It's no surprise hundreds of thousands of Americans find their way each year to Gettysburg (everyone knows the address).
Whether by plane, train or automobile, a majority of Americans (64 percent) plan this summer to see the U.S.A., according to a new survey of Affluent households conducted by Spectrem’s Millionaire Corner. Of these, nearly one-fourth plan to experience a national or state park, while 10 percent will venture to a theme park.
For those who have not yet set an itinerary and are looking for travel suggestions, a new ranking of the country’s top landmarks and parks may inspire you. The travel website TripAdvisor recently announced the winners of its Traveler’s Choice awards for the country’s attractions. The rankings “honor top travel sports worldwide based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers…over a 12-month period,” according to the TripAdvisor website.
TripAdvisor users rank Gettysburg National Military Park, with its approximately 1,328 monuments, markers and memorials, as the country’s top landmark. Last year alone, hundreds of thousands attended the park to note and long remember the 150th anniversary of what is widely considered to be the most crucial battle in American history. (It’s not surprising so many people go to Gettysburg. Everyone knows the Address).
The Top 10 U.S. landmarks:
Gettysburg National Military Park
Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool
The Golden Gate Bridge
The USS Arizona memorial in Honolulu
Cloud Gate (more popularly known as “the Bean”) in Chicago
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.
The New York Public Library
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, GA
The Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Top 10 Parks:
Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO
Central Park, New York City
Millennium Park (home of “the Bean”), Chicago
High Line, New York City
Boston Public Garden
Golden Gate Park
Balboa Park, San Diego
Bryant Park, New York City
Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA
Falls Park on the Reedy, Greenville, SC
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Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
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