Istanbul – photo courtesy of Turkey Tourism.

On April 8th, TripAdvisor released the winners of its Travelers’ Choice awards for Destinations.

The sixth annual awards honor nearly 500 destinations including the winners for the top spots in the world, and individual lists for Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, China, Middle East,Russia, South America, the South Pacific, the U.K. and the U.S.

The folks at TripAdvisor determine the top travel spots worldwide based on the millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers, and award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, attractions and restaurants in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.

In other words, these are the most talked about and highest rated destinations in TripAdvisor over the past year.

Top 25 Travelers’ Choice World Destinations:

(+/- denotes change in ranking year-over-year, 0 is no change and new is new to the top 25)

1. Istanbul, Turkey (+11)

2. Rome, Italy (+2)

3. London, England (0)

4. Beijing, China (+17)

5. Prague, Czech Republic (+4)

6. Marrakech, Morocco (+13)

7. Paris, France (-6)

8. Hanoi, Vietnam (New)

9. Siem Reap, Cambodia (+14)

10. Shanghai, China (+12)

11. Berlin, Germany (0)

12. New York City, New York (-10)

13. Florence, Italy (-5)

14. Buenos Aires, Argentina (+4)

15. Barcelona, Spain (-10)

16. St. Petersburg, Russia (+4)

17. Dubai, United Arab Emirates (New)

18. Chicago, Illinois (-4)

19. Cape Town, South Africa (-3)

20. Bangkok, Thailand (-7)

21. Budapest, Hungary (New)

22. Sydney, Australia (-12)

23. Lisbon, Portugal (New)

24. Chiang Mai, Thailand (0)

25. San Francisco, California (-18)

Top 25 Travelers’ Choice U.S. Destinations:

1. New York City, New York (0)

2. Chicago, Illinois (+1)

3. San Francisco, California (-1)

4. Las Vegas, Nevada (0)

5. New Orleans, Louisiana (+5)

6. Los Angeles, California (+2)

7. San Diego, California (New)

8. Seattle, Washington (+3)

9. Washington, D.C. (-3)

10. Orlando, Florida (-5)

11. Honolulu, Hawaii (-2)

12. Houston, Texas (+13)

13. Charleston, South Carolina (+2)

14. Boston, Massachusetts (-7)

15. Portland, Oregon (+4)

16. San Antonio, Texas (+1)

17. Palm Springs, California (+6)

18. Austin, Texas (New)

19. Branson, Missouri (New)

20. Atlanta, Georgia (New)

21. Phoenix, Arizona (New)

22. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (-1)

23. Saint Louis, Missouri (New)

24. Nashville, Tennessee (New)

25. Miami, Florida (-13)

So, what do you think?  Any of these cities in your 2014 travel plans?  Which ones?

You know, if you’re planning to visit one of these cities, we love to help you plan the trip.  First of all, we’ve got a collection of nearly 1,000 hotels all over the world in our Best of the Best Hotels catalog. And, every single one of these hotels offer our clients complimentary VIP amenities like free room upgrades, breakfast each morning, and more.

If you’d like our help planning a trip to one of the world’s most remarkable cities, just give us a call at (480) 550-1235, or let us know your desired destination by using our convenient online information request by clicking here. 

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