United States #Tourism Interesting Statistics

I love to read travel articles and daydream of new and exciting places to travel.  All of my travel since I was a kid has been landlocked to the United States.  But this country holds so many travel treasures that I can always find new things I want to see “at home”.

Some interesting statistics from ustravel.org

$947B Domestic and international traveler expenditures in the U.S. in 2015

8.2M American jobs supported by direct traveler expenditures in 2015

$232B American wages and salaries for workers generated by traveler spending in 2015

$148B Tax revenue from travel spending for federal, state and local governments in 2015

In reading all of the cheesy top ten lists, the vast majority are in agreement on the top ten most traveled to cities in the US (most reference a 2013 statistical review).  They are (in no particular order):

  • New York, NY
  • Boston, MA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • San Fran, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Orlando, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Honolulu, HI
  • New Orleans, LA

I feel fairly well-traveled as I have been to all but three of those.

My one regret after living in NYC for a decade is that I did not explore the nooks and crannies more thoroughly.  There is not reason I could not have spent more time on foot in the city, seeing the things that are not on the “top places to visit in NYC” lists.

According to Wikipedia: The revolution of air travel between 1945 and 1969 contributed greatly to tourism in the United States. In that quarter century, commercial aviation evolved from 28-passenger airliners flying at less than 200 mph (320 km/h) to 150-passenger jetliners cruising continents at 600 mph (970 km/h). During this time, air travel in the US evolved from a novelty into a routine for business travelers and vacationers alike. Rapid developments in aviation technology, economic prosperity in the United States and the demand for air travel all contributed to the early beginnings of commercial aviation in the US.

According to Business Insider, the most popular state for tourism is California.  It notes that attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, Disneyland and Hollywood make it the most traveled to state in the country.  However, all websites agree that the most traveled to city is New York City.

As far as specific attractions, Wiki notes the following (using 2011 data):

Top tourist attractions

In 2011, the most visited tourist attractions in the U.S. were:

Place Location Visitors (millions)[1]
Times Square New York, New York 41.9
Central Park New York, New York 40
Union Station Washington, D.C. 36.5
Las Vegas Strip Las Vegas, Nevada 29.5
Grand Central Terminal New York, New York 21.6
Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida 17.1
Disneyland Resort Anaheim, California 16.1
Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco Bay Area, California 15
Faneuil Hall Marketplace Boston, Massachusetts 15
Golden Gate Park San Francisco, California 13
Balboa Park San Diego, California 13
Epcot, Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida 10.8
Pike Place Market Seattle, Washington 10
Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida 9.8
Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida 9.7
Great Smoky Mountains National Park North Carolina and Tennessee 9
South Street Seaport New York, New York 9
Mackinac Bridge St. Ignace and Mackinaw City, Michigan 9
Navy Pier Chicago, Illinois 8.7
Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco, California 8.1

So, that is my quick little blog as I sit here looking out at the bitter winter landscape and am daydreaming of where I want to go in warmer weather….

Where would YOU like to go?  Let me know in the comments below!

Photo found at: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/new-york-city-skyline-tallest-midtown-manhattan/assets/img/articleImg/01nyskyline640.jpg






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