The 10 Most Visited Cities in the United States by Foreign Travelers (2013)

 

5. San Francisco, California, with 3,044,000 visitors

[Also see our travel article “Top 10 Reasons to Visit San Francisco“]

The second Californian city to crack the top 10, San Francisco saw an almost 10% increase in visitors in 2013, surpassing the 3 million annual overseas visitors mark. Whether the city can keep up the momentum next year is unknown, but the city has an eternal appeal to overseas visitors, especially Asian travelers who like its beautiful landscape and its compactness.

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.

4. Orlando, Florida, with 3,716,000 visitors

[Also see our travel article “Family Travel Guide to Orlando and Its Theme Parks“]

Though Los Angeles saw an 11% increase in visitors, Orlando had a very impressive 17% increase, as 532,000 more visitors traveled to Orlando in 2013 than in 2012. If Orlando can keep it up in 2014, it will surpass Los Angeles as the third most visited city in the United States. Of course, the reason travelers are going to Orlando is no surprise: Disney World and Universal Studios.

Even Miley Cyrus loves a visit to Orlando's Disney World!

Even Miley Cyrus loves a visit to Orlando’s Disney World!

3. Los Angeles, California, with 3,781,000 visitors

[Also see our travel article “Top 10 Reasons to Visit Los Angeles“]

Los Angeles also saw a huge rise in visitors in 2013, with 11% more visitors than in 2012. Los Angeles benefits from an excellent reputation abroad, the huge popularity of the American film industry and LAX’s excellent air connections to Asia. At the moment 28% of visitors to the United States hail from Asia, and, with the region’s rapid rise in wealth, the number of inbound visitors from the region are sure to increase greatly in the coming years.

Los Angeles: The Griffith Observatory with Downtown Los Angeles clear in the distance.

Los Angeles: The Griffith Observatory with Downtown Los Angeles clear in the distance.

2. Miami, Florida, with 4,005,000 visitors

[Also see our travel article “Travel Guide to Miami and Its Attractions“]

Miami is sometimes called the capital of Latin America, a reflection of Miami’s kaleidoscope of Latin American peoples. The city is also incredibly well connected via air to Latin America and, with 16% of visitors to America hailing from the region, it’s a perennially popular destination. In all, the city received almost 500,000 more visitors in 2013 than 2012, a 15% increase. So it must be doing something right.

Just think, that could be you frolicking on the beach with a Miami hunk.

Just think, that could be you frolicking on the beach with a Miami hunk.

1. New York City with 9,579,000 visitors

[Also see our travel article “The Ten Most Visited Cities in the World“]

An astonishing 30% of all foreign visitors to the United States in 2013 visited New York City during their trips. While that percentage is down just a bit from the 2012 numbers, no other city even comes within 5 million visitors of New York. So why is New York so popular? Well, it has a sterling international reputation, a host of iconic landmarks and excellent air connections to Western Europe, a region which accounts for 37% of all visitors to the United States.

A look at Manhattan and the Empire State Building at sunset.

A look at Manhattan and the Empire State Building at sunset.

More reading suggestions from Traveler’s Digest:

  1. The 10 Most Visited States in the United States by Foreign Travelers (2013)
  2. Ten Most Visited Countries in the World
  3. Ten Most Visited Cities in the World
  4. Ten Least Visited Countries in the World
  5. Ten Most Visited Countries in Asia

 

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