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TripAdvisor Names Top Destinations on the Rise

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | December 08, 2015

TripAdvisor Names Top Destinations on the Rise

PHOTO: Gatlinburg, Tennessee, was a huge favorite on TripAdvisor's list of destinations on the rise. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock)

Many families are planning their summer vacations for 2016 now as part of the gift-giving process during the holidays, and TripAdvisor has released its list of travel destinations on the rise in the United States and around the world.

In a list developed by the readers of, the website breaks down the top-10 national and international vacation destinations that should be added to itineraries over the next year.

For the United States, the city that topped the list was Gatlinburg, Tennessee. While not normally considered a major travel destination, Gatlinburg has become a Mecca for outdoor activities due to its proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Add in a short drive to Dollywood and unmatched food and music in the area, and the Tennessee city is an enticing vacation option.

As for the travelers looking to take a trip to the beach, two underrated locations include Orange Beach, Alabama, and Destin, Florida, which rounded out the top three destinations. Each offers the same views and experiences as top ocean-front destinations, but with less congestion.

Maybe a trip out west would be better for you, and cities like South Lake Tahoe, California; Jackson, Wyoming; and Estes Park, Colorado—ranked fourth, fifth and sixth respectively—are all interesting options.

TripAdvisor also listed Anchorage, Alaska; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Portland, Maine; and Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, as the remaining top-10 vacation destinations.

Looking at the international destinations list, Tulum, Mexico; Cartagena, Colombia; and Porto, Portugal were the top three cities on the rise. In a surprising twist, the No. 4 overall destination ended up being Gatlinburg, which speaks to just how popular the area has become with travelers.

As for the rest of the TripAdvisor list of international destinations, Moscow, Russia; Brighton, United Kingdom; New Delhi, India; Banff, Canada; Lima, Peru; and Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, rounded out the top 10.

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