The Top Tourist Attraction in Every State

Geological formation called Devil's Tower against an empty sky

The Top Tourist Attraction in Every State

If you’re anything like me, you want to try and visit all 50 states. You can call it a bucket list or something else, but seeing all 50 states as a tourist is an absolute must. The best part is that every state has some incredible attractions and exciting things to do. Thankfully, TripAdvisor is here to help us coordinate state visits. 

The good news is that when you’re planning a trip, you can use TripAdvisor to identify the top tourist attractions in every state quickly. With that in mind, let’s look at the top three things to do in each state.


The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park near downtown Mobile, Alabama
The USS Alabama is one of the main attractions to see in Alabama.
  • USS Alabama Battleship: The memorial of this once mighty battleship. 
  • U.S. Space and Rocket Center: Home to the largest space flight hardware museum in the world. 
  • Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum: This museum has over 1,000 motorcycles on display. 


Icy Falls waterfall, located in Tracy Arm Fjord near the Sawyer Glaciers and Juneau, Alaska
The Tracy Arm Fjord is a location you have to see in person to understand its beauty.
  • Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center: The best attraction and most photographed place in Alaska. 
  • Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum: Over 100 pre-WWII American-made vehicles are on display. 
  • Tracy Arm Fjord: A truly majestic location to visit and take photos. 


Sunset moment at Horseshoe bend Grand Canyon National Park. Colorado River. famous view point.
Horseshoe Bend along the Grand Canyon is one of its most famous spots.
  • Grand Canyon’s South Rim: Unsurprisingly, the top attraction in Arizona.  
  • Upper Antelope Canyon: One of the most picturesque spots in Arizona. 
  • Horseshoe Bend: Home to the Overlook Point, one of the most beautiful spots in the world. 


Thorncrown Chapel church in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, designed by E. Fay Jones.
The Thorncrown Chapel is the best place to visit in Arkansas.
  • Thorncrown Chapel: The number one place to visit in Arkansas according to TripAdvisor. 
  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: Home to a showcase of American art. 
  • Garvan Woodland Gardens: One of the most beautiful botanical gardens you will ever see. 


Aerial view of the prison island of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz jail in San Francisco bay aerial view. Beautiful aerial view of the Alcatraz island with Golden Gate bridge.
If you head to California, make sure and see the most famous prison in the country.
  • Alcatraz Island: It’s believed no one ever successfully escaped this popular prison.  
  • Golden Gate Bridge: The second most popular location, but probably the most recognizable. 
  • San Diego Zoo: Home to over 4,000 animals and one of the best zoos in the country. 


Eroded red-sandstone formations. Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Visit the Garden of the Gods in Colorado and enjoy a premiere hiking experience.
  • Garden of the Gods: The premiere location for hiking in Colorado. 
  • Denver’s Botanic Gardens: Spans more than 24 acres of beautiful collections. 
  • Pikes Peak: One of the most beautiful mountain regions in the country. 


Charles W. Morgan The Last Wooden Whaleship in the World Built and launched in 1841
The Mystic Seaport Museum is home to beautiful old ships.
  • Mystic Seaport Museum: Home to a beautiful shipyard and plenty of old attractions. 
  • Mark Twain’s Home: Where Twain wrote some of his most popular books. 
  • Yale’s University Art Gallery: A must-see for both art and non-art lovers. 


The Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse and Cape May-Lewes Ferry against sunset
The area around Cape May-Lewes Ferry is incredibly picturesque.
  • Air Mobility Command Museum: Tells the story and history of military aviation. 
  • Cape May-Lewes Ferry: Enjoy picturesque lighthouses, harbors, and seabirds on this 85-minute trip. 
  • Cape Henlopen State Park: A total of 155 campsites allow you to become one with nature. 


Islands of Adventure is one of the best theme parks in all of Florida.
  • Islands of Adventure: The beloved theme park has dozens of rides and attractions. 
  • Discovery Cove: This tropical resort includes its own lazy river and reef snorkeling. 
  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter: A themed land at Universal Studios for fans of the books. 


silhouette people in great aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the world.
  • Georgia Aquarium: Arguably the best aquarium in the United States. 
  • Savannah Historic District: A historic neighborhood with cobblestone streets. 
  • Cathedral of St. John the Baptist: A truly historic location for prayer. 


Aerial view of USS Arizona Memorial, World War II Valor In The Pacific National Monument in Pearl Harbor Honolulu Hawaii
Make sure and see the Pearl Harbor National Monument in Hawaii.
  • Diamond Head State Monument: A dormant volcano crater is one of Honolulu’s most photographed sites. 
  • USS Arizona Memorial: The location where the USS Arizona sunk during the Pearl Harbor bombing. 
  • Pearl Harbor National Monument: TheMonument stands to remember all of those lost on December 7, 1941. 


