US News reveals the best vacation destinations 2022 2023

US News & World Report, publisher of the Best Hotels, Best Cruise Lines and Best Travel Rewards programs, has released its annual ranking of the best vacation destinations.

The new rankings highlight the best places to visit in the world, as well as region-specific lists like the best places to visit in the United States and niche lists like the best small towns to visit in the United States.

“After limited travel opportunities over the past few years, people are once again excited to go on vacation and have started to travel extensively across the United States and internationally,” said Erin Evans, travel editor at US News.

“Beaches, national parks and small towns are popular travel destinations this year, and many big cities are making a comeback. The US News Best Vacations ranking includes information on a variety of locations so all types of travelers can determine what is going to be the best vacation spot for their next getaway.”

This year’s top spot on the list of the best places to visit in the world goes to New Zealand’s South Island. Known for its beautiful beaches, sparkling lakes and scenic hikes, the South Island offers plenty of outdoor activities for travelers, in addition to an excellent food and wine scene. Paris, known for its cuisine, culture and art, comes in at No. 2, followed by Maui, Hawaii, at No. 3; French Polynesia’s Bora Bora at No. 4 and Tahiti at No. 5 round out the top five destinations.

Since the start of the pandemic, national parks have continued to dominate the rankings of the best places to visit in the United States. Grand Canyon National Park takes first place, followed by Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Maui, and Glacier National Park. The allure of the outdoors, ease of access, affordability and natural beauty make all of these national destinations prime vacation spots.

Whether travelers want a vacation to soak up small-town charm or spend time outdoors, they’ll find great options in the ranking of the best small towns to visit in the United States. US News also ranks the best places to visit in the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, Canada, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Pacific, and Central and South America. And for those looking for a getaway without breaking the bank, US News ranks cheap vacation spots in the US and Europe.

US News has analyzed more than 1,100 destinations using a comprehensive and transparent methodology that combines traveler opinions, provided by user votes, with analysis from experts and editors. Each destination is scored in 10 categories, ranging from sights, culture and food to nightlife, adventure and romance, providing a comprehensive assessment of each destination.

The best places in the world to visit

The best places to visit in the United States

1. South Island, New Zealand

1. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona


2. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

3. Maui, Hawaii

3. Yosemite National Park, California

4. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

4. Maui, Hawaii

5. Tahiti, French Polynesia

5. Glacier National Park, Montana

The best places to visit in the Caribbean

The best small towns to visit in the United States

1. Turks and Caicos Islands

1. Bar Harbor, Maine

2. Saint Lucia

2. Telluride, Colorado

3. British Virgin Islands

3. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

4. US Virgin Islands

4. Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada

5. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

5.Sedona, Arizona

The best places to visit in Mexico

The best places to visit in Europe



2. Playa del Carmen

2. London

3. Zihuatanejo

3. Rome


4. Florence, Italy

5. Ixtapa

5. Barcelona, ​​Spain