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Top 10 Most Visited States in the United States by Foreign Travelers

United States is most attractive tourist destination since decades. Due to high-tech lifestyle, it attract a millions of tourists each year from around the world. United States has everything any tourist required such as nightlife, parks, shopping malls, natural beauty and so on.

In this article, we have compiled a list of the 10 most visited states in the United States by number of foreign tourist arrivals.

Top 10 Most Visited States in the United States by foreign travelers

10. Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is the sixth most populous state in the United States. It is also tenth most visited state in USA. Pennsylvania provides you best villages experience. Philadelphia is the most attractive city in the state which accounts for most of tourism. 920000 foreign tourists arrived in the state which accounts for 3.3% tourism market share of USA.

Major tourist attractions: Battle of Gettysburg, Presque Isle State Park, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Independence Hall, Philadelphia Zoo and much more.

King of Prussia Mall, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
King of Prussia Mall, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

9. New Jersey

New Jersey is another best tourist destination in USA. Watching match at MetLife Stadium, thrilling experience at Six flags great adventure as well as jersey shores attracts tourists in the state. You can find beautiful beaches, historical museums as well as aquarium in New Jersey.

It is the most wonderful state for foreign tourists to stay for holidays. It is ranked at #9 place as most visited state of the United States of America. 976000 foreign tourists visited New Jersey which accounts for 3.5% tourism market share of USA.

Major tourist attractions: Six flags great adventure, MetLife Stadium, Newark Museum, Liberty State Park, Adventure Aquarium, Casino Pier, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Center, Kingda Ka and many others.

New Jersey
New Jersey

8. Illinois

Illinois’s Chicago is one of the most visited city in the United States. Chicago has high rise buildings as well as best facilities for foreign tourists. Art, Science, Planetarium and Zoo in the Chicago attracts thousands of tourists every year. Chicago accounts 90% foreign tourists in the state which shows how Chicago is popular among foreign tourists. 1255000 foreign tourists visited Illinois which accounts for 4.5% tourism market share of the United States.

Major tourist attractions : Art Institute of Chicago, Willis Tower, Sears Towers, Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium, Grant Park, Navy Pier, Starved Rock State Park, Buckingham Fountain and so much others.

Illinois State Capitol Springfield
Illinois State Capitol Springfield

7. Texas

Texas is one of the most developed state in USA. It is also second largest state in America. Texas has variety of things to offer for all tourists such as lush forest, desert, historical places, beautiful beaches and much more. Texas has attracted more than 1283000 foreign tourists which accounts for 4.6% tourism market share of the United States.

Major tourist attractions: San Antonio River Walk, Texas State Capitol, Six Flag Over Texas, Dallas World Aquarium, Lady Bird Lake, Dallas Zoo and much more.

Texas State Capitol
Texas State Capitol Image Source:

6. Massachusetts

Massachusetts state people loves sports and education. It has various beautiful cities and towns which everyone should pay visit. Science lovers can visit Museum of Science, New England Aquarium for nature lovers and much more. Boston is one of the best sport destination in the United States of America. 1422000 foreign national arrived in Massachusetts which accounts for 5.1% market share in US tourism.

Major tourist attractions of Massachusetts: Fenway Park, Public Garden, Martha’s Vineyard, Faneuil Hall, Boston Common, Harvard Square, Old North Church, Boston Children’s Museum and much more.

Boston Harbor Hotel
Boston Harbor Hotel

5. Hawaii

Hawaii is the most popular tourist destination across the World. Hawaii has beautiful crystal clear waters as well as most beautiful beaches. It is the perfect wedding destination as well as honeymoon destination to make it memorable. 2286000 foreign tourists visited this beautiful state. It accounts for 8.2 % foreign tourism market share.

Major tourist attractions: Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, iolani Palace, Sea Life Park, Turtle Bay Resort, Waikiki Aquarium and much more.

Hawaii Island Beach
Hawaii Island Beach

4. Nevada

Nevada’s Las Vegas is the capital of Casino in the United States. Nevada has beautiful desert which should be visited to experience the beauty of nature. Adventure loving people can visit Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area. Virginia city is also most popular historic mining town in the state. Almost 2872000 foreign tourists visited Nevada which accounts 10.3% market share.

Major tourist attractions: Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Fly Geyser, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Adventuredome, Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay and much more.

Trump International Hotel Las Vegas
Trump International Hotel Las Vegas

3. Florida

Florida’s Miami beach attracts thousands of tourists every year. Walt Disney World is one of the most popular tourist place in the United States. Besides these two major tourist attractions, Florida has Everglades National Park, NASA Kennedy Space Center and much more. 5688000 foreign tourists arrived in Florida state. It has market share of 20.4% from the total tourists arrival in America.

Major tourist attractions: Everglades, Islands of Adventure, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Magic Kingdom, Epcot and so on.

Christmas in Florida
Christmas in Florida

2. California

Besides technology hub of the United States, California is second most visited states in USA. California has lots of best cities which are most visited such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. In SF, it is the hub of technology. While LA is the hub of celebrities. California state was visited by 6134000 people from around the World which accounts as 22% market share.

Major tourist attractions: Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, San Diego Zoo, Golden Gate Bridge, Napa Valley and so on.


1. New York

New York is the most visited state in the United States of America (USA). New York has everything from Broadway shows to shopping malls, nightlife to amusement parks and so on. High rise buildings, world class roads, best parks and nice restaurants in the state attracts foreign tourists. New York has attracted more than 9508000 visitors from around the World. Total market share is 34.1% in foreign tourist arrivals.

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Major tourist attractions: Empire State Building, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Time Square, Rockefeller Center and endless list.

Trump International Hotel New York
Trump International Hotel New York

Article Title: Top 10 Most Visited States in the United States by Foreign Travelers
Article last re-published on August 6, 2019.

John Mathew is a travel writer and travel enthusiastic, primarily interested in how to get to any place, hotels guide, resorts guide, destination guide, and worldwide travel tips.