July 26, 2017

Wild For The West: TripAdvisor Reveals Americans Are Flocking To Western U.S. Parks And Sites This Summer

TripAdvisor Names the 25 Trendiest U.S. Attractions this Season with Bookable Tours and Experiences to Maximize Trips

NEEDHAM, Mass., July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- TripAdvisor®, the travel site that helps you find the latest reviews and lowest prices, today announced the results of its Seasonal Attractions Trend Index providing travelers with insight into the hottest attractions for summer, based on year-over-year search activity on TripAdvisor. The seasonal index reveals the top 25 U.S. attractions with the greatest increase in traveler interest, offering inspiration and highlighting amazing activities and tours that can be booked to get the most out of any upcoming trip. 

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"With Americans looking to take advantage of summer weather to explore the great outdoors, TripAdvisor data shows that attractions in nature are climbing to the top of our trend index this season," said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. "TripAdvisor helps travelers research and book awesome experiences, such as tours and other travel activities, to see and learn more about a place they are visiting than they would on their own."

Top Trending U.S. Attractions, Summer 2017

U.S. Attraction

Reason to Go and What to Book

YoY

Traffic

Increase

1. Grand Canyon South
Rim
- Grand Canyon
National Park, Arizona

Travelers can enjoy one of the natural wonders of the world
by booking a Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with
Optional Upgrades
on TripAdvisor from $100 per person.

53%

2. Seven Falls - Colorado
Springs, Colorado 

Travelers can bask in the majesty of Seven Falls, a
magnificent series of waterfalls. Booking the Broadmoor
Soaring Adventure Zip-Line Tour
on TripAdvisor from $105
per person provides a view like no other.

49%

3. Chapel of the Holy
Cross
 - Sedona, Arizona 

Travelers who book the Scenic Sedona Tour on TripAdvisor
from $70 per person can visit this Roman Catholic chapel
that is built into dramatic rock formations and offers
spectacular sunset views.

36%

4. Fenway Park - Boston,
Massachusetts  

Travelers who book the Tour of Historic Fenway Park,
America's Most Beloved Ballpark
on TripAdvisor from $25
per person can experience the quirks of this cozy, hallowed
ground to baseball purists and home of the Boston Red Sox
since 1912.

36%

5. Kualoa - Kaneohe,
Hawaii

Film and TV buffs will recognize this iconic, rugged
landscape ("Jurassic Park," "Windtalkers," and "Pearl
Harbor") when booking a Kualoa Ranch ATV Adventure on
TripAdvisor from $85 per person.

33%

6. St. Louis Cathedral -
New Orleans, Louisiana

Travelers can explore historic New Orleans by booking the
French Quarter History Tour on TripAdvisor from $25 per

person and visit the oldest continuously active cathedral in
the U.S.

33%

7. Pikes Peak - Colorado
Springs, Colorado

Travelers who book the Colorado Springs Foothills and
Garden of the Gods Jeep Tour
on TripAdvisor from $88 per
person can learn about Colorado's rich history and take in
amazing scenery among the foothills of Pikes Peak and the
Rocky Mountains.

31%

8. High Roller - Las Vegas,
Nevada

Travelers who book The High Roller at The LINQ on
TripAdvisor (from $20 per person) can get a bird's eye view
of the Strip from inside one of the wheel's luxurious cabins.

25%

9. Garden of the Gods -
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Travelers can spend one to two hours on the Garden of the
Gods Segway Tour
(bookable on TripAdvisor from $82 per
person) to experience one of nature's greatest treasures
among stunning geological formations.

24%

10. Gateway Arch - Saint
Louis, Missouri 

A visit to St. Louis isn't complete without standing at the
nation's tallest monument, which commemorates Thomas
Jefferson and the role St. Louis played in the country's
westward expansion. Travelers can also explore the Arch's
inner attractions.

24%

11. Grand Teton - Grand
Teton National Park,
Wyoming

Travelers can book the Grand Teton Wildlife Safari in Open-
Air Vehicle
on TripAdvisor from $109 per person to explore
the tallest mountain in the Grand Teton Range and admire the
awe-inspiring natural beauty.

21%

12. Louisville Mega
Cavern
- Louisville,
Kentucky

Travelers can visit the world's only fully underground zipline
and adventure tour, featuring 17 miles of underground
passageways for up to two hours of adrenaline rush. 

21%

13. Tahquamenon Falls
State Park
 - Paradise,
Michigan 

Travelers should pack their bug spray for a hike in the upper
peninsula area of Michigan with wonderful wildlife and
waterfalls. Be sure to take the 94 steps down for a closer
view of Upper Falls.  

20%

14. Biltmore Estate -
Asheville, North Carolina 

Travelers can book the Guided Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour
in Asheville
on TripAdvisor from $80 per person to paddle
along the outer boundary of the famous Biltmore Estate. The
property was George Vanderbilt's country estate from the
Gilded Age - America's largest home and a National Historic
Landmark.

