possible to find a little corner to yourself. If you want to make a weekend out of visiting the springs, you can stay at the campground.

Ginnie Springs is one of the best places to visit in the South.

Jacob’s Well, Texas

The Jacob’s Well Natural Area is about an hour southwest of Austin, Texas, and can be visited as a day trip from the city. Jacob’s Well is the second-largest completely submerged cave in Texas. This 81-acre area is free to visit unless you plan on swimming, in which case you need to pay a fee and reserve a time. Taking a dip here is a great way to cool off in the summer heat. The water stays at a constant 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Swimming is allowed from May until September.

Along with swimming, Jacob’s Well is a great place for hiking and bird watching. It is also possible to go on an hour-long tour with a naturalist guide. This is a great way to learn about the nature of the area along with the history of Jacob’s Well and the aquifer system. Tours are by request only on two Saturdays each month. You can also stop by the Nature Center any weekend.

One place to visit in the South is Jacob's Well

Cummins Falls State Park, Tennessee

About an hour and a half from Nashville, you will find the pretty and tranquil Cummins Falls State Park. This is a great stop to make if you are doing a Tennessee road trip and love exploring nature. The beautiful Cummins Falls is a 75-foot waterfall that cascades down a cool rock base before ending in a swimming hole.

It is important to note that you do need to get a Gorge Access Permit before you begin your hike to the waterfall. The hike itself is relatively strenuous and involves traversing uneven ground, crossing water, and climbing rocks.

Because of this, it is not recommended for really young kids. However, the hike is very much worth it when you get to see the falls and cool off with a dip in the water. If you do not want to hike into the gorge, there is a viewpoint above it where you can get a great look.

Places to Visit in the South include Cummins Falls State Park

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is a must for any Georgia road trip! This is a city full of Southern charm, from its cobblestone streets to the Spanish moss covering the oak trees. This is the perfect city to escape to for people with any hobby or interest. History buffs will love exploring Old Fort Jackson or learning about the city’s past on an Old Savannah Trolly Tour.

If you are into architecture, you will really love checking out the Victorian district, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, or the Mercer Williams House. If you are traveling with kids and want some family-friendly fun, head over to pretty Forsyth Park or consider booking a river cruise on an iconic steamboat. No matter what you do in Savannah, you are sure to have a great time!

Forsyth Park in Savannah, one of the best cities in the South

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is a vibrant, fun city where you can easily spend a couple of days or over a week. There is just so much to do and see! Start your stay here by familiarizing yourself with the city by walking the pretty streets and exploring the famous French Quarter. If you love photographing beautiful streets and buildings, then you will adore NOLA! There are so many balconies and amazing, Southern-styled architecture.

New Orleans is also one of the best cities in the South for food! It is really a destination for foodies who want to try French Creole cuisine, check out cute cafes, or even just bar hop.

When you are not stuffing your face with beignets, you can ride the streetcar, walk along the Mississippi River, or visit the Saint Louis Cathedral. When night falls, head to Bourbon Street to soak in the party atmosphere.

Victoria posing in front of a New Orleans balcony in one of the best places in the South.

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

In Arkansas, you will find Hot Springs National Park, which has some of the best hot springs in the U.S. Take a dip in the natural, thermal hot springs from inside one of the historic bathhouses.

While you can’t soak outside, you can still touch the fresh water in a couple of outdoor pools. The 4,000-year-old, protected spring water is drinkable so make sure to stock up on water by filling bottles at some of the many fountains.

While you are here, make sure to check out the Fordyce Bathhouse Museum and Visitor Center to learn about the history of the baths. The Hot Springs Mountain Tower is another thing to check out is you love great views. The open-air observation deck will provide views of the mountains and forest. There are also a few hiking and biking trails that will weave you through the nature of the park.

A pool at the Hot Springs National Park in the South

Stephens Gap, Alabama

The Stephens Gap Callahan Cave Preserve is one of the best places in the Southeast and can be found about two hours north of Birmingham, Alabama.

It is a very cool place to visit if you love exploring unique nature locations. Stephens Gap is one of the most photographed caves in the country and it is no wonder why! It is so pretty here! The cave features a waterfall that cascades into a deep pit.

The cave has two entrances, one for hikers and one for people who are trained in repelling. Because of the position of the entrances, there is often light streaming into the darkness, creating an awesome scene. The hike is about a mile and a half round trip and is moderate difficulty. There are steep and slippery areas, so be careful and wear appropriate shoes. If you are repelling, you must bring your own gear. However you plan to visit, you must get a free permit.

Things to do in the South, Stephens Gap Cave.

Helen, Georgia

Helen, Georgia is hands down one of the cutest small towns in The South and you will instantly fall in love with its charm. This tiny town has German roots, a fact that will quickly become apparent by the architecture.

You will feel as if you are walking through an Alpine village. Come in summer to enjoy the surrounding great outdoors or plan your visit for December for European Christmas market vibes.

Even though the town only holds a population of about 550 people, it also home to a ton of fun activities. You can go zip-lining in the trees, tubing in the river, fly into the sky in a hot air balloon, or even pan for gold. In town, shopping is a great pastime, especially if Christmas is soon. Make sure to check out all of the cute, local artisan and treat shops.

Helen, Georgia is one of the best cities in the South.

Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Tennessee

There is a reason the Great Smokey Mountains are the most visited National Park in the U.S. The over half million-acre park is absolutely gorgeous, especially in the fall when the foliage is set ablaze.

If nature is your happy place, then you are sure to love the Great Smokey Mountains! Spend a few days here hiking scenic trails, horseback riding, exploring historic sites, and spotting wildlife, including the possibility of black bears.

You can camp in the park or you can stay in one of the cute, mountain towns on the park’s outskirts. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are two popular options. These towns act as a gateway to the surrounding nature and have a host of fun things to do as well. The Great Smokey Mountains are not only one of the best places to visit in the South, but the U.S. in general. It is a popular road trip destination that you simply must visit at least once!

Beautiful river in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina is a lovely coastal city with plenty of Southern charm, pretty architecture, and historic points of interest. There is truly something here for everyone, making this city a top place to visit in the South. Also, did we mention the food?! This is a city full of great eats and we suggest taking a food tour to get a bite of all the best Southern food the city has to offer!

When you are full from eating your way through Charleston, relax on a horse-drawn carriage tour of the city or a boat cruise of the harbor. If you are into history or architecture, then check out the Fort Sumter National Monument, the McLeod Plantation Historic Site, or the Citadel. If you are traveling with kids you might have fun at the Joe Riley Waterfront Park, the South Carolina Aquarium, or the Magnolia Plantation & Gardens.

