Forbes Lists America’s Top 25 Most Popular Destinations 2011


Forbes Magazine has ranked the Top 25 destinations in the United States based on the number of annual visitors.

They took numbers from a variety of source agencies to compile the most accurate list possible. There were a couple of surprises in the Top 10 this year. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next trip, this is a good starting point.

The top five maintained their positions from the 2010 list. Nearly 130 million people visited just those five destinations last year.

They were:

1. Times Square, NYC
2. The Strip, Las Vegas, NV
3. National Mall/Memorial parks, Washington, D.C.
4. Feneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, Mass
5. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, Fla

Disneyland in Anaheim, California jumped up to the number six spot with 14.9 million visitors; while Golden Gate National Recreation Area slumped to hang out with Fisherman’s Wharf in the number seven spot, with only 14.1 million visitors combined.
Great Smokey Mountains National Park was up from number ten to number nine.

Cracking the Top Ten this year were Niagara Falls, New York and Navy Pier, Chicago, in the number eight and number ten positions, respectively.

Noticeably absent this year was the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Last year, it held the number eight spot while, this year, it didn’t make the Top 25 at all.

So some cities had some disappointment, while others are laughing all the way to the bank. The rest of us have a few new vacation spots to consider. To see the full list and details, visit – Jen R, Staff Writer

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Jen R should have been a spy; she would have been really great at it. Instead, she has found limitless happiness raising a future international man of mystery. She is a writer, a maker of suppers, a kisser of boo boos and a finder of lost things. She would always prefer to watch politics than sports and will never watch a soap opera...ever.