NEEDHAM, Mass., Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced the results of its Attractions Trend Index, revealing the top 25 U.S. attractions that have seen the greatest increase in traveler interest this fall, based on year-over-year search activity on TripAdvisor.1
“The Attractions Trend Index reveals introspective and inspirational sites that are gaining attention from travelers this fall,” said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. “For those looking for ideas for great things to do before the end of the season or looking ahead to time off during the holidays, these sites offer something appealing for all traveler types.”
Top Trending U.S. Attractions, Fall 2016
|U.S. Attraction||Reason to Go and What to Book||YoY Traffic Increase|
|1. Ground Zero Memorial – New York City, New York||Water cascades into two pools circled by hundreds of |
trees, creating a peaceful spot for visitors to remember
and reflect on the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
|2. Fort Sumter National Monument – Charleston, South Carolina||Sea fort located in Charleston harbor where the first|
shots of the American Civil War were fired. Travelers
can learn more about this historical site through the
Charleston Harbor of History Tour, bookable
on TripAdvisor for $25 per person.
|3. Taliesin West – Scottsdale, Arizona||A National Historic Landmark, Taliesin West was the|
summer retreat of architect Frank Lloyd Wright and
was designed in harmony with its desert surroundings.
Travelers can take in more of the local scenery with a
half day Sonoran Desert tour for $150 per person.
|4. Hana Highway - Road to Hana – Maui, Hawaii||Famous scenic roadway in east Maui; travelers can|
take an adventure on 64.4 miles of thrilling turns,
spectacular scenery, rugged cliffs and stunning
waterfalls on the Road to Hana Tour from Maui for
130 per person.
|5. Coconut Grove – Miami, Florida||Miami's oldest neighborhood, “The Grove” is a unique|
blend of historic charm, public green space and
fashionable boutiques and restaurants. Travelers can
get a unique view of the neighborhood from the water
on a Private Tour: Self-Driven or Chartered Powerboat
Tour on Miami's Coconut Grove for $129 per person.
|6. Royal Street – New Orleans, Louisiana||The artistic heart of New Orleans, Royal Street is a|
showcase for fine antiques, boutiques and restaurants.
Take a New Orleans French Quarter Segway Tour for
$65 to explore more of the French Quarter and cruise
along the Mississippi River.
|7. Quincy Market – Boston, Massachusetts||This 19th-century commercial space was famously|
renovated in the 1970s and became the model for 20th-
century urban renewal. It remains a popular shopping,
dining and meeting place for tourists and locals.
Travelers can explore the greater Boston area with the
Boston in One Day Sightseeing Tour, at $72 per person.
|8. Portland Aerial Tram – Portland, Oregon||Ascend 500 feet at 22 miles per hour in four-minutes|
for breath-taking views of Portland. If you’re lucky, on
a clear day, you can spot Mount Hood and even Mount
St. Helens. Those interested in seeing more of the city
can take the Portland Sightseeing Tour for $105.
|9. Shoreline Sightseeing – Chicago, Illinois||You can’t visit the Windy City without taking a Chicago|
Architecture River Cruise ($34) with the city’s leading
cruise company. Their knowledgeable guides highlight
the history of the city’s famous skyline.
|10. LaZoom Comedy Tour – Asheville, North Carolina||No dry recitation of facts and figures here. The LaZoom|
tour of Asheville makes you laugh as you learn the
history of the city. And you’ll visit spots both famous
|11. I-Drive 360 – Orlando, Florida||This entertainment complex houses Sea Life Aquarium,|
Madame Tussaud’s wax museum and the towering
Orlando Eye. Travelers can book The Coca-Cola
Orlando Eye Admission in advance for $23 per person.
|12. Wrigley Mansion – Phoenix, Arizona||Chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr., built the|
mansion as a 50th wedding anniversary present for his
wife and it’s now open to the public. Tour this and
other city landmarks on the Half-Day Phoenix Highlights Tour ($70.)
|13. The Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tennessee||A visit to the Opry is a Nashville tradition for tourists|
and country music stars. Travelers can book their ticket
for $44 before they go in order to see Nashville’s best
and brightest on stage.
|14. Beach Blanket Babylon – San Francisco, California||The "World's Longest Running Musical Revue"|
lampoons targets from SF to DC, from politics to
popular entertainment. Travelers can book a ticket on
TripAdvisor for $52 to enjoy the outlandish humor,
costumes and some very high hats.
|15. Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour – Denver, Colorado||Tour one of the first micro-distilleries in the United|
States for a look at the whiskey-making process and a
taste of the 94-proof product.
|16. Gatlinburg Trail – Gatlinburg, Tennessee||Run, walk or ride your bike on this 1.9-mile trail that|
winds along the Little Pigeon River through Great
Smoky Mountains National Park. Travelers can take in
the stunning beauty of the park with the Great Smokey
Mountains Waterfall Adventure guided hike for $40 per person.
|17. Arches National Park – Moab, Utah||Arches National Park offers stunning vistas at every|
turn, with more than 2,000 natural stone arches. Take
a 4x4 tour and discover views hidden to most tourists.
|18. Paranormal - The Mindreading Magic Show by Frederic Da Silva – Las Vegas, Nevada||Mentalist Frederic Da Silva is a master at magic, mind-|
reading and mystery. Is it real or is it an illusion?
Travelers can find out for themselves with a ticket to
the show ($50 per person.)
|19. Hole in the Rock – Phoenix, Arizona||Centuries of erosion created holes in the sandstone|
hills of Papago Park. Explore the fascinating terrain on
a leisurely hike, culminating in a spectacular view of
|20. The Pearl District – Portland, Oregon||This former industrial area is now a vibrant|
neighborhood of trendy restaurants and boutiques.
Travelers can experience a 3-hour food walking tour
of the Pearl District and more in the Downtown Portland
|21. Miami Design District – Miami, Florida||This District is literally a neighborhood by design. Art,|
architecture and aesthetics were the guiding force for
turning this forgotten area of the city into a thriving
center for creativity in food and recreation. Take the
Miami Art Tour ($107) and explore the Design District,
Midtown and Wynwood.
|22. Deep Ellum – Dallas, Texas||This funky area of Dallas is famous for its vibrant|
murals, art galleries and music venues. The historic
neighborhood has had its ups and downs through the
years, but artists and musicians have always felt at
home. Visitors can book the Dallas Segway Tour for $39 per person.
|23. Extranomical Tours – San Francisco, California||TripAdvisor reviewers hail the entertaining, informed|
Extranomical tours of San Francisco and its beautiful
surrounding areas. Book their most popular tour, the
San Francisco Super Saver ($105) for a tour of Muir
Woods and Wine Country.
|24. The Island – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee||The Island is an entertainment complex offering|
twenty-three acres of family fun. Signature attractions
are the 200-foot-high Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
and the hourly dazzling light and fountain show.
|25. Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum – Denver, Colorado||Located in Hangar #1 on the grounds of the former|
Lowry Airforce Base, Wings Over the Rockies is
dedicated to preserving aviation and space history and
promoting future exploration.
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Notes to editors:
The Attractions Trend Index rankings were determined based on the percent increase in search sessions on TripAdvisor desktop and mobile for U.S. travelers between 2015 and 2016 for the period of September 1- October 15. Attractions were required to have a minimum of 2,000 sessions during the 2015 period and at least four out of five bubbles on TripAdvisor to qualify.
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