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A Rocky Inauguration: Travelers Choose Newest Addition to Mount Rushmore

NEEDHAM, Mass. - June 28, 2005 - In a recent survey, more than 600 TripAdvisorTM users weighed in on their top U.S. national parks and natural wonders to visit this summer. By a gaping margin, the Grand Canyon was selected by travelers as the most popular location while Niagara Falls fell short, finishing in second place.


In a loftier race, voting for the president they would most like to see added to Mount Rushmore, travelers selected Ronald Reagan, who barely edged Franklin Delano Roosevelt for newly chiseled chief. JFK came in third, while Bill Clinton finished fourth in the poll.

While Americans enjoy the great outdoors in the summer, interestingly enough, more than 70 percent of respondents noted they would prefer seeing the country's most famous parks and wonders from the comfort of a hotel or resort, compared to about 25 percent who would prefer experiencing the sites by roughing it.

Among the most underrated national parks and wonders were Zion National Park in Utah, Glacier National Park in Montana and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park that straddles Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.

"Travelers are rediscovering America's treasures this summer," said Michele Perry, TripAdvisor spokesperson. "From natural wonders like Glacier National Park in Montana and The Grand Canyon, to national landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore, packing up the family and experiencing our nation's parks and wonders is a great way to spend a summer vacation."

In terms of the quirkiest finding and proving that some just never heed the word of caution, about four percent of respondents said the best way to see Niagara Falls is from a barrel.

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