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“A beautiful town.
It’s like a fairytale.”

“An extraordinary
blend of cultures...
a unique city.”

Table of Contents
  Top 100 Destinations – World | P 3

  Top 25 Destinations – U.S. | P 6

  Top 25 Destinations – Europe...
TOP 100                               DES TI NATI ONS

37 Auckland                                  50 Venice
                                            New Zealand            ...
88 Jasper
                                        75 Munich
                                             Germany          ...
TOP 25                                             DES TI NATI ONS
14 Honolulu                                            19 Monterey
TOP 25                                               DES TI NATI ONS
14 Galway                                            19 York
TOP 25                                           DES TI NATI ONS

14 Shanghai                                              19 Guilin
TOP 25                                                DES TI NATI ONS
14 Cape Tribulation                                    19 Papeete
TOP 25                                                  DES TI NATI ONS
14 Road Town                                          19 Havana
TOP 25                                               DES TI NATI ONS
14 Puerto Iguazu                                     19 Quito
TOP 25                                             DES TI NATI ONS
14 Marrakech                                            19 Port Louis
TOP 25                                             DES TI NATI ONS
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Tc Destinations Awards2008 V2

  1. 1. “A beautiful town. It’s like a fairytale.” “An extraordinary blend of cultures... a unique city.” The Best Destinations in the World Always Get People Talking “May be the most dramatic meeting of sea and shore in the world.” “The opportunity to see wildlife is unparalleled here.”
  2. 2. Table of Contents Top 100 Destinations – World | P 3 Top 25 Destinations – U.S. | P 6 Top 25 Destinations – Europe | P 8 Top 25 Destinations – Asia | P 10 Top 25 Destinations – South Pacific | P 12 Top 25 Destinations – Latin America/Caribbean | P 14 Top 25 Destinations – South America | P 16 Top 25 Destinations – Africa | P 18 Top 25 Destinations – Canada | P 20
  3. 3. TOP 100 DES TI NATI ONS World 10 Lake Tahoe 18 Dingle 1 Milford Sound Ireland California, United States New Zealand 11 Salzburg 19 Lake Louise 2 Queenstown Alberta, Canada Austria New Zealand 20 Bruges 12 Cape Town 3 Philipsburg Belgium South Africa St. Maarten 4 Cayo Largo Cuba 5 Rhodes Greece 6 Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 7 Cruz Bay St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 8 Bridgetown Barbados 9 Banff Alberta, Canada Milford Sound—Photo by Droitwich Spa 21 Marigot 13 Amalfi St. Martin Italy 22 Sydney 14 Bath Australia England 23 Cairns 15 Siena Australia Italy 24 Kyoto 16 Victoria Japan British Columbia, Canada 25 Lucerne 17 Hamilton Banff—Photo by GnarlyGK Switzerland Bermuda P3 2008 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS AWARDS
  4. 4. 37 Auckland 50 Venice New Zealand Italy 51 Vancouver 38 Poipu Hawaii, United States British Columbia, Canada 39 Abu Simbel 52 Napa Egypt California, United States 40 Sedona 53 Luxor Arizona, United States Egypt 41 New Orleans 54 York Louisiana, United States England 55 Niagara-on-the-Lake 42 Galway Ireland Ontario, Canada 56 Lahaina 43 Heidelberg Germany Hawaii, United States 57 Paris 44 Monte-Carlo Monaco France 58 La Jolla California, United States 59 Melbourne Australia Vatican City—Photo by ElsiMMr 60 Port Douglas Australia 26 Vatican City 61 Quebec City Quebec, Canada 27 Edinburgh Scotland 62 Prague Czech Republic 28 Big Sur California, United States 63 St. Petersburg Russia 29 San Gimignano Italy 30 Byron Bay Australia 31 Male Carmel—Photo by A TripAdvisor Member Maldives 32 Seven Mile Beach 45 Carmel Cayman Islands California, United States 33 Florence 46 Wanaka Italy New Zealand 34 San Francisco 47 Oranjestad California, United States Aruba 35 Chichen Itza 48 Christchurch Mexico New Zealand 36 Pompeii 49 Rothenburg ob der Tauber St. Petersburg—Photo by smithjen78 Italy Germany P4 2008 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS AWARDS
  5. 5. 88 Jasper 75 Munich Germany Alberta, Canada 76 Cayo Guillermo 89 Knysna Cuba South Africa 77 Whistler 90 Barcelona British Columbia, Canada Spain 78 Noosa 91 Hana Australia Hawaii, United States 79 Singapore 92 Bar Harbor Singapore Maine, United States 93 Innsbruck 80 Amsterdam The Netherlands Austria 94 Boulder 81 Aix-en-Provence Colorado, United States France 95 Tokyo 82 Ko Phi Phi Don Japan Thailand 96 Mont-St-Michel France 97 Machu Picchu Peru Versailles—Photo by RoadTripsterly 98 Charleston South Carolina, United States 64 Versailles France 99 Toledo Spain 65 Assisi Italy 100 Monterey California, United States 66 Jackson Wyoming, United States 67 Stratford-upon-Avon England 68 Jerusalem Israel Honolulu—Photo by tripgirl74r 69 Ubud Indonesia 70 Ephesus 83 Honolulu Turkey Hawaii, United States 71 Wailea 84 London Hawaii, United States England 72 Interlaken 85 Killarney Switzerland Ireland 73 West Yellowstone 86 Copenhagen Montana, United States Denmark 87 Rome 74 Positano Monterey—Photo by hawaii2007RI Italy Italy P5 2008 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS AWARDS
