This is your state’s most popular attraction (it’s probably a park)

According to a recent study by fun, an international travel and vacation experiences and attractions booking platform, the most popular attraction in your state, statistically, is most likely a park. Whether you’re looking to avoid the crowds or find out what it’s all about and have fun, here’s the inside scoop on the most popular attraction in each state.

The method

To determine popularity, Musement turned to GoogleTravel, using the search engine’s “things to do” function to analyze Google reviews. Eliminating hotels and casinos (which explains Nevada’s otherwise surprising result), Musement used the simplistic methodology of compiling the number of Google reviews for each attraction, flagging the top result as the most popular. Whether or not it’s truly the most popular, or simply the one that’s garnered the most reaction in the state (positive or negative), the results reveal some interesting trends across the country, regardless.

Parks reign supreme

Musement grouped the 50 state results into seven main categories: Historic Site/Museum, Outdoor/National Park, Amusement/Theme Park, Zoo/Aquarium, Entertainment, Mall, and Landmark/Memorial, and coded by color the results accordingly on an entertaining infographic. . At first glance, it’s easy to recognize that the outdoors/national park is the most common result, with 16 states shaded in light blue, but add to that the ten amusement/theme parks (light green) and even Roger Williams of Rhode Island. Park Zoo (dark green), and you’ll find more than half of the United States with some park as the most popular attraction, according to this study. Depending on your flexibility, you might even be inclined to add several more zoos (the third most common result, nationwide, when aquariums are included) into your tally.

Outliers

While Mall of America may not come as a big surprise as Minnesota’s top attraction, four other states also feature retail (shaded orange on the map) as their biggest hit: Washington (Pike Place Market ), South Carolina (Broadway at the Beach), Vermont (Church Street Market Place) and Massachusetts (Faneuil Hall Marketplace). The only state representing the monument/memorial category (shaded red) is South Dakota (Mount Rushmore), although why the Gateway Arch monument did not earn Missouri a red color is a mystery; it has been designated a historic site/museum (dark blue). Rounding out the historic places/museums category are Texas (The Alamo), Michigan (The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation), and Alabama (USS Alabama), but perhaps the most unique attractions to do on the map are those in the entertainment category (yellow), including New Mexico (Meow Wolf Santa Fe), Delaware (Dover International Speedway), Kentucky (Ark Encounter), Hawaii (Dole Plantation), and Nevada (Fremont Street Experience).

caveat

If you’re wondering about attractions that span multiple states (like Yellowstone National Park), ownership for this study has been assigned to the state containing the majority of the attraction (in this example, Wyoming) .

Keith P. Plain