Tripadvisor®, a travel guidance platform, recently announced the winners of its 2023 Travelers’ Choice® Best of the Best “Things to Do” Awards. As the summer travel season gets into full swing, these are Tripadvisor reviewers’ favorite activities that will turn any vacation into a trip to remember.
Analyzing 12-months of Tripadvisor review data (May 1, 2022–April 30, 2023) from millions of travelers, Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best “Things to Do” is a definitive list of extraordinary experiences for travelers–from bookable tours and experiences to top attractions that travelers can visit along the way.
According to Tripadvisor’s most recent Seasonal Travel Index, almost a third (28 percent) of travelers are motivated by the opportunity to experience something new and just under half (44 percent) want to make memories with family and friends on vacation. With experiential travel taking center stage, Tripadvisor’s Best of the Best “Things to Do” is an essential guide for travelers looking to do something a bit different on their next trip.
“Experiences turn travelers into adventurers, connecting them with the local community and giving them unforgettable stories for years to come,” said Kate Urquhart, general manager of Experiences at Tripadvisor.
Delving into the collective wisdom of the travel community, this year’s best experience in the world is a full-day tour of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. On the Grand Circle Island and Haleiwa Tour, pictured, travelers can visit all the island’s top sights including the impressive Hãlona Blowhole and the Byodo-In Temple, as well as the island’s most beautiful beaches and surf spots. The rest of the Top Overall Experiences is a diverse list ranging from an Icelandic food tour in Reykjavik to sand surfing through the Dubai desert dunes.
According to Tripadvisor reviewers, Oahu is the place that left the biggest impression on travelers, with parasailing adventure Xtreme Parasail in Honolulu and Deluxe USS Arizona Memorial and Historical City Tour also coming in at No. 6 and No. 7 in Top Overall Experiences in the U.S.
With half of global travelers prioritizing visiting attractions on their upcoming trips this summer, according to Tripadvisor’s Summer Travel Index, Tripadvisor has compiled a list of the world’s best. Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia holds on to the top spot for a second year running as the No. 1 Top Attraction in the world, followed by Rome’s Colosseum. Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and The Dubai Fountain in the UAE are new additions to the world list for 2023, taking third and fourth place.
In the U.S., the Empire State Building held onto its top spot in the best U.S. attractions, and New York overall came out top with Central Park placing second, The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum fourth and the Brooklyn Bridge sixth.
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