There are so many famous tourist attractions in the United States. From theme parks, to landmarks, to national parks, and everything in between. These attractions draw visitors from around the world every year.

What United States Tourist Attraction is the Best?

The Family Destinations Guide is a popular online resource for families planning vacations, offering advice and recommendations for the best family-friendly destinations across the United States. They recently revealed the tourist attractions in the U.S. with the highest percentage of five-star -- or excellent -- reviews on Tripadvisor.

They took 50 of the most popular tourist attraction in the U.S. (by the number of annual visitors) and calculated how many of their reviews were awarded the highest score.

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With 89% of excellent reviews on Tripadvisor, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and The Grand Canyon share first place as the best tourist attractions in the U.S.

What is the Top Tourist Attraction in Michigan?

The results from the Family Destinations Guide research shows that the Mackinac Bridge is the third-best tourist attraction in the United States. Nine million visitors every year visit the Mighty Mac. On Tripadvisor, 82% of reviews have five stars.

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What Makes the Mackinac Bridge a Great Tourist Attraction?

The Mackinac Bridge, connecting Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas, has long been a beloved landmark for Michiganders and visitors alike.

The bridge is an impressive feat of engineering. It spans five miles across the Straits of Mackinac -- connecting the Lower and Upper Peninsulas -- and stands 552 feet tall.

One of the unique aspects of the Mackinac Bridge is its role in Michigan's history and culture. The bridge has been a symbol of Michigan's progress and innovation since it was first built in 1957. The bridge is also an important part of the annual Mackinac Bridge Walk, where thousands of people gather to walk across the bridge on Labor Day each year.

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Overall, the Mackinac Bridge's ranking as the third-best tourist attraction in the United States is a well-deserved recognition of its beauty, engineering, and cultural significance. Whether you're a Michigander or a visitor from out of state, the Mackinac Bridge and the surrounding area offer a unique and memorable experience for the whole family.

If you can't visit the Mackinac Bridge in person, you can also view the live Mackinac Bridge web cams.

In addition to the bridge itself, the surrounding area offers plenty of family-friendly activities and attractions. Mackinaw City, located at the base of the bridge on the Lower Peninsula, is a popular tourist destination with shops, restaurants, and a historic fort. On the Upper Peninsula side, visitors can explore the charming town of St. Ignace or venture further north to the rugged beauty of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Constructing the Mackinac Bridge, 1954-1957

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