Pretty Charleston is a great place to visit in the South.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Shenandoah National Park is a great Southern getaway found in the wilderness of Virginia not far from Washington D.C. This is the perfect place to escape the city and become one with nature. There are over 500 miles of hiking trails to explore. Discover beautiful fields of colorful wildflowers, flowing waterfalls, and a plethora of wildlife including deer, birds, and black bears.

Along with hiking, you can spend your time in the park driving the scenic Skyline Drive, riding your bike, fishing tranquil mountain streams, rock climbing, or stargazing. Pretty much the list is endless! There is so much to see and experience here that you can easily spend a day or three here. If you are staying the night, you can camp or stay at a lodge.

Places to Visit in the South Shenandoah National Park

Upper Caney Creek Falls, Alabama

The hidden gem of Upper Caney Creek Falls is like a scene from a fairy tale. The hike to discover this sight is just under two miles round trip and is pretty easy. After wandering through the forest like a Disney princess, you’ll catch your first glimpse of the tiny, 20-foot waterfall dropping into the perfect swimming hole. Another cool feature of this waterfall is the fast that you can actually walk behind it because of the shape of the cliff. This gives you a new perspective and a great place to take photographs.

If you visit in the summer, the forest will be bright green and full of wildlife. The pool under the falls is usually a pretty, blue-green color. After enjoying the upper falls, you can choose to continue down the creek to find the Lower Caney Creek Falls. To find the trailhead to this secret place in Alabama, drive about an hour and twenty minutes northwest of Birmingham to the small town of Ashridge.

Places to Visit in the South Upper Caney Creek Falls

Everglades National Park, Florida

If you are planning a Florida road trip you have to go to the Everglades National Park ! Whether you want to check another National Park off your bucket list, are an avid birdwatcher, or just love to discover cool and unique landscapes, the Everglades are for you! This park features over two million acres of wetlands, saw-grass marshes, and mangrove forests. It is the only place in the wild where you can spot both American alligators and American crocodiles. It is also home to a ton of species of beautiful birds, snakes, and manatees.

While in the Everglades, enjoy waking scenic trails, taking an airboat ride , finding all of the best observation towers, and visiting the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center. If you are exceptionally keen to see wild alligators , hike the short Anhinga Trail, which is one of the best places in the park to find these amazing creatures. Just be careful not to get too close!

An alligator in the Everglades National Park in Florida, a must visit place in the South.

Austin, Texas

A Texas road trip is sure to bring you to Austin, one of the best cities in the South. Known as the Live Music Capital of the World and with a slogan of “Keep Austin Weird”, this city is very hip. diverse, and full of music culture. Spend a couple of days here taking in the sights and just overall having a blast. Head to Sixth Street to soak in the vibe of the city as you bar hop and listen to live bands.

If you are into art or history, make sure to visit some of the city’s museums, including the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Blanton Museum of Art, or the Mexic-Arte Museum. If you are looking for a place to relax and cool off, the Barton Springs Municipal Pool is the place for you. The natural, spring-fed pool is found in the pretty Zilker Park.

Skyline of Austin, Texas, a great place to visit in the South

Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina is another Southern city worth visiting! This is a popular travel destination for a number of reasons. For one, the cute city is surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoy “America’s favorite drive” on the Blue Ridge Parkway as you twist through the mountains to find hiking trails and gorgeous scenic vistas. The nearby French Broad River gives tourists a place to go tubing, boating, or fishing.

When you are not exploring the encompassing nature, you will want to wander the cool city. Known for its art scene, Asheville is a hip city full of unique shops, outdoor markets, craft breweries, and local art galleries. Take a trolley tour to learn the history of the city or enjoy a delicious food tour. Another way to step into the past is to visit the Biltmore mansion, which was built by George W. Vanderbilt in the 1890s.

The Biltmore estate in Asheville, North Carolina is one of the best places in the South.

Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida is one of the top tourist destinations in the country! Besides being home to Disney World and Universal Studios, this city is where you can find a ton of fun things to do to fill a couple’s weekend or a week-long family vacation. No matter who you are traveling with, there is something for everyone! Thrill seekers will want to go skydiving, ride in a hot air balloon, or go up in the 400-foot high Ferris wheel at ICON Park.

If you are traveling with kids, you will probably check out the many theme parks, but don’t forget to take them to Gatorland, Wonder Works, or Discovery Cove. Anyone interested in science or space will want to take a day trip to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. When you are ready to relax and unwind, head out of the city to Blue Springs State Park or Rock Springs at Kelly Park.

Kelly Park is where you'll find the Rock Springs, one of the best things to do in the South!

Big Bend National Park, Texas

Big Bend National Park is another place to stop in Texas . Since it is found on the border with Mexico, make sure to pack your passport if you want to make a stop in another country and visit some cute, small towns. The park itself is a prime desert and mountain location. This is a great place to camp, hike, and photograph nature.

One of the best hiking trails is found at Santa Elena Canyon. This two mile round trip hike will provide amazing views. This park also has historic ruins to discover, including a mine, a house, and a post office. When your muscles start to ache from hiking and adventuring, head to the Hot Springs Historic Trail by the Rio Grande to soak in natural hot springs while taking in great views of the river.

Beautiful Big Bend National Park in the South

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is a great place to visit in the South if you love music or having fun in general! It is, of course, known as the Music City and is drenched in music culture. The entertainment district on Low Broadway is full of honky-tonks, themed restaurants, bars, and shops. You will also find the Country Music Hall of Fame here as well. If you want to learn the history of the area, consider taking a walking tour.

While in Nashville, you can also check out the historic Ryman Auditorium, explore pretty parks, or learn about science and history at museums. If you are up for an hour and a half drive, you can head down to the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. Nashville is a great city to explore as a family or as a friend’s getaway. No matter what you are interested in, there is something for you!

Nashville, Tennessee is a fun place to visit in the South

Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia

The gorgeous Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia is where you will find the ridge of Yonah Mountain, whose name translates to Bear in Cherokee. The hike to this mountain’s summit is just over two miles one way and is relatively easy. The views are to die for from the top! Come to this area in the fall to catch the mountain peak drenched in lovely golden foliage .

There are plenty of other things to do in Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest as well. There are over 800 miles worth of hiking trails to explore. Search for ancient petroglyphs and gorgeous waterfalls. You can also go canoeing, horseback riding, or camping. The Scull Shoals Historic Site features the state’s first paper mill dating back to 1811. Chattahoochee National Forest is near Helen, Georgia, so you could easily make a day trip from the small town.

