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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

See the 10 most 'beautiful' sights in the US, based on more than 450,000 travel reviews

 July 27, 2022

By Camille Fine

    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 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.

    Tourists pause for a photo on the staircase leading to the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain in Central Park in New York City Oct. 28, 2021.
    The Pond, near Central Park South in New York City, photographed Nov. 3, 2021.

    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.

    Visitors are silhouetted as they watch The Fountains of Bellagio on May 31, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    The Bellagio fountains can be seen from Drai's Beach Club at The Cromwell hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

    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 Francisco's Fourth of July fireworks show is visible through the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, July 4, 2013.

    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.

    Football fans crowd the River Walk on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas.

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    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.

    Children and adults explore Crown Fountain sculpted by Jaume Plensa in Millennium Park July 16, 2004, in Chicago, Illinois.
    The sculpture "Cloud Gate", commonly known as "the bean," is covered in snow on March 5, 2013 in Chicago.

    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 Lily Pond sits in front of the Botanical Building at Balboa Park on August 2, 2008 in San Diego.
    A wing of the Spreckels Organ Pavillion at Balboa Park on August 2, 2008 in San Diego, California.

    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. 

    View of the exterior at the Fifth Annual InStyle Awards at The Getty Center on October 21, 2019 in Los Angeles.

    Boston Public Garden 

    A view of an unusually quiet Boston Public Garden on March 25, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts.

    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. 

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