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Encyclopedia > Tourism in the United States

The United States of America has a large and lucrative tourism industry serving millions of international and domestic tourists. Tourism in the United States is mostly promoted at the state and local level. The federal government also promotes tourism as well, and sets visa entry requirements. A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Beaches make popular tourist resorts Beaches make popular tourist resorts Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ... An entry visa valid in all Schengen treaty countries A visa (short for the Latin carta visa, lit. ...

Tourists visit the U.S. to see natural wonders, gambling venues, historic landmarks, and its cities.


Natural wonders

The Panamint Range, Death Valley, and the Black Mountains as seen from the Space Shuttle (NASA image) See also Death Valley National Park Death Valley is a deep arid basin in the northern Mojave Desert of southern California in the United States, extending for approximately 140 mi (225 km) along... Grand Cañon at the foot of the Toroweap - looking east, by William Henry Holmes The Grand Canyon is a colorful, steep-sided gorge, carved by the Colorado River, in northern Arizona. ... Yellowstone National Park is a U.S. National Park located in the states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. ... Yosemite redirects here. ... The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a United States National Park that straddles the ridgeline of the Appalachian Mountains. ...

Gambling venues

Atlantic City is a city located in Atlantic County, New Jersey, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 40,517. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the territorial city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Michigan Founded  -Incorporated July 24, 1701 1816  County Wayne County Mayor Kwame... Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign just to the south of the Las Vegas Strip welcoming visitors to the city City nickname: The Entertainment Capital of the World Location of Las Vegas in Nevada County Clark Mayor Oscar B. Goodman Area   â€“Land   â€“Water 293. ... City nickname: The Biggest Little City in the World Founded May 13, 1868 County Washoe County Mayor Bob Cashell Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 179. ...

Historic landmarks

The Liberty Bell is an American bell of great historic significance, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Washington Monument The Washington Monument is a large white-colored obelisk in the center of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built as a memorial to George Washington, the first President of the United States and the leader of the revolutionary Continental Army, which won independence from the British... The Statue of Liberty Liberty Enlightening the World, commonly known as the Statue of Liberty, is a statue, given to the U.S. by France in the late 19th century, that stands at the mouth of the Hudson River in New York Harbor as a welcome to all: returning Americans... The Alamo The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero) is the name of former mission and fortress compound, now a museum, in San Antonio, Texas. ...


Nickname: Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe), Athens of America Location in Massachusetts Founded  -Incorporated September 17, 1630 1820, as a city  County Suffolk County Mayor Thomas Menino (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 232. ... Chicago, colloquially known as the Second City and the Windy City, is the third-largest city in population in the United States and the largest inland city in the country. ... Location in Hawaii Founded  -Incorporated   County City & County of Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann Area  - Total  - Water   Population  - City (2000)  - Density  - Metropolitan 371,657 1,674. ... The Downtown Los Angeles skyline. ... The Miami skyline, as it is seen from the northeast on Biscayne Bay. ... Newburyport is a small coastal city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... New York, New York redirects here. ... Skyline of Orlando at night, from across Lake Eola The city of Orlando is the county seat of Orange County, Florida. ... City nickname: Americas Finest City Location of San Diego within San Diego County County San Diego Mayor vacant Area   â€“Land   â€“Water 372. ... Tijuana is the largest city in the state of Baja California, Mexico. ... The downtown San Francisco skyline, looking east from the central part of the city. ... ...

See also

  Results from FactBites:
Western State Tourism Policy Council (346 words)
The 13 western states comprise nearly 93% of all the federal land in the United States.
Nine of the 13 western states are among the top 13 states in share of total state employment generated by domestic travel and tourism in the United States.
Clearly, the West is the most tourism dependent region in the United States, comprising 10 of the 13 states in the nation with the highest per capita tourism receipts.
Coastal Tourism and Recreation (11750 words)
Tourism and recreation-related development is one of the major factors shaping development patterns in the coastal zones of the United States.
Foreign tourism to the United States in 1995 was expected to generate a trade surplus of $26 billion compared to a surplus of $17 billion in 1992 and a deficit of $7 billion in 1986.
Tourism tends to be globally driven by market forces influenced by such factors as advertising (by public or private agents at the tourist destination), the perceptions of the traveling public about security, amenity values, etc., and, in the case of international tourists, by currency factors.
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