17%

15. Minnehaha Park -
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Travelers can visit one of Minneapolis' oldest and most
popular parks with hiking trails, picnic areas and bike rentals.

17%

16. Cave of the Winds -
Niagara Falls, New York 

Travelers who book the Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe
Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
on
TripAdvisor from $135 per person can explore the
spectacular Cave of the Winds, a natural cave about 130
feet high.

14%

17. Watkins Glen State
Park
 - Watkins Glen, New
York 

Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger
Lakes State Parks, where the cascades of 18 natural
waterfalls leave visitors spellbound. 

13%

18. Dallas Arboretum &
Botanical Gardens
 -
Dallas, Texas 

Travelers can visit this nationally acclaimed 66-acre display
of breathtaking flora, nestled on the shores of White Rock
Lake. Summer in the garden includes an outdoor concert
series on Thursday evenings and numerous water features.

12%

19. Luray Caverns - Luray,
Virginia 

Travelers can explore the largest cave in the Eastern U.S. to
view bizarre formations like the "Throne Room," "Giant's
Hall," and "Fried Eggs."

12%

20. Hanauma Bay Nature
Preserve
 - Honolulu,
Hawaii 

Located on the southeast coast of Oahu, Hanauma Bay
Nature Preserve is one of Hawaii's most popular natural
attractions. Travelers can snorkel among its reefs by booking
the Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure Half-Day Tour on
TripAdvisor from $36 per person.

11%

21. The Johnny Cash
Museum
 - Nashville,
Tennessee 

With a Johnny Cash Museum Admission Ticket (bookable on
TripAdvisor from $19 per person), travelers can wander the
world's largest collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and
memorabilia by walking through the life of the "Man in
Black," depicted
in interactive exhibits and films.

10%

22. Mount Rushmore
National Memorial
 -
Keystone, South Dakota 

Travelers who book the Mount Rushmore and More Tour on
TripAdvisor from $84 per person can learn how sculptor

Gutzon Borglum created this famous mountainside carving of
the visages of four great American presidents: George
Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and
Theodore Roosevelt.

9%

23. Space Center Houston -
Houston, Texas 

Space fanatics who want to uncover the mysteries of outer
space can book NASA's Space Center Houston and City
Sightseeing Tour
on TripAdvisor from $80 per person to see
historical exhibits and artifacts.

8%

24. Denver Botanic
Gardens
 - Denver,
Colorado 

Spanning more than 24 acres, Denver Botanic Gardens at
York Street presents a wide range of gardens and collections
that illustrate an ever-widening diversity of plants from all
corners of the world.

7%

25. Horseshoe Bend - Page,
Arizona  

Travelers can book the Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe
Bend Day Tour
on TripAdvisor from $199 per person to go
on a short hike around Horseshoe Bend, ending up at a
breathtaking viewpoint to see the snaking Colorado River.

7%

TripAdvisor is the world's largest online provider of tours, activities and attractions, offering more than 56,000 bookable tours, activities and experiences in 2,500 destinations and 165 countries to help travelers unleash the full potential of their trips.

Travelers can read the latest reviews and compare prices from more than 200 sites to find the lowest prices on the right hotel for their trip at www.TripAdvisor.com.

Methodology
The Attractions Trend Index rankings were determined based on the percent increase in search sessions on TripAdvisor desktop and mobile for U.S. travelers between 2016 and 2017 for the period of June 1 - July 5. Attractions were required to have at least 20,000 sessions in 2016 and at least four out of five bubbles on TripAdvisor to qualify.

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site*, enables travelers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With more than 500 million reviews and opinions covering the world's largest selection of travel listings worldwide -- over 7 million accommodations, airlines, attractions, and restaurants -- TripAdvisor provides travelers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travelers can find the lowest price on the hotel that's right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets, and are home to the world's largest travel community of 390 million average unique monthly visitors,** all looking to get the most out of every trip. TripAdvisor: Know better. Book better. Go better.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP), through its subsidiaries, manages and operates websites under 22 other travel media brands: 

www.airfarewatchdog.comwww.bookingbuddy.comwww.citymaps.comwww.cruisecritic.comwww.familyvacationcritic.com
www.flipkey.comwww.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.comwww.eltenedor.comwww.iens.nl 
and www.dimmi.com.au), www.gateguru.comwww.holidaylettings.co.ukwww.holidaywatchdog.comwww.housetrip.com
www.independenttraveler.comwww.jetsetter.comwww.niumba.com www.onetime.comwww.oyster.comwww.seatguru.com
www.smartertravel.comwww.tingo.comwww.tripbod.comwww.vacationhomerentals.com and www.viator.com.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2016
**Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q1 2017

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