U.S. News Reveals the 2023-2024 Best Vacations Rankings

World’s Best Places to Visit and Best Places to Visit in the USA both have a new No. 1.

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — 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 Vacations. The 2023-2024 rankings highlight 16 categories of destinations to help travelers find the best place for their vacation.

For the first time, Glacier National Park in Montana, takes the No. 1 spot in the Best Places to Visit in the USA ranking. The park stands out for offering some of the most majestic landscapes in the U.S., and has several challenging hikes and exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities. Maui, Hawaii, which moved up two spots to No. 2, offers something for everyone, from relaxing on the beach to zip lining and taking in the many sights. Rounding out the top three is Grand Canyon National Park, known for its inspiring views and scenic whitewater rafting routes.

New to the top spot this year in the World’s Best Places to Visit ranking is Paris, France. The iconic city is well known for its architecture, museums and cuisine. Bora Bora comes in at No. 2, thanks to its beautiful beaches, lush jungles and luxurious resorts, while Glacier National Park ranks No. 3.

The Turks and Caicos Islands hold on to the No. 1 spot for Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, offering one of the largest barrier reef systems in the world and providing maximum comfort in a tropical setting. St. Lucia remains at No. 2, known for its towering volcanic peaks and upscale resorts, while the British Virgin Islands round out the top three thanks to stunning shorelines and ample boating opportunities. 

“After the recent years of uncertainty, we’re seeing a trend among travelers being ready to take those bucket list vacations to Europe and remote islands, as well as big adventure trips to African safari destinations, Patagonia and the Swiss Alps,” said Elizabeth Von Tersch, senior travel editor at U.S. News. “The 2023-2024 Best Vacations rankings offer a variety of destinations for every type of traveler, from those who want to relax on the beach to those who prefer trekking through mountains or exploring culture-filled cities.”

U.S. News ranks a variety of vacations, including Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA, Best Places to Visit in Mexico, Europe, Canada, Asia, Africa, Australia and The Pacific and Central and South America. And for those looking to not spend as much on a vacation, U.S. News ranks the Best Cheap Vacations in the U.S. and Europe. The rankings follow a comprehensive, transparent methodology that factors in travelers’ opinions, as provided by user votes, with expert and editor analysis. Each vacation destination is scored in 10 categories, from sights, culture and food to nightlife, adventure and romance, offering a complete evaluation of each destination.

2023-2024 Best Vacations Rankings
See the full rankings here.

World’s Best Places to Visit                                  

  1. Paris                                                                          
  2. Bora Bora                                                                  
  3. Glacier National Park                                              
  4. Rome                                                                       
  5. Swiss Alps                                                                

Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean              

  1. Turks and Caicos Islands                                       
  2. St. Lucia                                                                 
  3. British Virgin Islands                                    
  4. U.S. Virgin Islands                                      
  5. St. Vincent & The Grenadines                     

Best Places to Visit in Mexico                                 

  1. Zihuatanejo                                                             
  2. Tulum                                                                      
  3. Cozumel                                                                  
  4. Ixtapa                                                                      
  5. Isla Mujeres                                                             

Best Places to Visit in the USA

  1. Glacier National Park, Montana
  2. Maui, Hawaii
  3. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  4. HonoluluOahu, Hawaii
  5. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA

  1. Bar Harbor, Maine
  2. Telluride, Colorado
  3. Monterey, California
  4. Nantucket, Massachusetts
  5. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Best Places to Visit in Europe

  1. Paris
  2. Rome
  3. Swiss Alps
  4. London
  5. Amsterdam

Travelers considering options for covering their summer vacation expenses – and how to work travel rewards points to their advantage – can check out U.S. News’ latest column on the best travel credit cards.

For more information, visit Best Vacations, use #BestVacations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower consumers, business leaders and policy officials to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives and communities. A multifaceted digital media company with Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, News, Real Estate and 360 Reviews platforms, U.S. News provides rankings, independent reporting, data journalism, consumer advice and U.S. News Live events. More than 40 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

SOURCE U.S. News & World Report, L.P.

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