U.S. Cities with the Most International Tourists

Name the seven U.S. cities that are on the list of the world's 100 most visited cities by international tourists.
According to Euromonitor.com, 2018 data
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# Tourists
City
13.6 m
New York City
7.80 m
Miami
7.17 m
Los Angeles
6.69 m
Las Vegas
5.27 m
Orlando
2.90 m
San Francisco
2.69 m
Honolulu
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Level 64
Jan 29, 2017
Did not even cross my mind about Hawaii...
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Level 83
Jan 30, 2017
That Vegas is in the top ten is not surprising. That Vegas is #3 ahead of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, however, is disturbing.
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Level 73
Feb 11, 2017
What's so disturbing about people wanting to gamble and have sex?
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Level 77
Feb 15, 2017
The disturbing thing is that the figures are for international tourists. If I want to gamble, I don't need no Bellagio, MGM Grand or whatever. And if I want paid sex, I'm 20 miles away from Belgium so... There must be a great lot of disappointment for foreign tourists going there, travelling thousand of miles to just sit somewhere around South Las Vegas Blvd, among Elvis clones and card tricks.
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Level 65
May 14, 2019
That's a reductive if not also profoundly ignorant description of Las Vegas. More power to you if you enjoy skanky Belgian prostitutes and online gambling, but you're missing out.
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Level 83
Oct 28, 2019
I'm 20 steps from the bedroom and 20 steps from the kitchen table if I feel like gambling or the bedroom just seems too far.
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Level 59
Dec 20, 2020
American version of Macau
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Level 60
Apr 4, 2021
Normal conversation         NSFW conversation

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Level 60
Apr 4, 2021
Also for your information: prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas. It is only legal in other counties of Nevada: source. In Belgium on the other hand it is legal.
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Level 50
Feb 15, 2017
Major food destination? Shows? Atmosphere? Las Vegas was the first answer I entered. Never mind that I live two blocks from the strip, I knew it would be near the top.
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Level 71
Apr 16, 2017
Isn't it the closest city to the Grand Canyon?
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Level 81
Apr 16, 2017
it's not really very close. But you could go to Vegas and take a side trip to the Grand Canyon if you wanted to.
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Level 60
Apr 16, 2017
Vegas is within a few hours drive of several national parks, including the Grand Canyon.
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Level 81
Apr 16, 2017
Deserved or not, Las Vegas has established a reputation internationally. I would advise anyone who asks me to never visit the place... but I talk to people all the time overseas who wish to visit there. often they are people who have never been to the US before and can't name more than a handful of other cities but they are aware of Las Vegas from movies and TV shows etc.
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Level 62
Apr 4, 2021
I'd visit, if I was in the neighbourhood, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. There are so many other places I'd like to see that didn't make the list, starting with Chicago and New Orleans, which, in terms of History, food, architecture, and pretty much everything else, seem to far surpass Las Vegas in my mind. But hey, to each his own!
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Level 62
Apr 16, 2017
Er, it's #6.
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Level 59
Apr 4, 2021
well we're not just talking visits, but international visits..

That's quite debatable, but there are many reasons foreigners would want to visit Las Vegas, possibly more than locals due to some kind of "myth" aura, and the many landmarks. That's what is dubious there, but one could say Vegas is some sort of landmark in itself, while (maybe apart from DC), not much does spring to the average tourist mind as a landmark in LA or NY (not counting Liberty Statue here). Not all people (quite the opposite) are as knowledgeable and think like JP quizzers

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Level 82
Jan 31, 2017
Very surprised that DC is as low as it is.
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Level 77
Feb 15, 2017
Sadly, people place a higher priority on Disney World and busting at the slots rather than seeing one of the most beautiful cities in America, with lots of history about the very country they visit.
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Level 67
Feb 16, 2017
High Horse much?
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Level 81
Apr 16, 2017
Yamaneko: it's true. Washington is a criminally underrated destination for tourists. But I'd wager that 50-70% of tourists are not especially saavy when it comes to picking out destinations and they just go to places that are famous for receiving tourists. Washington for some reason doesn't have a high profile, but there is so much to see and do there. Definitely a more worthwhile trip than going to Vegas. Though I'm not sure about Orlando, I actually like Disney World.

