It’s the Pennsylvania attraction locals and tourists disagree on the most: study

When it comes to each state, there always seems to be a disagreement between locals and tourists as to which attractions are worth seeing.

A recent study actually quantified this sentiment and compiled it into a national list. Can you guess where that applies in Pennsylvania?

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travel website HaiwaiianIslands.com compiled this list by first looking at TripAdvisor data and calculating the difference in ratings between people who listed their residents as out-of-state and those who lived there.

They also assessed reviews from residents and visitors to better understand everyone’s perspective on the attraction. As expected, the results confirmed the fact that many places loved by foreigners are not so loved by those who live in the region.

“America’s most divisive attraction is one of its most iconic,” the study read. “Tourists rate Mount Rushmore National Memorial 10.3% higher than locals, giving it an average of 4.60 compared to the 4.17 offered by South Dakota residents.”

“Overall, locals prefer attractions that connect them to regional heritage (eg, the Mount Moriah cemetery) or reward repeat visits (a beach, a zoo),” he continues. “Or those that do both, like Louisiana’s Preservation Hall, a historic jazz venue in New Orleans.”

So which attraction in Pennsylvania is the most polarizing between tourists and locals?

That would be Hersheypark, with an average tourist rating of 4.06 and a local average of 3.86.

Pennsylvania, however, Is have an attraction the two seem to like: According to TripAdvisor data, locals and Tourists agree that Gettysburg National Military Park is one of the best places to visit in Keystone State.

Keith P. Plain