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Where do Massachusetts tourists come from?

The Commonwealth hosts millions of visitors a year. Here’s where they live and what they’re coming to see.

20sherlock - A tourist pretends to knock on Sherlock's door next to Speedy's. (Lori Rackl for The Boston Globe)
Lori Rackl for The Boston Globe/File

> 23.5 million — Number of visitors to Massachusetts in 2014

> 21.3 million — Domestic visitors

> 1.5 million — Overseas visitors

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> 735,000 — Visitors from Canada, Massachusetts’s top source of tourists

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> 3 million — Number of visitors walking the Freedom Trail, Boston’s top tourist attraction

> 4,532,768 — Number of visitors to Cape Cod National Seashore in 2015

> 20 million — Visits to Faneuil Hall over the course of a year

> 1,402,476 — Number of visits to the Museum of Science in 2014, the most visited Boston-area museum that year

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> 8,136,680 — Number of visits to Massachusetts museums, 2015

> $20 billion— Total spending impact of visitors for Boston

> 17 million — Visits to Boston per year, including day-trippers

Berkshires tourism:

> 79.5 percent of visitors to the Berkshires in 2014 went to museums and historic sites

> 59.2% went to performing arts events

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> 36.9% engaged in outdoor recreation

Quotable:

“Boston’s freeway system is insane. It was clearly designed by a person who had spent his childhood crashing toy trains.” — The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America by Bill Bryson

SOURCES: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau; Berkshire Visitors Bureau; Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism; Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce