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Times Square remains nation's top tourist spot

By Greg Goodsell
March 19th, 2010
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Times Square in New York City is the most popular tourist attraction in the United States. According to Forbes magazine, "Times Square has all sorts of fun, exciting and informative tours to explore other parts of the city."

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – The Times Square Alliance estimates an average of more than 2,000 pedestrians traversing a block of 7th Avenue during a 15-minute weekday period.

Coming in at Number 2 is the Las Vegas strip in Nevada. "Enticing over 31 million visitors,about 80 percent of the city´s total visitors, a year with its million-gigawatt smile and globetrotting attractions, Las Vegas Strip is more than glitz and gambling," according to Forbes.

The National Mall and Memorial Parks, in Washington, D.C. Comes in at Number Three. The stately buildings representing American government naturally draws foreign visitors. "Many of the nation´s iconic public landmarks are found in the 1,000-plus acres of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, including the Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson Memorials, and the Korean and Vietnam War Veterans Memorials."

Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston is fourth on the list. The marketplace "encompasses four historic places in one location — Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market, all set around a quaint cobblestone promenade where jugglers, magicians and musicians entertain the visitors."

Disney World´s Magic Kingdom in Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California come in at fifth and sixth. Surprisingly – out of all of America's natural wonders, Niagara Falls in New York is the most popular at eighth place. The most visited national park turns out not to be either the Grand Canyon or Yosemite – but the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, at number nine.

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