TripAdvisor has revealed its number one trending US destination for 2021 and the winner may surprise you.
While you may think tourist meccas such as Orlando, Miami and Las Vegas would be topping the list of most trending destinations, people are actually looking for a place that is quintessentially American and allows them to get out in nature.
According to Southern Living, the number one trending US destination on TripAdvisor is Gatlinburg, Tennessee – the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains!
Southern Living reports for this year’s rankings, TripAdvisor looked at a number of criteria, including destinations that received the biggest increase in positive ratings, reviews in the past year, and took into consideration where travelers “dreamed of going when the pandemic kept them stuck at home.”
“Alongside the latest vaccine developments, pent-up demand is prompting the world to think more about travel in 2021,” said Christine Maguire, vice president and general manager, global media business at Tripadvisor, in a statement reported by Southern Living. “But one result of the pandemic may be the destinations they’re interested in. In fact, a recent survey revealed that 74% of travelers will spend more time selecting a destination when planning their next trip. If you’re like me and already imagining your first post-vaccine vacation, this list of travelers’ favorite destinations can serve as your inspiration.”
According to TripAdvisor, these are the Top Ten Trending Destinations in the US:
1. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
2. St. Augustine, Florida
3. Fort Myers Beach, Florida
4. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
5. Moab, Utah
6. Marco Island, Florida
7. Estes Park, Colorado
8. Hilton Head, South Carolina
9. Clearwater, Florida
10. Jackson, Wyoming