The Most-Visited Tourist Attraction In Every State

Everyone who's ever spent time exploring the United States will likely agree on one thing: no two states feel or look alike. From scenic and serene Alaska to the bustling streets of New York, each U.S. state boasts a unique appeal. And, this variety captivates both local and international visitors alike. But, these are more than destinations to tick off your bucket list. They are also a reflection of the culture, history, and spirit of their region. The most popular tourist attraction in each state just proves how incredibly diverse the offerings are from coast to coast.

And, each is an invitation to immerse yourself in new experiences. Maybe the attraction includes visiting a historic monument or making your way through a bustling urban plaza. Whether you've lived here your entire life or you're just stopping by on a quick getaway, the United States promises to deliver no matter where you go.

Alabama: US Space & Rocket Center (Huntsville)

Welcoming more than 650,000 visitors each year, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center stands firm as Alabama's most-visited destination. Home to the largest collection of space memorabilia, this museum also boasts a planetarium, flight simulator, and toddler-friendly activity room. General admission tickets for adults (13+) and seniors currently cost $30, while children ages 5-12 can access the museum for $20. Visitors four and under enter for free.

Alaska: Denali National Park

With a sprawling six million acres, Denali National Park is a haven for outdoor and wildlife lovers alike. The site offers impressive views of America's highest and most dangerous peak, Denali. Visitors can also enjoy hiking, rock climbing, fishing, and camping within the park. If your budget permits, guided flight tours over the glacier are also available. Entrance tickets will set you back roughly $15 for visitors 16 and older. These are valid for 7 days, so make sure you keep your receipt if you're planning on visiting again.

Arizona: Grand Canyon National Park

After officially becoming a national park in 1919, the Grand Canyon has welcomed roughly five million visitors each year. Considered one of the "Seven Wonders of the World", this park is a must-visit destination for hikers and nature enthusiasts looking to experience picture-perfect landscapes. Some of the park's most popular activities include visiting the Grand Canyon Village, hiking the Rim Trail, and walking up to Mather Point. Entrance to Grand Canyon National Park costs $20 per person and $35 for a private vehicle with up to 15 passengers onboard.

Arkansas: Hot Springs National Park

Nearly 42 million tourists stopped by Arkansas in 2021 to experience the state's natural beauty by camping, hiking, and mountain biking. When it comes to outdoor experiences, Hot Springs National Park is especially popular due to its 47 hot springs with flowing water that dates back nearly four thousand years. Other attractions include the Buckstaff Bathhouse, operating since 1912, and day hikes through the Ouachita Mountains. Hot Springs National Park is free to enter, which makes it perfect for travelers looking to stay within budget.

California: Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco)

One of the country's most recognizable landmarks, the Golden Gate Bridge calls out to more than 10 million visitors annually. The structure is cloaked in its signature "International Orange" hue to enhance visibility in the city's frequent fog. The bridge first opened to traffic in 1937 and it quickly became an icon of both the city and the nation. To enjoy the full experience, consider driving through the bridge — you'll have to pay a $35 toll if you're entering the city — or signing up for a free walking tour (every Thursday and Sunday).

Colorado: Rocky Mountain National Park

With more than 4.5 million visitors each year, Rocky Mountain National Park isn't just one of the most beautiful US National Parks — it's also one of the most visited. Some of the best things to do include driving through Trail Ridge Road, hitting up the Alpine Ridge Trail, and visiting Bear Lake at sunset. You might even come face to face — from a distance — with the park's elk during mating season in the fall. Standard entrance to the park starts from $15 per person and $30 per vehicle for a single day. Multi-day passes are also available.

Connecticut: Mystic Seaport Museum (Mystic)

The prettiest town in Connecticut is also home to some hefty maritime heritage. Founded in 1939, the Mystic Seaport Museum is one of the villages' biggest attractions. Drawing in around 250,000 visitors per year, the museum's main attractions include a recreated New England coastal village. There are also more than 500 historic watercraft, including America's oldest commercial ship still in existence from 1841. General Admission tickets are available for $29 (ages 18+), $25 (ages 13-17), $19 (ages 4-12), and $27 for seniors 65 and up. Children under three can enter at no cost.

Delaware: Rehoboth Boardwalk (Rehoboth Beach)

Rehoboth Beach is a quaint seaside town that's most popular with visitors and locals during the summer. With tax-free shopping, fresh-caught crab joints, and tranquil beaches, the resort town beckons more than 3.5 million visitors each year. One of the most-visited attractions is the Rehoboth Boardwalk, a mile-long stretch along the ocean. The strip is brimming with everything from restaurants to bars, festival games, and shops, so you're sure to find something to keep you busy. The Rehoboth Boardwalk is free to visit year-round.

