World's top travel destinations named by TripAdvisor

World's top travel destinations named by TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Awards claim Cape Town is the world's best destination. But where else made the cut?
Cape Town
Cape Town as seen from the top of Table Mountain.

Cape Town has been named the world's top travel destination in an online poll conducted by TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel website.

Sydney captured second, with Machu Picchu, Paris and Rio de Janeiro filling out the top five.

New York City came in sixth. 

The third annual Travelers' Choice Destination Awards was conducted among millions of TripAdvisor users. Cities are ranked based on a combination of travelers' favorite places and the overall popularity of the destination. 

“With beautiful scenery, great wine and gorgeous weather, it’s easy to see why Cape Town, which also played host to last year’s World Cup, has topped this year’s list,” TripAdvisor spokesperson Emma O’Boyle said.

Sydney made the top two thanks to its popularity among "city slickers, culture vultures and beach bums," according to TripAdvisor. 

New York City was picked out for its major attractions such as the Statue of Liberty and Times Square, but also for its "hole-in-the-wall bars, great delis and quirky shops."

Rome, London, Barcelona and Hong Kong complete the top 10.

In addition to the worldwide top 25 ranking, top 25 lists have also been named for the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Mexico, Central and South America, Asia, India, South Pacific, Canada, Africa, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany and Spain.

In the United States, New York City was named the top destination, followed by Honolulu and San Francisco.

Hong Kong, Kyoto and Siem Reap were named the top three destinations in Asia, while Paris, Rome and London topped the popularity contest in Europe.

Top 10 destinations in the world:

1. Cape Town, South Africa

2. Sydney, Australia

3. Machu Picchu, Peru

4. Paris, France

5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

6. New York City, United States

7. Rome, Italy

8. London, United Kingdom

9. Barcelona, Spain

10. Hong Kong, China

Top 10 destinations in the United States

1. New York City, New York

2. Honolulu, Hawaii

3. San Francisco, California

4. Las Vegas, Nevada

5. Lahaina, Hawaii

6. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

7. New Orleans, Louisiana

8. San Diego, California

9. Sedona, Arizona

10. Seattle, Washington

Top 10 destinations in Europe

1. Paris, France

2. Rome, Italy

3. London, United Kingdom

4. Barcelona, Spain

5. Prague, Czech Republic

6. Venice, Italy

7. St. Petersburg, Russia

8. Florence, Italy

9. Edinburgh, United Kingdom

10. Istanbul, Turkey


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