Lake Coeur d'Alene Panorama
The Coeur d’Alene Lake has every water activity you can imagine.
  • Boise River Greenbelt: The best activity in Idaho is a hike or bike path down Boise River Greenbelt. 
  • Coeur d’Alene Lake: Enjoy every water sports activity you can imagine in this 30-mile lake. 
  • Shoshone Falls: One of the most picturesque waterfalls in America. 


Millennium park chicago amphitheatre panorama
Make sure your next trip to Illinois has a planned stop at Millennium Park.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago: The most popular thing to do in Illinois is the top-ranked art museum. 
  • Millennium Park: One of Chicago’s most popular and most Instagrammed sites with the “Bean,” Ferris Wheel, and ice skating rink. 
  • Chicago Architecture Center: More than 75 different walking tours help you see Chicago’s historical architecture. 


Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
The Motor Speedway Museum in Indianapolis is a great attraction for race fans.
  • Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Perfect for kids 4-12 is this interactive museum. 
  • Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari: This water park is the perfect place for warmer months.
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum: Take a trip down memory lane with a century of auto racing heritage. 


Field of Dreams baseball field in summertime, with cornfield and outdoor light pole. July 30, 2022, Dyersville, IA USA
Walk on the Field of Dreams movie site the next time you’re in Iowa.
  • Field of Dreams Movie Site: A great place to visit and snap a shot for the gram. 
  • National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium: Celebrates the history of the Mississippi River with riverboats and wildlife. 
  • Fenelon Place Elevator Co.: Take a cable car ride with historic views of the Mississippi River and three states. 


Take a trip 650 feet underground at the Stataca salt mine in Kansas.
  • Safari Zoological Park: Take a guided tour through this privately owned animal adventure. 
  • Strataca: Go 650 feet underground and see what an active salt mine looks like. 
  • Sedgwick County Zoo: Go during the summer months and see more than 3,000 animals. 


Whiskey barrels in storage, Makers Mark distillery, Loretto, KY.
There’s nothing like the Maker’s Mark bourbon tour in Kentucky.
  • Louisville Mega Cavern: Take two hours and go on a historical guided tour, on zip lines! 
  • Maker’s Mark: Bourbon lovers cannot say no to this distillery tour. 
  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory: Baseball fans will love the location where the famous bats are made. 


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Take a stroll in the French Quarter and enjoy some of the best parties in the country.
  • The National WWII Museum: Experience WWII in a way you haven’t seen before. 
  • French Quarter: Home to some of the best parties and live atmosphere in the entire country. 
  • Jackson Square: A historic landmark at the heart of New Orleans’ unique culture.


Beautiful view to Bar Harbor and nearby islands from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park
If you visit Cadillac Mountain, there’s just something about watching the sunrise.
  • Marginal Way: A great way to get your day started with a stroll and fun places to shop. 
  • Cadillac Mountain: Visit this coastal national park with the best sunrises in the country. 
  • Portland Head Light: A picturesque lighthouse surrounded by cliffs and incredible walking trails. 


The large green dome of the United States Naval Academy chapel adorns the autumn skyline in Annapolis, Maryland. It is a National Historic Landmark.
Take a trip to the U.S. Naval Academy and see the most important naval institution in the country.
  • National Aquarium: Visit the National Aquarium and see over 750 different species. 
  • Oriole Park: Enjoy a game of baseball at the historic park, home of the Baltimore Orioles. 
  • U.S. Naval Academy: Take a guided tour through the historical naval academy. 


Pictures from Fenway Park in Boston
Seeing a baseball game in Fenway Park is an experience unlike any other.
  • Fenway Park: Catch a baseball game at historical Fenway Park, home of the Green Monster. 
  • Freedom Trail: Take a historic walk through many of the area’s most important historical sites. 
  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum: Undergo a re-enactment of the historical event. 


Green house and arboretum at Frederik Meijer garden in grand rapids, Michigan
The Frederick Meijer Gardens is an incredible Japanese garden experience.
  • Saugatuck Dune Rides: Learn about the lost town of Singapore and check out local wildlife. 
  • Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation: See the story of America through invention and a can-do spirit. 
  • Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park: Take a tranquil stroll through a diverse Japanese garden. 


Mall of America
You can spend all day at the Mall of America, the world’s largest shopping mall.
  • Mall of America: Visit the world’s largest shopping mall, complete with an indoor theme park. 
  • North Shore Scenic Drive: Between scenic waterfalls and historic lighthouses, this is a breathtaking experience. 
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art: Spend a day looking at a world-class art collection. 


