Times Square Remains No. 1 on Travel List

March 4, 2009 by   - () Comments Off on Times Square Remains No. 1 on Travel List

New York City’s Times Square remained the No. 1 tourist destination in the U.S. in 2008, according to the Forbes Traveler List of America’s Most Visited Tourist Attractions.
Despite the recession, tourists were still spending in select locations last year: New York City reported 47 million visitors and $30 billion in total visitor spending in 2008, according to NYC & Co., the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the city of New York. Those numbers – both increases from 2007 – are reflected in visitation figures for Times Square, the city’s top tourist attraction.
New York, California and Florida each had four attractions on the Top 25 list.
The rest of the list and the numbers of people who visited there in 2008 consisted of:
2. Las Vegas, Nev., 30 million
3. National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C., 25 million
4. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, Mass., 20 million
5. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Buena Vista, Fla, 17.1 million
6. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, Calif., 14.1 million
7. Fisherman’s Wharf/Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, Calif., 14.1 million
8. Niagara Falls, N.Y., 12 million
9. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tenn./N.C., 9.04 million
10. Navy Pier, Chicago, Ill., 8.6 million
11. Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Ariz./Nev., 7.6 million
12. Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure at Universal, Orlando, Fla., 6.2 million
13. Sea World Florida, Orlando, Fla., 5.8 million
14. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Pa./N.J., 5.13 million
15. San Antonio Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas, 5.1 million
16. Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah, 5 million
17. Universal Studios, Hollywood, Calif., 4.7 million
18. Metropolitan Museum, New York, N.Y., 4.7 million
19. Cape Cod National Seashore, Mass., 4.64 million
20. Grand Canyon, Ariz., 4.43 million
21. Busch Gardens Africa, Tampa, Fla., 4.4 million
22. Sea World San Diego, San Diego, Calif., 4.26 million
23. Independence National Historic Park, Philadelphia, Pa., 4.08 million
24. American Museum of Natural History, New York, N.Y., 4 million
25. Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, 3.67 million


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