Florida: Walt Disney World (Orlando)

Kids and kids-at-heart flock to Disney World in Orlando to get a photo-op with their favorite characters and enjoy thrilling rides. They can also splurge on fairytale-inspired dining and do a little Disney-themed shopping inside the park. The most visited theme park in the world, Disney welcomes a whopping 17 million visitors each year — with Magic Kingdom taking the crown as the most popular. Disney World ticket prices vary depending on how many parks you're looking to visit.

Georgia: Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta)

Atlanta's Centennial Park District is home to many family-friendly attractions like the World of Coca-Cola and the College Football Hall of Fame. However, it's the massive Georgia Aquarium — one of the largest in the world — that draws in the crowds. Welcoming nearly 2.5 million guests a year, the aquarium works with experts and volunteers to highlight the importance of conservation and protecting marine life. Single-day tickets are available starting from $42.99 per person. 

Hawaii: Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial (Honolulu)

Dedicated to the lives lost on December 7th, 1941, after Japanese forces attacked the island, the Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial is built above the sunken ship's remains. Operated by the National Park Service, the memorial attracts more than 2 million visitors each year and offers audio tours in several languages. Although there is no entrance fee to visit the memorial, visitors need to reserve their spot in advance or try their luck at the door.

Idaho: Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Have you ever wondered what walking on the moon feels like? A visit to Idaho's Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve might be the answer! A surreal landscape created by volcanic activity over millions of years, the preserve attracts more than 200,000 tourists a year. Once there, make sure you hit up Caves Trail for an otherworldly experience that passes by four lava tubes. Entrance passes to the preserve cost between $10 per person and $20 for private vehicles.

Illinois: Millennium Park (Chicago)

Famous for its Cloud Gate sculpture — affectionately known as "The Bean" — Chicago's Millennium Park draws in an estimated 25 million visitors a year. Once you've dodged the crowds and snapped your photo of yourself and the city's reflection, head over to Lurie Garden for a much quieter escape from the hustle and bustle. Entrance to Millennium Park is completely free of charge.

Indiana: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Indianapolis)

Home to the Indy 500, the world-renowned Indianapolis Motor Speedway can draw big crowds — even when it's not race day. While the museum welcomes an average of 140,000 visitors each year, the track drew in 800,000 fanatics in 2022. If you're not visiting during race weekend, make sure you spend some time at the Speedway Hall of Fame. You can also get your heart racing by driving one of the cars on the track. Ticket prices vary depending on the event, time of year, and purpose of your visit.

Iowa: Field of Dreams (Dyersville)

When it comes to hitting up movie locations you can actually visit, Iowa's Field of Dreams is a no-brainer. The real-life property is where the '80s baseball classic "Field of Dreams" was actually filmed. The picturesque baseball field is located on the Lansing Family Farm, including an on-site property available for overnight stays! With 100,000 visitors stopping by every year, it remains a popular spot for fans of the film and baseball enthusiasts alike.

Kansas: Sedgwick County Zoo (Wichita)

Home to 3,000 animals representing nearly 400 species, the Sedgwick County Zoo brings in more than 600,000 yearly visitors. You can enjoy a Safari Express train ride through the property to take it all in. Or, feed a giraffe. embark on a boat ride, and look for special events happening throughout the day. The Sedgwick County Zoo is often hailed as full of fun for all ages.  Admission prices to the zoo range from $17 to $22. However, frequent visitors might want to consider getting a membership to guarantee unlimited access throughout the year.

Kentucky: Cumberland Falls State Park (Corbin)

Nicknamed the "Niagara of the South," Cumberland Falls attracts more than a million visitors a year. With a 60-foot drop spread over 125 feet wide, the park's namesake fall is a sight to behold during the daytime. However, Cumberland Falls really comes alive during its special nighttime display. During a full moon, the light from above creates a "moonbow" — a rainbow made with moonlight. There are no general admission fees to visit the park. However, campers are required to pay between $26 and $32 to set up a tent.

Louisiana: French Quarter (New Orleans)

The French Quarter is a lively neighborhood that captures the unique history of the city. It features top attractions like the St. Louis Cathedral, Bourbon Street, and the iconic dessert shop Cafe du Monde. As a hot spot for Mardi Gras, the French Quarter comes alive with energy, music, and color during the festive season. With over 19 million annual visitors flocking to this area of town, it's a top draw for tourists to experience the essence of New Orleans. Make sure you check out some of the city's best ghost tours for a spooky night out!

