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Discover the most popular and interesting tourist sites in the USA

The USA is the world's leading tourist destination - firstly for Americans themselves, secondly for international visitors; and covering half a continent, it has a huge variety of tourist sites and attractions waiting to be discovered. There are sites for all interests and tastes; national parks for those who enjoy the great outdoors, historic sites for those looking for a trip back in time, and of course whole cities, with their multiple attractions. This page is just a start. You can discover more on About-the-USA.com's thematic travel pages, and on thousands of topical and local websites on the Internet.
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Top Ten tourist destinations
in the USA
Other popular tourist cities
Historic sites
National parks and outdoor areas
Other interesting sites
Top theme park locations
Most of the almost 100 top visitor attractions listed here are very much on the tourist trail; but there are others, very interesting sites, that are relatively undiscovered . Note that some sites that are off the tourist trail or at high altitude may not be open all year round.


The top ten tourist destinations in the USA

There is no agreement in the USA over any definitive list of the top ten tourist sites in the US. It all depends what you consider a "site" or a "destination" to be, and how you assess the number of visitors. Is it all visitors, visitors from other states, or international visitors? While there is consensus over Orlando, New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, which are in almost all the lists of top destinations, after that the lists vary quite a lot.

Best attractions by theme

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