Most Visited Places In The United States

Times Square in New York City always remains crowded with visitors from around the world.
Times Square in New York City always remains crowded with visitors from around the world.

The US is a vast country with numerous attractions, and some of them are major crowd pullers with millions of annual visitors. The tourism industry in the US contributes significantly to the country’s economy. In the year 2015, the industry contributed $1.6 trillion to the national GDP. An estimated 77.5 million international travelers visited the US in 2015 while domestic trips were approximated at 2.1 billion. The major tourist attractions include amusement parks, recreational facilities, national parks, and historical and cultural landmarks. The most visited places in the US are discussed below:

Times Square

Times Square in New York is the most visited destination in the US as well as in the whole world. Annual visitors are recorded at 41.9 million. Times Square is a commercial junction, dotted with shops and lit up by billboards. The famous Broadway Theater District sits in the bustling intersection and offers the best in entertainment. Visitors in the square flock into the countless restaurants and shops and enjoy the sights and sounds the square has to offer.

Central Park

Central Park is in the heart of New York City and receives approximately 40 million visitors every year. The park is teeming with attractions and recreational facilities. Visitors engage in sightseeing, picnics, carriage rides and boat rides. Attraction in the park includes the William Shakespeare Monument, Bethesda Fountain, Children’s Zoo, Central Park Zoo & Wildlife Center, Obelisk, Lake, Nature Observatory, Belvedere Castle and Delacorte Theater.

Union Station

Union Station in Washington, D.C. receives 36.5 million tourists annually. After its construction in 1907, Union Station was the world’s biggest train station. In addition to being a busy train station in the modern day, the station is also home to over 100 shops, restaurants, a food court, and movie theater. The grand hall of the station was refurbished with its original designs and gleaming marble and makes for a spectacular sight.

Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

This attraction is in Orlando, Florida and it receives 17.1 million visitors annually. The Magic Kingdom is comprised of six themed lands with numerous attractions suited for children. Children get to meet Disney characters, enjoy spectacular parades and rides and explore themed areas.

Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California attracts 16.1 million annual visitors. The entertainment resort offers a variety of rides, exhibits and themed shows to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Epcot, Walt Disney World

Located in Orlando, Florida, Epcot in Walt Disney World receives 10.8 million visitors annually. Epcot is a theme park with various attractions, from an aquarium teeming with sharks, dolphins and other fish, a simulated ride in mission space, boat rides and festivals.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

This destination attracts 9.8 million annual visitors and it is located in Orlando, Florida. The park is divided into sections, each representing individual continents and their respective habitats and animal species

Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World

9.7 million Visitors flock to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World in Orlando, California. The theme park has numerous attractions fashioned in some of the most popular Hollywood blockbusters.

Navy Pier

The Navy Pier in Chicago Illinois attracts 8.7 million visitors annually. The 1,010 meters long Pier is a Chicago landmark, littered with recreational facilities, museums, shops, restaurants, and theaters.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

The Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Massachusetts receives 15 million visitors annually. The urban marketplace also offers street performances and numerous dining and shopping options.

Other Most Visited Sites in the US

Other sites and their respective number of visitors are Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada (29.5 million); Grand Central Terminal, New York (21.6 million); Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay Area, California (15 million); Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California (13 million); Balboa Park, San Diego, California (13 million); Pike Place Market, Seattle,Washington (10 million); Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee (9 million); South Street Seaport, New York (9 million); Mackinac Bridge, St. Ignace and Mackinaw City, Michigan (9 million) and Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, California (8.1 million).

The Most Visited Places In The US

RankPlaceLocationVisitors (millions)
1Times SquareNew York, New York41.9
2Central ParkNew York, New York40
3Union StationWashington, D.C.36.5
4Las Vegas StripLas Vegas, Nevada29.5
5Grand Central TerminalNew York, New York21.6
6Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney WorldOrlando, Florida17.1
7Disneyland ResortAnaheim, California16.1
8Golden Gate BridgeSan Francisco Bay Area, California15
9Faneuil Hall MarketplaceBoston, Massachusetts15
10Golden Gate ParkSan Francisco, California13
11Balboa ParkSan Diego, California13
12Epcot, Walt Disney WorldOrlando, Florida10.8
13Pike Place MarketSeattle, Washington10
14Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney WorldOrlando, Florida9.8
15Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney WorldOrlando, Florida9.7
16Great Smoky Mountains National ParkNorth Carolina and Tennessee9
17South Street SeaportNew York, New York9
18Mackinac BridgeSt. Ignace and Mackinaw City, Michigan9
19Navy PierChicago, Illinois8.7
20Pier 39, Fisherman's WharfSan Francisco, California8.1

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