These Are the Most Popular Tourist Attractions in the U.S.

published Sep 12, 2022
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If your summer travel plans hit a snag thanks to soaring prices and never-ending flight interruptions, you’re far from out of luck when it comes to finding fun destinations for the whole family this fall.

The pros at Airport Parking Reservations are making the case for exploring the good ol’ United States, analyzing more than 1,100 tourist attractions across each of the 50 states to determine the 10 most popular offerings of them all. They based their research on annual Google searches and Tripadvisor review scores, and yes, there truly is something for everyone among the bunch. The best part? None of them require a passport or hours spent waiting to clear customs.

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Topping the list with a popularity score of 8.22 out of 10 is the Grand Canyon in Arizona, which has received well over 14 million searches in the last year, as well as a perfect five-star rating on Tripadvisor.

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In second place with 10.3 million Google searches is NYC’s famed Times Square, which also boasts 4.7 million hashtags on Instagram and a whopping 1.8 billion views on TikTok.

Following behind in third is New York’s Niagara Falls, which saw over 15 million Google searches in the past year, 3.4 million Instagram hashtags, and 620 million TikTok views.

The rest of the top 10 includes Montana’s Glacier National Park, Idaho’s Yellowstone National Park, Walt Disney World in Florida, Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, California’s Lake Tahoe, Universal Studios Hollywood, and New York’s Statue of Liberty.

Whether you’re ready to hit the hiking trails or prefer to see the glittery lights of a city, there’s plenty worth checking off your travel bucket list among the rankings. Check out the full study for more info — along with endless travel inspo for your upcoming adventures — here.