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Most visited cities in the USA

Guess the American cities that receive the most tourists. This includes ALL tourists, including domestic and international travelers.
according to Forbes
Quiz by kalbahamut
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First submittedApril 15, 2013
Last updatedNovember 4, 2018
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Number of Tourists
City
48 million
Orlando
47 million
New York
45.6 million
Chicago
42.7 million
Anaheim
38.1 million
Miami
Number of Tourists
City
36.3 million
Las Vegas
35.4 million
Atlanta
31.1 million
Houston
30.3 million
Philadelphia
29.6 million
San Diego
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level 45
Apr 19, 2013
Though I guessed it randomly, I never expected Orlando to be at the top, even in top 10 :)
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level 77
Apr 19, 2013
Really? Have you been there? The entire city is built on tourism.
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level 15
Jul 8, 2013
I know, the city revolves around ''Disney world''
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level 77
Jul 8, 2013
yeah, totally. It's a neverending sprawl of resorts, shopping areas, theme parks, water parks, lakes and beaches and boardwalks and hotels. And Disney World (which comprises four or five different full-sized theme parks and multiple other things) isn't even the only theme park company in town. There's also Sea World and Universal Studios, the latter of which also consists of multiple parks. Nothing else quite like it in the world.
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level 77
Jul 8, 2013
To put it in perspective a bit, the city of Orlando receives almost half as many tourists as the entire country of France does total. and France is often touted as the biggest tourist destination in the world. Though, that's not exactly completely true.
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level 45
Jul 10, 2013
No, I haven't been, but next time when I am in the US, especially Florida, I would give it a try. Been only to Miami in Fl.
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level 21
Feb 19, 2015
I went to Orlando for a vacation with my family and went to Lego City, Disney World, Biggest Water Park in Orlando, etc.
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level 77
Feb 20, 2015
yeah... the Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, MGM Studios, Animal Kingdom, Sea World, Universal Studios, the Disney Institute, the boardwalk, Pleasure Island, the downtown area, all the many different resorts, several water parks, lakes, beaches, camping areas, shopping, nightlife, etc etc etc.
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level 60
Jan 1, 2017
Is this comment just one big Disney advertisement? :)
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level 44
Dec 18, 2014
please accept nyc for new york
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level 77
Jul 15, 2015
fine...
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level 21
Apr 30, 2016
I live in orlando and trust me, I drive probably gets the most tourists
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level 38
Jun 30, 2019
Poor you
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level 38
Jun 30, 2019
Because Orlando sucks
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level 7
Apr 19, 2013
I should have got Orlando, when I went to the US as a kid we went Orlando... didn't know it was a city though.
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level 49
Feb 19, 2016
It twas a city, but now ittith izzith a CITY.
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level 77
Jul 17, 2013
This quiz is a good example of why it would be really nice to have the power to tag our own quizzes. For whatever reason, it was tagged twice, and I think that probably has something to do with why it has been taken over 500 times, yet it was never featured, and I don't think I've ever even plugged this one the way I do some of my others, except maybe in the comments section of the one quiz that inspired it. Just thinking out loud...
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level 77
Mar 14, 2014
I've still never really promoted this quiz and it has more hits now than some of my quizzes that have made it to the front page. So I think I'll do some cross-pollination here, as well. Enjoy the quizzes, friends.

