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Top 10 Most-Visited U.S. States

Name the states that received the most international visitors.
  • For the year 2014. Source
  • Quiz by Palo - Feb 25, 2017
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Visitors
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9.98 mil
8.50 mil
7.16 mil
3.06 mil
3.06 mil
Visitors
State
1.55 mil
1.54 mil
1.38 mil
0.964 mil
0.964 mil
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(73)
Surprised by New Jersey. I'm assuming that the majority of those visitors are landing in Newark to go to NYC.
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Feb 27, 2017
(52)
2 words; Jersey Shore
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Mar 2, 2017
(54)
International visitors? Have you ever been to the Jersey Shore? You don't think they have second-rate beaches and obnoxious drunks a little closer to home?
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May 12, 2017
(36)
Don't forget Atlantic City.
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Mar 17, 2017
(69)
I don't think Atlantic City and Jersey Shore are a must-do for international visitors. When you say casinos to a foreigner, they'll immediately think about Vegas, and they likely know about Jersey Shore because of the MTV show, thus being likely the last place they want to go short of Levant, Somalia, Yemen and Northern Siberia.
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May 12, 2017
(46)
Don't forget affordable access to New York.
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May 12, 2017
(71)
I was surprised by New Jersey, too. I'm American but I'd never heard of Jersey Shore until apparently there was a TV show about it which had people talking, but I can't imagine it or Atlantic City being an international tourist destination. Newark airport makes the most sense to me, although if people only land there to go to NYC it shouldn't really count as a place people have come to visit.
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May 12, 2017
(71)
I was also surprised that Pennsylvania made the list. No offense intended to its residents, but is Philly really a place known for international tourism?
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May 12, 2017
(69)
Philly may be on a lot of tours focused on the East Coast. Likely something like going from Boston to DC, Philly is right on the path and people could pass to see Liberty Bell and the Rocky Steps/
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May 12, 2017
(46)
The source says it counts int'l arrivals: So New Jersey's high figure could be the result of Newark airport.
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May 12, 2017
(66)
The source is just a leaflet with very little statistical info, so it's hard to tell. Arrivals in tourism statistics usually mean overnight stays, here they are mentioned just in passing, the table says "visitations", so they probably just count all the states the respondents listed. Makes sense for Connecticut at #23, I doubt many overseas flights arrive there.
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May 13, 2017
(67)
New Jersey's proximity to New York probably puts it on this list by default.
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May 12, 2017
(68)
if anyone goes to the Statue of Liberty...
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May 12, 2017
(43)
You forgot all the Springsteen fans on their pilgrimage! :)
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May 14, 2017
(40)
They do, but they stay in NJ bc its so much cheaper... Why do u think a majority of pro new york sports teams have stadiums in NJ
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May 14, 2017
(73)
I know the source does not list it, but it would be interesting to see where DC falls. Washington is listed as the No. 8 city.
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Feb 27, 2017
(73)
I'm thinking Atlantic City for New Jersey (and then of course I forgot Vegas)
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Feb 27, 2017
(77)
honestly, I only got #8 after giving up and going through the states I hadn't tried alphabetically. Glad it wasn't Wyoming.
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Mar 1, 2017
(69)
Never heard of Chicago?
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May 12, 2017
(55)
New Joisey!
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May 11, 2017
(66)
Hey, fuhgedabowdit!
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May 14, 2017
(45)
Nice quiz! Lonely Planet's rating for "Ten best travel destination for 2017" is also a good one (one of my quizzes;))
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May 12, 2017
(50)
I promise you the only reason New Jersey is on the list is because of Newark. I doubt many people outside the US have heard of Atlantic City - most of us foreigners head to Vegas (via Newark airport). Surprised South Dakota isn't there for Rushmore.
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May 12, 2017
(62)
I'm outside the US, although I did live there once for a while, but I certainly have heard of Atlantic City, the famous boardwalk from movies etc. as well as Monopoly was first based on Atlantic City.
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May 12, 2017
(50)
Well me too, but mainly because I'm a massive Springsteen fan :)
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May 12, 2017
(50)
It's always struck me as a place to maybe stop off if I ever drove from say NYC to Philly, but in reality I'd probably take the train...
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May 12, 2017
(69)
Easy
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May 12, 2017
(59)
A couple of things to note: the source lists only estimates. It's easy to mark your port of entry for statistical purposes. And nearly impossible to measure where you go after that. Second, the source notes that Canadian and Mexican visitors are excluded from the list. So this is not actually a list of the most-visited states by international visitors. The results would likely be very different without those exclusions. Every border state would rise in relation to others and most states with major international airports (Newark, New Jersey comes to mind) would decline in relation.
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May 12, 2017
(55)
I misspelled Massachusetts smh
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May 12, 2017
(23)
I'm surprised Colorado wasn't up there
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May 12, 2017
(46)
Got 9 out of 10 straight off, other than one wrong answer which was Arizona as about my 5th guess. Then I was stumped for a long time before I came up with New Jersey.
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May 12, 2017
(32)
where would DC fall on this list?
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May 12, 2017
(69)
I don't recall exactly but I believe the district entertains about 10 or 12 million tourists annually, of which less than a million are international visitors. Probably it would not make the list.
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May 12, 2017
(45)
And states's grand canyon??? utah, arizona...
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May 12, 2017
(3)
that was hard
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May 12, 2017
(56)
I was surprised by Texas (the only one I didn't get) and I was even more surprised that so many people got it.
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May 12, 2017
(47)
So you should probably mention it doesn't include Canadian or Mexican tourists as I'm sure that has a very substantial impact on the number.
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May 12, 2017
(23)
Tourists, not illegal immigrants
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May 12, 2017
(41)
Hehe, my home state is NUMBER ONE! I suppose they visit New York for Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and the Broadway shows, Florida for DisneyWorld, California for Los Angeles, Hawaii...well for the pleasure, Nevada for Las Vegas and gambling, Texas for The Alamo, Massachusetts for Boston, Illinois for Chicago, New Jersey for Atlantic City and Six Flags, and Pennsylvania for Philadelphia.
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May 14, 2017
(66)
It's vistors not tourists. Most of the ones coming to Texas are going for work.
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May 15, 2017
(55)
Got them all. One day I will come and visit these places. Looking forward to New York, Alaska, Hawaii, but also Colorado and Vermont.
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Jun 21, 2017
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