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Ranking the 20 most Popular US tourist destinations of 2018

The list for the most visited and searched destinations in the US of 2018 is out. And the featured destinations are just as inspiringly magnificent and astounding as you would expect.

The research, based on a variety of parameters and collected comprehensively over the past year, shows the most highly rated destinations across the United States.

Surprisingly such top spots as the Miami Beach and the beautiful rocky mountains of Aspen  narrowly missed this list. That gives you a sense of how wonderful the spots are that beat them out!

As expected, New York and Hawaii remain dominant this year. However some surprising names like Moab in Utah and Branson of Missouri also make appearances in 2018.

Let’s get into it therefore and show you 20 of the most popular US destinations you must make a point to visit this year.

  1. Moab – Utah

Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah

Home to exciting outdoorsy adventures, Moab offers unique yet gorgeous landscapes. From the best mountain trails for biking and hiking, to the wavy waters for the thrilling boat paddling, the small city on the edge of Grand County has it all. Also enjoy stunning mountain climbing escapades.

  1. Jackson – Wyoming

Jackson, Wyoming
Jackson, Wyoming

Key attractions in this diverse town in Jackson Hole Valley include skiing, dogsledding and riding in hot air balloons. Explore the snowy and uniquely forested Teton County town aback a dogs’ cart and feel the thrill of a lifetime. The restaurants and hotels up there are further pretty nice. Additionally,  you can fish in the scenic lakes or  raft  in the troublesome waters.

Don’t also miss out on the Laurence Rockefeller Preserve and the National Elk Refuge.

  1. Nashville – Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee

The ultimate US Music City more than lives up to its name. From legends vocalizing smooth country at The Grand Ole Opry to rocking bands doing their thing at the Orchid Lounge, you have everything musical in Nashville. So just head down to Nashville for some creative musical artistry. Also view breathtaking landmarks and the incredible fashion sense of the upbeat town. You further have over 500 activities to choose from.

  1. Branson – Missouri

Branson, Missouri
Branson, Missouri

Romantic in setting, Branson will offer you memories for the rest of your life. The Silver Dollar City, the Ozark Mountains, and the Titanic Museum are just but a few interesting picks for your to-do list. Also hop into the art galleries and jeweled boutiques lining the city magnificently.

  1. Savannah – Georgia

Savannah - Georgia, US
Savannah – Georgia

A rich US History hub, Savannah offers astounding sights of oak lined streets and fascinating architecture. Trek via the Bonaventure Cemetery for some of the most glorious historical pillars and flower masses. Other irresistible historic attractions in the charming Savannah include the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and the Savannah Historic Districts. Don’t moreover miss out on the sumptuous Savannah cuisines.

  1. Mount Desert Island – Maine

Mount Desert Island, Maine
Mount Desert Island -Maine

The name itself is mysterious enough! But wait until you step foot on the contrasting island. You are asexposed to the thrill of the  lakeside as much as you are to a desert feeling on the banks. Most notable in your list of attractions are the Acadia National Park, the Shore Path and the Frenchman Bay. Another one of the exquisite US destinations.

  1. Charleston – South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Another historic city in the Southwest of the US, Charleston offers incredulous sights of the French Quarter and the astounding antebellum architecture. Stroll down the waterside park before gathering intense inspiration from the beautifully cultured Middleton Place gardens. Or maybe meet the surreal side of the bursting city via a night tour of the gleaming town.

  1. Sedona – Arizona

Sedona, Arizona
Sedona, Arizona

A paradise-like oasis in the heart of the Arizona desert, Sedona offers you the sights of the Oak Creek Canyon and hot-red Bell Rock. These offer perfect hiking spots.

Or maybe tour and feel intensely religious at the dramatic Chapel of the Holy Cross. Finally when the sun sets, you get to view the pristine night sky of Sedona; absolutely magical.

  1. Washington DC – US Capital

Washington, DC
Washington – DC

DC is the hub to the Government of the US. However to the tourists, it means The Historic Capitol Hill, the National Arts Gallery, the Holocaust Memorial Museum and of course the home and office the world’s most powerful man – the White House.

