ARCHITECTURAL TOURISM America’s Favorite Structures

Touring buildings and structures with notable architectural is a favorite pastime for many travelers. The activity has been referred to as architourism.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA, www.aia.org) and The Harris Poll (www.theharrispoll.com) compiled a list of America’s favorite structures based on interviews with AIA members and a public poll. The list of favorite structures is as follows:

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1. Empire State Building (New York, NY)

2. The White House (Washington, DC)

3. Washington National Cathedral (Washington, DC)

4. Thomas Jefferson Memorial (Washington, DC)

5. Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, CA)

6. U.S. Capitol (Washington, DC)

7. Lincoln Memorial (Washington, DC)

8. Biltmore Estate (Asheville, NC)

9. Chrysler Building (New York, NY)

10. Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Washington, DC)

11. St. Patrick’s Cathedral (New York, NY)

12. Washington Monument (Washington, DC)

13. Grand Central Station (New York, NY)

14. The Gateway Arch (St. Louis, MO)

15. Supreme Court of the United States (Washington, DC)

16. The St. Regis Hotel (New York, NY)

17. Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)

18. Hotel Del Coronado (San Diego, CA)

19. Brooklyn Bridge (New York, NY)

20. Philadelphia City Hall (Philadelphia, PA)

21. Bellagio Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas, NV)

22. Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, NY)

23. Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA)

24. Trinity Church (Boston, MA)

25. Ahwahnee Hotel (Yosemite Valley, CA)

26. Monticello (Charlottesville, VA)

27. Library of Congress (Washington, DC)

28. Kaufmann Residence [Fallingwater] (Bear Run, PA)

29. Taliesin (Spring Green, WI)

30. Wrigley Field (Chicago, IL)

31. Wanamaker’s Department Store (Philadelphia, PA)

32. Rose Center for Earth and Space (New York, NY)

33. National Gallery of Art, West Building (Washington, DC)

34. Allegheny County Courthouse (Pittsburgh, PA)

35. Old Faithful Inn (Yellowstone National Park, WY)

36. Union Station (Washington, DC)

37. Tribune Tower (Chicago, IL)

38. Delano Hotel (Miami Beach, FL)

39. Union Station (St. Louis, MO)

40. Hearst Residence [Hearst Castle] (San Simeon, CA)

41. Sears Tower (Chicago, IL)

42. Crane Library (Quincy, mA)

43. Woolworth Building (New York, NY)

44. Cincinnati Union Terminal (Cincinnati, OH)

45. Waldorf Astoria (New York, NY)

46. New York Public Library (New York, NY)

47. Carnegie Hall (New York, NY)

48. San Francisco City Hall (San Francisco, CA)

49. Virginia State Capitol (Richmond, VA)

50. Cadet Chapel, Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO)

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