U.S. News Reveals the 2018-19 Best Vacations in the World Paris named No. 1 destination in the world; Yellowstone tops list of best places in U.S.

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June 19, 2018, at 12:01 a.m.

U.S. News Reveals the 2018-19 Best Vacations in the World

Washington, D.C. – 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, including the Best Places to Visit in the USA, the Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean and the Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA.

The World’s Best Places to Visit features 30 remarkable destinations across the globe. Paris takes the No. 1 spot on the list, thanks to its unforgettable character and cultural attractions. Offering dramatic peaks and pristine lakes, Yellowstone National Park follows at No. 2. Rome takes the No. 3 spot. The list also includes No. 7 Phuket, Thailand, No. 12 Barcelona, Spain, and No. 21 the British Virgin Islands.

The Best Places to Visit in the USA is dominated by outdoor utopias. Yellowstone National Park tops the list, followed by Maui, Hawaii, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite. For travelers seeking a city experience, New York City rounds out the top five.

U.S. News also ranks the Best Small Towns to Visit in the USATelluride, Colorado, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, come in at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Both towns are known for their ski slopes, with Jackson Hole also attracting vacationers interested in its notable art and performance venues. The No. 3 destination, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, draws travelers with its geothermal hot springs and a plethora of outdoor pursuits, including fishing, kayaking and skiing.

U.S. News also ranked the best destinations in EuropeMexicoCanadaAfrica and The Middle EastCentral and South America and Australia and The Pacific.

“We’ve examined destinations for all types of travelers looking for an ideal getaway,” said Erin Shields, travel editor at U.S. News. “Whether it’s an aspirational, once-in-a-lifetime trip across the world, or a more relaxed, close-to-home vacation, the U.S. News Best Vacations list has it covered.”

U.S. News analyzed more than 700 destinations using a methodology that combines travelers’ opinions with expert and editor analysis. Each destination is scored in 10 categories, from sights, culture and food to nightlife, adventure and romance, offering a comprehensive evaluation of each destination.

2018-19 U.S. News Best Vacations Rankings

World’s Best Places to Visit 
1. Paris
2. Yellowstone
3. Rome
4. Tahiti
5. London

Best Places to Visit in the USA
1. Yellowstone
2. Maui
3. Grand Canyon
4. Yosemite
5. New York City

Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean 
1. British Virgin Islands
2. St. Lucia
3. U.S. Virgin Islands
4. Turks & Caicos
5. St. Vincent & The Grenadines

Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA
1. Telluride
2. Jackson Hole
3. Steamboat Springs
4. Sedona
5. Lake Tahoe

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Media Contact: Anna Beth Jager, ajager@usnews.com, 202-823-4831

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