Vicksburg National Military Park, American Civil War Site
The Vicksburg National Military Park is a great way to learn all about the Civil War.
  • Vicksburg National Military Park: Take a trip down memory lane at the Civil War-inspired national park. 
  • Natchez Trace Parkway: Drive through this incredible landscape and enjoy a picnic. 
  • Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum: See the birthplace of one of America’s biggest stars. 


Kansas City World War I Liberty Memorial and Museum constructed in 1926
The National WWI Museum is a comprehensive location for learning about the war.
  • The Haygoods: Family-friendly show includes fun special effects, comedy, and dancing. 
  • Sight & Sound Theatres: Biblical stories come to life at this renowned theater. 
  • National WWI Museum & Memorial: One of the most comprehensive WWI sites in the country. 


Little Bighorn Battlefield, Custer National Cemetery memorializes the US Army's 7th Cavalry and the Lakotas and Cheyennes in one of the Indian's last armed efforts to preserve their way of life.
Visit Montana and see the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.
  • Going-to-the-Sun Road: Take a scenic drive through beautiful alpine landscapes. 
  • Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center: An adventurous location with wolves and bears galore. 
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument: Visit the location of the Battle of Little Bighorn.


A couple of giraffes in Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha Nebraska
There is just something magical about visiting the Henry Doorly Zoo.
  • Henry Doorly Zoo: Rated TripAdvisor’s “World’s Best Zoo.” 
  • Museum of American Speed: There’s plenty to see here with a racing car exhibit. 
  • The Durham Museum: An art deco museum that showcases the golden age of travel. 


The Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas
The Fountains of Bellagio may be the most photographed site in Las Vegas.
  • Fountains of Bellagio: Visit the choreographed fountain show combining water, music, and light. 
  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area: One of the best hiking trails in all of Nevada. 
  • Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden: A botanical garden unlike anywhere else. 

New Hampshire

The Kancamagus Highway is a sight to see to see during the fall months.
  • Kancamagus Highway: A beautiful highway filled with historical bridges and waterfalls. 
  • Flume Gorge: Beautiful woodland trail with lots of wildlife. 
  • Santa’s Village: A Christmas-themed village open all year long. 

New Jersey

Aerial panorama of Atlantic city along the boardwalk at dusk. In the 1980s, Atlantic City achieved nationwide attention as a gambling resort and currently has nine large casinos.
Take a walk down the Atlantic City Boardwalk in New Jersey the next time you visit.
  • Grounds for Sculpture: A 40-acre site with over 270 contemporary sculptures. 
  • Atlantic City Boardwalk: First opened in 1870, the boardwalk is filled with entertainment. 
  • Cape May County Park & Zoo: Over 85 acres of space for approximately 500 different animals.

New Mexico

Unusual White Sand Dunes at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, USA
The White Sands National Park is not comparable to any other place in the country.
  • White Sands National Park: This desert landscape offers incredible white dunes. 
  • Sandia Peak Tramway: Go over 4,000 feet in height for breathtaking panoramic views. 
  • Bandelier National Monument: Climb ancient ladders to see historical Pueblo homes. 

New York

Aerial view of the Central park in New York with golf fields and tall skyscrapers surrounding the park.
The next time you’re in New York, spend a day walking through Central Park.
  • Central Park: The country’s most recognizable and historic park. 
  • The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum: A reflective memorial honoring the victims. 
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Home to one of the best art collections in the world. 

North Carolina

The Biltmont Estate in Asheville, North Carolina
Visit the largest private home in the country on your next trip to North Carolina.
  • Biltmore Estate: Take a tour through the largest private home in the country. 
  • Blue Ridge Parkway: A beautiful drive through incredible mountain landscapes. 
  • Elijah Mountain Gem Mine: A family-friendly gem mining adventure. 

North Dakota

Sunrise over Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
If you visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park, you’ll enjoy lots of wildlife.
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park: A national park with wildlife including bison and badlands. 
  • Red River Market: The best farmers market in all of North Dakota. 
  • Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center: Featuring famous sites from the movie Fargo.


Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame museum is the best stop for music lovers in Ohio.
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force: Largest and oldest military aviation museum in the world. 
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: A 150,000-square-foot museum featuring the history of rock and roll. 
  • Cleveland Museum of Art: Over 61,000 objects adorn this museum. 


Sunny view of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum at Oklahoma
The Oklahoma City National Memorial is an important stop to make in Oklahoma.
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum: Site that honors 168 victims of national tragedy. 
  • National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum: Western heritage museum with an old west town replica. 
  • Bricktown: A lively area full of history and diverse dining options. 


