For the fifth year in a row, travelers have catapulted New York City into the top spot for most popular U.S. destination, according to TripAdvisor’s latest Traveler’s Choice awards for destinations.

For the first time, the top international destination was Marrakesh, Morocco, which moved up five spots from last year.  Marrakesh overtook last year’s winner, Istanbul.

TripAdvisor’s winners were chosen using an algorithm that considered the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions over a 12-month period.

The most popular U.S. destinations, according to TripAdvisor:

  1. New York, NY
  2. Chicago, IL
  3. Charleston, SC
  4. Las Vegas, NV
  5. Seattle, WA
  6. San Francisco, CA
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. New Orleans, LA
  9. Palm Springs, CA
  10. San Diego, CA
  11. Louis, MO
  12. Sedona, AZ
  13. Honolulu, HI
  14. Miami Beach, FL
  15. Branson, MO

I’ve been fortunate to see 14 out of the 15.

And here’s the most popular international destinations:

  1. Marrakesh, Morocco
  2. Siem Reap, Cambodia
  3. Istanbul, Turkey
  4. Hanoi, Vietnam
  5. Prague, Czech Republic
  6. London, United Kingdon
  7. Rome, Italy
  8. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  9. Paris, France
  10. Capetown, South Africa
  11. New York City, United States
  12. Zermatt, Switzerland
  13. Barcelona, Spain
  14. Corum, Turkey
  15. Ubud, Indonesia
  16. Cusco, Peru
  17. Petersburg, Russia
  18. Bangkok, Thailand
  19. Katmandu, Nepal
  20. Athens, Greece
  21. Budapest, Hungary
  22. Queenstown, New Zealand
  23. Hong Kong, China
  24. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  25. Sydney, Australia

I made 22 out of the 25 and I’m still trying.  How about you?  How many have you been to?


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  1. Paul


    I’ve seen (and so has Sally, of course) 14 of 15 of the US and all but one of the foreign. We did a lot of traveling when we were younger, not so much now.

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