When it comes to vacation, the choice of where to go and what to see is personal. Some travelers prefer to lose themselves in the museums, culture and food scenes of renowned cities while others like to lie on the beach with a good book in one hand and a drink in the other. Families might want to pack the kids and head out for an outdoor adventure in one of America’s vast national parks, while couples or solo travelers might be interested in a relaxing small-town getaway. If you think it’s time to plan a vacation and you’re not sure where to travel, the US News Best Vacations ranking is here to guide you to your ideal getaway.

In this year’s ranking, which uses a methodology that incorporates both traveler sentiment and editor scores across many categories, it’s clear: people enjoy destinations with beautiful scenery and lots of outdoor activities. .

New Zealand’s South Island (No. 1 in the ranking of the best places to visit in the world) offers impressive fjords and glaciers, plenty of hiking and verdant vineyards, as well as adventure excursions like jumping bungee, kayaking and skydiving. Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona (the best place to visit in the United States) lures visitors with striking rock formations, challenging trails, and thrilling outings like helicopter rides and rafting excursions.

In the Turks and Caicos Islands (the best place to visit in the Caribbean), vacationers will find white-sand beaches, turquoise water, well-maintained golf courses, and a variety of boutique hotels and resorts. . Tulum (#1 on the list of best places to visit in Mexico) also offers beautiful beaches in addition to cerulean blue cenotes for swimming and snorkeling and Mayan ruins to explore.

Whether you want to explore the best vacation spots in the United States or are finally ready to take that international trip, check out the US News Best Vacations ranking to find the best destination (or destinations) for you. Learn more about the best places to visit below. (Keep in mind that some destinations may require pre-travel testing and/or proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19. Consult the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of State for details on the trip before booking a trip.)

The best places in the world to visit

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The best places to visit in the United States

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The best small towns to visit in the United States

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The best cheap vacations in the United States

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The best places to visit in Mexico

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The best places to visit in the Caribbean

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Best places to visit in Canada

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The best places to visit in Europe

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The best cheap holidays in Europe

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The best places to visit in Asia

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The best places to visit in Africa

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The best places to visit in Central and South America

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Best places to visit in Australia and the Pacific

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The best national parks in the world

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Best US National Parks

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