Tripadvisor Announces Attractions Trend Index Highlighting America's Top 25 Trending Autumn Activities

NEEDHAM, Mass., Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TripAdvisor ® , the travel planning and booking site, today announced the results of its Attractions Trend Index, revealing the top 25 U.S. attractions that have seen the greatest increase in traveler interest this fall, based on year-over-year search activity on TripAdvisor. 1

"The Attractions Trend Index reveals introspective and inspirational sites that are gaining attention from travelers this fall," said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. "For those looking for ideas for great things to do before the end of the season or looking ahead to time off during the holidays, these sites offer something appealing for all traveler types."

Top Trending U.S. Attractions, Fall 2016
U.S. Attraction Reason to Go and What to Book YoY Traffic Increase
1.  Ground Zero Memorial - New York City, New York   Water cascades into two pools circled by hundreds of trees, creating a peaceful spot for visitors to remember and reflect on the 15 th anniversary of 9/11.   425 %
2.  Fort Sumter National Monument - Charleston, South Carolina Sea fort located in Charleston harbor where the firstshots of the American Civil War were fired. Travelerscan learn more about this historical site through the Charleston Harbor of History Tour, bookableon TripAdvisor for $25 per person.    309 %
3.  Taliesin West - Scottsdale, Arizona A National Historic Landmark, Taliesin West was thesummer retreat of architect Frank Lloyd Wright andwas designed in harmony with its desert surroundings.Travelers can take in more of the local scenery with ahalf day Sonoran Desert tour for $150 per person.   291 %
4.  Hana Highway - Road to Hana - Maui, Hawaii Famous scenic roadway in east Maui; travelers cantake an adventure on 64.4 miles of thrilling turns,spectacular scenery, rugged cliffs and stunningwaterfalls on the Road to Hana Tour from Maui for 130 per person.   282 %
5.  Coconut Grove - Miami, Florida Miami's oldest neighborhood, "The Grove" is a uniqueblend of historic charm, public green space andfashionable boutiques and restaurants. Travelers canget a unique view of the neighborhood from the wateron a Private Tour: Self-Driven or Chartered PowerboatTour on Miami's Coconut Grove for $129 per person.   277 %
6.  Royal Street - New Orleans, Louisiana The artistic heart of New Orleans, Royal Street is ashowcase for fine antiques, boutiques and restaurants.Take a New Orleans French Quarter Segway Tour for$65 to explore more of the French Quarter and cruisealong the Mississippi River.   222 %
7.  Quincy Market - Boston, Massachusetts This 19 th-century commercial space was famouslyrenovated in the 1970s and became the model for 20 th-century urban renewal. It remains a popular shopping,dining and meeting place for tourists and locals.Travelers can explore the greater Boston area with the Boston in One Day Sightseeing Tour, at $72 per person.   215 %
8.  Portland Aerial Tram - Portland, Oregon Ascend 500 feet at 22 miles per hour in four-minutesfor breath-taking views of Portland. If you're lucky, ona clear day, you can spot Mount Hood and even MountSt. Helens. Those interested in seeing more of the citycan take the Portland Sightseeing Tour for $105.   200 %
9.  Shoreline Sightseeing - Chicago, Illinois You can't visit the Windy City without taking a  ChicagoArchitecture River Cruise ($34) with the city's leadingcruise company. Their knowledgeable guides highlightthe history of the city's famous skyline.   186 %
10.  LaZoom Comedy Tour - Asheville, North Carolina No dry recitation of facts and figures here. The LaZoomtour of Asheville makes you laugh as you learn thehistory of the city. And you'll visit spots both famousand hidden.   185 %
11.  I-Drive 360 - Orlando, Florida This entertainment complex houses Sea Life Aquarium,Madame Tussaud's wax museum and the toweringOrlando Eye. Travelers can book The Coca-ColaOrlando Eye Admission in advance for $23 per person.   166 %
12.  Wrigley Mansion - Phoenix, Arizona Chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr., built themansion as a 50 th wedding anniversary present for hiswife and it's now open to the public. Tour this andother city landmarks on the Half-Day Phoenix Highlights Tour ($70.)   158 %
13.  The Grand Ole Opry - Nashville, Tennessee A visit to the Opry is a Nashville tradition for touristsand country music stars. Travelers can book their ticketfor $44 before they go in order to see Nashville's bestand brightest on stage.   156 %
14.  Beach Blanket Babylon - San Francisco, California The "World's Longest Running Musical Revue"lampoons targets from SF to DC, from politics topopular entertainment. Travelers can book a ticket on TripAdvisor for $52 to enjoy the outlandish humor,costumes and some very high hats.   155 %
15.  Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour - Denver, Colorado Tour one of the first micro-distilleries in the UnitedStates for a look at the whiskey-making process and ataste of the 94-proof product.   155 %
16.  Gatlinburg Trail - Gatlinburg, Tennessee Run, walk or ride your bike on this 1.9-mile trail thatwinds along the Little Pigeon River through GreatSmoky Mountains National Park. Travelers can take inthe stunning beauty of the park with the Great Smokey Mountains Waterfall Adventure guided hike for $40 per person.   151 %
17.  Arches National Park - Moab, Utah Arches National Park offers stunning vistas at everyturn, with more than 2,000 natural stone arches. Takea 4x4 tour and discover views hidden to most tourists.   142 %
18.  Paranormal - The Mindreading Magic Show by Frederic Da Silva - Las Vegas, Nevada Mentalist Frederic Da Silva is a master at magic, mind-reading and mystery. Is it real or is it an illusion?Travelers can find out for themselves with a ticket to the show ($50 per person.)   142 %
19.  Hole in the Rock - Phoenix, Arizona Centuries of erosion created holes in the sandstonehills of Papago Park. Explore the fascinating terrain ona leisurely hike, culminating in a spectacular view ofthe city.   141 %
20.  The Pearl District - Portland, Oregon This former industrial area is now a vibrantneighborhood of trendy restaurants and boutiques.Travelers can experience a 3-hour food walking tourof the Pearl District and more in the Downtown PortlandTour ($79.)    140 %
21.  Miami Design District - Miami, Florida This District is literally a neighborhood by design. Art,architecture and aesthetics were the guiding force forturning this forgotten area of the city into a thrivingcenter for creativity in food and recreation. Take the Miami Art Tour ($107) and explore the Design District,Midtown and Wynwood.   139 %
22.  Deep Ellum - Dallas, Texas This funky area of Dallas is famous for its vibrantmurals, art galleries and music venues. The historicneighborhood has had its ups and downs through theyears, but artists and musicians have always felt athome. Visitors can book the Dallas Segway Tour for $39 per person.   136 %
23.  Extranomical Tours - San Francisco, California TripAdvisor reviewers hail the entertaining, informedExtranomical tours of San Francisco and its beautifulsurrounding areas. Book their most popular tour, the San Francisco Super Saver ($105) for a tour of MuirWoods and Wine Country.    135 %
24.  The Island - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee The Island is an entertainment complex offeringtwenty-three acres of family fun. Signature attractionsare the 200-foot-high Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and the hourly dazzling light and fountain show.   134 %
25.  Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum - Denver, Colorado Located in Hangar #1 on the grounds of the formerLowry Airforce Base, Wings Over the Rockies isdedicated to preserving aviation and space history andpromoting future exploration.   133 %

