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Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Named Top U.S. Landmark by TripAdvisor Travelers

The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C., has earned the top spot in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards for landmarks.

Worldwide, visitors chose Machu Picchu in Peru as its top landmark. The Lincoln Memorial came in at No. 9 when compared to destinations worldwide.

The winners were chosen based on an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for landmarks worldwide. The data was gathered over a 12-month period.

“These Travelers’ Choice award-winning landmarks attract millions of visitors each year and represent some of the world’s most impressive examples of human ingenuity,” says Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “Travelers who want to discover, or rediscover, these iconic attractions can book tours for unique experiences including in some cases exclusive behind-the-scenes access.”

The top 10 U.S. landmarks are:

  1. Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, Washington, D.C.
  2. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
  3. Alcatraz, San Francisco
  4. USS Arizona Memorial, Honolulu
  5. Grand Central Terminal, New York City
  6. Statue of Liberty, New York City
  7. Empire State Building, New York City, New York
  8. Biltmore Estate, Asheville, N.C.
  9. Brooklyn Bridge, New York City
  10. Rockefeller Center, New York City

The top 10 landmarks in the world are:

  1. Machu Picchu, Peru
  2. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  3. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  4. St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Italy
  5. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
  6. Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain
  7. Church of the Savior on Spilt Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia
  8. The Alhambra, Granada, Spain
  9. Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, Washington, D.C.
  10. Milan Cathedral (Duomo), Milan, Italy

For the complete list of winners from the 2016 Travelers’ Choice Landmarks, go to: