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Most Visited U.S. States by Canadians

Can you name the top 10 U.S. states that are visited by the most Canadians?
For 2016. Source
Overnight visits only
Quiz by Stewart
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First submittedFebruary 1, 2018
Last updatedFebruary 3, 2018
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Visits
State
3,430,000
Florida
3,116,000
New York
2,517,000
Washington
1,619,000
California
1,345,000
Nevada
Visits
State
1,336,000
Michigan
864,000
Hawaii
782,000
Arizona
753,000
Maine
688,000
Pennsylvania
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level ∞
Feb 3, 2018
Note that this is number of visits, not number of nights. The number of nights is fairly remarkable. Canadians spend a lot of time in the United States!
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level 71
Feb 3, 2018
I wonder why on earth they'd go to Pennsylvania? We used to see TONS of Ontarians at the Jersey shore… but Pennsylvanian?
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level 60
Feb 3, 2018
No idea either. I would have thought that most of us go to Hawaii and would have put that as number 1. What's in Pennsylvania?
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level 61
Feb 3, 2018
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, plus it isn't far from eastern Canada.
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level 71
Feb 3, 2018
What musiclistsareus said. From Eastern Canada, there are a lot of short, organized tours going to major Eastern US cities and Philadelphia is one of the most common. Although I'd have expected Massachusetts to be there, because a lot of people go to Boston. Also, this is much, much cheaper than going to Hawaii :-D ;))
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level 40
Feb 4, 2018
There are also a lot of state parks and state game lands. There are some really beautiful wilderness areas in Pennsylvania.
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level 70
Feb 4, 2018
Pittsburgh on one end, Philly on the other end. Alabama in between. Pennsyltucky. All said in the nicest way, I've got nothing against either the cities or the rural areas, in PA or wherever.
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level 38
Feb 4, 2018
More importantly, what's in Michigan (unless they come to buy cars).
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level 67
May 7, 2018
A lot of Canadians drive from Fort erie, Niagara falls, etc. to shop at the outlet mall in Grove City, PA. Only 2 about hours from the bridge.
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level 45
May 10, 2018
I grew up in the city of Erie, Pennsylvania, on the shores of the eponymous lake. 2.5 hours from the U.S. - Canada border, about 4 hours from Toronto. Canadians would often come down to shop at our mall because the sales taxes in Pennsylvania were cheaper than in both Canada and New York state. You could always tell by all the discarded shoeboxes and packaging in the parking lot - they would hide the stuff when they crossed back over the border so they didn't have to pay import tax, and it's easier to do that when it's not in easily identifiable boxes and bags. TL,DR: Shopping trips due to lower sales taxes may be a contributing factor.
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level 74
May 11, 2018
Erie Pennsylvania outlet malls just off the interstate. I have friends who take their wives to shop there while they go to a Browns or Indians game
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level 16
Oct 4, 2018
Pinguins of Pittsburg, Hockey of course! and Flyers
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level 57
May 7, 2018
Many Canadians spend nights in Pennsylvania because it is on the way to places like NYC, Florida, and DC. Most of the trips are not to visit Pennsylvania itself.
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level 35
Feb 1, 2019
We go for the cheap shopping
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level 67
Feb 4, 2018
These stats should be taken with a huge grain of salt. As a Canadian who's been to the U.S. somewhere between 100 and 200 times, I can say that if I fly (maybe 30-40 times), it's easy enough to say what state I landed in and what passport (since that's recently become necessary) I travelled with. If I drive, it's easy enough for U.S. immigration to record which state I enter. But it's impossible in both cases to know where I've been subsequently. A huge percentage of Canadians live very close to the border and make trips by car, many passing through/staying in multiple states on single visits. Anyone from Atlantic Canada crossing into Maine on the way to Boston will go through New Hampshire. How will either N.H. or Massachusetts be counted? A Manitoban driving to Arizona will drive through multiple states. Same thing.
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level 58
Feb 5, 2018
The source only uses overnight visits, so a lot of the flights/road trips won't count as many people don't stop in some states.
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level 67
May 3, 2018
Right. But nobody's going to drive from Manitoba straight through to Arizona. How will the nights in South Dakota and Colorado (for example) be registered?
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level 76
May 7, 2018
The WiFi in my hotel right now is painfully slow and I can't get the link to the source to load. I'd suggest clicking through and reading it. If it says "counts overnight stays only" I'm guessing that they sample registers of hotels, or, since the data is compiled by a Canadian organization, they might poll random samplings of Canadian citizens about their travel habits and then extrapolate the data.

... or they've secretly implanted GPS tracking chips in you. Never know.
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level 50
May 7, 2018
With 18 seconds left, I typed in "Arizona," jokingly thinking "Canadians like the Grand Canyon, right?" That's how I wound up getting 10/10 on this. 0.o
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level 76
May 7, 2018
I got it. But pretty amazed that Arizona comes in before... Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Maryland, Virginia, Colorado, North Dakota, Montana, Illinois, Indiana.... I guess they just want to go somewhere warm?
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level 64
May 7, 2018
A hot/warm place to visit when it's -40 in Canada, yeah I don't know why we Canadians go to Arizona either.
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level 58
May 7, 2018
Lots of Canadians have vacation/winter homes in AZ
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level 76
May 7, 2018
Not hard to understand, I'm just surprised that there are more going there than to Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Washington, etc which are virtually right across the border.
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level 66
May 7, 2018
Think it has to do with the small population of northern Ontario and Manitoba. The majority of Canadians live in Southern Ontario. Not a huge population in prairie Canada that would be heading south through Chicago and Minnie or Wisconsin.
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level 76
May 7, 2018
The cities I listed are all within easy driving distance of southern Ontario.
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level 15
May 8, 2018
Alaska also surprised me because it was not on this list
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level 67
May 9, 2018
Canadians of adequate means do often try to escape portions of the winter (sometimes, for retired people, the entire winter). But when they do, they certainly don't drive to Milwaukee, Minneapolis, or Chicago. Canadians fly en masse to Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, as well as Florida, Arizona, and California. I was in Varadero airport in Cuba once when the next ten flights departing were all going to various Canadian destinations. And, by the way, many Canadians - not most - live in southern Ontario.
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level 66
May 7, 2018
Thousands and thousands of Canadians go to Yuma every year so they can cross the border to Los Algodones, Baja California to go to the dentist. Seriously, the entire town is basically dental offices and restaurants.
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level 48
May 7, 2018
Drugs, too.
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level 79
May 7, 2018
I'm curious how this list would compare to "Most Visited U.S. States by Non-U.S. People in General." FL, NY, CA, and NV would certainly be on both lists, and probably HI and AZ as well. ME and MI presumably would not. WA and PA seem like border cases to me--WA certainly wouldn't be as high on a "whole world" list, but would it still be top ten?
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level 55
May 7, 2018
If you see the link to the right of the quiz to my series "Country's Visitation Quizzes", you'll find several quizzes of interest. Included "Most Visited U.S. States by Europeans" and "Countries that visit Florida the most".

As you'll see from those quizzes, most of what you've said here comes true!
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level 69
May 8, 2018
If you want to see LOTS of Canadian tourists, visit Cuba. They look very cute (and usually sunburned) on the beaches sporting their Che Guevara Tshirts.
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level 16
Oct 4, 2018
Quebecers :p
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level 22
May 11, 2018
Damn it I forgot about Hawaii I was only thinking of the mainland
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level 22
Jan 15, 2019
i got them all except pennsylvania
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level 53
Mar 16, 2019
Easy, mostly top tourist states. Surprised no Texas though.