Whether you're shopping at Tiffany, contemplating the Liberty Bell, hiking in Yosemite National Park or throwing dice inLas Vegas, odds are good you'll meet an international tourist enjoying America alongside you.
New York, Florida, California, Nevada and Hawaii (in that order) welcomed the most international travelers last year, according to the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (a branch of the International Trade Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce).
Destinations: Death Valley National Park, Napa Valley, Palm Springs, San Francisco, Santa Monica and Yosemite National Park; Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Orlando, Fla.; Hawaii; Las Vegas; New York City; Philadelphia; Houston; Cody and Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.
Purpose: Holiday (50%) and visit friends/relatives (about 20%).
Activities (in order): Shopping, sightseeing, sports/outdoor activities, bars/nightclubs, national or state parks (close behind the bar scene), museums/art galleries and theme parks.
Comment: Canadians were the top foreign visitors to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in 2007, says Jane Cowley, public affairs officer for Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia.
Purpose: Holiday (50%) and business (20%).
Destinations: Los Angeles, Pebble Beach, San Diego, San Francisco; Aspen, Vail, Colo.; Orlando, Fla.; Las Vegas; New York City; Dallas, Houston andSan Antonio.
Activities (in order for Mexicans arriving by air): Shopping, restaurant dining, historical places, amusement/theme parks, city sightseeing, small-town visits and art galleries/museums.
Comment: Lindsay Brown, marketing director for the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, says that Mexicans (and South Americans) generally like to shop so much that they usually spend most of their trip at the Galleria mall and often book a hotel connected to it.
Purpose: Holiday (63%) and visit friends/relatives (20%).
Destinations: Grand Canyon and Sedona, Ariz.; Death Valley National Park, Palm Springs, Pebble Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Monica and Yosemite National Park; Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Orlando, Fla.; Hawaii; Las Vegas; New York City; Philadelphia; Houston; Cody and Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.
Activities (in order): Shopping, restaurant dining, city sightseeing, historical places, amusement/theme parks, water sports/sunbathing and small-town visits.
Comment: Jennifer Clarke of VisitBritain thinks the bond between British travelers and California prompted the duke and duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Catherine) to spend July 8-10 in Southern California.
International visitors' favorite places to visit in the U.S.
Canada and Mexico sent the most visitors.
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