Maine: Acadia National Park

With over 47,000 acres of terrain to travelerblog, Acadia National Park doesn't disappoint when it comes to untouched wilderness and breathtaking views. Welcoming more than four million visitors each year, the park is home to a myriad of activities. You can check out Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak in the Eastern Seaboard. And if you want to test your limits, head out on a challenging hike through Precipice Trail. A standard entrance pass to visit Acadia National Park costs $20 per person or $35 per vehicle.

Maryland: National Aquarium (Baltimore)

Since the National Aquarium first opened its doors in 1981, it has been a beacon of marine education and conservation. Over 1.5 million visitors stop by each year to come up close and personal with the more than 17,000 animals. There are dolphins, sharks, penguins, and more — making it one of the best attractions for marine enthusiasts and families alike. Adult tickets are available for $49.95, while youth (ages 5-20) and senior tickets (70+) are available for $39.95. Children four and under are welcome free of charge.

Massachusetts: Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Boston)

Located in the heart of downtown Boston, Faneuil Hall Marketplace has operated since 1742 and includes historic Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market, and South Market. The spot was originally used as Boston's public meeting place where many protests and discussions took place. Today, more than 15 million people stop by the market to shop, eat, and enjoy lively street performances. Make sure you stop by Boston Chowda Co. for a taste of some authentic New England grub!

Michigan: The Henry Ford Museum (Dearborn)

Michigan is known for its automotive industry and history. So, of course, it's home to the best place to learn about American cars' past, present, and future. The Henry Ford Museum is tucked away in Dearborn and welcomes roughly 1.8 million annual visitors. It offers plenty of experiences like exploring vintage car collections and interactive exhibits on automotive innovations. Daily admission tickets to the Henry Ford Museum start from $75 as part of their membership program.

Minnesota: Mall of America (Bloomington)

A rollercoaster inside a shopping mall? Why not! One of Minnesota's most famous destinations, the Mall of America welcomes 40 million visitors per year — twice as many as Walt Disney World! There are 520 stores and 60 restaurants to choose from along with other attractions such as minigolf and an aquarium. The Mall of America also houses the Nickelodeon Universe — the nation's largest indoor amusement park.

Mississippi: Vicksburg National Military Park (Vicksburg)

More than 400,000 people stop by the site of the infamous American Civil War Battle of Vicksburg each year.  Visitors learn more about the turning points, significant events, and the soldiers' stories from the battle. Once there, you can take a tour of the park alongside a Licensed Battlefield Guide or travelerblog the numerous monuments and restored gunboats on display. Want to get a workout in along with your visit? The annual Vicksburg Run Thru History road race takes place every March. Park tickets start from $10 per person and are valid for seven days.

Missouri: Gateway Arch (St. Louis)

Constructed in 1965, St. Louis' Gateway Arch stands tall at 630 feet — making it the nation's tallest monument to date. An iconic landmark that can be seen up to 30 miles away on a clear day, the arch attracts more than a million visitors each year and remains a symbol of the country's westward expansion. Visitors can get a bird's eye view of the city by taking a tram ride to the top of the arch starting at $11 for kids and $15 for adults.

Montana: Glacier National Park

Each year, an estimated three million visitors pass through Montana's picturesque Glacier National Park. There are more than 700 miles of trails available for amateur and experienced hikers — most of which pass through alpine meadows dotted with flowers. The park also features rugged mountain landscapes and crystal-clear lakes, so there's plenty to keep you busy. Don't skip taking a drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, one of the most scenic drives in America. Admission to Glacier National Park costs $20 per person, or $35 for a private vehicle.

Nebraska: Chimney Rock (Bayard)

Undoubtedly one of the most popular attractions along the Oregon Trail, Chimney Rock's was once a sign to travelers that they were heading west and should stay on-path. As a result of erosion, Chimney Rock stands 325 feet tall and stretches an additional 120 feet with the spire. Today, the million-year-old site attracts 300,000 to 400,000 tourists each year. You can visit the Chimney Rock Museum, and get a good look at the landmark, for just $4 per child and $8 per adult (19+).

Nevada: Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas)

Welcoming roughly 32 million tourists a year, Sin City is all about the glitz and the glam. Whether it's snapping a photo of the Bellagio Fountains, settling in for a show at Caesars Palace, or heading over to the Sphere you're in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. No matter what you're into, there are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas that'll keep you busy. Walking down the strip is completely free — just make sure you have enough pocket money if you're tempted to try your shot at the games.

