Google reveals the most searched US tourist sites in 2022
Google released its annual report this week. “The year in search” report, which described the top queries of 2022 that were made on its search engine. The report lists top queries across multiple categories, including people, news, TV shows, games, and more.
One such category focused on the best scenic spots in the United States that were searched on Google Maps, which included well-known national landmarks and natural landscapes. Here’s the full list for those looking to build their 2023 travel itinerary:
10. Glacier Point in Yosemite, Valley, CA
Glacier Point is located above Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 7,214 feet and 3,200 feet above the village of Half Dome. According to the Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau, visitors can get to this popular spot by car, bus, or on foot.
9. The Beverly Hills Sign in Beverly Hills, CA
The California tourist hotspot takes another spot on the list, this time though not for its natural scenery, but rather for a sign located in Beverly Hills. Located in Los Angeles County, the city popularly referenced only by its 90210 zip code, offers upscale shopping and one of the most sought-after scenic spots, the Beverly Hills Sign.
8. The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania
The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, also known as Pine Creek Gorge, stretches approximately 47 miles in north-central Pennsylvania. The beautiful canyon is surrounded by approximately 165,000 acres of Tioga State Forest and offers stargazing, fishing, hunting and more, according to the Potter-Tioga Visitors Bureau.
7. Gatlinburg SkyBridge in Gatlinburg, TN
If you want one of the best views of the Great Smoky Mountains, look no further than the Gatlinburg SkyBridge. According to Gatlinburg Skylift Park, the bridge is the longest cable-operated pedestrian bridge in North America and sits 1,800 feet above sea level.
6. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City, North Carolina
Travelers who want direct views of historic structures and scenic landscapes will want to head to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. With a railroad depot located in Bryson City, North Carolina, visitors can choose between a steam train or a diesel train. According to Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, the trains also host special events designed for family fun.
5. Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona
Located in the town of Page, Arizona, Horseshoe Bend has become one of the most visited parts of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. According to the National Park Service, the Colorado River is responsible for creating the roughly 1,000-foot-deep 270-degree horseshoe bend in the park. Authorities recommend people avoid hiking during the hottest part of the day.
4. View of the Statue of Liberty in New York
It’s no surprise that one of America’s most recognized landmarks, the Statue of Liberty, tops the list and is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the Big Apple. A ferry service is available daily, except Christmas Day, for those wishing to see the monument up close.
3. Bellagio Fountain, Las Vegas, Nevada
There’s no doubt that even those who have never visited the Las Vegas Strip are aware of the Bellagio’s magnificent fountain exhibit, often shown in movies and television. According to the Bellagio resort, the iconic machinery includes more than 1,000 fountains and displays that span more than 1,000 feet, with water rising up to 460 feet in the air.
2. Golden Gate Viewpoint in Mill Valley, CA
It’s no surprise that the Golden Gate Bridge is at #2 on the list. Each year, the bridge receives more than 10 million visitors seeking the best vantage point for its iconic 746-foot orange-colored towers, according to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.
1. Dumbo — View of the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn, New York
Located on Washington Street in Brooklyn, between Front and Water streets, visitors will find the most sought-after scenic spot in the United States, according to Google. The intersection offers stunning views of the Manhattan Bridge and the Empire State Building in the distance. Visitors taking a trip to New York will almost certainly find joy in seeing the beautiful sight. However, visitors should be prepared for the crowds.