Special Report

Where Americans Are Traveling This Fourth of July and What They’ll Do

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7. Seattle, Washington
> Tourism revenue (2016): $7 billion
> Number of visitors (2016): 38.9 million

People know about the Space Needle and the Seattle Mariners baseball team. But Pike Place Market, which opened in 1907, is an inner city draw. Among the many attractions in the city are Chihuly Garden and Glass, the Museum of Flight, and the Museum of Pop Culture, which was founded by Microsoft founder Paul Allen, and celebrates the creative process and tries to inspire personal expression.

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6. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
> Tourism revenue (2016): $12.5 billion (total for Dominican Republic)
> Number of visitors (2016): 6.1 million (total for Dominican Republic)

Visitors to the Dominican Republic destination go to beaches on the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean. Tourism in Punta Cana was bolstered in the early 1980s when its international airport became operational. Punta Cana has surged in popularity for American tourists in recent years, who come to the resort to enjoy nightlife, snorkeling, zip lines, golf, ecotourism, and to explore the historic capital of Santo Domingo.

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5. Honolulu, Hawaii
> Tourism revenue (2015): $15.1 billion
> Number of visitors (2015): 8.7 million

Hawaii is a surfer’s paradise, but there are lots of ecotourism opportunities in the lush tropical forests and volcanoes. Visitors to Honolulu often go to the Pearl Harbor memorial sites such as the USS Arizona Memorial to honor the victims of the Japanese attack in 1941.

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4. Anaheim, California
> Tourism revenue (2016): $8.1 billion
> Number of visitors (2016): 23 million

Sixty years after its opening, Disneyland remains a powerful draw in Southern California. Apart from all things Disney, visitors can go to the Anaheim Packing District. This walkable section of the city is home to the Anaheim Packing House — the former Sunkist Packing Plant built in 1919 — that is now a refuge for foodies. Visitors who prefer a day at the ballpark can go see the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball team’s stars such as Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.