Yonah Mountain in Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

If you did not know beforehand, you have learned that the South is home to a ton of amazing places to visit! There are so many cool cities to visit in the South as well as National Parks, hidden nature gems, and diverse landscapes. We suggest planning a road trip or two in order to hit some of these spectacular places!

Falls Creek Falls one of the best weekend getaways in Tennessee

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22 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in New York City

Written by Lana Law Updated Dec 25, 2023 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

One of the greatest cities in the world , New York is always a whirlwind of activity, with famous sights at every turn and never enough time to see them all.

Brooklyn Bridge and the New York City skyline

Some people come here to enjoy the Broadway shows; others come specifically to shop; and many come simply to see the tourist attractions: the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, historic neighborhoods, and world-famous museums . As someone who visits regularly, I like to come with friends, try new restaurants, and discover new experiences.

Many of the best places to visit in New York are within walking distance of each other, or just a short ride away, making this city a delight for sightseeing. If you have plenty of time and enjoy the water, touring New York City using the NYC Ferry System offers a unique way to see the sights.

Any time of year and any time of day or night there are an endless array of things to see and do in New York.

See also: Where to Stay in New York City

1. Statue of Liberty

2. central park, 3. rockefeller center & top of the rock observation deck, 4. metropolitan museum of art, 5. broadway and the theater district, 6. empire state building, 7. 9/11 memorial and museum, 8. american museum of natural history, 9. high line, 10. times square, 11. brooklyn bridge, 12. fifth avenue, 13. grand central terminal, 14. lincoln center, 15. one world observatory, 16. the frick collection (frick madison), 17. new york public library, 18. wall street, 19. radio city music hall, 20. st. patrick's cathedral, 21. carnegie hall, 22. bryant park, where to stay in new york city for sightseeing, tips and tours: how to make the most of your visit to new york, map of tourist attractions in new york city, new york, ny - climate chart.

Statue of Liberty

America's most iconic sight, the Statue of Liberty is at the top of every first-time visitor's list of things to do in New York. It was France's gift to America. Built in 1886, it remains a world symbol of freedom and is one of the top attractions in America .

It is one of the world's largest statues, standing just under 152 feet tall from the base to the torch, and weighing approximately 450,000 pounds. You can see the statue from land, with particularly good views from Battery Park , on the southern tip of Manhattan.

To truly appreciate the Statue of Liberty, the best thing to do is to take a short boat trip to Liberty Island and see it up close. Take a pleasant stroll around the base, and if you have reservations, enter the pedestal or the crown. The crown is open for tours, but book well in advance if you want to enjoy this special experience.

On a tour of the Statue of Liberty, you have the option to stop at Ellis Island and explore the Immigration Museum . This fantastic museum is located in the historic immigration station complex, where thousands of immigrants were processed before entering the United States.

Displays focus on the process, the experiences, and the stories of the people who came through here on their journey to the United States. You can even search the on-site computer database to see a record of immigrants who came through here.

Tickets to go inside the statue sell out. Pre-purchasing tickets is a must during the high season and a good idea at any time of year. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour takes you to both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. This tour allows reserved access to board the ferry and includes access to the Museum at Ellis Island.

Author's Tip: Buying tickets near the ferry can be tricky, with hawkers swarming you as you exit the subway claiming to be "official representatives" and trying to sell you more expensive tickets before you can find the ticket booth. Be sure to buy in advance at the link above or ignore the hawkers until you reach the booth in Castle Clinton in Battery Park.

Read More: Top-Rated Attractions & Places to Visit in New York State

Central Park

An oasis of green amongst New York's concrete canyons, Central Park is a sanctuary of peace and quiet for visitors and locals alike.

A walk, pedal, or carriage ride through the crisscrossing pathways of Central Park is a must-do on anyone's New York City itinerary. In winter, you can even lace up your skates and glide across Wollman Rink . This huge park in the city center, a half-mile wide and 2.5 miles long, is one of the things that makes New York such a beautiful and livable city.

Besides being a great place to experience a little nature, Central Park has many attractions within its borders, and most of them are free, making it one of the few cheap things to do in NYC. Some of the most popular places to visit include the Belvedere Castle , Strawberry Fields , the Central Park Zoo , and the Lake . If you are exploring the park on your own, start by picking up a map at one of the visitor centers and plot your route.

Central Park also offers activities throughout the year, from 5km runs and yoga classes to penguin feeding at the Central Park Zoo. Have a look at the park's events schedule for details on what's happening during your visit.

If you're visiting during the summer months, you may want to catch a performance of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. This is a relaxing way to spend an evening in New York City and performances are free.

Read More: Best Parks in New York City

Rockefeller Center

When it comes to New York attractions, Rockefeller Center is on almost all tourists' itineraries. This vast entertainment and shopping complex in the middle of Manhattan is home to NBC-TV and other media, but the centerpiece is the 70-story 30 Rockefeller Plaza , an Art Deco skyscraper that offers awesome views over Manhattan from the famous Top of the Rock Observation Deck .

The "deck," as it's known, includes three floors, located on the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors. Indoor and outdoor viewing spaces offer spectacular views by day or night. You can buy a Top of the Rock Observation Deck Ticket in advance. These tickets come with a flexible voucher redemption policy, so you can change the date if your plans change or the weather doesn't cooperate.

Skating on the outdoor skating rink at the base of the tower is one of the most popular things to do in winter in New York City and a fun activity for families and couples. The rink is typically open from October to April. If you aren't a strong skater, don't worry, the rink is tiny, and for many people, this is their first time on skates, so the skill level is pretty low.

After Thanksgiving, a huge Christmas tree is erected in front of the skating rink, lighting up the complex for the holiday season. Many people visit New York in December just to see this site.

Another point of interest in this area is the famous bronze sculpture of Atlas in front of the International Building. It's a popular subject for photographers.

Address: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York

Read More: Best Places to Go for Christmas

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art , or the Met, as it is commonly known, was founded in 1870, and is one of the most famous museums in the United States. The permanent collection of The Met contains more than two million works of art, spanning a period of 5,000 years.

Although the museum has three sites, the centerpiece is The Met Fifth Avenue . Highlights of this collection include American decorative arts, arms and armor, costumes, Egyptian art, musical instruments, photographs, and much more.

Always-changing exhibitions bring some of the world's most famous works to the public.

The Met Cloisters , located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan, is another extremely popular New York museum. This branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, housed in an outstanding structure, built around medieval cloisters, chapels, and halls, focuses on the medieval art and architecture of Europe.