TripAdvisor is the world's largest travel site*. Travelers can read millions of reviews and opinions and book their next trip at: www.tripadvisor.com.

Notes to editors:The Attractions Trend Index rankings were determined based on the percent increase in search sessions on TripAdvisor desktop and mobile for U.S. travelers between 2015 and 2016 for the period of September 1- October 15. Attractions were required to have a minimum of 2,000 sessions during the 2015 period and at least four out of five bubbles on TripAdvisor to qualify.

About TripAdvisorTripAdvisor ® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to unleash the full potential of every trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 350 million average monthly unique visitors**, and reached 385 million reviews and opinions covering 6.6 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 48 markets worldwide. TripAdvisor: Know better, Book better and Go better.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIP), through its subsidiaries, manages and operates websites under 24 other travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.citymaps.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.com, www.eltenedor.com, www.iens.nl and www.dimmi.com.au), www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.housetrip.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com,  www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com,  www.travelpod.com, www.tripbod.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, www.viator.com, and www.virtualtourist.com.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, May 2016

If you liked this article you might like

These Stocks Have Changed Direction

Expedia Stock Falls After CEO Heads to Uber; Is It Time to Flee?

Spain Terror Attack Sends Ripples Through Travel, Leisure Stocks

The Value of an Overvalued Market: Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap (Thursday 8/10/17)

Priceline Has Foreign Markets -- and Google -- to Thank For Its Recent Woes