TripAdvisor, a leading traveler-review site, recently announced the results of its 2015 annual Travelers’ Choice Award-winning destinations. The findings, based on millions of reviews by travelers, reveal the most amazing cities, exciting trip ideas, and unforgettable sights.
Travelers picked Marrakech, with its markets, gardens, historic palaces, and mosques, as the No. 1 destination in the world. Siem, Cambodia was recognized as No. 2 for its ancient structures, national history, shopping stalls, food vendors, and bars. Istanbul, Turkey, rated at No. 3 by travelers, was recognized for its breathtaking ancient architecture, which coexists with modern restaurants and nightlife. More than historic sites and trendy restaurants, the city’s mosques, bazaars, and hammams (Turkish baths) are enough to keep you busy throughout your trip.
Here are some of TripAdvisor’s additional top destinations.
Traveler’s Choice No. 4: Hanoi, Vietnam “[The] charming Vietnamese capital has aged well, preserving the Old Quarter, monuments and colonial architecture. More than 600 temples and pagodas add to the appeal of this city.”
Travelers’ Choice No, 5: Prague, Czech Republic “Fairy-tale features make it a perfect destination for beach-weary vacationers who want to immerse themselves in culture.”
Travelers’ Choice No. 6: London, United Kingdom “There is something for everyone. History collides with art, fashion, food, and good British ale.”
Travelers’ Choice No. 7: Rome, Italy “The city is a real-life collage of piazzas, open-air markets, and astonishing historic sites.”
Travelers’ Choice No. 8: Buenos Aires, Argentina “Atmospheric old neighborhoods are rife with romantic restaurants and thumping nightlife. And Buenos Aires’ European heritage is evident in its architecture, boulevards and parks.”
Travelers’ Choice No. 9: Paris, France “The perfect Paris experience combines romance, leisure and liveliness.”
Travelers’ Choice No. 10: Cape Town Central, South Africa“Picture-perfect views, beaches, wineries, hiking trails, and history.”
Travelers’ Choice No. 11: New York City, New York “A restless, energetic city with culture, sports, history, restaurants and shopping in abundance.”
Travelers’ Choice No. 12: Zermatt, Switzerland “The village of Zermatt is lovely and car-free, with old-fashioned brown chalets and winding alleys.”
Travelers’ Choice No. 13: Barcelona, Spain “Sidewalk cafes, flamboyant street performers, and a countless feast of tapas bars.”
Travelers’ Choice No. 14: Goreme, Turkey “A town literally carved into volcanic rock, Goreme is the gateway to Goreme National Park, a vast UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses spectacular 10th- and 11th-century cave churches.”