The Most Popular Tourist Attraction in Every State
Whether you feel like taking a road trip, or you just need some fun facts to add to your dinner party, you'll enjoy this list of popular tourist attractions.
Alabama: Alabama Gulf Coast Beaches
If Alabama wasn't the location for your next summer beach vacation, you may want to reconsider. There are 32 miles of white sand made from quartz grains that have washed down from the Appalachian Mountains thousands of years. That's probably why over six million people visit Alabama's Gulf Coast beaches annually. Be sure to check out the best bucket list idea from every state.
Alaska: Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise
Alaska is the place to go for spotting breathtaking wildlife. In fact, the amount of visitors who travel to Alaska to see wildlife has increased 45 percent. The Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise will bring you up close to whales, sea lions, and puffins. A five-hour trip that starts at noon and covers 55 miles of sea, it will be the best $98 you ever spent; it is also listed at the top of 15 best things to do in Alaska by Trip Advisor.
Arizona: Grand Canyon
People from all over the world flock to the Grand Canyon for its overwhelming natural grandeur, and to experience its hiking, rafting, and camping adventures; nearly five million people trek through it each year. But if you want to avoid the crowds while getting some of the best views possible, avoid the South Rim and check out the North Rim. It's much more isolated, provides cooler summer temperatures, and is largely shut down in the winter, save for backcountry camping and cross-country skiing. Don't miss these gorgeous photos of America's national parks.
Arkansas: Hot Springs National Park
Skip the beach and opt for a new type of relaxation at Hot Springs National Park. It's America's oldest national preserve and the smallest national park, and it's the number one emerging vacation destination in the country according to Priceline during a CBS interview. If you want to do like the locals, head to Buckstaff Baths, which offers separate floors for men and women to experience the natural healing waters. There's a no-reservation policy, perfect for spontaneous travelers rolling through. Doors open at 8 a.m., so get there early! You'll also want to check out the 10 most gorgeous hot springs around the world.
California: The Golden Gate Bridge
Get your cameras ready when you travel to California because you don't want to miss out on the amazing sight that is the Golden Gate Bridge. A study done by a professor at Indiana University found that this bridge is actually the world's most photographed bridge.
Colorado: Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park is just a few miles from the town of Estes Park and is the ideal locale for nature lovers with mesmerizing mountain peaks, shimmering alpine lakes, meadows, forests, and hoards of wildlife. No wonder it draws more than four million visitors a year. To avoid the heavy summer crowds, the best time to go is late May until early June, or just after Labor Day until mid-October. If you're looking for an unusual place to stay, check out the Daoist Wellness Resort with Oxygen Bar.
Connecticut: Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History is a must stop if you're cruising nearby Yale University. It's a history buff's playground, with comprehensive collections including New England birds, dinosaurs, Greek and Roman antiquities, and even an Egyptian mummy. In fact, Smithsonian Magazine called it the "Sistine Chapel of Evolution." Adults pay $13 for entry, but if you want to visit for free, go on a Thursday, when the Museum offers pay as you wish admission from 2 to 5 p.m. from September through June. (Donations are encouraged, but admission is technically free.) Don't miss the best free tourist attraction in every state.
Delaware: Rehoboth Beach
If a long weekend of summer fun filled with crabbing, swimming, and tax-free shopping sounds like your thing, book a beach house on Rehoboth Beach. It's an East Coaster haven that fills up in the summertime—and is delightful in the fall, too. Be sure to get locally grown goods at the farmer's market held every Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. and grab a brew at the popular Dogfish Head pub on Rehoboth Avenue. Can't catch the market? Check out an Eating Rehoboth walking tour, which is the top rated thing to do in Delaware by Trip Advisor.
Florida: Disney World
Disney World is a Florida staple that you have to visit at least once in your lifetime. It's so popular that Orlando has broken the record for the city with the most tourists. If you've been to all four parks, then be sure to check out the newest addition: Pandora–The World of Avatar in Animal Kingdom and Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios. And if lines aren't your thing, the resort offers something it calls VIP Tour Services. While it's kind of kept hush-hush, and it costs a pretty penny, it's your golden ticket to hopping on rides without the line, door-to-door transportation without the parking fees and waits, and more. Prefer to keep costs in check? Start with these 14 money-saving tips for your Disney vacation.
Georgia: Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is one of the largest aquariums in the world, and it's home to whale sharks, sea otters, jellyfish and lots more that live in over 10 million gallons of water combined. A visit to the Georgia Aquarium also means you're supporting their research and rehabilitation efforts for animals like sea turtles and sea lions. Over two million guests visit the aquarium each year. Buy tickets in advance online to avoid long lines during the weekends.