Address: 1000 5th Avenue, New York, New York

Read More: Top-Rated Museums in New York City

Broadway and the Theater District

Attending a Broadway show is one of the top things to do in New York City. Considered the pinnacle of American theater, this is the place to see the latest shows and the long-running classics.

Broadway usually refers simply to Broadway theater, which encompasses a large number of theater venues in the Theater District and along the street of Broadway. For the most popular shows , tickets should be purchased well in advance from the website.

Shubert Alley is a famous pedestrian-only alley in the Theater District and home to two well-known playhouses: the Shubert on 221 West 44th Street and the Booth at 22 West 45th Street. Historically, aspiring actors would frequent Shubert Alley looking for opportunities to perform in a play sponsored by theater baron, Sam S. Shubert.

A Chorus Line played at The Shubert for a record 6,137 shows. The musical Oklahoma debuted in 1941 at the St. James playhouse just down the street. Other legendary places include Sardi's restaurant, where many famous actors met, and the Music Box Theater, where Irving Berlin staged The Music Box Revue in 1921.

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is one of New York's most famous landmark buildings and key tourist attractions. The 381-meter-tall, 102-story building was the tallest in the world until the 1 World Trade Center tower rose higher, 41 years later. Topped with a mooring mast for airships, the Empire State Building immediately became a landmark and a symbol for NYC when it opened in 1931.

There are actually two observatories atop the Empire State Building , both offering astounding views. On clear days, you can see up to 80 miles, looking into the neighboring states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

The 86th Floor Observatory (1,050 feet) is the city's highest open-air observation deck, and what most people are expecting to find when they go up the Empire State Building. If it feels familiar, it's because this area has been featured in countless movies and TV shows.

Reached by high-speed, automatic elevators, it has both a glass-enclosed area, which is heated in winter and cooled in summer, and spacious outdoor promenades on all four sides of the building. The views are incredible. The Top Deck on the 102nd Floor stands 1,250 feet above the bustling streets below. While you are 16 stories higher, the viewing area here is enclosed.

The line to go up the Empire State Building is almost always long; moves slowly; and during peak times, it can be ridiculous, making the whole experience more frustrating than it needs to be. Be aware you can easily burn up half your touring day just at this one attraction.

It's well worth buying the Empire State Building Ticket – Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Ticket that lets you bypass the lines .

9/11 Memorial and Museum

The World Trade Center's twin 110-story towers once dominated the Manhattan skyline but were destroyed by suicide-piloted jetliners on September 11, 2001, with a tragic loss of life. Where the two towers of the World Trade Center once stood, now stand two square reflecting pools, each one acre in size.

Known as the National September 11 Memorial , this area is a moving tribute to the almost 3,000 people killed as a result of attacks on September 11, 2001, and also the six people killed in the earlier World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

Surrounded by trees and grass, the pools are recessed, with water cascading over the sides and flowing into a seemingly bottomless square. These are the largest manmade waterfalls in North America . Around the pools are bronze panels with the names of all those who were killed in the attacks.

The 9/11 Memorial Museum is located in an architecturally stunning, curving glass building, between the two pools. It features displays that include artifacts, photos, and videos, presenting the story of 9/11, as well as the aftermath and impacts.

The building is constructed around the remnants of the World Trade Center and incorporates the old structures within the extraordinary new museum building. The memorial and the museum are located on the south side of One World Trade Centre, on Greenwich Street.

Also worth seeing in this area, on the opposite side of Greenwich Street, is the eye-catching Westfield World Trade Center , which contains Oculus Plaza . You can't miss this building with its white fins and spaceship-like appearance. This is a public building with shops and high-end stores, but it's worth popping in for a quick look at the architecture.

Tickets to the 9/11 Museum must be purchased online or at the window in advance. This is one of New York's most popular things to do, so booking ahead is essential to avoid disappointment. If you are traveling as a family, be sure to book the discounted family rate for up to five.

When purchasing your tickets, you will have the ability to select a time to visit, and you must make your time slot. On Mondays, museum entry is free from 3:30 to 5pm, but tickets still need to be booked in advance, starting at 7am, and are limited to four per person.

Address: 180 Greenwich St, New York, New York

The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History, New York

One of New York City's best museums for a family outing, the American Museum of Natural History has always been an important institution, but now it's even more exciting.

One of the newest additions to the New York City attraction scene is the recent opening of the Richard Gilder Center for Science , in May of 2023. This impressive renovation and expansion is quickly becoming one of the city's top things to see, with a design reminiscent of the imaginative style of Antonio Gaudi.

The stunning four-story wing features flowing concrete in intriguing formations. Once inside, you can explore the brand-new insectarium, butterfly conservatory, research library, and a wealth of educational opportunities. It's an exciting addition to the city's cultural landscape that is sure to inspire visitors of all ages.

American Museum of Natural History

The museum's permanent exhibit halls showcase all that's interesting about the natural environment of our planet, from science and the environment to animals and fossils. It also hosts special exhibits that run for a set block of time.

Some of the current exhibits that are well worth seeing include one on sharks, featuring models of these amazing creatures that you can actually touch. Another fascinating display is the rare 22-carat Okavango Blue Diamond.

Address: 200 Central Park West, New York, New York

High Line

An exciting, and recently expanded, attraction in New York City, the High Line is a former rail line that has been transformed into an urban walking trail above the city streets.

This unique linear public park has been planted with a variety of plants and trees, many of which are native species. In spring many of these come into bloom. The park is lined with glass railings in most areas, giving it a natural feel, while still offering outstanding views of the city.

This oasis on Manhattan's West Side runs from Gansevoort Street at the south end (just south of West 13th Street) to West 34th Street at the north end, running parallel to 10th Ave most of the way. You can access it at various points along the route, some of which offer stair access only, and others with elevator access.

Although the High Line is only about two to three stories above street level, the views of the city's architecture and the lookouts over the streets offer a whole new perspective. Along the route are art installations and benches , and near the south end is a sitting area with bleacher-style seating and a glass wall looking out onto the city . The trail is heavily used, and on weekends it can be extremely busy, but without the surrounding traffic, it's still a peaceful retreat.

One of the highlights of the High Line is the Hudson Yards overlook, called The Vessel, near 34th Street. This is a stunning multilevel structure.

You'll find other interesting places to visit just off the High Line. The south section runs through the Meatpacking District , with plenty of trendy restaurants and fine dining. The southernmost access point is adjacent to the Whitney Museum of American Art, which is also worth a visit.

