Whether traveling in the U.S., Asia, Europe or the Middle East, globe-trotters head to these places for inspiration, seeking cities full of energy, culture, excitement — even danger. These are destinations rich in culture and history, great shopping and beautiful views. Travel booking site TripAdvisor compiled this list of top international destinations based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings, as well as bookings, over a 12-month period of the hotels, restaurants and attractions in these destinations. Average nightly hotel rates are based on TripAdvisor pricing data. These are TripAdvisors top 10 Travelers’ Choice destinations in the world:
Average nightly rate hotel rate: $207
Top-rated hotel: The Milestone Hotel
Popular attractions in London include its many famous museums, such as the Tate and the National Gallery, the Tower of London, the London Eye, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace. Above, a boat travels along the River Thames past the Houses of Parliament in central London.
Average nightly rate hotel rate: $93
Top-rated hotel: World Heritage Hotel Istanbul
A divergence of cultures and contrasts between the ancient and the modern, Europe and Asia, Istanbul sits on the Bosporus bordering Greece and Bulgaria. Istanbul is famous for its skyline dotted with historic mosques, and is home to more than 3,000 mosques, the most of any city in Turkey. Above, a ferry passes in front of the Eminonu Mosque. Despite recent violence in Turkey, Istanbul remains a favorite tourist destination among millions of travelers world-wide. View the U.S. consulate’s travel warning to Turkey before making plans.
3. Marrakesh, Morocco
Average nightly rate hotel rate: $104
Top-rated hotel: Riad Kheirredine
Marrakesh is nearly a thousand years old, a cultural melting pot, and is known for its vibrant outdoor markets, above. With a population of over 900,000 inhabitants it is the most important city in Morocco.
Average nightly rate hotel rate: $172
Top-rated hotel in Paris: Le Bristol Paris per night
Above, tourists pose in front of the Eiffel Tower.
5. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Average nightly rate hotel rate: $64
Top-rated hotel: The Privilege Floor @Lotus Blanc
Siem Reap is the closest city to the world-famous temples of Angkor, above. While chic and world-class, the city also offers easy access to the rural beauty of Cambodia.
Average nightly rate hotel rate: $94
Top-rated hotel: Hotel Residence Agnes
Just a few of the top reasons to visit Prague are the music, the beer and the architecture, which ranges from Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque to art nouveau and cubist. Above, tourists shelter from the rain under umbrellas as they wait for the movement of the astronomical clock in the Old Town Square.
Average nightly rate hotel rate: $140
Top-rated hotel: Portrait Roma
Trip Advisor calls Rome “a real-life collage of piazzas, open-air markets, and astonishing historic sites.” It’s packed to the rafters with monuments, historic sites, museums, churches, shopping, nightlife, and, of course, restaurants. Above, actors dressed as ancient Roman soldiers attend a parade to commemorate the 2,768th anniversary of the founding of Rome on April 19, 2015. The birth of the city is celebrated annually, with actors dressed as denizens of ancient Rome taking part in parades and re-enactments. According to legend, Rome was founded by Romulus in 753 B.C. in an area surrounded by seven hills.
8. Hanoi, Vietnam
Average nightly rate hotel rate: $77
Top-rated hotel: Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa
Favorite things to do in Hanoi are city tours, boat tours, food tours, and visiting the Old Quarter.
9. New York City
Average nightly rate hotel rate: $326
Top-rated hotel: Casablanca Hotel Times Square
For first-timers, must sees in New York include the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other popular sites include The Frick Collection, the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Broadway, and the Tenement Museum.
10. Ubud, Indonesia
Average nightly rate hotel rate: $134
Top-rated hotel: Wapa di Ume Resort and Spa
Trip Advisor says Ubud is one of Asia’s top spa destinations, the vivacious center of Bali’s arts scene and home to a treasure trove of museums and galleries. Above, two macaques groom each other in the nearby Monkey Forest Sanctuary, a popular stop on visitors’ lists.
See the full list of 25 top destinations on TripAdvisor.com.