  6. 6. TOP 25 DES TI NATI ONS United States 1 Lake Tahoe 4 Poipu 7 Carmel Hawaii California California “Great beaches—ask for directions to the hidden “Tucked away in a one-square-mile radius, you “Beautiful—fine casinos and restaurants, as well beach where you can see sea lions and whales, can find a wide variety of romantic restaurants, as activities for all ages. In the summer, going and enjoy your own private beach for the day.” charming cafes, picnic spots and the beach.” to the white sandy beaches is great fun.” A TripAdvisor Member A TripAdvisor Member, Chicago, Ill. A TripAdvisor Member, Monterey, Calif. 2 Big Sur California “The heart of Big Sur is nestled in a Redwood forest. Three miles in any direction, on Hwy. 1, takes you back to breathtaking ocean views.” A TripAdvisor Member, Idaho 3 San Francisco California “Simply the most beautiful, elegant, interesting city I have ever seen. It is wonderful. Now I know what Tony Bennett meant.” A TripAdvisor Member, Prospect, N.Y. Lake Tahoe—Photo by syrahgirl 5 Sedona 8 Napa Arizona California “The perfect place to relax and rejuvenate your “If you like scenic drives, the rolling green hills physical side as well as your spiritual self. The and vineyards are as beautiful as any in France, beauty of the area is breathtaking.” Germany or Italy.” A TripAdvisor Member, Colorado Springs, Colo. A TripAdvisor Member, Woodstock, Ga. 6 New Orleans 9 Lahaina Louisiana Hawaii “In the Big Easy, a visitor ends up slowing down “Relax, sit on the beach, sit on the grass over- a little, and savoring life more than racing looking the beach, browse the shops in Lahaina. through it.” It might have been our best family vacation yet.” Sedona—Photo by roseabella A TripAdvisor Member A TripAdvisor Member, Irvine, Calif. P6 2008 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS AWARDS
  7. 7. 14 Honolulu 19 Monterey Hawaii California “From sugar plantations to Don Ho to the “One of the most romantic travel destinations— television show Lost, the city boasts a remark- beautiful sandy beaches, charming B&Bs and able history.” intimate dining options.” A TripAdvisor Member A TripAdvisor Member, Monterey, Calif. 15 Hana 20 Kailua-Kona Hawaii Hawaii “The road to Hana is filled with lush tropical “Not a destination to stay out late and party all foliage, waterfalls and breathtaking panoramic night, but an oasis of endless exploration possi- views—the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen.” bilities.” A TripAdvisor Member, Palestine, Texas A TripAdvisor Member 21 Santa Fe 16 Bar Harbor Maine New Mexico “Strolling the streets and stopping in all the “A work of art unto itself! Extraordinary blend quaint shops is always interesting and fun. We of cultures—a unique city. Some locals refer to always find unique things to buy. We love it there.” it as ‘the City Different.’” A TripAdvisor Member, New York, N.Y. A TripAdvisor Member, Canada Bar Harbor—Photo by maryobfl 10 La Jolla 22 Estes Park California Colorado “Seals, rocks, sandy beaches, surfers and clear “The scenic beauty and opportunity to see water. The whole area was so clean. Quaint little wildlife is unparalleled here. It’s a very special shops line the area above the cove.” place to visit!” A TripAdvisor Member, Shelbyville, Ind. A TripAdvisor Member, Littleton, Colo. 11 Jackson 23 New York City Wyoming New York “A great town to unwind in after a day in the “New York is an amazingly friendly place. All the mountains; a good base camp for exploring hype about NYC rudeness and personal risk Grand Teton and the National Forests.” proved untrue.” A TripAdvisor Member, St. Louis, Mo. A TripAdvisor Member, Portland, Ore. New York City—Photo by NewYorkTours_France 12 Wailea 17 Boulder 24 Austin Hawaii Colorado Texas “Gorgeous blue water, exotic nature, soft sandy “Fantastic climate, wide open spaces, scenic “A very informal city. It’s laid-back, but ener- beaches, bright, colorful sunsets, and an abun- mountains and a plethora of parks draw out- getic. Down-home, but cultured. Sophisticated, but funky. You’ll find it all here!” dance of flowers—it's pure paradise.” door enthusiasts to this beautiful town.” A TripAdvisor Member A TripAdvisor Member A TripAdvisor Member 13 West Yellowstone 18 Charleston 25 Washington, D.C. Montana South Carolina “From iconic monuments and buildings to his- “Make time to marvel at Yellowstone River, which “A place where culture and heritage are passed toric neighborhoods and free museums, it’s features waterfalls, canyons, warm swimming from generation to generation and traditions hard to know where to begin.” areas and great photography opportunities.” have lasted for hundreds of years.” A TripAdvisor Member, Seattle, Wash. A TripAdvisor Member A TripAdvisor Member P7 2008 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS AWARDS