If you hop off the High Line at the 16th Street access (elevator access), it's just a short stroll to the popular Chelsea Market , located in a former Nabisco factory, where you'll find restaurants and unique shops.

In the spring of 2023, a new extension called the High Line — Moynihan Connector opened to much fanfare. This extension adds new access points, public spaces, and transit connections via the Moynihan train station. The new additions consist of two new 600-foot-long bridges, one made of steel and one made of wood.

Tours of the High Line are offered year-round and trace the history of the attraction from its industrial beginnings through to the structure it is today. Tours are free and are 90 minutes long in the spring, summer, and fall, and 45 minutes long in the winter.

Although a late-night stroll on the High Line on a hot summer's night or after a concert or Broadway show may sound enticing, the High Line closes at 10pm.

Location: Manhattan West Side

Times Square

Lined with huge, brilliantly lit billboards and screens, Times Square is the place to go in New York in the evening, but still exciting at any time of day. This is the location of New York's New Year's Eve Celebrations and the famous "ball drop" at midnight, when the square and surrounding streets are filled with people.

Times Square is busy and perpetually crowded but has its own unique appeal. Bleachers set up at one end are a great place to take a break and appreciate the scene.

Formerly Longacre Square, Times Square was named in 1904 after the New York Times tower. The newspaper first posted current headlines along its moving sign, the first of its kind in the world, in 1928.

If you've had your fill of sitting on the bleachers and are looking for something fun to do either as a group or a couple, stroll over to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum . The eerily life-like wax figurines feature NYC icons like Jimmy Fallon and the set of The Tonight Show , Broadway cast members, and shows where you actually get to dress up and participate. The building's glass dome protrudes over Times Square for awesome views.

Address: Broadway and 7th Avenue, New York, New York

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge, with its Gothic-shaped arches and suspension cables, is one of the city's most recognizable landmarks and has inspired generations of poets, songwriters, and painters. This historic bridge, spanning the East River from Manhattan to Brooklyn, was completed in 1883 and was the world's first steel suspension bridge .

You can see it from many of the ferries, or the east side of Manhattan, but the best way to experience this icon is to take an hour and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. A wood plank walkway, only open to pedestrians and cyclists , runs above the lanes of traffic. If you are not up for walking the whole distance, at least go as far as the first pillar, where there is a viewing platform, and you can see one of the granite towers up close.

From the bridge are beautiful views over Manhattan, the East River, and beyond to the Statue of Liberty. Biking over the bridge is another option, but pedestrian traffic is often very heavy, and cycling can be slow and challenging on busy days. Be aware that the access to the bridge begins well back from the water's edge.

Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions & Things to Do in Brooklyn

Fifth Avenue

One of the most famous shopping streets in America, Fifth Avenue is New York's premier shopping area , where many top designers have their flagship stores. Cartier, Tiffany, Bergdorf-Goodman, the famous Apple Store Fifth Avenue, and of course, Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as many others, line this posh avenue.

Even non-shoppers can enjoy a walk along Fifth Avenue. The best area runs from approximately the south end of Central Park to the New York Public Library, or more specifically, between 60th Street and 40th Street.

Fifth Avenue - Layout map

Grand Central Terminal , often called Grand Central Station, is a fantastic Beaux Arts building, and it's definitely worth popping in to take a look at this famous landmark. The building first opened in 1913 as a terminal for the subway and train stations.

Outside, the 42nd Street colonnaded faces and the statuary on top are some of the key highlights. Inside, you can't miss the Grand Staircase , where you can stop to gaze out over the concourse. The beautifully restored ceiling here shows a celestial scene.

One of the most iconic sights within Grand Central Terminal is the Main Concourse Information Booth Clock. This four-sided clock has been the site of countless meet-ups (and even a marriage proposal or two) and has been featured in many famous movies including The Godfather , Men in Black , and Midnight Run .

You'll also find an extensive selection of retail shops and restaurants inside the terminal.

Address: 89 E 42nd St, New York, New York

Lincoln Center

If you plan on taking in one of the performing arts such as ballet, symphony, or opera, it's likely that your plans will involve an evening or afternoon at the Lincoln Center . Musicians, dancers, and performers of all kinds dream of gracing one of the 30 indoor and outdoor stages spread throughout the center.

Throughout the summer from mid-June through to mid-August Lincoln Center is one of New York's cheapest cultural hotspots with hundreds of free events during their Summer for the City series . All kinds of entertainment for all ages are on offer.

The Lincoln Center is home to the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the Juilliard School of Music, the Lincoln Center Theater, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and it's almost a certainty that some sort of event will be taking place during your time in town.

In addition to live performances, Film at Lincoln Center showcases innovative movies on a daily basis.

Location: 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, New York

One World Observatory

At the top of the newly constructed One World Trade Center building , One World Observatory is the highest observation deck in the city offering outstanding views from floors 100, 101, and 102, 1,776 feet above the ground. The elevator to the top is part of the attraction. As you ascend, the surrounding panels show New York as it transformed over the years, from a rural landscape to the metropolis you see today.

This glass building, which can be seen from all over the city, is a unique structure on the Manhattan skyline, with angles that give it a very distinct appearance. If you stand near the base and look straight up, the tower appears pyramidal.

If you want to go up and see the view, you can buy an NYC One World Observatory Skip-the-Line Ticket to save you some time, but note, you will still need to clear security.

Address: One World Trade Center, 285 Fulton Street, New York, New York

The Frick Collection

For ambience, the Frick Collection tops the list when it comes to New York City museums. Housed in an early 1900s mansion, the building and the original collection were donated by Henry Clay Frick, who had the mansion built to display his art collection.

However, the original mansion is currently closed for a massive renovation and will be for several more years. A decision was made to move elements of the Frick Collection to the former site of the Whitney Museum. The temporary home is known as Frick Madison .

A visit is still worthwhile — the most notable artwork, which includes a mix of paintings, porcelain, and furniture, are on display, as are works by Monet, Rembrandt, Bellini, El Greco , and many other famous artists.

Temporary Address: 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street

New York Public Library

The New York Public Library's main branch was designed by architects, Carrere & Hastings, in the Beaux Arts style. The library, with its impressive rooms, is a prominent city attraction that has been featured in many movies and TV shows over the years.

Although colloquially known as the main branch, the proper name is actually the Stephen A. Schwarzman building . It opened in 1911 to immediate acclaim. An enormous library, the Main Reading Room alone stretches two city blocks, and the Periodicals Room holds 10,000 current magazines. The collection at this location is vast, to say the least.

