WASHINGTON, May 18, 2021 /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 Vacation Destinations. The new rankings highlight the World’s Best Places to Visit, as well as region-specific lists like the Best Places to Visit in the USA and niche lists like the Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA. In addition to these legacy rankings, new lists include the Best Weekend Getaways in the South, the Best Weekend Getaways in the Midwest and the Best Mountain Towns to Visit in the USA.
“Over the past few years, we’ve seen an influx of travelers looking to escape to the slow pace of nature, researching destinations like well-known national parks, scenic beaches and small mountain towns. The trend continues this year, especially as tourists continue to adhere to CDC travel guidelines and seek vacation spots with space to spread out,” said Christine Smith, senior travel editor at U.S. News. “The U.S. News Best Vacations lists highlight a wide variety of destinations both close to home and abroad, helping tourists find the best spot to match their interests and wallet.”
New Zealand’s South Island, with its breathtaking mountain views, wide range of extreme sports and stunning golden beaches, takes the top spot on the World’s Best Places to Visit. Paris, known for top tourist attractions, legendary cuisine and unique charm, comes in at No. 2. Bora Bora at No. 3,