  8. 8. TOP 25 DES TI NATI ONS Europe 1 Rhodes 4 Bath 7 Bruges England Belgium Greece “A wonderful place to visit—like a free open air “Fell in love with Bruges. Especially the little “Rhodes is just fabulous—long winding roads, museum. We also enjoyed some of the many streets and shops, chocolate and lace! The peo- so many lovely little coastal villages to see. The quaint English pubs scattered around the city.” ple and food are wonderful.” locals make you feel very welcome.” A TripAdvisor Member, Mooloolaba, Australia A TripAdvisor Member A TripAdvisor Member, Manchester, England 2 Salzburg Austria “Salzburg is a beautiful, well-kept old town. Every small detail is true to the 17th century in this gorgeous baroque town lost in time.” A TripAdvisor Member, New Haven, Conn. 3 Amalfi Italy “The drive down the coast is both exciting and scary. You can’t afford to close your eyes because you’d miss the spectacular scenery.” A TripAdvisor Member, United States Rhodes—Photo by caucacau 8 Lucerne 5 Siena Switzerland Italy “Lucerne itself is a beautiful town. It is like “The walled town is surrounded by vineyards being in a fairytale.” and olive groves. A spectacular little city with so much history, culture and natural beauty.” A TripAdvisor Member, London, England A TripAdvisor Member, Townsville, Australia 6 Dingle 9 Vatican City Ireland “Dingle itself is absolutely beautiful, great “The Vatican is an absolute ‘must’ when in drives and great weather that was as good as Rome. I’m not a religious person but it blew me any you would get on the coasts.” away. I recommend that you join a tour!” Amalfi—Photo by giras0le A TripAdvisor Member, Glasgow, Scotland A TripAdvisor Member, Cotswald, England P8 2008 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS AWARDS
  9. 9. 14 Galway 19 York Ireland England “Galway’s an amazing city, and probably one of “There is always something going on here, the best places I’ve been to in all my travels. from chess tournaments to dance festivals to The friendly Irish really shine here.” continental markets.” A TripAdvisor Member, London, England A TripAdvisor Member, York, England 15 Heidelberg 20 Paris Germany France “A fabulous place to visit, with plenty to do. The “My favorite city in the world, Paris has more to views over Heidelberg and surrounding towns offer in the way of natural and manmade are absolutely stunning.” beauty than any other city.” A TripAdvisor Member, Surrey, England A TripAdvisor Member, Farmington, Conn. 21 Prague 16 Monte-Carlo Czech Republic Monaco “Full of history, culture, wonderful restaurants, “Not all about Hollywood, car races and casi- interesting people, stunning architecture, won- nos. You will find museums and attractions that derful concert halls and beautiful parks.” don’t fall into the usual categories.” A TripAdvisor Member, London, England A TripAdvisor Member, El Paso, Texas Edinburgh—Photo by Flojo78 10 Edinburgh 22 St. Petersburg Scotland Russia “As both the traditional epicenter of Scottish culture “Really worth going to, especially in the sum- and modern national capital, Edinburgh reflects both mer. The center is the most beautiful in Europe, the proud past and vibrant present of the people.” and Peterhof is magnificent.” A TripAdvisor Member, Boston, Mass. A TripAdvisor Member, Tampere, Finland 11 San Gimignano 23 Versailles Italy France “Full of medieval history—looks like it did 800 “Nothing can prepare you for the absolute years ago! Fall in love with this beautiful region grandeur, size and beauty of the palace and and its lovely people.” gardens. It has to be seen to be believed.” A TripAdvisor Member, Italy A TripAdvisor Member, Adelaide, Australia St. Petersburg—Photo by A TripAdvisor Member 12 Florence 24 Assisi 17 Rothenburg ob der Tauber Italy Germany Italy “Part of the beauty of Assisi is discovering the “Walk along the wall of the city and take in the “A romantic and artistic place with striking small, cobblestone streets, climbing up to La town. There are plenty of old towers to examine buildings, galleries and historic churches. The and unique and interesting architecture.” picturesque city is full of elegant sites.” Rocca to see the sunrise, sunset or the view.” A TripAdvisor Member, Sydney, Australia A TripAdvisor Member, Sacramento, Calif. A TripAdvisor Member, Alaska and Italy 13 Pompeii 18 Venice 25 Stratford-upon-Avon Italy Italy England “Immense—it includes one of the oldest and most “If you want to really see Venice, get lost! Leave “The birthplace of Shakespeare—it’s no wonder intact Roman amphitheaters, artifacts aplenty and the map behind and just wander up and down that theaters abound and performances of all three brothels—no longer operational!” its many streets.” kinds can be seen year-round.” A TripAdvisor Member, Wirral, England A TripAdvisor Member, Manchester, England A TripAdvisor Member, Ardmore, Okla. P9 2008 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS AWARDS
  10. 10. TOP 25 DES TI NATI ONS Asia 1 Kyoto 4 Singapore 7 Siem Reap Singapore Cambodia Japan “A land of diverse cultures and traditions, yet “Away from the main temples you can find sur- “The walks at night down lanterned lanes, past everything complements one another, making prising peace and quiet. Preah Khan is a huge traditional restaurants, seeing meiko (geisha) for a city that seems perfectly in balance.” temple with forest and a moat all around.” slipping in and out of doorways, are magical.” A TripAdvisor Member A TripAdvisor Member, Tooting, United Kingdom A TripAdvisor Member, Melbourne, Australia 2 Male Maldives “Walk the maze of streets. Walk by the presi- dential palace and the fish market if you are there in the morning. The place just hums.” A TripAdvisor Member, Seattle, Wash. 3 Ubud Indonesia “A good base for touring