Location: Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, New York

Wall Street

Stretching for eight city blocks from Broadway to South Street is the world-famous Wall Street. This street and the surrounding area are home to some of the most important exchanges in the world, including the New York Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ, and the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Also located nearby are the impressive Trinity Church and Federal Hall . Look for the bronze statue of Charging Bull at Bowling Green, on Broadway. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Financial District and a popular photo opportunity for visitors.

Radio City Music Hall

Lying in the shadow of Rockefeller Center is Radio City Music Hall , a famous entertainment venue and a designated city landmark. This 1932 Art Deco theater offers musical extravaganzas and films and is the home of the dance company, The Rockettes .

The building was built and financed by the Rockefellers during the 1930s and contained the largest indoor theater in the world at the time. Today, the venue frequently hosts major events, including the Grammy Awards and Tony Awards. Its prominent marquee is hard to miss as it curves around the building and stretches down the block.

Address: 1260 6th Avenue, New York, New York

St Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral is one of New York's finest examples of Gothic Revival, with its massive bronze doors, white marble façade, 330-foot spires, the Great Organ, rose window, bronze baldachin, 2,400 seating capacity, and the statue of Pieta at the side of the Lady Chapel. With millions of visitors annually, the cathedral is a major destination for believers and tourists alike.

The building was erected in 1879 and has been carefully restored and maintained throughout its existence, including a $200-million renovation that was completed in 2016.

Location: 5th Avenue, between 50th and 51st Streets, New York, New York

New York - St Patrick's Cathedral - Floor plan map

Carnegie Hall opened in 1891 as New York's first great concert hall. Musicians from Tchaikovsky, who conducted on opening night, to Leonard Bernstein and The Beatles have filled the hall. It is said to have some of the best acoustics in the world.

While the best way to enjoy the hall is to take in a performance, one of the best ways to learn about it is on a guided tour . The tour offers a comprehensive look at the hall, insight into the construction, and discusses some of the artists who have taken to the stage. Tours end at the Rose Museum.

Address: 881 7th Ave, New York, New York

Bryant Park

On a summer's day, it's hard to beat a leisurely afternoon at Bryant Park . The grounds feature monuments and gardens, and "Le Carrousel," a popular carousel. A games area makes available chess boards, checkers, and backgammon boards for a small fee.

Bryant Park was a seedy area known for crime and a hangout for undesirables until 1989, when the city reclaimed it and turned it into a beautiful urban oasis. Locals have embraced this park, and today, it's a pleasure to walk through. If you don't want to play a game, it is still interesting to watch others playing.

When the snow flies and the temperature drops, an outdoor skating rink emerges at Bryant Park. This small rink is free to use, unlike the one at Central Park. Bring your own skates or rent a pair at the concession stand. Don't know how to skate? No problem. Skating aids, similar to walkers that elderly people use, are available to rent. If you can, try to visit on Tuesdays or Thursdays. At 12:40pm, artistic skating performances by the Ice Theater of New York take place.

The park is located adjacent to the New York Public Library.

Location: Between W 40th Street and W 42nd Street, at 6th Ave, New York, New York

The best way to truly experience New York is to stay in Manhattan, rather than trying to commute from the suburbs, which can be time-consuming and a little tiring. The hotels mentioned below are all centrally located in Manhattan and close to many of the major attractions.

Luxury Hotels:

  • Known for impeccable service The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park is a New York landmark. The hotel has recently been renovated and upgraded, and now the 253 rooms have all the latest modern features the discerning traveler requires and demands.
  • The Mandarin Oriental is an outstanding luxury property with a great location near the south end of Central Park.
  • Farther south, near Bryant Park, the New York Public Library, and Grand Central Terminal, the posh 60-story Langham Place, Fifth Avenue is another reliable five-star hotel.
  • One of the hot new arrivals on New York's hotel scene is the Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown Manhattan . This four-star property offers affordable luxury and is located within walking distance to the High Line, Penn Station, and Times Square.
  • In a similar price range, near Times Square, is the boutique Casablanca Hotel by Library Hotel Collection .

Mid-Range Hotels:

  • With a prime location, within walking distance of Times Square, Central Park, and Rockefeller Center, The Pearl Hotel is at the higher end of the mid-range. It offers quality rooms, great service, and very reasonable rates.
  • Another noteworthy mid-range hotel in a good location includes the Kasa, The Duffy Times Square . This small hotel has a B&B-style feel with only 22 rooms and as the name indicates, is close to Times Square.
  • The Hilton Garden Inn New York/West 35th Street is located in a great position near the Empire State Building.

Budget Hotels:

  • Hotel rates vary considerably depending on the season, but it's usually possible to find a few quality budget hotels offering reasonable rates. Some popular, modestly-priced hotel options include the Econo Lodge Times Square , just north of Times Square.
  • Near Seaton Hotel is the more modern and affordable Pod 39 Hotel , with funky, compact rooms featuring en-suite bathrooms, and sociable common areas.

With so much to see and do in New York, purchasing a couple of tours can really help cover all the main attractions and make sightseeing easy and enjoyable. Walking everywhere can be tiring, and figuring out the subway isn't for everyone. There are many tours to choose from, but the following offer a good mix of attractions and experiences, and they are all guaranteed lowest prices.

Explore the City :

  • For getting your bearings, seeing the sights, and learning a little history, there is no beating the traditional open-top sightseeing bus. Take a Big Bus New York Hop-on Hop-off Tour to cover all the top sights and save yourself a whole lot of walking, so you will still have some energy to take in dinner or a show in the evening.
  • If you are spending several days in the city and plan on sightseeing each day, you can save yourself money and hassle by picking up a New York CityPASS , which covers five major attractions and will allow you to bypass the lines. The pass is good for nine days.

See the Sights from the Water :

  • Take a Manhattan Island Cruise to see the city skyline and city landmarks from the water, along with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. These are 2.5-hour cruises that run in the morning and afternoon and include a live guided narration.

Get an Aerial Perspective :

  • Indulge yourself with a Manhattan Helicopter Tour and fly over one of the most amazing cities in the world. These 15-minute shared-occupancy flights take you past the landmark buildings in downtown, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. This tour will give you a whole new appreciation for the density of the buildings and the size of Central Park.

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The Boroughs of New York City: If you have time to tour areas outside of Manhattan, you'll be pleasantly surprised at what you find. Take a trip on the Staten Island Ferry and discover the sights of Staten Island . Hop on the subway and explore the attractions of Queens . Walk or bike over the Brooklyn Bridge and enjoy the numerous attractions in Brooklyn . Lastly, home to the Yankee Stadium and the largest zoo in the United States, it's worth taking some time to visit the Bronx

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Where to Go near New York City: If you want a quick break from New York, have a look at our top day trips from New York City or our best weekend getaways . In summer, you might even want to consider heading out to explore the best beaches on Long Island .

