The Most Visited Cities in the United States by Foreign Travelers

 

5. (Tie) Las Vegas, Nevada (2,788,000 arrivals for a 10% market share)

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With a nickname as decadent as Sin City visitors just know they’re in for a good time in Las Vegas. The designs of its casinos stretch the imagination, but so do the luxuries that they offer. Mandalay Bay, for instance, has a shark aquarium, and Wynn has its own golf course – right on the Strip!

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Though Las Vegas has a lot more than just gambling to offer, its gambling is pretty good too.

Though Las Vegas has a lot more than just gambling to offer, its gambling is pretty good too.

4. San Francisco, California (2,872,000 arrivals for a 10.3% market share)

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San Francisco is a striking city that’s deserving of all the visitors it gets. Its tourist attractions are iconic to say the least, as there’s the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, cable cars, Coit Tower, and Chinatown, just to name a few. The city is also a great jumping off point from which to explore destinations near San Francisco like the wine-growing regions of Sonoma and Napa, or the coastal paradises of Carmel and Monterey.

The skyline of San Francisco and the Painted Ladies of Alamo Square Park.

The skyline of San Francisco and the Painted Ladies of Alamo Square Park.

3. Miami, Florida (2,956,000 arrivals for a 10.6% market share)

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Sometimes called the “Capital of Latin America,” Miami is a melting pot of Latin cultures, as newly arrived immigrants arrive from throughout Latin America and mix with the city’s longstanding immigrant communities from places like Cuba and Puerto Rico. The resulting cultural flair complements the sizzling weather and Caribbean-esque beaches perfectly to make Miami one of the world’s hottest travel destinations.

A young couple playing in the surf of Miami Beach.

A young couple playing in the surf of Miami Beach.

2. Los Angeles, California (3,653,000 arrivals for a 13.1% market share)

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Los Angeles is the city that defines the American Dream and sets the pace for the rest of the country to follow when it comes to trends and popular culture. To see the city in all of its trendsetting glory travelers can spend their time in the neighborhoods of West Hollywood and Santa Monica, where celebs and the celebrity-obsessed alike mingle in high-end boutiques.

The Los Angeles skyline and its urban sprawl.

The Los Angeles skyline and its urban sprawl.

1. New York City (9,285,000 arrivals for a 33.3% market share)

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It’s almost hard to believe that New York City accounts for 33% of the visitors to the United States, but this is New York we’re talking about, after all. Tourists go absolutely crazy for its big-ticket attractions like the Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Times Square, Broadway and the Yankees. Those visiting New York on a lengthy trip, however, should consider taking a day trip to the Hudson Valley Region to see some of the rural charm that New York State has to offer.

New York's Central Park in the autumn.

New York’s Central Park in the autumn.

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Dakota is a Canadian travel writer who has lived in Hong Kong since 2006. His travels take him around the world and there's nothing he enjoys more than experiencing new cultures. Find him on Google+.