Bali—a very pleasant, interesting town with art galleries, a market, Ubud Palace, rivers, brooks and rice fields.” A TripAdvisor Member, Germany Kyoto—Photo by uagreg 5 Ko Phi Phi Don 8 Hong Kong Thailand China “A relaxing place—people get around by foot, “One can have as outstanding a dining experi- bicycle and boat! The scenery is fabulous, so a ence at a street market food stall as at a gour- walk to the viewpoint is a must.” met restaurant.” A TripAdvisor Member, Dublin, Ireland A TripAdvisor Member 9 Chiang Mai 6 Tokyo Thailand Japan “Find hillside tribe people wandering the streets “Visitors can choose their Tokyo: chaotic and selling their wares, old temples in nooks and noisy or patient Zen-like calm; soaring skyscrap- ers or tiny, hidden backstreet shrines.” crannies—and McDonald’s around the corner!” Ko Phi Phi Don—Photo by danielle2008 A TripAdvisor Member, Vancouver, British Columbia A TripAdvisor Member, Fairfax, Calif. P 10 2008 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS AWARDS
  11. 11. 14 Shanghai 19 Guilin China China “Food in Shanghai is amazing. But forget your “The beauty of the strangely shaped surround- usual eating habits and try to eat like locals. ing hills, the friendliness of the locals, each Drink tea and try the local restaurants.” bridge over the river has its own character.” A TripAdvisor Member, Sydney, Australia A TripAdvisor Member, Knoxville, Tenn. 15 Jaipur 20 Varanasi India India “A great city to discover India’s regal heritage. “One of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited The palaces are wonderful. Make sure you take cities, situated on the banks of the Ganges and a day trip to the restored Samode Palace.” steeped in Hindu rites. Visit a timeless spirit.” A TripAdvisor Member, Mumbai, India A TripAdvisor Member, Kuwait 21 Ko Phangan 16 BeijingChina Thailand “Not only are the typical tourist sites rich with his- “There are 30-odd beaches on Ko Phangan, all torical significance and visual grandeur, but Beijing very nice compared to the bigger islands. This explodes the senses unlike any place on earth.” island is very laid-back and not so developed.” A TripAdvisor Member, Stoughton, Wis. A TripAdvisor Member, Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok—Photo by Raychan 10 Bangkok 22 Nusa Dua Thailand Indonesia “This exciting vibrant city offers great history, “There’s plenty to do: parasails, jet skis, banana fabulous shopping, a never-ending night life, and glass bottom boats, cruises to Turtle Island sumptuous food and plenty of fun.” —get hands-on with birds, snakes and turtles.” A TripAdvisor Member A TripAdvisor Member 11 Xi’an 23 Kuala Lumpur China Malaysia “The real fun is just outside the city wall where “A fascinating city constantly on the move. It locals exercise, walk their pets (dogs and birds), offers stunning architecture, an amazing array play instruments, practice swordplay and dance.” of cuisines and shops and exciting nightlife.” A TripAdvisor Member, Atsugi, Japan A TripAdvisor Member, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Jaisalmer—Photo by sypanda 12 Goa 17 Jaisalmer 24 Ko Tao India India Thailand “South Goa is a wonderful holiday venue. Low- “Sunset at Sam sand dunes is an opportunity to “Ko Tao is a wonderful place to visit and a very key, but lots of restaurants and what they call commune with nature. A camel safari is a unique easy place to get stuck in because life can be so ‘beach shacks’ to drink and eat in.” experience that can only be enjoyed here.” simple and cheap.” A TripAdvisor Member, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. A TripAdvisor Member, Gujarat, India A TripAdvisor Member 13 Agra 18 Udaipur 25 Krabi India India Thailand “Coming out of the early morning Agra fog, “A spectacular city on a series of lakes, Udaipur “Krabi is a haven for scuba divers and snorkel- ing. There are several local sites offering good, you will see the majestic Taj Mahal appear. It is is not only beautiful but full of ‘off the track’ adventurous caves and caverns.” surprises. It’s easy to walk around.” sure to wow you.” A TripAdvisor Member A TripAdvisor Member, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France A TripAdvisor Member, Needham, Mass. P 11 2008 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS AWARDS
  12. 12. TOP 25 DES TI NATI ONS South Pacific 1 Milford Sound 4 Cairns 7 Wanaka Australia New Zealand New Zealand “Home to the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Trop- “A beautiful place with great restaurants and “Spectacular reminder of the forces of nature, ics Rain forests. Nowhere else in the world can cafes. The scenery is stunning and there are formed during the ice age. Gorgeous on a you find such incredible natural beauty.” some amazing bike rides, walks and drives.” sunny day, and rain brings more waterfalls.” A TripAdvisor Member A TripAdvisor Member, Melbourne, Australia A TripAdvisor Member, Melbourne, Australia 2 Queenstown New Zealand “What you imagine a postcard will look like. The village center feels straight out of the set of a movie; everything is clean and pristine.” A TripAdvisor Member, Brisbane, Australia 3 Sydney Australia “Breathtaking. When you see the Opera House and the bridge, you have to pinch yourself to believe you are there.” A TripAdvisor Member, Hull, England Milford Sound—Photo