The 2016 U.S. Tourism Quality Index measures tourism’s supply-side performance and competitiveness in 121 cities across the United States based on both absolute and indexed scales: the absolute scale measures the total number of quality experiences; the indexed scale evaluates performance in terms of how many quality experiences are delivered per visitor (i.e. the number of quality experiences per 100,000 visitors).

The rankings that follow are based on an analysis of the number of products or experiences rated as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ in 17 different areas. We have grouped them into six core categories:

1. Culture
The arts and culture in a city
Museums – TripAdvisor
Theaters & Concerts – TripAdvisor
Arts & Entertainment – Yelp

2. Entertainment
Fun attractions and experiences
Shopping – Yelp
Nightlife – Yelp
Amusement Parks – TripAdvisor
Zoos & Aquariums – TripAdvisor
Casinos & Gambling – TripAdvisor
Fun & Games – TripAdvisor

3. Sightseeing
The natural and built environment of a city
Sights & Landmarks – TripAdvisor
Nature & Parks – TripAdvisor
Sightseeing Tours – TripAdvisor

4. Sports & Adventure
A destination’s outdoor activities and adventures
Outdoor Activities – TripAdvisor
Boat Tours & Water Sports – TripAdvisor

5. Culinary
The food experiences in a destination
Food & Drink – TripAdvisor
Restaurants – Yelp

6. Lodging
Accommodation in a city
Hotels – TripAdvisor

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