Americans Pick Top U.S. Treasures

WASHINGTON, April 28 /PRNewswire/ — The Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, and Yellowstone National Park are the clear front-runners in a national survey conducted by the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) that asked Americans to name the top American treasures they would like to visit. Results showed a true appreciation for the nation’s natural and historic sites. The top ten selections, in order, were:

1. The Grand Canyon
2. The Statue of Liberty
3. Yellowstone National Park
4. The White House and monuments of Washington, D.C.
5. Niagara Falls
6. The Hawaiian Islands
7. Mount Rushmore
8. The Redwood Forest
9. The Glaciers and the Fjords of Alaska
10. The Rocky Mountains

“This year the travel industry is inviting travelers to recognize the many treasures we have in our great country,” said Roger Dow, TIA’s President and CEO. “It’s interesting to note that the top ten are all magnificent outdoor experiences that either highlight our natural beauty or our history and culture.”

Survey results support TIA’s new See America’s Treasures Campaign, which offers travelers a fun way to discover many treasures in their own backyards or in far-flung locations. Visitors to TIA’s website can play the See America’s Treasures Game and link to all kinds of interesting places and things to do.

They can also enter a sweepstakes to win one of six vacations featuring many of the top ten treasures including a trip to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, a trip to New York and Boston, a trip to the Finger Lakes and Niagara Falls, a cruise in Alaska, a trip to Hollywood, and a trip to Orlando with tickets to the theme parks.

“We expect this summer to be a great one, with millions of Americans traveling across the U.S., along with many international visitors who will be taking full advantage of the favorable exchange rate,” continued Dow.

The website is operated by the non-profit Travel Industry Association of America and is designed to offer travelers a commercial-free comprehensive U.S. information site. The site offers maps for cities and states, driving directions, itineraries, deals and a powerful search engine that brings travelers to the destinations that meet their needs.

Survey results are based on a nationally representative sample of 2,681 U.S. adults aged 18 and over. The survey was conducted online March 29-31, 2005. Results have a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

TIA is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the $593 billion travel industry. TIA’s mission is to represent the whole of the U.S. travel industry to promote and facilitate increased travel to and within the United States.

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