A Year in Travel: Fodor's Reveals 2013's Most Popular Destinations and Emerging Hotspots

Europe makes a post-recession comeback and tropical getaways remain hot

while smaller U.S. cities and regions grow in popularity


NEW YORK, NY (February 10, 2014) – Which destinations continued to be favorites among American travelers in 2013 and where are the new tourism hotspots? reveals the answers with their first annual list of the year’s most popular travel destinations according to the more than 4.5 million unique monthly visitors to the brand’s website. Of the 7,500 destinations covers around the world, the leading travel publisher has identified 2013’s top 50 worldwide travel locales as well as the 50 destinations that have grown most in popularity over 2012 based on destination-guide page views from natural search by American visitors to


“Natural search is a strong indicator of travelers’ intent to visit a destination--these are people that came to us because they were actively researching a trip using a search engine,” says Arabella Bowen, Editor in Chief of Fodor’s Travel.


While New York City continued to top the travel charts in 2013,  many of the U.S.’s charming small cities and regions emerged with record interest. Texas Hill Country, situated between Austin and San Antonio and home to a burgeoning wine scene, saw the most dramatic growth in 2013, with a 258% increase in page views according to website statistics. Charleston, S.C., Savannah, G.A., and New York’s Hudson Valley also saw increased interest in 2013 and joined New Orleans, Napa and Sonoma, and Washington, D.C. in the top 50 most-popular destinations for the year.


Europe, the subject of Eugene Fodor’s first guidebook, On the Continent (published in 1936), experienced a post-recession resurgence in 2013. Paris and Rome appear in the top ten of the year’s most visited destinations on while Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland and Iceland all saw page views more than double.


“Europe is back in a big way, with the strongest numbers we’ve seen in years, which is really exciting. A number of great events and cultural happenings like Ireland’s The Gathering as well as terrific travel values in countries like Spain have helped put a spotlight on travel to the continent,” said Bowen. “At the same time, we saw a shift to new regions in the United States, like Texas Hill Country and the Oregon Coast, which indicates the Fodor’s audience is always looking to discover new places and experiences, something the brand has long embodied.”


Highlighting the popularity of warm-weather destinations among Americans, the report also revealed that eleven of the top 25 most-visited destination guides on in 2013 were beach retreats. Hawaii is a perennial favorite, along with Caribbean islands like St. Martin and Turks and Caicos. Mexican hotspots showed tremendous growth last year, with travelers showing increased interest in Isla Mujeres, Los Cabos, and the Riviera Maya. Other beach destinations with a significant uptick in interest included Puerto Rico (particularly San Juan and Vieques and Culebra); St. John and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and the Dominican Republic.


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  1. New York City, N.Y.
  2. Paris, France
  3. The Florida Keys
  4. San Francisco, C.A.
  5. New Orleans, L.A.
  6. Maui, H.I.
  7. St. Martin/St. Maarten
  8. Las Vegas, N.V.
  9. Rome, Italy
  10. Washington, D.C.
  11. Big Island, H.I.
  12. London, England
  13. Kauai, H.I.
  14. Bermuda
  15. Napa and Sonoma, C.A.
  16. Turks and Caicos
  17. Honolulu and Oahu, H.I.
  18. Seattle, W.A.
  19. Cape Cod, M.A.
  20. Los Cabos, Mexico
  21. Barcelona, Spain
  22. Savannah, G.A.
  23. Chicago, I.L.
  24. Boston, M.A.
  25. St. Lucia
  26. Montreal, Canada
  27. Miami, F.L.
  28. Charleston, S.C.
  29. Los Angeles, C.A.
  30. San Diego, C.A.
  31. Santa Fe, N.M.
  32. Philadelphia, P.A.
  33. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  34. Aruba
  35. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  36. Puna Cana, Dominican Republic
  37. The Hudson Valley, N.Y.
  38. Cayman Islands
  39. San Antonio, T.X.
  40. Venice, Italy
  41. San Juan, Puerto Rico
  42. Walt Disney World, Orlando, F.L.
  43. Cancun, Mexico
  44. Grand Canyon, A.Z.
  45. St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
  46. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  47. Florence, Italy
  48. Jamaica
  49. Quebec City, Canada
  50. Puerto Rico


Source: Top 50 destinations from natural search by total page views; American visitors to, 2012-2013



  1. Isla Mujeres, Mexico
  2. The Hill Country, T.X.
  3. St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
  4. San Juan, Puerto Rico
  5. Ireland
  6. Germany
  7. Italy
  8. Sicily, Italy
  9. Los Cabos, Mexico
  10. Iceland
  11. St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
  12. Riviera Maya, Mexico
  13. Dominican Republic
  14. Savannah, G.A.
  15. Cancun, Mexico
  16. France
  17. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  18. The Florida Keys
  19. St. Martin/St. Maarten
  20. Charleston, S.C.
  21. Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, Mexico
  22. St. Barthelemy
  23. The Eastern Shore, M.D.
  24. Spain
  25. Hilton Head, S.C.
  26. Palm Springs, C.A.
  27. Vieques and Culebra, Puerto Rico
  28. Provence, France
  29. Hawaii
  30. The Oregon Coast
  31. Fort Lauderdale, F.L.
  32. Curaçao
  33. The Lower Gulf Coast, F.L.
  34. The French Riviera
  35. Tucson, A.Z.
  36. The Cyclades, Greece
  37. Tampa Bay, F.L.
  38. The Italian Riviera
  39. Kauai, H.I.
  40. Orlando, F.L.
  41. Yellowstone National Park
  42. Mexico City, Mexico
  43. Napa and Sonoma, C.A.
  44. Andalusia, Spain
  45. Rome, Italy
  46. The Loire Valley, France
  47. Austin, T.X.
  48. The Hudson Valley, N.Y.
  49. The Panhandle, F.L.
  50. St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands


Source: Top 50 destinations from natural search by page view increase; American visitors to, 2012-2013