Unsurprisingly therefore, US Political Capital attracts many school trips and plenty other history lovers, specifically political. Additionally, feed your sights at the Museums and Memorials and even wind down with a walk beside the National Mall’s reflecting pool.

  1. New Orleans – Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana

The fictional home to the Vampire Diaries and the Originals blockbusters, New Orleans opens a world of all the mysteries and good times.  Relax at the historical French Quarter  and also tour the elegant Garden District. New Orleans has always stayed true to its party pro status and its mysticism over the centuries. Get the true feel of the supernatural vibe recreated in blockbusters and prepare to be really afraid. All these mystique powers mythically highly revered in New Orleans are on display down at the Voodoo Museum. Similarly trek down the Frenchman Street as well as Bourbon Street for a feel of the good times.

  1. Key West – Florida

Key West, Florida
Key West, Florida

At number 10, the timeless Florida’s blue-skied, turquoise-watered Island Key West City. Key activities include diving and snorkeling at the coral reefs. The beach city’s mainland is further accessible via luxurious cruise ship tours and as such offers immense variety of sights. Most noteworthy attractions are The Ernest Hemingway Home, Dry Tortugas National Park and the Butterfly and Nature Conservatory.

  1. San Francisco – California

San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California

The neighborhoods in San Francisco range from hippie to trendy to laid back. Whether the postcard-type Marina district to the upbeat Upper Haight, you get to select your own portion of the diverse city’s marvels. Golden Gate Park, Palace of fine Arts Theatre and Marin Headlands are other must-sees.

  1. San Diego – California

San Diego, California
San Diego – California

Classy and contemporary as it is, San Diego still embraces the laid-back Californian spirits. This means a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view the richness of tradition right in the center of a highly modernized metropolis. Board walking and surfing highlight the key activities. You must not miss the USS Midway Museum, Balboa Park and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

  1. Chicago – Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois

Infused with modern artistry and sumptuous cuisines, theWwindy City is also home to some incredible comedy acts. View the Art Institute, Millennium Park and Museum of Science and Industry in their contemporary edifices.

  1. Orlando – Florida

Orlando, Florida
Orlando, Florida

Fresh from this year’s highly successful WWE showcase,WrestleMania, Orlando is still bustling from the after effects of the thrill ride. However, Orlando has already been the kingdom to all the magical adventures and spa treatments and that already attracts vacationers. Witness the fantasy home of Walt Disney World, the Discovery Cove and Epcot World Showcase.

  1. Las Vegas – Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada

The ultimate party destination in the US has something for everyone. From buffets by top chefs to world’s bestcCasinos, Vegas offers you all the spectacles of a dazzling tour experience. Party in some of the premier US clubs of all time. Also tour the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and The Canyon National Conservation Area.

  1. Oahu – Hawaii

Oahu, Hawaii
Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii’s Oahu is the ultimate dream destination in the US for all those in love with surfing thrills. Get on the path of the swelling waves and feel the motion of the ocean. If you’re not into excitement, you can take a relaxed view of the beautiful Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Also visit USS Arizona Memorial, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Diamond Head State Monument.

  1. Island of Hawaii – Hawaii

Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

Don’t miss out on the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and witness the location of the longest recorded volcanic eruption in the world.  Also visit the riveting Mauna Kea Summit and Hawaii Tropical Botanical garden. Especially imporatant, dine on the juicy cuisines alongside laidback friendly locals.

  1. Maui – Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii
Maui, Hawaii

Nature lovers beware, there’s the incredible Maui in Hawaii for you all. The blue waters, green palm forests, soft white sands and blue skies all blend in to produce a perfect site for your quiet retreats. Visit the Haleakala Crater, Ka’anapali Beach and the Wai’anapanapa State Park and capture the best views of the natural settings.

  1. New York City – New York, US

New York City - New York, US
Dominant New York City

Dominating the US most popular destinations for the 7th year now, New York City is an impossible-to-avoid destination in the United States. From the beaten tracks down at The Cloisters up to the Upper Wests, NY is home to the widest range of top attractions and activities in the US. Sightsee at the unbelievable Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Central Park. Also tour and shop at Grand Central Station and visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

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Originally posted 2017-04-14 06:56:01.

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