By Alison Fox
November 29, 2019
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When you're planning a vacation to a city you've never visited, you probably search for hotels, restaurants, and, of course, the best things to do in your destination.

You wouldn’t leave New York City without taking in views of the Brooklyn Bridge or depart Las Vegas without visiting the The Strip. These are iconic sites that are likely to top any visitor’s bucket list, but they surprisingly aren't the most popular experiences in their respective states.

In fact, in New York, a Statue of Liberty tour is the most booked experience, and in Nevada, most people actually want to get out of the city to see the Grand Canyon West Rim and the Hoover Dam, according to TripAdvisor, which looked at the most booked tours and experiences in each state for 2018.

“No matter where you’re heading, reading reviews is a great way to find out if a tour fits your interests and travel style,” Laurel Greatrix, a TripAdvisor spokeswoman, told Travel + Leisure in an email. “Filtering reviews by traveler type, like families, couples, or solo travelers, allows you to read reviews from travelers like you and find the right experience for your trip.”

Greatrix said that “unique experiences help travelers see a different side of their destination,” and added that while people “are booking classic staples like the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour in New York,” they’re also looking for “local experiences like food, beer, and wine tours.”

These are the most popular experiences in all 50 states, according to TripAdvisor.

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New Hampshire: Full-day White Mountain Tour with Cannon Mountain Aerial Tram (Availability may vary seasonally)

North Carolina: Charlotte Comedy City Tour

North Dakota: America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass (This is based on the top-rated experience as data on the most-booked experience was not available).

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