Most Populous Countries in 1950
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Those are both probably better than this quiz, and though they each get a lot of visitors, not as many as this quiz does.
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level 59
Mar 16, 2016
Lots of quizzes are tagged twice, some even three times. I think I've seen one or two with four tags.
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level 77
Mar 16, 2016
Yes I know. I've just noticed that how a quiz is tagged can have a big impact on how many times it is taken. Getting tagged in certain popular categories boosts visibility. Getting tagged in multiple categories is even better of course.
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level 48
Oct 13, 2013
I'm surprised that Disney World has more visitors, than New York.
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level 77
Oct 13, 2013
it's pretty close and I think they only recently eclipsed them.
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level 77
Mar 14, 2014
Also, the city of Orlando does contain some things other than Disney World. There are many conventions held in the city, and it's also home to a lot of big resort hotels, Sea World, and Universal Studios, Florida.
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level 51
Oct 31, 2013
Not questioning the veracity of the list; just wondering how Washington fails to make the top 10? As either an American or an international tourist, Washington would certainly be one of the top 3 or 4 destinations of choice for me.
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level 77
Nov 2, 2013
Surprisingly it's not. As a native of the greater Washington DC metropolitan area myself, I feel strongly that the nation's capital is very underrated as a tourist destination. So much to see and do there. But it doesn't make the top 10.
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level 77
Dec 26, 2013
The best information I could find seems to indicate that Washington receives about 15-16 million tourists annually. Impressive, but not as much as the 27 million that visit Paris, which wouldn't make the top ten list if it were an American city, either. Or the 50 million each that visit Orlando or New York.
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level 37
Mar 16, 2014
Urgh, I kept guessing LA thinking Disneyland was there.
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level 77
Mar 17, 2014
Disneyland is in Anaheim which is, in my opinion, basically a neighborhood of Los Angeles. If you type in L.A. then Anaheim will come up so you should have at least gotten that one.
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level 77
Mar 17, 2014
Disneyland is in Anaheim, Disney World is in Orlando. Two different things for anybody who is confused.
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level 61
Nov 19, 2014
Strongly disagree with you here, Kal. Anaheim is well over an hour away from Los Angeles city, in a different county, and has an industry independent of LA. While they are geographic neighbors on the macro scale, one could certainly live their whole life in Anaheim and never have a need to step inside LA borders.
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level 77
Nov 20, 2014
Anaheim is in the Los Angeles metro area. It's only an hour away because traffic is horrible. Google maps says it takes 33 minutes from city center to city center. From municipal boundary to municipal boundary it's probably significantly less than that. I don't know. Do they touch borders? When I was there it was absolutely impossible to tell where one municipality ended and another began, it's all one big city...
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level 72
Sep 24, 2018
Anaheim, Riverside, Santa Clarita, Moreno Valley.... none of them would be what they are without a major city to boost their existence.
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level 17
Jul 21, 2014
No San Francisco?
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level 66
May 13, 2018
That surprised me, too. But what do I know? The only US city I've ever visited is Seattle.
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level 60
Jul 24, 2014
Detroit is strangely missing from this list...
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level 44
Jul 29, 2014
please accept nyc for new york
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level 44
Aug 1, 2014
I think this information has to be somewhat wrong. Visitors and tourists are different things. I am from the DC area too. The city is crawling with tourists. All year round. And where is New Orleans? San Francisco? You could fill a small library with books written about those cities. You'd be hard pressed to even FIND a travel guide written about Houston. Cause there's not that much to see and do. Atlanta has the world's busiest airport; I hope that wasn't grounds for counting all those laid-over flyers as visiting the city. And Savannah and Charleston are filled with nothing BUT tourists. The other thing is convention traffic. That could certainly skew the data in San Diego's, Houston's and Atlanta's favor. I wonder how many B&B's are in Houston? lol I guess it all depends on the metric used.
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level 77
Aug 1, 2014
I think you may be right if you define tourists more selectively and I'm sure you are right about those cities you mention getting a lot of traffic from conventions, business travelers, and people in transit etc. Maybe they shouldn't count as "tourists," per se, but this was the only set of data I could find.
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level 43
Jan 15, 2015
Never heard of LA being Anaheim?
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level 77
Jan 15, 2015
I definitely have. What about you? Or was that not supposed to be a question mark?
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level 21
Jan 23, 2015
I got 7/10 on first try. Barely beat half of the test takers. How is Washington DC not on this list though? It's surprising how it's not.
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level 60
Mar 31, 2015
No San Francisco, New Orleans, Wash dc...not feeling this one!!!
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level 77
Mar 31, 2015
Well its only a top ten list.
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level 43
Sep 15, 2015
I guessed Orlando Randomly but didn't expect it to be at the top.
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level 44
Nov 25, 2015
Good quiz. By the way I cleared up a few of your questions on my quiz. And I was slightly surprised to see Orlando top this list, as Disney World is around an hour drive from Orlando. Don't question that fact, cuz I've done it. I guess most people fly into Orlando though. That's the only thing that'd make sense.
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level 77
Nov 25, 2015
huh? Disney World's address is definitely Orlando, Florida. And Orlando International airport is only 18 miles away. I'm not sure which Orlando you are thinking of.
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level 44
Nov 25, 2015
Hmm. Their address is indeed Orlando. But none of the parks are in Orlando. Magic Kingdom, for one, is in Lake Buena Vista, a 45 minute drive from the airport. There are some Disney resorts in Orlando, but the majority are close to Disney World.
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level 77
Nov 25, 2015
::shrug:: well whatever. The park(s) is/are gigantic and I know some are technically at Lake Buena Vista but obviously they're in the Orlando area, and I think every visitor to Disney World is counted as visiting Orlando.
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level 43
Oct 5, 2016
How come it hasn't been featured yet? It has so many takes... 6k as I write this...
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level 77
Oct 5, 2016
I think the way a quiz is tagged has a lot to do with how often it is seen and taken and this one was tagged twice. (another reason it would be really nice to have the feature of being able to tag our own quizzes).

This quiz has definitely been popular. It's by far my most popular quiz that has never been featured. But I think I agree with QM that it's not front-page material. I've done dozens of other quizzes that I personally think are better than this one.
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level 37
Oct 13, 2016
Houston surprised me, unless there's a huge NASA museum or something I can't see how the city even gets tourists at all. Good quiz, and should be featured!
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level 35
Dec 30, 2016
Does Houston really get more tourists? I thought San Antonio and Washington D.C. would.
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level 77
Dec 30, 2016
Washington DC is extremely underrated as a tourist destination. Also I believe Houston is more commonly utilized as a spot for conventions and business gatherings. Probably because it is warmer and cheaper.
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level 57
May 21, 2017
Only missed top answer
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level 51
Dec 11, 2017
Ahhh, I've been looking for this kind of thing. It definitely proves that, for example, Atlanta is leaning a bit heavily on its airport to attract visitors. Though to be fair, you don't see much of the city from inside the airport.
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level 72
Jun 17, 2018
┬┐┬┐Houston?? Hot, dry, flat, suburban hell Houston? There is absolutely nothing there that can't be seen in any other modern cookie cutter American city.
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level 77
Feb 22, 2019
Dry? I thought it was extremely humid there. It definitely was the one time I visited, which was only because I had a job interview.

And suburban? Which urban area is Houston a suburb of? I agree with the other descriptors. How about "hot, flat, humid, urban hell?"
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level 43
Aug 17, 2019
I guessed Boston. I was under the impression that a lot of tourists would go there due to the historical sites. I used the same logic for Philadelphia, which did turn out to be there.
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