Niagara Falls Ranks Among Top 10 U.S. Destinations According to Forbes

September 13, 2011 Updated Nov 3, 2013 at 9:18 PM EDT

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Niagara Falls Ranks Among Top 10 U.S. Destinations According to Forbes

September 13, 2011 Updated Nov 3, 2013 at 9:18 PM EDT

Niagara Falls, N.Y. (WKBW release) --  What does Times Square, the Las Vegas Strip and Disney World all have in common with Niagara USA?

According to Forbes Magazine, they are among the nation’s most visited destinations, with Niagara Falls placing 8th in the business publications annual ranking of America’s 25 Most Popular Tourist Destinations.

For 2011, Niagara Falls beat out destinations such as Atlantic City, Cape Cod, Universal Studios Orlando, among others named to the list when looking exclusively at total visitation.

Forbes used numbers from various agencies including the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission to determine that approximately 12 million people visited Niagara USA in 2011.

“Being listed by Forbes magazine as a top 10 tourist destination for 2011 highlights the allure of Niagara USA and its ability to attract visitors from all over the world, with the beauty of Niagara Falls and unique, one-of-a kind attractions,” said John H. Percy, President and CEO of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. “In this instance, the numbers speak for themselves and truly showcases the need and potential for future development in terms of hotels, restaurants and other tourism-related businesses in Downtown Niagara Falls. Our agency will continue to market Niagara USA as an entire region in an effort to not only continue bringing in millions of visitors each year, but in hopes of extending their stay in Niagara USA.”

Times Square in New York City topped Forbes listing with approximately 38 million annual visitors; Disney World’s Magic Kingdom came in at 5 with 17 million visitors.

25 Most Popular Tourist Attractions in U.S.— 2011
Attraction/Destination & Rank
No. of visitors annually*

1. Times Square
New York City
37.6 million

2. The Strip
Las Vegas
30 million

3. National Mall/Memorial Parks
Washington, D.C.
25 million

4. Feneuil Hall Marketplace
20 million

5. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
17.1 million

6. Disneyland Park
Anaheim, Calif.
14.9 million

7. Fisherman’s Wharf/Golden Gate National Recreation Area
San Francisco, Calif.
14.1 million

8. Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls, N.Y.
12 million

9. Great Smokey Mountains National Park
Tennessee/North Carolina
9.04 million

10. Navy Pier
8.6 million

11. Lake Mead National Recreation Area
7.6 million

12. Universal Studios Orlando/Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando
Orlando, Fla.
6.2 million

13. SeaWorld Florida
Orlando, Fla.
5.8 million

14. San Antonio River Walk
San Antonio, Texas
5.1 million

15. Temple Square
Sal Lake City, Utah
5 million

16. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Pennsylvania/ New Jersey
Just under than 5 million

17. Universal Studios Hollywood
Los Angeles, Calif.
Just under than 5 million

18. Metropolitan Museum
New York City
4.5 million

19. Waikiki Beach
Oahu, Hawaii
4.5 million

20. Grand Canyon
Northern Arizona
Just under 4.5 million

21. Busch Gardens Africa
Tampa Bay, Florida
4.4 million

22. Cape Cod National Seashore
Just more than 4 million

23. SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego, Calif.
Just more than 4 million

24. American Museum of Natural History
New York City
4 million

25. Atlantic City Boardwalk
Atlantic City, N.J.
4 million
Source: Forbes