Plan to Visit These 10 American Travel Treasures

Did you hit up Nashville in 2017? If so, you might have based your decision, even indirectly, on its ranking in last year's TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards. The website just released its 2018 list, offering tips for worldwide and close-to-home destinations sure to make your next vacation memorable.

If you want rankings on airlines, restaurants, museums, and more, the Travelers' Choice Awards have you more than covered. From beaches to landmarks to local attractions, you can see what the site has rated the highest for your next adventure, virtually anywhere in the world. While you're saving up for No. 1 destination Bali and other locales, check out the hidden treasures highlighted in the "Destinations on the Rise – U.S." category.

The South has a strong presence on the list, with cities like Waco, Texas; Wilmington, North Carolina; and Lexington, Kentucky, all featured in the top 10. Yet some more unexpected locations are finally getting their due this year. For instance, consider exploring Omaha, Nebraska, home to the world's largest indoor rainforest. Bend, Oregon, gets kudos for its excellent adventure opportunities. And Richmond, Virginia, is an overlooked gem, full of historic neighborhoods, a hot new food scene, and even whitewater rafting.

All that said, Americans' tastes are dependable in one regard: Given the choice, almost all of us will leap at a chance to visit Hawaii. Here's the list:

  1. Kapaa, Hawaii
  2. Waco, Texas
  3. Wilmington, North Carolina
  4. Bend, Oregon
  5. Boulder, Colorado
  6. Paso Robles, California
  7. Richmond, Virginia
  8. Greenville, South Carolina
  9. Omaha, Nebraska
  10. Lexington, Kentucky