New Hampshire: Kancamagus Highway

New Hampshire's Kancamagus Highway, affectionately known as "The Kanc," is one of the go-to spots in New England for visitors eager to see crisp fall colors. The 34.5-mile drive cuts through the White Mountain National Forest and treats you to all its stunning scenery. Along the way, you'll get views of the Sabbaday Falls and the Swift River. There are also six campgrounds dotted along the route for visitors who want to camp out. Although it's free to drive through, parking inside White Mountain National Forest incurs an added fee.

New Jersey: Atlantic City Boardwalk (Atlantic City)

Brimming with casinos, resorts, and beaches, the Atlantic City Boardwalk draws in around 27 million visitors per year — making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. The first boardwalk in the country, it was built back in 1870 to help hotel owners keep sand out of their lobbies. The boardwalk is free to stroll but make sure to have a few bucks to sample some of the saltwater taffy!

New Mexico: White Sands National Park

Vast dunes of glistening gypsum, a mineral found in the nearby mountains thanks to erosion and evaporation, fill White Sands National Park. This unique desert landscape attracts over 700,000 annual visitors. Officially established in 1933, the park covers over 200 square miles and offers various activities like cycling, backcountry camping, horseback riding, and sledding. Standard entrance passes to the park are set at $15 per person and $25 per vehicle.

New York: Times Square (New York City)

New York City is a destination on its own. With iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, and countless museums, the city comes alive through its history. However, one attraction still gets more attention than the rest. With nearly 330,000 pedestrians walking through every day, Times Square's glistening lights and towering screens captivate and dazzle. It's free to take in the sights and sounds, but you might want to have a few dollars for an iconic hot dog or slice of pizza.

North Carolina: Biltmore Estate (Asheville)

The largest privately owned house in the country, the Biltmore Estate is a French, chateau-style home with a whopping 250 rooms and a surrounding 8,000 acres. Nearly 1.7 million annual visitors stop by to check out the property. You can take part in activities like wine tastings, afternoon tea, bike rentals, and painting workshops. Tickets to visit the Biltmore Estate start at $69 and vary through the seasons.

North Dakota: Theodore Roosevelt National Park

One of the most underrated parks in America, North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park offers breathtaking views. You can take in Badlands via scenic drives and miles of hiking trails that call out to more than 600,000 visitors each year. Whether you're looking to go horseback riding in the backcountry, try out cross-country skiing, or enjoy snowshoeing in the winter, the park has a little bit of everything. A standard entrance pass per person costs $15, while vehicle passes cost $30. Both are valid for 7 days.

Ohio: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland)

Cleveland beat out New York City, San Francisco, Memphis, and Chicago to be crowned as the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. More than 500,000 visitors pass through each year to check out the exhibits, walk through the Hall of Fame, and even enjoy live music presentations. One-day tickets to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame are available online for $35 for adults and $25 for youths (ages 6-12). Children under six are welcome for free.

Oklahoma: National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (Oklahoma City)

Oklahoma's National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum sees more than 10 million visitors walk through its doors every year. Operating since 1955, the museum's collections commemorate Western and Native American culture through exhibits of paintings, ceramics, movies, and more. There's even a dedicated "hall of fame" that highlights some of the most prominent actors who played in Western films, as well as rodeo stars. Visiting the museum costs $15 for an adult ticket, $10 for a student ticket, and $5 for children ages 6-12.

Oregon: Multnomah Falls

Located in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls is the most-visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest. More than 2 million tourists visit the spot each year to get up close and personal with the 620-foot falls from the viewing platform on Benson Bridge. The hike to the falls is actually pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your four-legged friends along for the ride as well!

Pennsylvania: Independence National Historical Park (Philadelphia)

Philadelphia's Independence National Historical Park is home to more than a dozen buildings that played a significant role in American history. These include Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were debated and adopted — as well as the Liberty Bell. More than 5 million visitors stop by the park every year to take a look at the highlights. No entrance pass is required to visit the park. However, if you want to visit Independence Hall, make sure you book in advance.

Rhode Island: Newport Mansions (Newport)

Rhode Island's historic Newport Mansions include many of the most visited historic house museums in the country — including The Breakers. One of the country's finest Gilded Age mansions, the home was originally built between 1893 and 1895 and holds more than 70 rooms. Today, most homes are open for touring, and the Preservation Society of Newport Country hosts an average of one million tours annually.

South Carolina: Charleston Historic District (Charleston)

Nestled in the heart of Charleston, the city's Historic District offers a glimpse into a rich past. Cobblestone streets, antebellum architecture, and horse-drawn carriages transport more than seven million visitors each year back in time as they travelerblog one of the country's most preserved historic districts. Take a walking tour to learn about Civil War sites, or book a ghost tour to experience eerie haunts.

