America’s Most Popular Vacation Spots Revealed

The sun’s out, the beaches are getting busy, and it’s time to start thinking about where you want to take a vacation. Whether you want an exotic getaway or an action-packed city break, there’s something just for you.

Thanks to recent research, choosing your next vacation will be much easier. We have listed the most popular vacation spots you must have on your radar in America.

How Was the List Formed?

We all love Google for its excellent search engine, but Google Trends makes it unique. Research explores where travelers and vacationers from different states want to spend their summers in the US. The results may surprise you.

So, are you ready to fill your bucket list? Here are America’s most popular vacation spots.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas is the neon-lit playground for grown-ups. It’s where you can gamble, party, dine, and shop to your heart’s content. No wonder the city takes the cake for being at the top of the list. And there is also plenty to do with kids in Las Vegas.

Apart from its infamous strip, Las Vegas has some fantastic museums and art galleries to explore.

Vacationers from Nevada seem the most excited about vacationing here. California, Utah, and Idaho follow closely on the list.

New York City

The Big Apple is one of the most diverse cities in America. The Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art are a few attractions that make a trip to this city worth a visit.

America has searched for a vacation in New York City 1.4 million times annually. Vacationers from South Carolina, New Jersey, and Maryland seem the most drawn to this major city.


Miami’s sun-kissed beaches, turquoise waters, and palm trees win hearts in a blink. Here, you can explore the colorful streets of Little Havana, party like a celebrity in South Beach, or indulge in retail therapy in Brickell. But, of course, Miami’s Children’s Museum and Zoo Miami are the top attractions for the little ones.

Miami got 1,039,120 annual searches from different states in the US.

San Diego

San Diego, California’s sun-soaked paradise, has some of the most beautiful beaches and parks in the US. You can explore the city’s rich history at the USS Midway Museum or visit Balboa Park. The tacos and craft beer are delicious here.

San Diego gets an annual average of 1,026,800 searches from different states. Vacationers are actively typing ‘Airbnb San Diego’ on Google.


The Windy City is full of life and culture. The impressive skyline and the bold architecture are hard to beat. The city offers everything from Navy Pier to Millennium Park. You can ride a boat to the lakeshore or tour the world’s most beautiful aquarium.

Remember to grab some classic deep-dish pizza from Lou Malnati’s. Most people are looking for ‘Chicago cheap flights’ and ‘hotels in Chicago.’


Let your heart sing, and your toes tap to the tunes of country music in Nashville. The honky-tonk bars and live music shows bring millions of tourists here.

The Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and The Johnny Cash Museum are some of the top attractions in Tennessee’s capital city.

Nashville gets 903,040 annual searches from Americans.


Mickey Mouse and Harry Potter – what more do you need to visit this fantastic city? But there’s so much more than Disney and Universal Studios in Orlando. The scenic beauty of the Ocala National Forest, Kennedy Space Center, and Gatorland make for a spectacular vacation. But, of course, if you’re traveling with kids, you can’t leave out the SeaWorld Orlando.

New Orleans

From the festive atmosphere of Bourbon Street to the historic architecture of the French Quarter, New Orleans will transport you to another world. Enjoy the delish Cajun and Creole food, take a boat ride to explore the Bayous, or brave the voodoo tours.

Over 760,000 Americans search for a vacation to New Orleans annually.

San Francisco

Good vibes and a beautiful skyline await you in San Francisco. Take the iconic cable car ride, explore the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, and walk along Fisherman’s Wharf.

The Alcatraz tours, the Aquarium of the Bay, and the Asian Art Museum are some of San Francisco’s highlights. At least 650,000 Americans are hoping to visit this steeped-in-history city.


If there’s a place that blends old-world charm with modern energy, it’s Boston. You can explore the Freedom Trail, relive the city’s history, or catch a baseball game at Fenway Park.

Other popular attractions include New England Aquarium, Swan Boats in the Public Garden, and shopping at Quincy Market. In addition, there are almost 560,000 annual searches for Boston vacations.


We’ve taken a whirlwind tour of the most popular vacation spots in the country. No matter your taste, these destinations have got you covered. The most popular vacation spots in the USA are calling your name, and it’s time to answer the call.

Source: Family Destinations Guide

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Steve Morrow
Steve Morrow owns Paddle About, an outdoor recreation and travel blog. Steve loves to travel, kayak, paddle board, camp, hike, and spend time outdoors with his wife and two kids. When he's not exploring the great outdoors, Steve enjoys writing about his adventures and sharing tips for getting the most out of your outdoor experiences. He has a lot of interesting stories to share, and he's always happy to help others get more out of life.