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Old 12-23-2011, 12:07 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I don't know about specific sites, but I'll assume some places of significance to American history others never learnt about. Famous sites the Alamo, the sites around Washington and Philly, Gettysburg.etc are well known internationally, but what places within the US that are frequently visited are almost unknown outside the US?

As for cities...I'm not sure if Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Minneapolis or St. Louis are major tourist destinations, but they're largely ignored by tourists from other countries.

Not sure if there is anywhere rarely frequented by American tourists that are popular with international tourists.
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:13 AM
 
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Interesting thread. Looking forward to see what u recommend.

IŽll contribute with a typical roundtrip a Swedish tourist go when visiting USA (Me and many ppl I know made almost exactly this same trip).
SF, rent a car, Las Vegas/Grand Canyon/LA - Flight Florida, rent a car, Miami/Fort Lauderdale/Orlando - Flight New York - Flight back home.

"...Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Minneapolis or St. Louis...largely ignored by tourists from other countries....."
Absolutely, have a friend who has been to Atlanta visiting a friend, thats it. He wasnt that impressed though, is Atlanta really a city worth visiting as a tourist?

Driving from west to the east coast is something many talk and dream about, but few ppl do.
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:36 AM
 
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Interesting thread. Looking forward to see what u recommend.

IŽll contribute with a typical roundtrip a Swedish tourist go when visiting USA (Me and many ppl I know made almost exactly this same trip).
SF, rent a car, Las Vegas/Grand Canyon/LA - Flight Florida, rent a car, Miami/Fort Lauderdale/Orlando - Flight New York - Flight back home.

"...Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Minneapolis or St. Louis...largely ignored by tourists from other countries....."
Absolutely, have a friend who has been to Atlanta visiting a friend, thats it. He wasnt that impressed though, is Atlanta really a city worth visiting as a tourist?

Driving from west to the east coast is something many talk and dream about, but few ppl do.
Yep I've done the 'Great American Roadtrip', the only way to truly see America.
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Old 12-23-2011, 03:43 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I would suspect the Utah National Parks have as high of international visitors as US. (especially for days visited per stay). Ironically, National Parks rate amazingly low as vacation destinations for US folks.

When you get to really pretty and really remote places in USA, you will often find yourself in the company of foreign visitors. It has something to do with the SPEED at which Americans try to JAM everything into their SHORT Vacations (maybe that is why other parts of the world they call it a "Holiday"...)

I would THINK Las Vegas would be low, for USA AND foreign... but ....
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Old 12-23-2011, 04:13 AM
 
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Having lived in, and indeed enjoyed, Houston despite things like the Johnson Space Center, I would hardly describe it as a tourist destination for overseas tourists.

The Alamo and the whole story surrounding the foundation of the State of Texas is fascinating, but few would fly from abroad to Texas just to see that. Mind you, they would be missing out on a lovely city and the fantastic Hill Country nearby.

Personally I'm happy to avoid the usual tourist traps and enjoy less frequented places.
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Old 12-23-2011, 06:06 AM
 
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Having lived in, and indeed enjoyed, Houston despite things like the Johnson Space Center, I would hardly describe it as a tourist destination for overseas tourists.

The Alamo and the whole story surrounding the foundation of the State of Texas is fascinating, but few would fly from abroad to Texas just to see that. Mind you, they would be missing out on a lovely city and the fantastic Hill Country nearby.

Personally I'm happy to avoid the usual tourist traps and enjoy less frequented places.
I base my own opinions from traveller's tales and the itineraries of the major tour companies. San Antonio and the Alamo is often on tour itineraries. One peculiar omission was the lack of Philadelphia on ANY of Trek America's itineraries. One of the cities I most wanted to see. The Utah parks are indeed often featured.
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Old 12-23-2011, 06:08 AM
 
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I would THINK Las Vegas would be low, for USA AND foreign... but ....
BUT... its got a lot of stuff to attract both domestic and international tourists. Lots of shows, world class cuisine, the party atmosphere, good weather, obviously the gambling, and proximity to places like grand canyon and hoover dam. I know it isn't for everyone but I'm baffled that anyone could be think it would be low on the tourist trail.

As for Phoenix I live here and love it but the things it draws tourists for like resorts in the winter, golf, and sports aren't really things that would attract international tourists. For resorts they'll want to be on the coasts.
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Old 12-23-2011, 07:24 PM
 
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I would suspect the Utah National Parks have as high of international visitors as US. (especially for days visited per stay). Ironically, National Parks rate amazingly low as vacation destinations for US folks.

When you get to really pretty and really remote places in USA, you will often find yourself in the company of foreign visitors. It has something to do with the SPEED at which Americans try to JAM everything into their SHORT Vacations (maybe that is why other parts of the world they call it a "Holiday"...)

I would THINK Las Vegas would be low, for USA AND foreign... but ....
You're not being sarcastic, are you? That's a strange idea. Vegas was created specifically as a tourist magnet. If it never took off it would have just crumbled into ruins in the desert. Vegas is one of the top destinations for Americans and foreigners, goes without saying. It has more hotel rooms than any city in America, more than New York or Orlando.
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:02 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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You're not being sarcastic, are you? ... It has more hotel rooms than any city in America, more than New York or Orlando.
BTDT (many, many times, I'm not impressed) (Forced to go there for work conferences / conventions / Consumer Electronics Show: 10 Things You'll See in 2012 - Mobile and Wireless - News & Reviews - eWeek.com Ugh... not again...

I don't do crowds or traffic, so when I go to LV I stay here: (valley of fire NV)
https://www.google.com/search?q=vall...ley of fire NV


Each to his own, now that LV is no longer cheap, I just use McCarren as a transfer place, I find it better to sleep in the airport than to rent a sleezy, smoky, alcohol, smelling casino room. YMMV, and fortunately for LV, many folks come back, again and again. I was always so surprised that my friends / coworkers in Asia and Europe LIVED to vacation in USA and go to LV... each to his own. I always recommended that they add some National Parks while in LV, since they are surrounded by them.
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:13 PM
 
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The pacific NW isn't really known to be touristy...but I'm guessing most American travelers have been up here at least once. Lots of green..and mountains..and lakes...and sea. It's a nice place..and you certainly won't run into many people from abroad up here...especially outside of Seattle.

Ditto Alaska.

Basically any place in the U.S. that isn't NY, D.C., LA, Florida, Vegas, Chicago etc isn't going to have too many overseas tourists.
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