at Quizzer: ::shakes head and rolls eyes before looking away::

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Level 43
Apr 17, 2017
Don't forget the quiz was about international tourists not US citizens. I have been to DC and all though I agree that it was a nice city I would much rather visit Universal Studios and Disney in Orlando or go check out a show in Vegas or NYC as oppose to learning about US presidents and monuments. The stats clearly shows that the rest of the world agrees. Fun will always beat learning! After all which would you pick. Ottawa my nation's capital or Toronto / Montreal our largest cities? Ottawa is stunning but I think you'd pick the other two.
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Level 81
Apr 18, 2017
Ottawa is not really comparable to Washington. Come on. And there is a lot more to do in Washington than learn about presidents. But I would concede that Orlando and New York both make better tourist destinations. I would disagree that Vegas does. If I had to pick between visiting the MGM Grande or the Air & Space Museum and had never done either before, the 2nd option would be far more appealing.
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Level 62
Jul 5, 2018
Personally I thought Washington was incredible. I would rather go again than go to Vegas or Orlando. If you think all you can do is learn about presidents, you must not have gone to the Smithsonian. What about Arlington? The Pentagon? The Newseum? The war memorials?
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Level 75
Mar 5, 2021
My father's been dreaming of going to Boston, DC or Chicago for a long time. If I were to visit the country, New York and DC would be my top choices. Neither of us finds Las Vegas appealing, except perhaps for the weather. I imagine it to be a disillusioning and depressing place, at least for people who prefer museums over casinos and glitzy shows.
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Level 68
Mar 5, 2021
It's a pity that places like Yellowstone National Park attract not more than 0.7 mio international tourists a year... Besides, quite some visits to some of the above cities may be "collateral" as your airplane needs to land somewhere in order to reach the more beautiful places.
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Level 84
Mar 8, 2021
Actually I'm GLAD that Yellowstone doesn't attract millions. It gets crowded enough as it is.
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Level 66
Mar 19, 2021
For me, it's not just that Washington has a lot of things to do, it's also that Washington is just a nice place. Other then the traffic (which is absolutely horrid and the biggest downside to DC), it's abundant in green spaces and is pretty pedestrian-friendly. There's also some really amazing architecture, and some of the areas are even quaint. It has all of the great aspects of big cities, such as tons of attractions, really good food, and easy access to any necessary amenities, while lacking the negative aspects, such as excessive busyness and poor aesthetics.
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Level 62
Apr 4, 2021
I'd rather go to DC than to Las Vegas or Orlando, but to each his own! DC is not just US history either: it has world-class museums, that even people who don't care about US history should be able to enjoy.
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Level 64
Apr 4, 2021
So having visited the US numerous times, I agree that DC is better to visit than Las Vegas or Orlando. However, DC is not a place you keep going back to, whereas many people do many repeat trips to Vegas or Orlando. I'd argue that the average Jetpunker's idea of good vacation is different than your average Brit or Canadian or whoever else is visiting the US.
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Level ∞
Mar 5, 2021
D.C. is no longer on the list.
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Level 46
Feb 15, 2017
We all know the only reason Orlando is on here is because of Disney World.
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Level 67
Feb 15, 2017
That's definitely why, though the other theme parks built in the area have no doubt pushed it higher than it otherwise would have been if they only had Disney World.
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Level 64
Mar 7, 2017
Yup. This and Sea World.
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Level 85
Apr 16, 2017
And Universal Studios too.
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Level 43
Apr 17, 2017
Don't forget your neighbours to the north! In the winter Florida could almost be our 11th province. LOL :)
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Level 72
Apr 11, 2019
That's the only one I missed!
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Level 79
Apr 16, 2017
Obviously not including the daytime visits to Buffalo, Detroit and Seattle or those three should be here given the number of Canadians crossing to shop, see a hockey, baseball or football game, etc
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Level 83
Oct 28, 2019
If it's by border crossings, yes because no one lingers overnight in the first 2. If it's by hotel stays the first 2 are doomed.
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Level 46
Apr 16, 2017
Got all of them except Honolulu. I didn't even think of Hawaii.
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Level 30
Apr 21, 2017
Always thought of Hawaii as an American destination... thought international tourists would rather go to the Caribbean Islands or French Polynesia or the Maldives, etc.
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Level 81
Oct 14, 2018
Hawaii receives a lot of visitors from China and Japan and deservedly so. It's a beautiful place. Europeans are probably more likely to visit the Caribbean or Maldives because they are closer.
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Level 74
Mar 8, 2021
As an Australian, Hawaii is the only part of the USA that I've been to.
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Level 53
May 6, 2020
I guess layovers in Atlanta dont count🤣
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Level 55
Jul 24, 2020
I think most people who have a layover in Atlanta try to block it from their memory.
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Level 49
Jun 9, 2020
It's so weird how Chicago is the 2nd most visited place in the US at 57 million people per year but only around 1.7 million of those people are foreign tourists which actually means chicago is the most visited tourists city in terms of US tourist with around 3 million more tourists than NYC.
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Level 73
Mar 7, 2021
NYC and LA are so dominant in media - movies, television, news - people are drawn to the cities they have seen over and over. Chicago got some attention in the 1980s with a few movies and a couple TV shows, but Hollywood is where it is and NYC has been the most popular subject of destroy-the-city movies since King Kong. Vegas & Orlando exist only for tourism, effectively. Honolulu draws heavily from Japan, Miami from Latin America, and San Francisco from China.
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Level 50
Apr 4, 2021
Indeed. About 90% of disaster movies take place in Tokyo, New York, or London.
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Level 85
Apr 4, 2021
I’ve seen Hong Kong get destroyed in movies a couple times recently
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Level 61
Sep 8, 2020
Could you accept LA for Los Angeles? It's a common enough abbreviation
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Level 75
Mar 5, 2021
Not usually used on Jetpunk. There are too many other cities that start with La, including Las Vegas which is on this quiz.
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Level 57
Apr 4, 2021
It is funny how many Americans in the comments are shocked that Las Vegas and Orlando win over a city like Chicago, but when they come to Europe, they visit Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rome and Paris and say they've seen Europe. These cities are Europe's tourist theme parks ;)
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Level 81
Apr 4, 2021
I've seen more of Europe than most Europeans have and am deeply saddened, for a number of different reasons, that you are equating Las Vegas with Rome, Paris, and Amsterdam. Both for the US and for Europe that's a sad comparison.
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Level 57
Apr 5, 2021
I know you have seen a lot of Europe since you mention it in many comments :p

