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California Dreamin’: New Data Shows the #1 Tourist Attraction That Locals Love to Visit

California is known for its beaches, sunshine, and star-studded streets, but when it comes to the most Googled tourist attraction, residents have their hearts set on Disneyland in Anaheim. A recent study by Family Destinations Guide unveiled the top tourist destinations that Americans want to visit the most, based on Google search data.

Analyzing over 100 US tourist attractions and related search terms, the study determined the most popular attractions in each state. Nature spots took the lead, with 20 states searching for a nature destination more than any other attraction. But in California, it’s Disneyland that reigns supreme, drawing the attention of both residents and tourists alike.

Disneyland is King

Amusement parks and attractions were popular across the country, with nine states searching for them more than any other type of tourist destination. Universal Orlando Studios in Florida topped the list for four states, including Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Texas.

While Disneyland’s popularity in California is undeniable, the state’s residents aren’t the only ones eager to visit the famous park. People from all over the world flock to Anaheim to experience the magic of Disneyland, making it one of the most sought-after tourist attractions in the US.

Why We Go

The study also highlighted the importance of tourist attractions in deciding vacation destinations. Interestingly, many top attractions were nearby or within the same state, reflecting the diverse array of vibrant and interesting tourist spots across America.

So if you’re a Californian planning your next vacation, don’t overlook the magic in your backyard. Disneyland in Anaheim is a popular choice for a reason, and it might just be the perfect destination for your next family adventure.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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