Lonely Planet Unveils Its Ultimate United States Travel List

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What’s on your ultimate list of places to visit in the United States?

If you work for Lonely Planet, then your answer is likely The Grand Canyon or one of the USA’s famous national parks.

The Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone ranked 1, 2, and 3 in LP’s ranking of the best places to visit in the United States. This list of 500 U.S. destinations is available in the new book Ultimate USA Travel List.

Here are the top 20 places to visit in the United States, according to the editors and writers of Lonely Planet:

  1. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  2. Yosemite National Park, California 
  3. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 
  4. The MET, New York
  5. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
  6. Ellis Island, New York
  7. Volcanoes National Park, Hawai’i
  8. National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC
  9. Denali National Park, Alaska
  10. Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, Hawai’i
  11. Joshua Tree National Park, California
  12. National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, Tennessee
  13. Central Park, New York
  14. Golden Gate Bridge, California
  15. White Sands National Park, New Mexico
  16. Muir Woods, California
  17. Crater Lake, Oregon
  18. Freedom Trail, Massachusetts
  19. Glacier National Park, Montana
  20. Sept 11 Memorial & Museum, New York

You can read more about Lonely Planet’s Ultimate United States Travel List—and the process behind the rankings—here.

Have you visited all of these places? Did LP get the top 20 rankings right? What’s at the top of your list?

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