by droitwichSp 5 Byron Bay 8 Christchurch Australia New Zealand “An ‘alternative lifestyle’ mecca, with beautiful “If you want to enjoy ‘city’ experiences such as white sandy beaches, sub-tropical surroundings, fine dining and shopping, museums, art galleries, and lots of shops, markets, cafes and ‘hippies.’” etc., then Christchurch has lots to offer.” A TripAdvisor Member, Australia A TripAdvisor Member, Zhuhai, China 6 Auckland 9 Melbourne New Zealand Australia “The ‘City of Sails,’ is strategically located be- “A lovely, laid-back city with lots of parks, gardens tween two harbors. A day out on Waitemata and great sights outside the city, including the Harbor and Hauraki Gulf is fabulous.” great Ocean Road and Yarra Valley.” Sydney—Photo by papay A TripAdvisor Member, Auckland, New Zealand A TripAdvisor Member, Adelaide, Australia P 12 2008 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS AWARDS
  13. 13. 14 Cape Tribulation 19 Papeete Australia French Polynesia “A diamond in the rough, and I hope it stays “Experience the lifestyle of the Polynesian peo- that way. What a lovely little piece of paradise! ple by visiting downtown, especially the huge Beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife and flora.” market place and the European-style shops.” A TripAdvisor Member, Newport Beach, Calif. A TripAdvisor Member, Rossland, Canada 15 Brisbane 20 Fremantle Australia Australia “Take a cruise on Moreton Bay, swim with dol- “A vibrant port city renowned for its cosmopolitan phins and turtles, relax by the fire and listen to atmosphere. See the Maritime Museum, Fishing the sounds of the rain forest at Mt. Tamborine.” Boat Harbor and the famous Cappuccino Strip.” A TripAdvisor Member, Brisbane, Australia A TripAdvisor Member 21 Alice Springs 16 Wellington New Zealand Australia “A beautiful harbor city with activities to suit all “We were pleasantly surprised, this is the real tastes, and cafes and wine bars where you can Australia. The McDonnell Ranges are a lovely sit day or night, enjoying water views.” backdrop to this outback town.” A TripAdvisor Member, New Zealand A TripAdvisor Member, Wicklow, Ireland Port Douglas—Photo by Sammiev 10 Port Douglas 22 Margaret River Australia Australia “The atmosphere is relaxed! If you’re stressed “Gentle country living, vineyards, green trees out, this is the place to go. Time will slow and streams, great beaches and surf—and down, and your perspective will return.” lovely walks in the forest.” A TripAdvisor Member, Houston, Texas A TripAdvisor Member, Melbourne, Australia 11 Noosa 23 Airlie Beach Australia Australia “Spectacularly beautiful. It has blue skies, a “A backpacker’s paradise with so much to offer: National Park that is a joy to walk and Hastings Conway National Park, exceptional rain forest Street’s huge range of restaurants and shops.” hiking, diving and snorkeling, too.” A TripAdvisor Member, Spain A TripAdvisor Member, Connecticut Kaikoura—Photo by roo15 12 Perth 17 Kaikoura 24 Hobart Australia New Zealand Australia “The lifestyle is unbeatable. The beaches are “Kaikoura is great for whale watching and hikes “A vibrant place in the summer and a great among the best in the world. People live an across the headland from the seal colony. Head climate. In 20 minutes you can be out bush- down to Fisherman’s Wharf for fresh seafood.” walking or on a lovely deserted beach.” almost year-round outdoor lifestyle.” A TripAdvisor Member, United Kingdom A TripAdvisor Member, Hobart, Tasmania A TripAdvisor Member, Brooklyn, N.Y. Nadi 25 Dunedin 13 Rotorua 18 Fiji New Zealand New Zealand “It’s very safe, everyone knows everyone, and “You won’t fit everything in one day! The Alba- “Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland, a showcase it’s a great mix of people and cultures. Lots of tross Colony, Larnach Castle, Speights Brewery, of Maori cultural activities, a center of tourism and bonding and exchanging of ideas and life.” Cadbury Chocolate Factory, Baldwin Street, etc.” a place of extraordinary natural beauty.” A TripAdvisor Member, Aruba, St. Nicholas A TripAdvisor Member, Queenstown, New Zealand A TripAdvisor Member P 13 2008 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS AWARDS
  14. 14. TOP 25 DES TI NATI ONS Latin America/Caribbean 1 Philipsburg 4 Cruz Bay 7 Marigot St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands St. Martin St. Maarten “Very beautiful. Cruz Bay is a quaint little town, “Marigot is spectacular, with the brick walks “The island is meant to be explored by car, with and St. John is less commercialized than and beautiful views of the harbor. The Saturday many beautiful secluded beaches. Safe, excit- St. Thomas.” morning market is not to be missed.” ing, beautiful and multi-faceted.” A TripAdvisor Member, Maine A TripAdvisor Member, Pennsylvania A TripAdvisor Member, New Jersey 2 Cayo Largo Cuba “The weather was perfect. The beach left us speechless. Totally unspoiled and clean. Plenty of food, sun, sand. The list is endless. It’s bliss!” A TripAdvisor Member, Welland, Ontario 3 Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands “Clean, friendly, full of great shopping and quiet little spots to stop and catch your breath and take in the amazing views.” A TripAdvisor Member, Saskatchewan, Canada Philipsburg—Photo by VertigoSeoul 5 Bridgetown 8 Seven Mile