Portland Japanese Garden pond with koi fish carp
The Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon is a very tranquil place to visit.
  • Portland Japanese Garden: A traditional Japanese garden. 
  • International Rose Test Garden: A vibrant rose garden with a gift shop. 
  • Multnomah Falls: Picturesque waterfall and hiking trail. 


Gettysburg National Military Park
Make your first stop in Pennsylvania a visit to Gettysburg National Military Park.
  • Gettysburg National Military Park: Historical location alive with Civil War history. 
  • Eastern State Penitentiary: A historic prison tour. 
  • Independence Hall: One of America’s most important and historical sites. 

Rhode Island

The Breakers is a Vanderbilt Mansion in Gilded Age with Neo Italian Renaissance style in Newport , Rhode Island RI, USA. This mansion is the largest building in Newport.
Visit The Breakers mansion in Rhode Island to see the best homes of the Gilded Age.
  • The Breakers: One of the Vanderbilt family’s summer homes. 
  • Cliff Walk: Coastal trail with beautiful ocean views. 
  • Newport Mansions: Gilded Age luxury comes to life. 

South Carolina

Reedy River Falls in Downtown Greenville South Carolina SC.
A drive through South Carolina isn’t complete without Falls Park on the Reedy.
  • Broadway at the Beach: Family-friendly park full of carnival rides. 
  • Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum: Self-guided tour features WWII aircraft. 
  • Falls Park on the Reedy: Headlined by a 28-foot waterfall with suspension bridges. 

South Dakota

Classic view of Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore is the best place to see when you’re in South Dakota.
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial: Historical landmark featuring four presidential sculptures. 
  • Custer State Park: Take a scenic drive through rolling hills and granite peaks. 
  • Falls Park: Historic park with multiple waterfall views and walking trails. 


Grand Ole Opry House
The Grand Ole Opry is one of the best places for country music in Tennessee.
  • Sugarlands Distilling Company: This well-known site has over a dozen moonshine flavors. 
  • Grand Ole Opry: One of the most popular locations for country music acts. 
  • Ole Smoky: A popular distillery with live bluegrass music. 


San Antonio, Texas, USA cityscape at the River Walk.
The San Antonio River Walk is a must-see location in the evening.
  • San Antonio River Walk: A riverfront promenade featuring a lot of shopping and dining. 
  • The Alamo: One of the most historical landmarks in all of Texas. 
  • The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza: Site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.


Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, USA
If you visit Bryce Canyon National Park, you’ll find plenty of hiking paths.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park: A favorite hiking area for all skill levels. 
  • Arches National Park: Family-friendly hikes and different routes for more experienced hikers. 
  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park: This rugged area offers plenty of scenery for SUV owners. 


Robert Todd Lincoln Home
When you’re in Vermont, make it a point to see the former home of Robert Todd Lincoln.
  • The Lincoln Family Home: Former home of Robert Todd Lincoln, eldest son of President Lincoln. 
  • Burlington Bike Path: Eight-mile path for bikers and walkers alike. 
  • Shelburne Museum: An outdoor museum full of American history. 


fallen soldier Memeorial of Arlington cemetary
You can’t visit Virginia without a stop at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Arlington National Cemetery: Famous military cemetery featuring the “eternal flame.” 
  • Colonial Williamsburg: Historical site full of colonial buildings and carriage rides. 
  • Monticello: Historic plantation home of Thomas Jefferson. 


Seattle, Washington, USA downtown skyline.
The Space Needle gives you the best view of the entire Seattle area.
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass: Incredible art gallery featuring iconic sculptures. 
  • Pike Place Market: The world-famous fish market. 
  • Space Needle: One of the most famous landmarks in Seattle. 

West Virginia

West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.
When in West Virginia, stop at the famous penitentiary and see historic prison life.
  • Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum: Multiple building tour focusing on mental health history. 
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park: Multiple Civil War era landmarks and hiking trails. 
  • West Virginia Penitentiary: See the difficulties of historic prison life. 


Every visit to Wisconsin should include at least one Green Bay Packers game.
  • Taliesin Preservation: Tour the work of famous architects. 
  • Lambeau Field: Football home of the Green Bay Packers. 
  • Rick Wilcox Magic Theater: Popular magic show in an intimate venue. 


Sunny summer afternoon at Devil's Tower National Monument in the State of Wyoming USA, surrounded with yellow sweet clover wildflowers and dramatic clouds in sky after rain storm
Devils Tower in Wyoming is one of the most unique picture opportunities in America.
  • Buffalo Bill Center of the West: Showcasing Western Art and Plains Indian Culture. 
  • Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: A sweeping landscape of canyons and geysers. 
  • Devils Tower National Monument: Featuring a 1.3-mile trail and picturesque views. 

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