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12 US Tourist Attractions That Are a Waste of Time and Money!

Posted: August 28, 2023 | Last updated: December 3, 2023

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We all enjoy traveling because it is one of the few activities that enable us to discover new places and make lifelong memories. But only a few of the destinations are worth the hype.

In reality, many well-known U.S. tourist sites are rated higher but frequently disappoint visitors. So, we have gathered together the names of places that are overrated so that you can save time.

<p>The entire City of Las Vegas, arguably the most overrated travel destination in the United States, is where we begin. It's difficult to miss Vegas with its sparkling marquee lights, the temptation of gambling, headliners that scream nostalgia, and all the delicious food. Even the most frugal traveler would find it difficult to refuse to make at least one trip to the Las Vegas Strip.</p> <p>Instead, visit Nevada, a stunning state with a lot to discover.</p>

1. The City of Las Vegas

The entire City of Las Vegas, arguably the most overrated travel destination in the United States, is where we begin. It’s difficult to miss Vegas with its sparkling marquee lights, the temptation of gambling, headliners that scream nostalgia, and all the delicious food. Even the most frugal traveler would find it difficult to refuse to make at least one trip to the Las Vegas Strip.

Instead, visit Nevada, a stunning state with a lot to discover.

<p>Although the Alamo is a significant location in American history, the structure could be more interesting. To begin with, the area in the center of contemporary construction in downtown San Antonio needs help to grasp the historical background properly. There isn't much to see, even if you can block that out, and the required tour moves people through the area far too rapidly. Indeed, you should drive past it if you want to cross it off your list.</p>

2. The Alamo

Although the Alamo is a significant location in American history, the structure could be more interesting. To begin with, the area in the center of contemporary construction in downtown San Antonio needs help to grasp the historical background properly. There isn’t much to see, even if you can block that out, and the required tour moves people through the area far too rapidly. Indeed, you should drive past it if you want to cross it off your list.

<p>The long beaches and the perfect spring weather attract many college students to Myrtle Beach, SC. It has yet to hit the peak summer tourist season, so the rates are much cheaper at the hotels, attracting so many to these miles of beaches stretching down the South Carolina coast. If you are looking for a cheap spring break destination, Myrtle Beach should be on that list. </p>

3. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach is a famous tourist resort. It is renowned for its 60 kilometers of sandy beaches and golf courses created by famous architects. But, it is not worth the visit.

The number of visitors from outside the Carolinas each year will surprise you, but the beach could be more lovely and as filthy as anything.

<p>In the United States, the Liberty Bell is a legendary representation of freedom; each year, hundreds of people visit Pennsylvania only to view it. Nevertheless, if you remove what it stands for, all that's left is a fairly uninteresting, worn-out bell that no longer rings.</p>

4. The Liberty Bell

In the United States, the Liberty Bell is a legendary representation of freedom; each year, hundreds of people visit Pennsylvania only to view it. Nevertheless, if you remove what it stands for, all that’s left is a fairly uninteresting, worn-out bell that no longer rings.

<p>Navy Pier can be the perfect place if you prefer shopping centers similar to the ones you have at home, with the bonus of paying twice as much for your food because you're in a tourist destination. For everyone else, Chicago, with its amazing parks and museums, offers far more stimulating things to do.</p>

5. Navy Pier

Navy Pier can be the perfect place if you prefer shopping centers similar to the ones you have at home, with the bonus of paying twice as much for your food because you’re in a tourist destination. For everyone else, Chicago, with its amazing parks and museums, offers far more stimulating things to do.

<p>Well, there will be lots of Disney characters for you to enjoy. On the other hand, if you visit Disneyland Park, you will also have to stand in never-ending lines. You may use this time to think about the second mortgage you'll need to get to pay for your tickets.</p> <p>There are several complaints about the wait times for the rides on travel review websites, and most people agree that if Disney is your thing, you'd be much better off visiting Walt Disney World in Florida.</p>

6. Disneyland Park

Well, there will be lots of Disney characters for you to enjoy. On the other hand, if you visit Disneyland Park, you will also have to stand in never-ending lines. You may use this time to think about the second mortgage you’ll need to get to pay for your tickets.

There are several complaints about the wait times for the rides on travel review websites, and most people agree that if Disney is your thing, you’d be much better off visiting Walt Disney World in Florida.

<p>Times Square must be mentioned while discussing overrated tourist attractions in big cities. It is, without a doubt, the most overrated tourist attraction in the USA, and it might even rank among the most overrated destinations worldwide.</p> <p>The Square is unlike what you see on social media in real life. Times Square is always crowded, day or night. Many visitors are attempting to take selfies while dozens of workers go about their daily activities and wish there weren't so many tourists around.</p> <p>Not to mention the spooky, off-brand costume characters requesting payment in exchange for photo opportunities.</p>

7. Times Square

Times Square must be mentioned while discussing overrated tourist attractions in big cities. It is, without a doubt, the most overrated tourist attraction in the USA, and it might even rank among the most overrated destinations worldwide.

The Square is unlike what you see on social media in real life. Times Square is always crowded, day or night. Many visitors are attempting to take selfies while dozens of workers go about their daily activities and wish there weren’t so many tourists around.

Not to mention the spooky, off-brand costume characters requesting payment in exchange for photo opportunities.

<p>The French Quarter in New Orleans is romantically portrayed. Perhaps it once lived up to it, but these days it consists of intoxicated people attempting to make it seem like Mardi Gras when it isn't.</p> <p>More than just a bunch of drunk people congregating on Bourbon Street may be found in New Orleans. If you visit NOLA, exploring the rest of the city is best.</p>

8. The French Quarter

The French Quarter in New Orleans is romantically portrayed. Perhaps it once lived up to it, but these days it consists of intoxicated people attempting to make it seem like Mardi Gras when it isn’t.

More than just a bunch of drunk people congregating on Bourbon Street may be found in New Orleans. If you visit NOLA, exploring the rest of the city is best.

<p>Although the biggest mall in the country draws more visitors than any other mall, it primarily consists of retailers you can find in your hometown, with a few additional kiddie attractions sponsored by Nickelodeon and a small melancholy aquarium to distinguish it. So, Canada would be the best choice if you're traveling to a remote place simply for the mall.</p>

9. Mall of America

Although the biggest mall in the country draws more visitors than any other mall, it primarily consists of retailers you can find in your hometown, with a few additional kiddie attractions sponsored by Nickelodeon and a small melancholy aquarium to distinguish it. So, Canada would be the best choice if you’re traveling to a remote place simply for the mall.