Beach Barbados Cayman Islands “We are definitely returning to Barbados next “Seven Mile Beach is in itself an attraction, with its year. The duty free shopping in Bridgetown is a pure, white sand, turquoise water and evening must. Cheap shoes—say no more!” skies the color of melting orange sherbet.” A TripAdvisor Member, Marbella, Spain A TripAdvisor Member 6 Hamilton 9 Chichen Itza Bermuda Mexico “Wednesday evening is ‘Harbor Night,’ and the “I really recommend that you spend as much streets come alive (in a very crowded way) with time here as you can, because it is a piece of street vendors, face painting, music. I loved it.” true history that is a pleasure to experience.” Charlotte Amalie—Photo by A TripAdvisor Member A TripAdvisor Member, New York, N.Y. A TripAdvisor Member, Los Angeles, Calif. P 14 2008 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS AWARDS
  15. 15. 14 Road Town 19 Havana Tortola, British Virgin Islands Cuba “It’s mountainous, surrounded by islands, “Old Havana is breathtaking—old buildings, noted as ‘the sailing capital of the world’ and cobbled streets and little hidden shopping malls has spectacular views in every direction.” in what were once houses.” A TripAdvisor Member, Milwaukee, Wis. A TripAdvisor Member, United Kingdom 15 Castries 20 Antigua St. Lucia Guatemala “A major city that will keep people of all ages “The place to be, the place to relax, go dancing, entertained, whether swimming in the ocean, meet people and basically enjoy life! The town sightseeing downtown or even catching a flick.” has a magic of its own.” A TripAdvisor Member A TripAdvisor Member, Guatemala 21 San Juan 16 Willemstad Curacao Puerto Rico “One of the most beautiful Caribbean cities I’ve “Old San Juan is beautiful. Whether you’re into ever seen. Beautifully colored buildings line the architecture or scenery, you’ll find a postcard canal and fill the island.” setting here. A TripAdvisor Member, Bridgeport, Conn. A TripAdvisor Member, Absecon, N.J. Willemstad—Photo by nbusta 10 Oranjestad 22 Tulum Aruba Mexico “The city of Oranjestad is just so quaint and is “Not to be missed. There’s a terrific beach also the cleanest city I have ever seen.” below the ruins. Bring your swimsuit and a towel. It’s crowded, but the kids will love it.” A TripAdvisor Member, Chicago, Ill. A TripAdvisor Member, Rochester, N.Y. 11 Cayo Guillermo 23 Palm/Eagle Beach Cuba Aruba “Stunning. It was well worth the visit just to “Gorgeous beaches. Eagle is more spread out relax in paradise. The narrowness of the beach with less people. Palm has more activity and con- gives everyone their own piece of paradise.” venient high-rise hotels within walking distance.” A TripAdvisor Member, United Kingdom A TripAdvisor Member, New Jersey Tulum—Photo by tokyoeyes 12 Freeport 17 Soufriere 24 San Jose Bahamas St. Lucia Costa Rica “Freeport is more laid-back and quaint than “The best part of St. Lucia—beautiful, with “We enjoyed the many handmade crafts. The Nassau’s city hustle and bustle. The beaches waterfalls, a rainforest, snorkeling, scuba and people are friendly and courteous. Great place, and water are better in Freeport.” gardens. Soufriere is definitely a romantic place.” wonderful people. Pura Vida!” A TripAdvisor Member A TripAdvisor Member, Florida A TripAdvisor Member, Texas 13 St. John’s 18 Ocho Rios 25 Zihuatanejo Antigua and Barbuda Jamaica Mexico “You can’t fail to relax. The whole island chills “A stunning place which offers a rich experience “Zihuatanejo is a magical place along the Pacific you out! I even forgot what I did for a living at for tourists of all ages, with outdoor activities coast of Mexico. Beautiful beach, incredible one point.” and water adventures.” scenery and wonderful people.” A TripAdvisor Member A TripAdvisor Member, El Paso, Texas A TripAdvisor Member, London, England P 15 2008 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS AWARDS
  16. 16. TOP 25 DES TI NATI ONS South America 1 Machu Picchu 4 Buenos Aires 7 San Pedro de Atacama Argentina Chile Peru “Very nice buildings and construction. Also, the “A fascinating atmospheric town with a lot of “Worth any effort it takes to get there. The train city has lots of places to go at night. It’s a city good restaurants. Try to do as many organized ride is spectacular, with the river along the that never sleeps, especially in summer.” tours of this beautiful area as possible.” tracks and the mountains rising above.” A TripAdvisor Member, Quito, Ecuador A TripAdvisor Member, Santiago, Chile A TripAdvisor Member, Leola, Pa. 2 Rio de Janeiro Brazil “A wonderful city with warm, spontaneous people, great food, cool music and some of the best natural scenery in the world.” A TripAdvisor Member, Houston, Texas 3 Cusco Peru “Like no other place on earth! Amazing archi- tecture, and given the altitude, you can gaze upon snow-covered peaks when it’s 70° out.” A TripAdvisor Member, Washington, D.C. Machu Picchu—Photo by PepperB 5 Foz de Iguacu 8 San Carlos de Bariloche Brazil Argentina “Unbelievable. When we saw the first water- “Spectacular scenery —large lakes with snow- falls, we could not stop taking photos. Then we capped Andes in the background. Fly-fishing, turned the corner and saw the Devil’s Throat!” biking, hiking and skiing are the main sports.” A TripAdvisor Member, Dronfield, England A TripAdvisor Member, Baltimore, Md. 6 Salvador 9 Buzios Brazil Brazil “A trip here is a must. The Capoiera dancers are “An incredible resort town with boutiques, amazing, and the Bahia music is fabulous. Check restaurants, cafes and 22 beaches. It’s the clos- out the caipurhina cocktails and cachaca.” est thing to being in Europe that we’ve found.” Salvador—Photo by Dada77 A TripAdvisor Member, York, England A TripAdvisor Member, Framingham, Mass. P 16 2008 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS AWARDS
