It’s no surprise to us that New York City sites took the top spots on a list of most loved landmarks in America, but we might be a little biased. A new study by Travelbag proves that “I Love NY” isn’t just a slogan. After analyzing reviews left on TripAdvisor as of July 2022, Travelbag ranked attractions across the nation based on the percentage of five-star reviews each site received. Two New York City museums came out on top.

Main entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Coming in at #1 on the list of most loved landmarks is The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 81% of the 54,946 reviews left for this iconic art museum at the edge of Central Park are 5-star reviews. Travelbag notes the wide breadth of the museum’s collection, with artifacts dating to as late as the 15th-century to contemporary pieces, as one of its main attractions. Many of the 5-star reviews point out just how large the museum is and advise other travels to dedicate at least a full day to exploring its treasures.

Secrets of the Met Museum Tour

Tour guide Patrick Bringley points to architectural features of the Met in front of a group of tourgoers.

You can explore the Met Museum with former museum guard Patrick Bringley on Untapped New York’s Secrets of the Met Museum tour. On this tour, you will explore the famous museum from Bringley’s intimate, first-hand perspective. You will come face to face with beautiful objects whose stories span multiple continents and millennia, and hear stories of the backstage areas of the museum. If you’re wondering about our ranking on TripAdvisor, Untapped New York won a Traveler’s Choice Award in 2022! You can also join Bringley for a virtual book talk to celebrate the release of his forthcoming memoir, All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me. This virtual talk is free for Untapped New York Insiders!

World Trade Center memorial

The second top spot on Travelbag’s list of most loved landmarks list goes to The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the site of the World Trade Center. This Lower Manhattan attraction has been reviewed 96,174 times on Tripadvisor and 78% percent of those reviews gave 5 stars. The memorial and museum pay tribute to the victims who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. One 5-star review notes, “You can feel the emotion as you walk around.”

Other attractions in the top five slots include Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, Savannah Historic District in Georgia, and the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum in Oklahoma. What attractions do you think deserve some more love?

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