These are the top 10 most popular tourist attractions in the country, and some are pretty unusual
If you’re hanging stateside this summer, that doesn’t mean you have to be bored and hot all season long. The brains over at Google analyzed historical Google Maps data to uncover the most popular tourist attractions in the U.S., based on search trends, and we think you’ll want to save this list.
Some spots on this top 10 list will be obvious — hi, Disneyland — while others may be a bit more surprising. And thanks to Google’s handy new Lists feature, which allows you to save and share lists of destinations, you can plot out your road trip and share it with your besties in a snap.
Regardless of where your summer takes you, we hope you have a blast.
1. Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
This massive entertainment center makes our hometown malls look positively pedestrian. Featuring live shows, shopping, carnival rides, and attractions like Dave & Buster’s, Broadway at the Beach demands to be added to your beach vacation to-do list.
2. Wall Drug Store, Wall, South Dakota
This 76,000-sq.-ft. destination is an actual drug store — and also a shopping mall, top-notch café, and excellent place to stop on your way to the Badlands National Park.
3. Grand Canyon Skywalk, Peach Springs, Arizona
If you’re already headed to the spectacular Grand Canyon on your summer holiday, be sure to pass over the Skywalk, a glass bridge that extends out over the canyon to give you you mind-bending views of the landscape below.
4. Ruby Falls, Chattanooga, Tennessee
It’s a cave with a 145-foot underground waterfall. Enough said.
5. The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Manitou Springs, Colorado
It’s the world’s highest cog train, and it’ll take you up an incredibly steep incline on a tour of all the breathtaking natural beauty Colorado’s mountains have to offer.
6. Seaport Village, San Diego, California
Adjacent to San Diego Bay in downtown San Diego, this waterfront shopping and dining complex is the utmost in laid-back, seaside summer travel.
7. The Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice, California
Once you’ve had your fill of shopping and dining in San Digeo, drive up the coast to experience the quirky characters and can’t-miss souvenir shops of the Venice Beach Boardwalk.
8. Downtown Disney District, Anaheim, California
Stay in California a while and take in Downtown Disney this summer. The shops, characters — and obviously the rides at Disneyland! — are sure to thrill everyone in your family.
9. World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta, Georgia
A museum dedicated to all things Coca-Cola? It’s too intriguing to miss.
10. Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, California
This deep-water pier located in the Santa Barbara harbor will not only offer you gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, you can also take in some entertainment, learn some new things, and chow down on some of the best seafood the Golden State has to offer.