Most Popular Cities in America

The 25 Most Popular Cities to Visit in America

Big cities and small historic towns top the list of most popular places to visit in the U.S. Millions of TripAdvisor users voted New York, Chicago and Charleston, South Carolina as the top three destinations in the US.

Las Vegas, Nevada

1. New York - more than 50 million people visit New York City every year. The five boroughs have some of the most easily recognize attractions in the world. Visitors on a budget can take a free boat from Manhattan to Staten Island for a great view of Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.

2. Chicago-Illinois - America's third-largest city offers world-class museums, great food, sporting events and iconic architecture. This includes the Willis Tower, America's tallest building. The Midwest is also known for comedy. The Second City theaters were many famous comedians got their start like Mike Myers and Tina Fey.

3. Charleston, South Carolina - many say Charleston is one of the most beautiful and historic places in the US. The coastal city has a very rich history. The Civil War began in its waterfront, at Fort Sumter, which visitors can explore. The present-day Charleston has a lot to offer too. It was voted number one for its architecture, food and friendly people.

4. Las Vegas, Nevada - the desert city of Las Vegas is known around the world for its casinos and bright lights. Visitors stay in world-class hotels, immediate top Chef restaurants and see a spectacular show or concert.

5. Seattle, Washington - visitors to the West Coast city of Seattle will find the iconic Space Needle, the world's first Starbucks, and Pike Place market, one of the oldest and most famous farmers markets in the country. The Space Needle was built in 1962 for the world's fair.

Alcatraz Island

6. San Francisco, California - the most famous emesis because site is the Golden gate Bridge. Opened in 1937, still ranks among the top 10 longest bridge spans in the world. Sam Cisco has beautiful ocean views one of the largest China towns in the world. Just a very right away as Alcatraz Island, a former federal prison.

7. Washington, DC - no city in America packs as many monuments and museums as Washington, DC. From the Thomas Jefferson Memorial to the World War II Memorial, Washington has enough free attractions to keep you busy for several weeks. In the spring, the cherry blossoms around the Title Base draw millions of visitors.

8. New Orleans, Louisiana - New Orleans is home to the annual Mardi Gras celebration, the always-busy Bourbon Street, the elegant French quarter, jazz and beignets, the signature dessert of the city. After a fun night in the city even had to Cafe Du Monde, for a cup of coffee and a trio of beignets.

9. Palm Springs, California - Palm Springs is a resort city in the Coachella Valley desert. Beginning in the 1920s, the city was a popular place for movie stars to escape Hollywood and relax. It has an average of 354 days of sunshine per year so visitors can enjoy golfing, hiking, horseback riding, swimming and tennis.

10. San Diego, California - few places in America have better weather than San Diego. There are a lot of good things to explore outdoors in the city. Try your hand at surfing at some of the best beaches or enjoy the ocean from a distance at Sunset Cliffs natural Park.

11. St. Louis, Missouri - one of the Midwest City nickname is "the gateway to the West". Indeed St. Louis Art is a monument for westward expansion in the US. It is the tallest freestanding monument in the nation. Visitors can take an elevator to the top.

12. Sedona-Arizona - Some of the oldest rocks on earth surround the area. Sedona is a relaxed as a community in the US Southwest, called Red Rock Country. Each morning and night the rock formations change colors. Sedona is also famous for its growing arts community and Native American history.

Pearl Harbor Historic Site

13. Honolulu-Hawaii - the capital city of Hawaii, Honolulu surrounded by beautiful scenery, including Waikiki Beach and Diamondhead Mountain. Honolulu is also home to the Pearl Harbor Historic Site, the Navy baseball by Japan during World War II.

14. Miami beach - Miami Beach offers beautiful white sands, gourmet restaurants and a very active nightlife. The beach and bright lights, visitors can check out the surrounding ethnic neighborhoods, such as Little Havana or Little Haiti.

15. Branson, Missouri - Branson is a place to go for country music concerts, comedy shows and magic shows. Most days there are 90 Performances Taking place at 40 theaters in the city. It is set near the Ozark Mountains with surrounding nature that offers great fishing, biking and hiking.

16. Boston, Massachusetts - for first time visitors to the six historic East Coast cities, walk the 4 km Freedom Trail. The trail leads visitors to 16 major sites including the Paul Revere House. It is the oldest structure in downtown Boston built in 1680. The city is also home to universities like Harvard and MIT.

17 Savanna, Georgia - savannas beautiful and tree-lined historic district is the largest National Historic Landmark in the US. You can eat at one of the family-style restaurants to experience the best of US Southern hospitality.

Orlando Walt Disney World

18. Orlando, Florida - Orlando is the amusement park capital of the United States. The most famous amusement park is Walt Disney World. After the roller coaster rides, you can visit the parks Epcot center. This includes places that represent cultures of countries around the world.

19. Portland, Oregon - the friendly city of Portland, and the US Pacific Northwest, offers excellent dining and beautiful nature. Be sure to visit the city's Japanese garden, one of the biggest of its kind outside of Japan. Portland also claims to have more breweries than any other city on earth.

20. Lahaina, Hawaii - Lahaina is a former capital of Hawaii. In the 1800s it was an important whaling village. Herman Melville wrote about this in his classic novel Moby Dick. Today visitors can see humpback whales in the waters from December to May.

21. St. Augustine, Florida - St. Augustine is the oldest European settlement in the US. The Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon claimed the area in the name of Spain in 1513. Be sure to visit the Castillo de San Marcos monument, a fort built by the Spanish in the late 1600s.

22. Nashville, Tennessee- Nashville calls itself the music city. Visitors can learn about the music scene in the country music Hall of Fame and then enjoy some tunes at the famous Grand Old Opry. Some of the most famous musicians recorded their songs here including Elvis Presley and John Bon Jovi.

23. Los Angeles, California- from the palm lined ocean avenues to Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles impresses visitors. You can find out how films are made at one of the movie studios or hi-fi the famous persons prints at the Chinese Theater. If you are in LA in late February or early March, you might get to see the movie stars all in one place on Oscar night.

24. San Antonio, Texas - during San Antonio's Fiesta Week in April, more than 3 million visit the city. The city's attractions can be enjoyed all year round. There is a tree lined River Walk or the Alamo, a former Roman Catholic mission and the location of the famous Battle of the Alamo in 1836.

25. Austin, Texas - many visitors come to this fun, bike friendly city in the Texas Hill Country for great music. The outdoor music festivals always feature some of the most popular bands of the year.