25 percent of Americans haven't visited iconic landmarks in their own cities, study finds

From the Empire State Building to Niagara Falls to the Golden Gate Bridge to Mount Rushmore, a new study of 2,000 Americans found that while many far-flung places are yet to be checked off, many Americans are also missing out on things much closer to home.

In fact, one in four admitted they've yet to go to the biggest tourist attraction in their own city and 23 percent feel they have yet to check off even one iconic landmark across the nation.

Tourists ride the Staten Island Ferry to get a view of the Statue of Liberty, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in New York. The statue is closed due to the government shutdown. President Donald Trump's budget director is holding out hope that feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress can reach a short-term spending agreement before the start of the workweek Monday, but he worries that the government shutdown could last for several more days if progress remains elusive. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

One in four people surveyed admitted they've yet to go to the biggest tourist attraction in their own city.  (AP)


Respondents were also questioned on their attendance of several of America’s biggest tourist attractions and found many have a lot left to do. Just 33 percent had seen Niagara Falls and 28 percent the Grand Canyon.

The study, commissioned by OnePoll in conjunction with Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network, found that seven in 10 people hadn’t been to the Empire State Building, while 78 percent had never managed to see the National Mall in Washington D.C.

55 percent admitted that they have a local landmark they want to check out but haven’t, and a similar number (53 percent) intend to check out their local library but have never quite made it. 

Although over half of those polled felt they had some spontaneity in them, just a fifth felt they were good at getting out and about at short notice or on impulse.

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Seven in 10 people hadn’t been to the Empire State Building.  (iStock)

The lack of trying new things might explain why nearly half the respondents (49 percent) consider themselves a creature of habit and 52 percent wish they traveled about more.

With 43 percent of people polled finding comfort in their regular routines, it leaves little room for many to get out of their comfort zone and explore nearby locales. 


With 54 percent of Americans craving spontaneity in their lives, it’s no surprise that 52 percent wish that they traveled more frequently. 

According to the study, these are the top 10 sights in the U.S. on people's bucket lists.

Grand Canyon 
Yellowstone National Park
Statue of Liberty 
Mount Rushmore 
Empire State Building 
One World Trade Center 
Golden Gate Bridge 
New York Aquarium 
Space Needle 
Gettysburg National Military Park