1 in 4 Americans Have Not Visited Famous US Places
A new study suggests many Americans have not visited the most popular places of interest around the country or even in their hometown.
The study found that 25 percent of Americans have yet to visit "iconic landmarks" in their own cities. Twenty-three percent said they had not visited any of the nation's natural wonders, famous buildings or historic battlefields.
The study was a project of the research service OnePoll and Zipcar, a car-sharing company.
Researchers questioned 2,000 Americans. Only 33 percent of them said they had been to Niagara Falls and just 28 percent had been to Arizona's Grand Canyon. The study showed that only 30 percent had been to New York's Empire State Building. Only 22 percent had ever visited the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Many Americans say they would like to travel more. More than half of those questioned said they would like to get out more. Forty-nine percent reported being "creatures of habit." By that, they mean they generally do the same things in the same way. That would leave little time to visit local or national landmarks.
The researchers found that the main reasons keeping Americans from exploring their cities or the country were money, lack of time and a lack of good transportation.
On social media, one Twitter user reacting to the study named a few reasons for not visiting famous places. The writer noted that "most of us don't get paid days off, get punished for taking a day off, or simply can't afford to visit anything or go anywhere anymore."
The Twitter user added, "Childcare costs more than College, College Loans costs more than a mortgage payment, and jobs don't even pay for one of those things."
The study found that three of the places Americans wanted to visit were Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park and the Statue of Liberty.
The researchers also found that, on average, Americans go to a new coffee shop every five months, and a new restaurant every four months. They also spent time at a lake or near the ocean once every six months, and go to a park every five months.
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1.iconic landmarks 地标建筑
The Houses of Parliament and the clock tower, commonly called Big Ben, are among London's most iconic landmarks.
2.pay for 支付
I have had to pay for repairs to the house.
3.mortgage payment 抵押贷款
The mortgage payment on his house is due.
4.a lack of 缺少；缺乏
A lack of prudence may lead to financial problems.
5.The researchers also found that, on average, Americans go to a new coffee shop every five months, and a new restaurant every four months.
on average 平均；普通
American shares rose, on average, by 38%.
On average each report requires 1,000 hours to prepare.
6.By that, they mean they generally do the same things in the same way.
in the same way 以同样的方式；照例
The ritual of the party conference is acted out in the same way every year.
We don't think about the world and reality in the same way you did either.
研究人员调查了2000名美国人。其中，33%的人称去过尼亚加拉大瀑布，只有28%的人去过亚利桑那州大峡谷 。该研究还表明，只有30%的人去过纽约帝国大厦，只有22%的人参观过华盛顿特区的国家广场 。
很多美国人表示他们想要更多的旅行。超半数的受访者称，希望能多出去走走 。49%的人报告称，他们是“习性动物” 。意思是指他们通常以相同的方式做相同的事情 。这导致他们无法抽身参观本地或全国的地标建筑 。