  17. 17. 14 Puerto Iguazu 19 Quito Argentina Ecuador “A quiet and nice place to stay to visit the falls “A UNESCO World Heritage site that’s well of Iguazu. If you have the choice, stay on the worth seeing. At the equatorial monument, you Argentinean side of the falls.” can stand in two hemispheres at one time.” A TripAdvisor Member, Amsterdam, The Netherlands A TripAdvisor Member, Toronto, Ontario 15 Paraty 20 Valparaiso Brazil Chile “The city is the same as two centuries ago. It’s “We discovered that Valparaiso is Chile’s soul. It like traveling in time. You can dive, see the has the hills, with the magnificent view that you many islands, take a bath in waterfalls, etc.” don’t get from the beach.” A TripAdvisor Member, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil A TripAdvisor Member, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia 21 Natal 16 Sao Paulo Brazil Brazil “Sao Paulo is a modern marvel, but the best “The dunes are cinematic. And the food is deli- thing is the people. The Paulistas are friendly, cious. Yet it still has a lot of traditions and a tolerant and outgoing.” very particular way of life.” A TripAdvisor Member, Vancouver, B.C. A TripAdvisor Member, San Francisco, Calif. Banos—Photo by Flit 10 Banos 22 Florianopolis Ecuador Brazil “A really nice little town. The tours to the vol- “If I ever go back to Brazil, I would jump directly cano Tungurahua and to the waterfalls (Paillon to this beautiful island! To me, it’s the ‘Mar- Del Diablo) are definitely worth a visit.” velous city, of a thousand delights.’” A TripAdvisor Member, Nuremburg, Germany A TripAdvisor Member, Guatemala, Mexico 11 El Calafate 23 Punta del Este Argentina Uruguay “See and take pictures of the most amazing gla- “A lovely, safe beach resort with beautiful houses ciers, walk on them, go in their caves, explore and gorgeous gardens. The Arboreto Lusich has the surrounding areas, trek or take a cruise.” the most tree species in South America.” A TripAdvisor Member, Buenos Aires, Argentina A TripAdvisor Member, Punta del Este, Uruguay Cartagena—Photo by A TripAdvisor Member 17 Cartagena 12 Ushuaia 24 Vina del Mar Colombia Argentina Chile “Cartagena is a paradise you should visit. The “The town is like a work of art. Go to the Tierra “The garden city has a tropical atmosphere and a hidden element of local wealth. I loved this little old city is the most beautiful picture you will del Fuego National Park and do the train to the ever see.” end of the world.” town’s deep roots and colorful promenade.” A TripAdvisor Member, Kobe, Japan A TripAdvisor Member, Buenos Aires, Argentina A TripAdvisor Member, Sydney, Australia 13 Pucon 18 Santiago 25 Colonia del Sacramento Chile Uruguay Chile “Pucon is one way to get everything in just one “Colonia del Sacramento offers a beautiful river “Great restaurants and bars, beautiful parks and spot—volcano climbs, horseback trips, rafting, view and tree-lined streets filled with Spanish very civilized people. Don’t forget the wine—it’s even in winter, hot springs.” colonial-style structures and stores.” surrounded by mountains and wineries.” A TripAdvisor Member, Santiago, Chile A TripAdvisor Member, Montevideo, Uruguay A TripAdvisor Member, Santiago, Chile P 17 2008 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS AWARDS
  18. 18. TOP 25 DES TI NATI ONS Africa 1 Cape Town 4 Knysna 7 Cairo South Africa Egypt South Africa “Cairo has more living history in the dust on its “Knysna is beautiful. A good way to spend the “A beautiful seaside city with incredible moun- streets than many destinations in their entirety.” day is on a paddle steamer for a short cruise. Or tain views and beautiful beaches. You’ll run out of time before running out of things to see.” go to Brenton on Sea; the beach is amazing.” A TripAdvisor Member, Washington A TripAdvisor Member, Bolton, England A TripAdvisor Member, Singapore 2 Abu Simbel Egypt “It is a must to visit Abu Simbel, the most awe- inspiring place. It brought a lump to my throat when I walked into Ramses’ temple.” A TripAdvisor Member, Coventry, England 3 Luxor Egypt “Called the ‘world’s largest open air museum,’ Luxor boasts some of the finest tombs, monu- ments and temples from the ancient world.” A TripAdvisor Member, Boston, Mass. Cape Town—Photo by GooseOhio 5 Victoria Falls 8 Victoria Falls Zimbabwe Zambia “These truly are the greatest falls in the world. “The falls are absolutely stunning—the best If you’ve been to Niagara Falls and thought they ‘high’ you could wish for. I’d have been happy if were beautiful, you haven’t seen anything yet!” that had been my entire holiday.” A TripAdvisor Member, Canada A TripAdvisor Member 6 Giza 9 Franschhoek Egypt South Africa “It was amazing in every sense of the word. The “I like Franschhoek. The scenery is beautiful, Sphinx and pyramids are majestic. An unforget- nestled amongst the mountains with a very table adventure. The trip of a lifetime!” French flavor. Lovely old wine farms.” Luxor—Photo by alanvowles A TripAdvisor Member A TripAdvisor Member, Cape Town, South Africa P 18 2008 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS AWARDS
