U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hotels, Best Cruise Lines and Best Travel Rewards Programs, today released its annual rankings of the Best Vacation Destinations. The new rankings highlight the World’s Best Places to Visit as well as region-specific lists, including the Best Places to Visit in the USA, the Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean and the Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA.
The World’s Best Places to Visit features 30 remarkable destinations across the globe. Paris takes the No. 1 spot on the list, thanks to its unforgettable character and cultural attractions. Offering dramatic peaks and pristine lakes, Yellowstone National Park follows at No. 2. Rome takes the No. 3 spot. The list also includes No. 7 Phuket, Thailand, No. 12 Barcelona, Spain, and No. 21 the British Virgin Islands.
The Best Places to Visit in the USA is dominated by outdoor utopias. Yellowstone National Park tops the list, followed by Maui, Hawaii, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite. For travelers seeking a city experience, New York City rounds out the top five.
U.S. News also ranks the Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA. Telluride, Colorado, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, come in at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Both towns are known for their ski slopes, with Jackson Hole also attracting vacationers interested in its notable art and performance venues. The No. 3 destination, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, draws travelers with its geothermal hot springs and a plethora of outdoor pursuits, including fishing, kayaking and skiing.
“We’ve examined destinations for all types of travelers looking for an ideal getaway,” said Erin Shields, travel editor at U.S. News. “Whether it’s an aspirational, once-in-a-lifetime trip across the world, or a more relaxed, close-to-home vacation, the U.S. News Best Vacations list has it covered.”
U.S. News analyzed more than 700 destinations using a methodology that combines travelers’ opinions with expert and editor analysis. Each destination is scored in 10 categories, from sights, culture and food to nightlife, adventure and romance, offering a comprehensive evaluation of each destination. Here ar the 2018-19 U.S. News & World Report Best Vacations Rankings.
3. Grand Canyon
5. New York City
1. British Virgin Islands
2. St. Lucia
3. U.S. Virgin Islands
4. Turks & Caicos
5. St. Vincent & The Grenadines
2. Jackson Hole
3. Steamboat Springs
5. Lake Tahoe