With a world full of fascinating destinations, choosing the perfect vacation spot can present a challenge. That’s why U.S. News used expert opinions, user votes and current trends, in addition to evaluating sights, cultures, scenic beauty, food scenes and more, to compile this list. Use these recommendations to craft your travel bucket list, and cast your vote below to help us determine next year’s list.
How We Do Our Travel Rankings
The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on an analysis of expert and user opinions. We believe this unbiased approach makes our rankings more useful than simply providing our editors’ personal opinions.
But even though our rankings of hotels, vacations and things to do are based on a wide collection of independent opinions, the best options for you may not be those ranked No. 1 or No. 2. Travel experiences are personal ones. Nonetheless, we hope that our rankings can serve as helpful guideposts as you plan your next trip.
U.S. News & World Report releases annual rankings of the Best Hotels in the USA, the Best Resorts in the USA, the Best Hotels in the Caribbean, the Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean, the Best Hotels in Mexico, the Best Hotels in Bermuda, the Best Hotels in Europe, the Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico, the Best Hotels in Canada and the Best Resorts in Canada. In the future, we will continue to expand by adding hotel rankings in other geographic regions.
We rank travel destinations against one another in specific categories (e.g., Best Romantic Getaways in the USA). All of our destination rankings are updated once per year on a rolling basis.
Things to Do Rankings
We rank things to do within each travel destination that we cover. Our rankings of things to do are based on our editors’ analysis of expert and user recommendations from a wide variety of websites. We believe that the best way to create useful rankings is to get as many opinions as possible from real tourists and travel experts. This is why we use the consensus-based approach.