Friday, April 5, 2019

California is the Nation's Most Visited State

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Laguna Beach, CA
Photo by Cynthia Dial
When asked the most visited state in the nation, here's what most thought:

New York                 31%
Florida                      30%
Nevada                      11%
California                  28%

But most were wrong and the answer is California.

So, if you immediately thought of Hollywood, Disneyland, Yosemite National Park, and the Golden Gate Bridge, then your instincts are correct: California is the most visited state in the US, followed by Florida, Nevada, and Texas, respectively. 

Drawing in 250 million + visitors each year, the Golden State is quite literally bringing in the gold: $120+ billion, annually, to be precise. Often touted as one of the most beautiful and diverse state, it makes sense that it has such a large draw! Whether you’re coming for the weather, the beaches, the fame, or the glory, California does not disappoint.

And the state's five most visited sites follow:
Yosemite National Park
Universal Studios Hollywood
Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Golden Gate Bridge

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Top 5 Most Hashtagged Places in the U.S.

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Playpicks have scoured Instagram to find the top 20 hashtagged places spanning over nine different catagories. These are the top five most hashtagged locations overall in the U.S. for Instagrammers:

Miami Beach
Photo by Cynthia Dial

Rank            Name of Place          Location                  No. of Hashtags

#1                 Disneyland              Anaheim, CA          19,783,733

#2                 Magic Kingdom      Orlando, FL              9,400,298

#3                 Miami Beach           Miami, FL                8,673,724

#4                 Central Park             New York, NY         6,104,544

#5                 Long Beach              Los Angeles, CA      4,551,339

Disneyland Anaheim - Not just where dreams come true, but also where hashtags are made. Disneyland was built in 1955 and has since received 19,783,733 Insta shares. Considering the fact that they had an estimated attendance last year of 18.3 million, it's of no surprise that it's the most hashtagged location in America. Its sister park in Florida, Disneyland Magic Kingdom, takes the second spot on the most hashtagged list at 9,400,298 posts.

Miami Beach-- This man-made beach has 8,673,724 shares on Instagram, making it the most Instagrammed beach in the U.S. - and with 15.22 square miles of beautiful, golden sand and relaxation, it's easy to see why you can't help but take one for your grid.

Central Park - One of two New York offerings in the top 10 list (the other being Times Square), this is the city's first major landscape park. The park's construction began in 1857 and upon its completion, it became one of the most popular tourist destinations - having approximately 40 million visitors a year and 6,104,544 shares on Instagram.

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