<p>It takes plenty of time to get to Mount Rushmore from almost anywhere, and since you already know what it looks like, you'll probably get bored quickly. It's also considerably smaller than you think, or so everyone claims. Others can even wonder if it enhances the breathtaking natural magnificence of the Black Hills.</p> <p>Drive along the Iron Mountain Road, which connects Mount Rushmore to Custer State Park, if you're in the area and absolutely must see it. The road is more interesting than the monument, and you can cross it off your bucket list without traveling too far.</p>

10. Mount Rushmore

It takes plenty of time to get to Mount Rushmore from almost anywhere, and since you already know what it looks like, you’ll probably get bored quickly. It’s also considerably smaller than you think, or so everyone claims. Others can even wonder if it enhances the breathtaking natural magnificence of the Black Hills.

Drive along the Iron Mountain Road, which connects Mount Rushmore to Custer State Park, if you’re in the area and absolutely must see it. The road is more interesting than the monument, and you can cross it off your bucket list without traveling too far.

<p>The Space Needle in Seattle is the ideal place to waste time away from home. Like Lady Liberty, it is an expensive tourist site best viewed from a distance. Spend your time at nearby attractions that are more intriguing.</p> <p>You spend hours in line, ride the elevator to the top, and witness a view of the available city from everywhere around.</p>

11. The Space Needle

The Space Needle in Seattle is the ideal place to waste time away from home. Like Lady Liberty, it is an expensive tourist site best viewed from a distance. Spend your time at nearby attractions that are more intriguing.

You spend hours in line, ride the elevator to the top, and witness a view of the available city from everywhere around.

<p>Not too far from many large cities sits Washington, D.C., and what a fantastic place to take your family and kids. It is full of history, museums, and many attractions to not only see but to continue to help educate your family on the vast history of this country. The great thing is that many monuments and museums along the national mall are free. What an adventure to this country's capital!</p>

12. Washington Monument

If you look at the Washington Monument objectively, it isn’t that amazing. You’ll have to wait in line for a very long time to see it. In one of the eight windows, where you eventually reach the top, you’ll have to jostle for space to view nothing.

Make the short drive to Mount Vernon, where Washington lived, to witness a homage to him. The rooftop terrace at the W Washington DC Hotel offers a tranquil place to take in the scenery while having a beautiful view of the Mall and the Monument.

<p>The US is undoubtedly filled with extraordinary landscapes and travel destinations, but some may not be worth the hype. So, do not waste your money and time, and check the list we have curated for some of the places you may cut off your bucket list.</p>

To Wind Things Up

The US is undoubtedly filled with extraordinary landscapes and travel destinations, but some may not be worth the hype. So, do not waste your money and time, and check the list we have curated for some of the places you may cut off your bucket list.

<p>The London Eye has been called one of the overrated attractions in London, with the worst view of the city. A 30-minute trip on the Ferris wheel will cost you about 36€, while a fast-track ticket would cost you about 73€. You'll need the fast-track ticket. Hundreds of other tourists will barrage you, and the lines can be incredibly long. </p> <p>The London Eye receives over 3.5 million visitors each year. That is almost 10,000 people each day. That's insane!</p>

12 Overrated European Tourist Traps To Avoid

Can we genuinely evaluate a location by simply perusing the many professional images that appear in the search bar? The pictures might only show you the positive aspects of your holiday destination, but they don’t tell you about the dangers you might encounter abroad.

<p>Perhaps, you want to avoid visiting the same old tourist traps and following the crowds. If you are looking for new and exciting adventures that will leave you with unforgettable memories, look no further.</p> <p><a href="https://thefrugalexpat.com/countries-that-are-underrated-traveling-experiences/" rel="noreferrer noopener">12 Countries That Are Underrated Traveling Experiences You'd Enjoy</a></p>

12 Countries That Are Underrated Traveling Experiences You’d Enjoy

Perhaps, you want to avoid visiting the same old tourist traps and following the crowds. If you are looking for new and exciting adventures that will leave you with unforgettable memories, look no further.

<p>The United States is home to many breathtaking, out-of-this-world destinations that showcase the diverse and awe-inspiring beauty of the nation. So, are you ready to uncover America's best-kept secrets? </p> <p><a href="https://thefrugalexpat.com/out-of-this-world-us-destinations/" rel="noreferrer noopener">Out of This World US Destinations: A Journey Through the Most Extraordinary Places</a></p>

8 Out of This World US Destinations

The United States is home to many breathtaking, out-of-this-world destinations that showcase the diverse and awe-inspiring beauty of the nation. 

So, are you ready to uncover America’s best-kept secrets?

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"With new attractions and connectivity, Gujarat is becoming hub of tourism": PM Modi

Highlighting the importance of connectivity for the growth of tourism in the country, prime minister narendra modi illustrated the point by elaborating on gujarat becoming a hub of tourism due to improved connectivity..

"With new attractions and connectivity, Gujarat is becoming hub of tourism": PM Modi

Highlighting the importance of connectivity for the growth of tourism in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi illustrated the point by elaborating on Gujarat becoming a hub of tourism due to improved connectivity. Highlighting the new attraction of Gujarat, the Prime Minister said that today, there are 22 sanctuaries and 4 national parks in Gujarat.

"Thousands of years old port city Lothal is discussed all over the world. Today Ahmedabad city, Rani Ki Vav, Champaner and Dholavira have become World Heritage. Shivrajpuri is a blue flag beach in Dwarka. Asia's longest ropeway is in Girnar. Gir forest is the only habitat of the Asiatic Lion. The World's tallest statue, Sardar Saheb's Statue of Unity is in Ekta Nagar," PM Modi on said addressing a public event in Rajkot. "Today a fair of tourists from all over the world are organized during Ranotsav. Dhordo village of Kutch is counted among the best tourist villages in the world. Nadabet is becoming an important center of patriotism and tourism," he added.

He pointed out that in line with the mantra of 'Vikas bhi Virasat bhi', centers of faith are being upgraded. Facilities have been developed in all important pilgrimage sites such as Dwarka, Somnath, Pavagadh, Modhera and Ambaji. He said every fifth tourist that visited India visited Gujarat. Last year about 15.5 lakh tourists came to Gujarat till August. e-Visa facilities are also bringing tourists to Gujarat, he said.

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