January 04, 2023

What Are the Most 'Beautiful' Sights in the US?

This Study of Travel Reviews Shows Us.

Key Points:

  • Thousands of TripAdvisor reviews reveal where visitors can take in the most raved-about sights.
  • Reviews of over 250 cities around the world were analyzed to find which places have the most mentions of the word "beautiful."
  • The Big Apple topped the list in both the U.S. and around the world.

The United States is home to the most beautiful sights in the world, according to a new study of over 450,000 TripAdvisor reviews.

The study conducted by Kuoni, a luxury travel company, narrowed down the top 10 sights in Europe, the U.S. and around the world as of June 2022.

Data from over 267 cities around the world was analyzed to suggest where people should think about vacationing next, Kuoni says. Sights with the most mentions of "beautiful" under TripAdvisor's "Things to Do" section determined the list.

A popular East Coast attraction topped the both the U.S. and global lists, while three of the top 10 most beautiful sights in the U.S. can be found in California.

Attractions in three U.S. cities were deemed the most beautiful in the world, making the U.S. the most represented country on the list. Other cities listed include Rome, Barcelona, Paris, Prague, Cape Town, Abu Dhabi and Vancouver.

If you're looking to visit some iconic gems around the country, be sure to add these 10 beautiful sights to your list.

Central Park, New York City

Central Park in New York had 22,880 mentions of "beautiful" in the reviews, the most of any city in the world.

The city's year-round beauty and a variety of pop-up events for visitors to enjoy are some of the reasons it was named No. 1.

Fountains of Bellagio, Las Vegas

A dazzling musical show at Fountains of Bellagio in Nevada garnered 6,750 "beautiful" mentions.

"Each performance is unique in expression and interpretation so no matter how many times you have seen the Fountains, they always have more in store to wow you with," the website states.

Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle

Over 8,000 visitors mentioned the beauty of Chihuly Garden and Glass long-term exhibition in Washington state.

The exhibition includes eight galleries, the centerpiece glasshouse and a lush garden, according to its website.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

The Golden Gate Bridge took the top spot out of three California cities, with over 6,500 mentions of "beautiful" in reviews.

San Antonio River Walk

The San Antonio River Walk in Texas had 6,028 mentions.

This destination is larger than the three most popular public parks in the U.S. – Central Park, Golden Gate Park and the Chicago lakeside parks, according to its website.

Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington had 4,916 mentions. A large marble statue of the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, with words of unity, strength, and wisdom can be seen, as well as picturesque views of the National Mall.

Each side of the monument provides breathtaking views around the nation's capital.

Millennium Park, Chicago

Millennium Park in Illinois had 4,813 mentions.

Attractions include Lurie Garden, Chicago Cultural Center, Maggie Daley Park, Art Institute of Chicago and Harris Theater.

Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa Park in California is home to more than 16 museums, performing arts venues, gardens, trails and the San Diego Zoo. Balboa Park had 4,203 mentions.

The Getty Center, Los Angeles

The Getty Center and museum in California houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts and photography.

It had 3,920 mentions.

Boston Public Garden

Witness vibrant floral patterns at Boston Public Gardens in Massachusetts, America's first public botanical garden established in 1837. The Victorian-era themed destination is home to over 80 species of plants.

The sight had 3,725 mentions.

Copyright 2023 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. All rights reserved. From https://www.usatoday.com. By Camille Fine, USA TODAY.

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