South Dakota: Mount Rushmore National Memorial (Keystone)

Completed in 1941, Mount Rushmore is a monumental sculpture carved into granite on the Black Hills of South Dakota. It features 60-foot busts of four past presidents, Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln. Over two million people visit the memorial each year to take in the massive sculptures and travelerblog the surrounding park. There is no admission fee to visit Mount Rushmore. Nonetheless, a parking fee is required if you're traveling in your own vehicle.

Tennessee: Graceland (Memphis)

Elvis Presley's famous home, Graceland doors open to over 500,000 annual visitors. This makes it one of the most-visited house museums in the United States, second only to the White House. Elvis' famous home originally opened to the public in 1982 — five years after the "King of Rock and Roll's" death. Visitors can enjoy a tour through the mansion, as well as pay their respects with a stop by his gravesite. Tickets are required before your visit, and prices range from $45.50 for a basic tour to $215.00 for a VIP experience.

Texas: The Alamo (San Antonio)

Located in San Antonio, The Alamo is most famously known as the site of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution. Here, Texan defenders held out for 13 days against Mexican forces. Today, more than 1.6 million visitors a year spend time there checking out the museum, exploring the gardens, and signing up for a guided tour. Admission fees and ticket prices vary depending on what tour you plan to take while you're there.

Utah: Zion National Park

Located in southwestern Utah, Zion National Park is renowned for its dramatic landscapes of cliffs, canyons, and diverse plant and animal life. Covering 229 square miles, the park's most popular features include the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and trails like the Narrows and Angel's Landing. Each year, more than five million outdoor enthusiasts visit the park to hike, rock climb, and take in its natural beauty. If you're looking to visit Zion National Park, keep in mind that a general admission fee is required. This costs $20 per person and $35 per vehicle.

Vermont: Ben & Jerry's Factory (Waterbury)

Ice cream lovers are in for a sweet treat if they visit Vermont — especially if they hit up the Ben & Jerry's Factory! An estimated 350,000 visitors flock to the factory in Waterbury each year for a look at how their favorite ice creams are made. Guided tours are available and include stops at a mezzanine overlooking the production room. They also stop by the factory's "Flavor Room" for a tasting and the "Flavor Graveyard" where discontinued flavors have been put to rest. Tickets are available online and cost $6 for adults and $1 per child.

Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg)

If you're looking for ways to travel back in time, Colonial Williamsburg might be just the place. With original homes and shops still standing — as well as recreations of what life might have looked like in the 18th century — this unique destination attracts over 500,000 yearly visitors. Some of the most popular features include the Governor's Palace, the Capitol, and the George Wythe House. Single-day tickets are priced at $49.99 for adults and $28.99 for youths (6-12).

Washington: Pike Place Market (Seattle)

Up to 10 million visitors flock to Seattle's Pike Place Market each year for a taste of fresh produce and locally inspired meals. Established in 1907, it's one of the oldest continuously operating public markets in the U.S. As well as being filled with shops, restaurants, bars, and boutiques, it's also home to the original Starbucks location. Stroll the diverse dining options as you eat and drink your way through the market, stopping for iconic photo ops. 

Washington, DC: The White House

Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. Recognizable worldwide, it has been the home of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800. Every day, around 6,000 visitors flock to the location for tours, and official events, and to take in the iconic landmark. From there, make sure you also check out other attractions like the National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, and some of the city's DC's best museums.

West Virginia: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (Harpers Ferry)

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is located near where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet in West Virginia, and more than 300,000 people tour the site every year. It's the site of multiple historical events including the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War. It's also home to one of the first integrated colleges in the country, Storer College, welcoming students of all races and genders. You can buy an entrance pass for $10 per person or $20 per car. 

Wisconsin: Wisconsin Dells

Often referred to as the "Waterpark Capital of the World", Wisconsin Dells boasts an impressive collection of water parks — both indoor and outdoor. A hotspot for families and visitors looking for a splash-filled adventure, the area sees more than four million visitors every year. With rides that range from thrilling water slides to relaxing lazy rivers, it's a popular summer destination. Detailed information and ticket prices are available on each park's website.

Wyoming: Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park spreads across Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, and is the first and one of the largest national parks in the U.S. It was originally established in 1872 and is renowned for its geothermal features — especially the Old Faithful geyser. The park is also a haven for wildlife including bears, wolves, and bison. With its vast forests, rugged mountains, and majestic waterfalls, the park welcomes over three million visitors every year. General admission fees to enter the park cost $20 per person and $35 per vehicle. These passes are valid for seven consecutive days.