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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
Last updated: February 25, 2017
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Visitors
State
9.98 mil
New York
8.50 mil
Florida
7.16 mil
California
3.06 mil
Hawaii
3.06 mil
Nevada
Visitors
State
1.55 mil
Texas
1.54 mil
Massachusetts
1.38 mil
Illinois
0.964 mil
New Jersey
0.964 mil
Pennsylvania
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level 76
Feb 27, 2017
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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level 53
Mar 2, 2017
2 words; Jersey Shore
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level 59
May 12, 2017
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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level 47
Jan 25, 2018
My family goes to Sea Isle City every year and it's actually very nice and the admittedly bad state doesn't have an effect on our vacation. . .it's a great place for families to hang out
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level 38
Mar 17, 2017
Don't forget Atlantic City.
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level 73
May 12, 2017
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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level 42
Jan 12, 2018
atlantic city went bust
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level 49
May 12, 2017
Don't forget affordable access to New York.
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level 75
May 12, 2017
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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level 75
May 12, 2017
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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level 73
May 12, 2017
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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level 59
Jul 30, 2017
lmao shore isn't that interesting, you're not missing much
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level 35
Aug 28, 2017
As a Pennsylvania Native I can tell you that Lancaster receives a fair amount of tourism due to Amish people in the nearby area.
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level 42
Jan 12, 2018
atlantic city went bust
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level 51
May 12, 2017
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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level 73
May 13, 2017
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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level 70
May 12, 2017
New Jersey's proximity to New York probably puts it on this list by default.
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level 72
May 12, 2017
if anyone goes to the Statue of Liberty...
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level 42
Jan 12, 2018
do it by way of new jersey its WAAAAAAAAAAY easier, and way less crowded on the ferry too.
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level 49
May 14, 2017
You forgot all the Springsteen fans on their pilgrimage! :)
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level 44
May 14, 2017
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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level 65
Aug 28, 2017
How about Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty?
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level 52
Oct 25, 2017
Probably not, since if visitors who only land in an airport and don't leave (en route to some other place) were counted, Hartsfield-Jackson would nudge Georgia over 100 million.
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level 78
Feb 27, 2017
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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level 63
Oct 18, 2017
Yeah, I tried both Virginia and Maryland with D.C. in mind. Kinda surprised they didn't make it.
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level 83
Mar 1, 2017
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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level 76
May 12, 2017
Never heard of Chicago?
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level 57
May 11, 2017
New Joisey!
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level 70
May 14, 2017
Hey, fuhgedabowdit!
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level 56
May 12, 2017
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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level 52
May 12, 2017
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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level 67
May 12, 2017
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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level 52
May 12, 2017
Well me too, but mainly because I'm a massive Springsteen fan :)
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level 52
May 12, 2017
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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level 49
Feb 21, 2018
I guess that Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming have more visitors to see the Grand Canyon, Ski Resorts, and Yellowstone than go to see Mt Rushmore but IDK
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level 76
May 12, 2017
Easy
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level 67
May 12, 2017
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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level 58
May 12, 2017
I misspelled Massachusetts smh
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level 45
May 7, 2018
Same here.
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level 23
May 12, 2017
I'm surprised Colorado wasn't up there
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level 47
May 12, 2017
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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level 34
May 12, 2017
where would DC fall on this list?
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level 76
May 12, 2017
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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level 56
May 12, 2017
And states's grand canyon??? utah, arizona...
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level 63
May 12, 2017
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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level 49
Feb 21, 2018
I guessed TExas before I got New Jersey or Nevada.. I was like oh duh Vegas lol
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level 78
Jun 29, 2018
Texas is the 2nd most guessed answer on the U.S. states quiz, so you probably shouldn't be surprised that people guessed it.
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level 59
May 12, 2017
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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level 24
May 12, 2017
Tourists, not illegal immigrants
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level 39
May 14, 2017
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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level 77
May 15, 2017
It's vistors not tourists. Most of the ones coming to Texas are going for work.
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level 65
Aug 28, 2017
Why am I under the impression not many people realize that the Statue of Liberty is in New Jersey?
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level 60
Jun 21, 2017
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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level 41
Aug 21, 2017
Accept Masachussetts or Massachussets
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level 58
Oct 7, 2017
Is no one visiting the Grand Canyon anymore ? How can Arizona not be listed ?
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level 49
Feb 21, 2018
AZ is probably 11th. Grand CAnyon is one of the top visited national parks, plus there is a lot of other things to do here in AZ besides that.. :) Wyoming might be ahead due to yellowstone tho
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level 78
Jun 29, 2018
Grand Canyon has over 2 million more annual visitors than Yellowstone does, so I'm gonna say AZ comes out ahead of WY.
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level 37
Jan 5, 2018
10/10 with 59 seconds left :)))
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level 59
Oct 28, 2018
It's amazing. Many of these states would be the ones I'd least like to visit.
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