Tourist Attractions in the United States
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Tourist Attractions in the United States
Times Square is the most visited public (not privately owned) tourist site in the United States, with over 41 million visitors in 2011.

This is a list of the most popular individual tourist attractions in the United States, lists of tourist attractions organized by subject region, and a selection of other notable tourist attractions and destinations.

Top tourist attractions

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


As of 2007, there are 2,462 registered National Historic Landmarks (NHL) recognized by the United States government.[2] Each major US city has thousands of landmarks. For example, New York City has 23,000 landmarks designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. These landmarks include various individual buildings, interiors, historic districts, and scenic sites which help define the culture and character of New York City.[3]

Natural monuments

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


Sporting events and their associated venues make up a significant percentage of tourist dollars in the US. Estimates of the US sports industry's size vary from $213 billion[4] to $410 billion.[5] In 1997, 25% of tourism receipts in the United States were related to sports tourism; this would have valued the market at approximately $350 billion annually.[6] Many US sporting events routinely attract international visitors. The 1997 New York City Marathon attracted 12,000 participants from outside the US, out of 28,000 participants.[7]


Hotels can be both housing for tourists visiting a particular region or city, and destinations themselves, with many hotels having historic and cultural status.

Lists of tourist attractions in the United States

Lists by type of attraction

Lists by city or region

Other tourist attractions and destinations

Former tourist attractions

See also


  1. ^ Orcutt, April (5 December 2012). "America's Most Visited Tourist Attractions". Travel + Leisure. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ National Park Service (June 2010). "National Historic Landmarks Program: List of National Historic Landmarks by State" (PDF). Retrieved .
  3. ^ text by Andrew S. Dolkart ; Matthew A. Postal. (2003), Guide to New York City Landmarks, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0-471-36900-4
  4. ^ "The Sports Industry", SportsBusiness Journal, Street & Smith's, 2008, retrieved 2008
  5. ^ "Sports Statistics", Plunkett's Sports Industry Almanac, Plunkett Research, 2007, retrieved 2008
  6. ^ Standeven & De Knop 1999, p. 176
  7. ^ Standeven & De Knop 1999, p. vii


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

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