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What is your state’s most popular attraction? Take a look at this list

by Dave Parfitt

Recent research conducted by the online travel booking site Musement has identified the most popular attraction in every state of the country. Amusement and theme parks are the #1 attraction in 20% of the U.S. with 10 states, including Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort and California’s Disneyland Resort, having these attraction-filled destinations topping the list.

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Other notable amusement and theme parks on the list include Ohio’s Cedar Point, Pennsylvania’s Hersheypark, and Virginia’s Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Wisconsin’s Kalahari Resort is the only waterpark to make a state’s top attraction. In addition to theme parks, Musement’s research identified states where national park and outdoor spaces, zoos and aquariums, historical sites and museums, and even shopping centers topped the list.

Not surprisingly, national parks top the list for many western states, such as Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park, Montana’s Glacier National Park, Utah’s Zion National Park, and Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park. Animal lovers can head to the Oklahoma City or Oregon Zoos, while the Georgia Aquarium, Mystic Aquarium (Connecticut), and National Aquarium (Maryland), all offer chances to visit the fishes. Those looking to shop ’til they drop can head to Minnesota’s Mall of America (perhaps also an amusement park), Vermont’s Church Street, or Washington’s Pike Place Market.

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Entrance to Zion National Park
Photo by Dave Parfitt

To select each state’s most popular attraction, Musement selected the site with the highest number of Google reviews on Google Travel.

Check out the full list below:

  • Maine – Acadia National Park
  • New Hampshire – Hampton Beach State Park
  • Vermont – Church Street Marketplace
  • Massachusetts – Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • Rhode Island – Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Connecticut – Mystic Aquarium
  • New Jersey – Six Flags Great Adventure
  • New York – Central Park
  • Pennsylvania – Hersheypark
  • Ohio – Cedar Point
  • Indiana – Indianapolis Zoo
  • Illinois – Millennium Park
  • Michigan – Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
  • Wisconsin – Kalahari Resorts Dells
  • Minnesota – Mall of America
  • Iowa – Adventureland Park
  • Missouri – The Gateway Arch
  • Kansas – Sedgwick County Zoo
  • North Dakota – Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • South Dakota – Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • Nebraska – Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
  • Florida – Walt Disney World Resort
  • Delaware – Dover International Speedway
  • Maryland – National Aquarium
  • North Carolina – Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • South Carolina – Broadway at the Beach
  • West Virginia – Blackwater Falls State Park
  • Virginia – Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  • Georgia – Georgia Aquarium
  • Alabama – USS Alabama
  • Mississippi – Gulf Islands National Seashore
  • Tennessee – The Island in Pigeon Forge
  • Kentucky – Ark Encounter
  • Arkansas – Hot Springs National Park
  • Louisiana – Jackson Square
  • Oklahoma – Oklahoma City Zoo
  • Texas – The Alamo
  • Arizona – Grand Canyon National Park
  • Idaho – Silverwood Theme Park
  • Colorado – Garden of the Gods
  • Montana – Glacier National Park
  • New Mexico – Meow Wolf Santa Fe
  • Wyoming – Yellowstone National Park
  • Nevada – Fremont Street Experience
  • Utah – Zion National Park
  • California – Disneyland Park
  • Oregon – Oregon Zoo
  • Alaska – Tongass National Forest
  • Washington – Pike Place Market
  • Hawaii – Dole Plantation

What do you think of the list? Do you agree with the most popular attractions for each state? Do you plan on using the map to plan your next family vacation? Let us know in the comments below.

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1 comment

sarah Donahue-ganskie July 1, 2021 - 10:24 am

The Ark and Creation Museum are terrific for EVERYONE! Thank you for building a place for us and all.

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