The Top Trending Attractions This Fall According to TripAdvisor
Still trying to decide how to spend the last weeks of autumn?
TripAdvisor, the planning and booking site, has released the latest Attractions Trend Index, and the attractions that gained the most popularity this year may surprise you.
To determine the trending fall activities, TripAdvisor looked at the domestic attractions that saw the greatest growth in interest from September 1 to October 15, compared to the same dates in 2015.
Arches National Park in Utah saw a 142 percent increase in search this year. The more than 2,000 natural stone structures and sculptures—as well as the impossibly red landscapes—may have gotten a boost from the National Park Service’s centennial.
And the rapidly evolving Pearl District in Portland, Oregon, has gone from a gritty industrial section to a trendy neighborhood lined with chic boutiques and restaurants. With a 140 percent increase in search traffic, it’s no surprise you can even spot celebs in this hotspot.
We looked at the top 15 attractions that have gained the most attention this season—which range from historic sites dating back to the Civil War to wildly funny comedy shows and outlandish musical revues—to help inspire a last-minute fall getaway.
No. 15 Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Tour in Denver
One of the first micro-distilleries in the United States, which was founded in 2004, has seen a 155 percent increase in interest.
No. 14 Beach Blanket Babylon in San Francisco
Considered the world’s longest-running musical revue, attendees should expect very high hats and extravagant costumes.
No. 13 The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville
An always popular attraction for country music fans gets even more popular, with a search traffic increase of 156 percent.
No. 12 Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix, Arizona
William Wrigley Jr., the chewing gum magnate, built this mansion—which is now open to the public.
No. 11 I-Drive 360 in Orlando
Check out this entertainment complex for a Sea Life Aquarium and wax museum, among others. Compared to 2015, interest has grown by 166 percent.
No. 10 LaZoom Comedy Tour in Asheville, North Carolina
Take a history tour of Asheville with a sense of humor.
No. 9 Shoreline Sightseeing in Chicago
This architecture-focused river cruise will help you make sense of the city’s iconic skyline.
No. 8 Portland Aerial Tram in Oregon
On a clear day, you may see Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens from the 500-foot-high tram suspended over Portland.
No. 7 Quincy Market in Boston
An outdoor shopping and restaurant space created in the 19th-century, interest in this popular tourist destination has grown even higher, by 215 percent.
No. 6 Royal Street in New Orleans
Antique shops, boutiques, and restaurants line this charming street in the French Quarter.
No. 5 Coconut Grove in Miami
TripAdvisor recommends taking a powerboat tour for a waterfront view of Miami’s oldest neighborhood.
No. 4 Hana Highway in Maui
Interest in this scenic road twisting through cliffs and waterfalls has grown 282 percent this season.
No. 3 Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona
Architect Frank Lloyd wright retreated to this desert space, which is now a National Historic Landmark. Like Arches, the 291 percent growth in interest may be attributed to the National Park Service’s centennial.
No. 2 Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston
This year’s World’s Best City is also home to one of the season’s most popular landmarks: a fort in the harbor where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired.
No. 1 Ground Zero Memorial in New York City
This September marked the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and year-over-year traffic increased by a staggering 425 percent. Visitors to this powerful memorial can pay their respects at the twin reflecting pools, go through the museum, and jet up to the top of the new World Trade Center observatory for staggering views of NYC.