I am just saying that Las Vegas and Disney Parks are some of the most famous attractions in the US. The same goes for the tourism hotspots in Europe. It saddens me a great deal that many tourists just visit those places instead of diving more into local culture. But I don't need to tell you that :)

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Level 75
Apr 6, 2021
erikj, your comment reminded me of this Map of Every European City (made by people who probably visited the same cities that you mentioned).
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Level 66
Apr 5, 2021
But Chicago rules so hard.
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Level 66
Apr 5, 2021
I think the reason Vegas and Orlando outperform cities like Chicago and DC is that the former two claim almost the entire market of a certain kind of traveler. People going to travel for a big theme park vacation are very likely going to Orlando. People who want the gambling/over-the-top nightlife are very likely going to Vegas. But people who primarily want culture, history, arts, shopping, etc. are going to be split among New York, Chicago, DC, San Francisco, Boston, and New Orleans. Vegas and Orlando just don't have any meaningful competition for what they each offer. So they get everyone who wants that kind of trip.
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Level 23
Apr 8, 2021
Didn't even think of Las Vegas until the last minute, lol, AND I LIVE THERE!! haha

Speaking about the European visits, it always saddens me that few people include Berlin. It's arguably one of the most beautiful and friendliest cities on the continent. Lots of history, museums, theaters, monuments, and the very best ice cream parlors in the world!! (And, yes, it's my hometown.)