  19. 19. 14 Marrakech 19 Port Louis Morocco Mauritius “A brilliant city, so full of energy, colors, action, “Port Louis can be seen as a rather quaint old sights, sounds, tastes, aromas and textures. city with a few modern tower blocks to show its Something for all the senses.” keeping pace with modern times!” A TripAdvisor Member, Durham, England A TripAdvisor Member 15 Fes 20 Grand Baie Morocco Mauritius “The old Medina is not to be missed. If you ever “Grand Baie is good for exploring, dining out, want to feel out of touch with the western and water sports, including parasailing, water- world, this is the place!” skiing, kayaking and wind-surfing.” A TripAdvisor Member, San Diego, Calif. A TripAdvisor Member, Johannesburg, South Africa 21 Alexandria 16 Stone Town Tanzania Egypt “The back alleyways of Stone Town hold a real “Alexandria is so modern compared to Cairo! magic for me. So do all the little spice shops And the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is in a class of and antique shops.” its own. I have never seen anything like it.” A TripAdvisor Member, Dakar, Senegal A TripAdvisor Member, Cape Town, South Africa Aswan—Photo by A TripAdvisor Member 10 Aswan 22 Le Morne Egypt Mauritius “Aswan is just beautiful and worth the visit. The “Le Morne is beautiful, but you can only appre- people are charming and make you feel right at ciate this from the water. If you don’t windsurf home from the word go.” or kite-surf, take a boat trip and a camera.” A TripAdvisor Member, United Kingdom A TripAdvisor Member, Lilliput, England 11 Stellenbosch 23 Port El Kantaoui South Africa Tunisia “The wines were absolutely superb, and we “Port El Kantaoui is a beautiful resort and ideal found the local scenery and people to be for a relaxed break in the sun.” extraordinarily beautiful and sophisticated.” A TripAdvisor Member, Colorado A TripAdvisor Member, Guildford, England Stone Town—Photo by Frank51Africa 17 Essaouira 12 Tangier 24 Sharm El-Sheikh Morocco Morocco Egypt “A total gem of a place! If you ever are in need “There are many fine bars and restaurants. The “Gifted with natural beauties—idyllic beaches, of a total ‘get away from it all experience,’ you food is an exciting mix of Spanish and Moroc- rare and beautiful reefs and crystal-clear water should go to Essaouira.” can influence and will please many palates.” — it’s one of the top diving spots world-wide.” A TripAdvisor Member, London, England A TripAdvisor Member A TripAdvisor Member 25 Hurghada 18 Belle Mare 13 Victoria Egypt Mauritius Seychelles “Whether you’re an experienced diver or just a “Belle Mare is the type of place where one “We had great fun playing in the surf. Calmer novice, you will absolutely find Hurghada one of could be busy with things all day long or just waters for snorkeling could be found within a the most charming places to dive in the world.” choose to relax and do nothing.” 10-minute car trip.” A TripAdvisor Member, Headlam, England A TripAdvisor Member, Cairo, Egypt A TripAdvisor Member, United States P 19 2008 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS AWARDS
  20. 20. TOP 25 DES TI NATI ONS Canada 1 Banff 4 Vancouver 7 Whistler British Columbia British Columbia Alberta “One of the cleanest cities I have ever seen. “A visitor’s day can be quite full, with skiing or “The mountains are beautiful, and there are so Also, one of the few cities surrounded with other outdoor activities, a nice dinner and an many things to do, whether you want to walk, such splendor and natural beauty.” evening in one of the many nightclubs.” hike, shop, ski or just take it easy.” A TripAdvisor Member, San Francisco, Calif. A TripAdvisor Member, Minneapolis, Minn. A TripAdvisor Member, Denver, Colo. 2 Victoria British Columbia “Everywhere you look is a Kodak moment. We barely scratched the surface during our five days there and can’t wait to return.” A TripAdvisor Member, California 3 Lake Louise Alberta “Located in absolutely the most beautiful place on earth. The lake was frozen, and they built an ice castle to skate through!” A TripAdvisor Member, Bradenton, Fla. Banff—Photo by mae67 8 Jasper 5 Niagara-on-the-Lake Alberta Ontario “The true attraction of Jasper lies outside the “A beautiful, quaint little town. The shops are town limit. People come here to go hiking, fabulous. The wine tour, exceptional. I never mountain climbing and whitewater rafting.” realized we would find such fabulous wines.” A TripAdvisor Member, Jasper, Alberta A TripAdvisor Member, Illinois 6 Quebec City 9 Halifax Nova Scotia Quebec “A small city, easily discovered on foot: old build- “Quebec City may be part of Canada, but its ings, open spaces, universities, gardens, restaurants, heart and soul is strictly French. Visitors may waterfront and good views around many corners.” feel that they are in a European city.” Niagara-on-the-Lake— Photo by RossendaleMancunian A TripAdvisor Member, N. Vancouver, B.C. A TripAdvisor Member, New Hampshire P 20 2008 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE DESTINATIONS AWARDS