The United States has got one of the greatest and most flourishing tourism industries in the world. Most people visit the United States for shopping and food, but apart from its advancement as an industrialized country, it offers so many unique natural, historical and recreational attractions that you would not want to miss out on. Each being better than the other, we have picked the best 10 places, based on the number of annual visitors they get, that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. Read on to know about the top 10 marvelous places to visit in America.
10. Navy Pier, Chicago
This is the place that hosts the must-see famous Chicago Shakespeare’s Theatre, as well as the Chicago Children’s Museum. It was opened in 1916, at Lake Michigan’s shore, and been used as military training campus for a long time. Currently, it is a host to dozens of acres of shops, exposition facilities and restaurants. This place hosts about 8.6 million visitors every year.
9. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, North Carolina
Although most of us have heard that the Grand Canyon is the most visited national park in the United States, that information is not quite accurate. The most visited nation park in America is actually the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which consists of over 800 miles of protected trails and hosts 9.04 million visitors a year.
8. Niagara Falls, New York
This natural tourist attraction on the border of the U.S. and Canada has been a site-to-see since the mid-19th century. There are several viewing points for the Falls, as they can be observed either from the various hiking trails, by boat, or from the observation towers. At the Canadian side, there is an antique cable car, called the Whirlpool Aero Car that can be used to look at the thundering waters of the Falls. This place hosts about 12 million visitors a year.
7. Fisherman’s Wharf/Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco
The Golden Gate along with its famous bridge are like San Francisco’s identity. The Golden Gate National Recreational Area includes the bridge as well as the entire Bay Area. The most popular of the attractions here is the Fisherman’s Wharf, and the approximate number of visitors to visit this area in a year, are 14.1 million.
6. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, California
Opened in 1955, this is the ultimate Disney Park ever, which was later also opened in Paris. It has many rides, all having something or the other to do with Disney. It has lodging facilities as well since it is claimed that the park is too huge to be enjoyed in a day. Disneyland California receives about 15 million visitors every year.
5. Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
This resort was initially made by Walt Disney, in order to facilitate and enhance the Disneyland Resort on California, in 1960. In 1971, the resort opened with one theme park only, but it currently has no less than four theme parks, but the first one, the Magic Kingdom, still attracts the most traffic, so much so, that it hosts about 17.1 million visitors in a year.
4. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston
In 1742, a wealthy merchant, Peter Faneuil, living in Boston, built a commercial centre that kept being used for that purpose for centuries, alongside being used as a place for famous orations. In fact, the independence rallying speech that Samuel Adams gave to colonists was also held here. This centre was named after the merchant and came to be known as the Faneuil Hall. It hosts about 20 million visitors every year.
3. National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.
The National Mall and Memorial Parks are spread across over a thousand acres of land. Adjacent to The Mall, are located the 19 museums of the Smithsonian Institution. This builds a whole network of free museums which are responsible for drawing over 25 million visitors in a year.
2. The Las Vegas Strip, Nevada
Las Vegas, which is also known as the Sin City, is renowned internationally as a major place for shopping, gambling and fine dining. Although the strip is not located within the city, when people refer to Vegas in terms of than these activities, it is usually this place that they are talking about. There are many great archeological sites at the Las Vegas Strip too. This place hosts about 30 million visitors a year.
1. Times Square, New York City
As always, the Times Square, situated at Manhattan’s crossroads does not leave the number one spot. It is found that amongst the people who visit New York City, 80% of the people make sure they visit the Times Square. This extremely busy commercial area receives 37.6 million visitors a year.