Top 10 US travel destinations in 2016

Top 10 U.S. Travel Destinations in 2016
By Rebecca Shinners, Veranda

It's time to start planning your next vacation.

As 2015 comes to an end, we've been creating a bucket list of everything we'd like to accomplish in 2016, which mainly includes beautiful places we'd like to travel to. Luckily, TripAdvisor just released their list of the top destinations on the rise, including 10 spots across the U.S.

According to a press release, these towns and cities were chosen using an algorithm that measured "year-over-year increase in positive TripAdvisor traveler feedback and interest in accommodations, restaurants and attractions, across destinations worldwide."

So as you start planning your getaways for the upcoming year, these are the spots you'll want to keep on your radar.

1. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Gatlinburg, Tennessee

This mountain town snagged the top spot on TripAdvisor's list, with a 67% increase in booking interest over the past year. Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, anyone who loves the great outdoors would enjoy exploring Gatlinburg. (Plus, Dollywood is right nearby!)

2. Orange Beach, Alabama
Orange Beach, Alabama

The Gulf Shores is becoming an increasingly popular vacation spot for families looking for a little slice of stateside paradise.

3. Destin, Florida
Destin, Florida

Soft white sand, bright blue water, and clear skies make for the perfect combination in this city that's also known for its fishing.

4. South Lake Tahoe, California
South Lake Tahoe, California

TripAdvisor calls this scenic spot a must-see destination for its panoramic views of North America's largest alpine lake.

5. Jackson, Wyoming
Jackson, Wyoming

The Hoback Mountain Range will entice outdoorsy type.

6. Estes Park, Colorado
Estes Park, Colorado

Estes Park is located in the Rocky Mountains, so there's a ton to do from experiencing nature to enjoying the comforts of city life.

7. Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska

Learn about Alaska's traditional culture in its largest city—that also showcases beautiful snowy peaks wherever you go.

8. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Don't discount adding a bustling city to your travel bucket list just yet! Pittsburgh boasts a whole lot of charm along with activities that will keep family members of all ages busy.

9. Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine

When visiting this coastal city, be sure to stop by the famous Head Light Lighthouse.

10. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

It should come as no surprise that Hawaii made the list. You can count on this island for beautiful water views, fishing, and relaxing beaches.

See the full list at TripAdvisor.

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