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Best, Worst Tourist Attractions in the United States

by Katie Skrzek

Mar 14, 2023

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Destinations / North America

The team at Family Destinations Guide recently revealed the best and worst tourist attractions in the United States. Looking at ratings and reviews from TripAdvisor, the team looked at the 50 most popular tourist attractions by number of annual visitors to calculate the rankings. Those attractions with the highest percentage of 5-star reviews made the top 10.


Great Smokey Mountains National Park and Grand Canyon both received 89 percent of excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. Central Park came in fourth (the New York City park is also one of the most-visited attractions in the country). Epcot and Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World both made the top 10 with 71 percent and 69 percent 5-star reviews, respectively. With only 37 percent, Venice Beach has the lowest percentage of 5-star reviews. Despite the low rating, the beach attracts 10 million annual visitors. While Times Square is one of the most-visited attractions in the country, it only has 59 percent of 5-star reviews.


Best tourist attractions:


  1. Great Smokey Mountains National Park
  2. Grand Canyon
  3. Mackinac Bridge
  4. Central Park
  5. Golden Gate Bridge
  6. Balboa Park
  7. National Mall
  8. Millennium Park
  9. Epcot, Walt Disney World
  10. Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World


Worst tourist attractions:


  1. Venice Beach
  2. South Street Seaport
  3. Navy Pier
  4. Union Station
  5. Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  6. Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf
  7. Mall of America
  8. Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World
  9. Times Square
  10. Las Vegas Strip


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