May 23, 2013 2:20 pm
The Space Needle, Seattle, Wash. (78 percent of U.S. adults have never visited)
If there's one thing more famous than Seattle's coffee, it's the city's iconic Space Needle – a 605-foot tall tower that defines the skyline of Downtown Seattle. Constructed in 1962 to commemorate the Seattle World's Fair, the tower was once the largest structure west of the Mississippi River. And while it may have been knocked off the top spot by newer U.S. buildings, it's still a remarkable sight. Visitors to the Space Needle can take an elevator ride to the top, where there's a restaurant and an observation deck, both with beautiful views of Downtown Seattle and Mount Rainier.
Average hotel price: $99
Average air price: $410
Average daily car rental rate: $29
Yellowstone National Park (73 percent of U.S. adults have never visited)
Even with its status as one of the U.S.' most famous landmarks and the first national park, almost three-quarters of all Americans have yet to visit Yellowstone National Park. Spanning three states, the park takes up almost 3,500 square miles and is home to mountains, canyons, lakes, rivers and hundreds of species of animals. Visitors to Yellowstone have many options when it comes to outdoor activities in this colossal destination. After a trip to the world-famous Old Faithful Geyser, which erupts about once every hour and a half, folks can kayak through the West Thumb area, or even hike through any number of the park's 1,100 miles of trails.
Average hotel price: $136
Average air price: $613
Average daily car rental rate: $21
*Prices based on travel and stays in Jackson, Wyoming
Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Missouri (70 percent of U.S. adults have never visited)
Standing tall at 630 feet, St. Louis' Gateway Arch is truly a modern marvel, and the tallest man-made monument in the United States. Coming up on the 50th anniversary of its completion in 1965, the arch is more than just a jaw-dropping site. As part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, this towering spectacle commemorates the westward growth of the United States, and is sure to please history buffs and everyday travelers just the same.
Average hotel price: $63
Average air price: $361
Average daily car rental rate: $25
The Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, California (69 percent of U.S. adults have never visited)
If Los Angeles has any one iconic landmark, it's the world-famous Hollywood Sign. Featured in countless films and TV shows, the 45-foot tall letters should look and feel familiar to visitors from all over the world. But folks don't have to look at the sign from afar; with just a 40-minute hike up the Hollyridge Trail, visitors can get up close and personal with the landmark and enjoy a breathtaking view of metro Los Angeles at the same time.
Average hotel price: $98
Average air price: $383
Average daily car rental rate from San Antonio: $28
Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada (45 percent of U.S. adults have never visited)
With a nickname like "Sin City," it might be a little surprising that Las Vegas is the survey's least-ignored landmark to date. But it's even more surprising to think that this larger-than-life Nevada mecca still has yet to be experienced by 45 percent of Americans. A constant influx of new hotels like the luxurious Cosmopolitan and vivacious nightclubs like the Hakkasan are making this desert getaway even more attractive to visitors beyond just the usual crowd from nearby southern California.
Average hotel price: $91
Average air price: $378
Average daily car rental rate: $28
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