Tiqet’s annual Remarkable Venue Awards spotlights the most incredible venues and tourist attractions from across the world. The U.S. is home to some of the most extraordinary, adventurous, and entertaining venues that attracts millions of travelers from around the world each year.
The winners of the Remarkable Venue Awards are based on over 1.1 million reviews from Tiqets customers from the past 12 months. The following two special categories, Best Hidden Gem and Most Innovative Venue, are decided on by a panel of expert judges from the tourism industry. The following judges are responsible for the chosen winners from the United States: Douglas Quinby from Arival, Kenneth Shapiro from Travel Age West, and Renee Wilson from NYC & Company.
Keep reading to see which venues and tourist spots were the winners of Tiqet’s Remarkable Venue Awards for 2022, so you can start planning your next vacation to the USA.
Best Hidden Gem: Fotografiska New York
“It was a wonderful setting to see photography. The diversity of images and context was impressive. The arrangement and displays were complementary to the images.”– Patricia, United States
Located in NYC, the Fotografiska museum was chosen as the United States Best Hidden Gem in 2022 – an award that honors an attraction or venue that is special and unique but may be lesser known to travelers around the world.
This important photo gallery features bold exhibitions that call attention to critical humanitarian causes. Visitors walk through all levels of the building to experience different multi-sensory exhibits featuring some of the most influential photographers of our time. With over two dozen exhibitions a year, you’ll want to return to the Fotografiska again and again. Plus, this Park Avenue South Landmark is gorgeous and truly encapsulates the best of New York architecture.
Most Innovative Venue: AREA15
“A great entertainment hub and art space. You can throw hatchets, play mini golf, drink at the bar, rave dance with headphones, and so much more. The highlights are the Omega Mart installation and Imaginarium. I highly recommend it.”– Robert, United States
The Most Innovative Venue award highlights a museum or attraction that finds creative and modern ways to appeal to a wide range of visitors. The winner of this award is chosen by a panel of expert judges from the U.S. tourism industry.
AREA15 certainly fits as the United States’ Most Innovative Venue winner. The building hosts wacky and entertaining art installations that challenge the world you’ve always known. The name is a nod to the infamous Area51, where otherworldly experiences have reportedly occurred. Visitors of AREA15 will enjoy a handful of unique worlds and experiences that are creative and avant-garde. This entertainment complex will surely inspire you to think outside the box, perhaps the known universe.
Most Remarkable Venue: Titanic Museum Attraction Pigeon Forge
“The Titanic Museum was definitely worth the stop! So much to see and hear on the audio tour. Very informative, and so many items to see and experience. Exceeded my expectations, highly recommended.”- Craig, United States
Get ready to jump aboard the infamous Titanic and journey through one of the most historic shipwrecks of the 20th century. Visitors get to see authentic artefacts from the actual Titanic, descend the Grand Staircase like Rose and Jack, and touch the bone-chilling water that surrounded the ship that night. Visitors can even receive a ticket from a real passenger and learn all about their passenger’s class, status, and ship experience.
Based on customer reviews, the Most Remarkable Venue winner is recognized as the highest-rated attraction on Tiqets.com – with hundreds of five-star reviews, it’s easy to see why this museum snapped up the title.
As you discover the exciting history of the Titanic, remember to pay homage to the 2,000 passengers at the museum’s large memorial. Any history buff, naval enthusiast or film fanatic should add this remarkable venue to their USA destination list.
Best Museum: The National WWII Museum
“The museum has left an indelible effect and should be on everyone’s bucket list.” James, United States
Located in New Orleans, The National WWII Museum offers a comprehensive overview of one of the most challenging periods of world history. The museum provides personal anecdotes, wartime relics, and immersive experiences to help visitors fully grasp the American experience during WWII. This museum is located on a six-acre campus with beautiful, expansive pavilions that house historical artefacts. Visitors can even read personal stories from real soldiers and be transported back to historical treks in both Europe and Japan.
The Best Museum winner is offered to the museum or art gallery that’s the most popular and beloved venue on Tiqets.com from 2022. With a solid rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars, and many describing it as a must-see and outstanding experience, we can certainly see why The National WWII Museum has been crowned The Best Museum.
Designated as the official World War II museum of the United States by Congress, this important venue now stands out as one of the greatest museums in the U.S.
Best Attraction: Filoli Historic House and Garden
“Gorgeous flowers! The roses are so fragrant, and the flower beds surrounding the lily pond are reminiscent of an Impressionist painting of Monet’s garden!” –Wanda, United States.
Filoil Historic House and Garden was chosen as the winner of the United States’ Best Attraction for 2022 – an award that honors a museum or attraction that stands out for its appeal to all types of visitors.
Just 30 miles outside of San Francisco, this historic estate is located on a slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The entire estate is 654 acres, complete with a nature reserve, orchard, and dozens of beautiful hiking trails. The picturesque English Renaissance garden blooms all year round, so any time of year is ideal for a visit and a stroll through paradise at the Filoil Historic House and Garden.
Best Landmark: SUMMIT One Vanderbilt
“Amazing experience and the most beautiful view. The place and atmosphere is an empowering experience.” – Tzachit, Israel
Seeking sweeping views of New York City? Well you won’t find a better experience than at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt – one of the city’s most iconic observation decks. The Best Landmark award honors an iconic landmark, place of worship, or historical structure most popular with customers on Tiqets.com. Armed with hundreds of five-star reviews detailing how incredible the views are, it’s evident how this venue has now been crowned The Best Landmark in the U.S!
Test your fear of heights while standing on the glass ledge 1,000 feet above the city, and enjoy one of the best views in Manhattan. In addition to a swanky cocktail lounge, this landmark also hosts multi-sensory art installations that challenge your perception of reality. There are plenty of fun activities to enjoy at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, making this iconic landmark one of the best in the US.
Best Onsite Experience: Musical Instrument Museum
“For anyone who likes or loves music, MIM is a wonderful way to learn about, see and hear the instruments that make it all possible. Absolutely bring the young ones!” –Morton, United States
The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix was chosen as the Best Onsite Experience by customers on Tiqets.com. This museum is perfect for musicians or inspiring artists that desire to understand an instrument’s history and the impact that music has on cultures around the world. The Best Onsite Experience is awarded to the venue that offers its customers the most outstanding experience, from sharing knowledge to high-quality staff interactions. Reviews on tiqets.com not only praise the wonders of this museum, but also the friendly and helpful staff – enabling this unique museum to win Best Onsite Experience!
With over 6,800 instruments on display, you’ll get to listen to these instruments in their original settings and gain an understanding of their history and culture. Recognized as one of the greatest museums in the U.S., this attraction encourages its visitors to dance, sing, and fully appreciate the power of music. Any music aficionado or young child will absolutely love this museum.