The Most-Searched Tourist Destination in Every State in 2018

Written by Carly Hallman

In 2017, direct spending on leisure travel in the United States by both domestic and international travelers totaled $716.7 billion.
Exploring the United States is a lucrative, fulfilling pastime for both domestic and international travelers. Travel within the United States generated a total of $2.4 trillion in economic input and supported a total of 15.6 million jobs in 2017. U.S. residents logged 1.8 billion “person-trips” for leisure purposes, which are defined as one person on a trip away from home overnight in paid accommodations to a place more than 50 miles away.

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Nearly 3 out of 4 domestic trips are taken for leisure purposes. The top five leisure travel activities for U.S. domestic travelers are visiting relatives, shopping, visiting friends, fine dining, and rural sightseeing.
The most visited tourist attraction in the United States is Times Square in New York City, which earns around 41,900,000 visitors annually! Central Park comes in a close second with 40,000,000 annual visitors.

According to the U.S. Travel Association, each household would pay $1,300 more in taxes without the tax revenue generated by travel and tourism.
It is tempting to be disgruntled about tourists clogging up roads, restaurants, and stores, but tourism is a key contributor to the economy. In fact, 1 out of every 9 U.S. jobs depends on travel and tourism. Each overseas traveler spends approximately $4,200 when they visit the United States and stays an average of 18 nights.

Here is the Most-Searched Tourist Destination in Each State According to Google Search Data in 2018

State Most-Searched Tourist Destination Highest-Search-Volume Week
Alaska Anchorage (City) Dec. 31, 2017-Jan. 6, 2018
Alabama Mobile (City) July 1-7
Arizona Page (City) March 18-24
Arkansas Hot Springs (City) May 27-June 2
California Disney California Adventure July 1-7
Colorado Aspen (Municipality) July 1-7
Connecticut Newtown (Borough) July 1-7
Delaware Rehoboth Beach (City) July 1-7
Florida Universal Studios Florida July 1-7
Georgia Six Flags Over Georgia July 1-7
Hawaii Honolulu (City) Aug. 19-25
Idaho Boise (City) July 22-29
Illinois Crystal Lake (City) July 1-7
Indiana Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort July 1-7
Iowa Des Moines (City) Aug. 5-11
Kansas Wichita (City) May 27-June 2
Kentucky Kentucky Kingdom July 1-7
Louisiana Lafayette (City) July 1-7
Maine Old Orchard Beach (Town) July 1-7
Maryland Ocean City (Town) July 1-7
Massachusetts Woburn (City) July 1-7
Michigan Michigan’s Adventure July 1-7
Minnesota Duluth (City) July 1-7
Mississippi Gulfport (City) July 1-7
Missouri Branson (City) July 15-21
Montana Glacier National Park July 22-28
Nebraska Omaha (town) June 10-16
Nevada Las Vegas (City) July 1-7
New Hampshire Lincoln (town) July 1-7
New Jersey Ocean City July 1-7
New Mexico Carlsbad (City) June 24-30
New York Niagara Falls July 1-7
North Carolina Asheville (City) July 1-7
North Dakota Fargo (City) July 8-14
Ohio Sandusky (City) July 1-7
Oklahoma Tulsa (City) July 1-7
Oregon Seaside (City) July 1-7
Pennsylvania Hershey (Town) July 22-28
Rhode Island Newport (City) July 1-7
South Carolina Myrtle Beach (City) July 1-7
South Dakota Rapid City July 1-7
Tennessee Gatlinburg (City) July 1-7
Texas Six Flags Over Texas July 1-7
Utah Park City Dec. 31, 2017-Jan. 6, 2018
Vermont Stowe (City) Aug. 5-11
Virginia Virginia Beach (City) July 1-7
Washington Seattle (City) July 22-28
West Virginia Charleston (City) June 17-23
Wisconsin Lake Geneva (City) July 1-7
Wyoming Yellowstone National Park July 1-7

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