People often think that they need a passport, lots of vacation time, and a fistful of expensive plane tickets to see wonders of the world. However, some of the most breathtaking sites on Earth are actually right here in the USA. People travel from all over the globe to experience the beauty of this nation. Here are some of the most visited spots across the country.
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1. Florida: Everglades National Park
These tropical wetlands are utterly unique. They're a designated World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve. Tourists flock here to glimpse endangered creatures like manatee, American crocodiles, and Florida panthers.
2. Massachusetts: Nantucket
Nantucket Island is a haven of seaside charm and old-fashioned coastal living. Tourists love the beautiful beaches, unspoiled natural beauty, and cozy island community.
3. New York: Times Square
Nothing screams iconic NYC more than the dazzling lights and sounds of Times Square. Visitors come here to get a taste of the rush and rhythm of life in the American city that never sleeps.
4. Arkansas: Whitaker Point
One of the most scenic places in Arkansas is also one of the most beloved tourist destinations in the country. In fact, a journalist once called the dramatic crag one of the "Best Places In Arkansas to Get Kissed."
5. California: Golden Gate Bridge
Frequently called one of the most impressive architectural products of the 20th century, the Golden Gate Bridge draws visitors and shutterbugs from around the globe. It's been named one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers, and is the most photographed bridge in the world.
6. Wyoming: Grand Prismatic Spring
This is the largest hot spring in the United States, and the third largest on Earth. It's easy to see why international visitors are obsessed with seeing its brilliant rainbow hues in person.
7. Georgia: Savannah
With its iconic oak-lined roads, Spanish moss and easy elegance, this southern city is a must-see destination for many foreign travelers.
8. Montana: Glacier National Park
With over 1 million acres of pristine wilderness to explore, this national park should be on every traveler's bucket list. There are over 130 beautiful lakes and 1,000 species of plants preserved in Glacier National Park.
9. Oregon: Thor's Well
The breathtaking beauty of this natural phenomenon is an irresistible lure to photographers and tourists alike. Though the well appears to be draining the Pacific ocean, it is likely only about 20 feet deep. Still, the site can be extremely dangerous during stormy weather.
10. Washington: Skagit Valley Tulip Fields
Holland may be the reigning tulip capital abroad, but Skagit Valley holds the North American crown. It's obvious why international guests make the long journey to Washington in order to wonder at these vibrant blooms. During the spring months, the Skagit Valley region is blanketed with neat rows of fragrant, blossoming tulips and daffodils of all colors.
11. Utah: Bryce Canyon
There's no place on Earth like the otherworldly landscape of Bryce Canyon. The largest collection of hoodoos (rock pillars formed by the forces of erosion) in the world, this spot has been enchanting foreign visitors for years.
12. Alaska: Matanuska Glacier
This spot may not be on every tourist's travel itinerary (because brrr), but ice-climbing aficionados from around the globe travel to the 4-mile wide Matanuska Glacier for the awe-inspiring, frosty view.
13. Arizona: Antelope Canyon
Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon feature some of the most beautiful and recognizable rock formations to be found anywhere on Earth. The maze-like stone passages and natural cathedrals were carved by thousands of years of erosion, and they're a popular destination for international wanderers.
14. Missouri: St. Louis Gateway Arch
This is perhaps the most striking symbol of America's expansion into the west. The Gateway Arch receives thousands of visitors each year, and many of those are international travelers looking for a taste of the strength and soaring optimism that the arch represents.
15. North Carolina & Tennessee: Great Smoky Mountains
More than a mountain range, the Great Smoky Mountain region has a rich cultural and historical heritage all its own. From the pioneering spirit that permeates the mountain communities, to the beauty of the misty peaks and valleys, this is one area where foreign tourists love to get lost.
16. Arizona: Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is perhaps the most internationally recognized natural feature in America. The overwhelming vastness of this beautiful spot has drawn millions of visitors to its rock rim.
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