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American travelers are eager to travel for the holidays and build memories in special destinations with their loved ones. A new study has determined where U.S. citizens will travel within the next few days. 

Allianz Partners USA—one of the world’s largest insurance companies— recently shared a report that considered flights departing from U.S. airports from December 17 this year, and 89% of the itineraries were for domestic travel, while 11% were for international destinations.

Here’s a list of the top international and domestic destinations:

people ice skating in Central Park in New York City

Top International Destinations For The Holidays

Most American travelers prefer international destinations with warmer weather and beautiful beaches for the holidays, as evidenced by the list below:

1) Cancun, México

Cancun is almost sold out for the winter, and it is no surprise that this is Americans’ top international destination. This fascinating city in the Mexican Caribbean not only offers incredible vacation experiences, perfect weather, and beautiful sandy beaches, but now the airport process is now faster, and the government has implemented new strategies for international travelers to visit stress-free.

Woman walking happily at the beach

2) San José del Cabo, México

At this destination, travelers can enjoy luxury and the best of the Pacific Ocean in Mexico. Cabo beat Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, earning the gold medal this year at the Travvy Awards. 

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Los Cabos Arches aerial photo

3) London, England

Americans looking for cozy winter experiences are heading to London. This amazing city offers visitors many activities and events for the holidays, such as charming Christmas markets, beautiful decorations, impressive Christmas trees, winter terraces, and traditional food.

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Red phone booth and Christmas decoration in London

4) Montego Bay, Jamaica

By taking a direct flight lasting just a few hours, U.S. travelers can enjoy this Caribbean Paradise in Jamaica. Montego Bay was the trendiest destination in 2022. Travelers can stay at beautiful resorts and enjoy local landscapes and hospitality. 

Travelers enjoying the beach under an umbrella in Montego Bay.jpeg

5) Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

This destination set a tourism arrival record this year! Travelers love this destination because it offers a great balance between beautiful beaches and also the possibility to connect with local culture. Visitors can have a relaxing time at the gorgeous beaches but also learn about Mexican traditions, taste flavorful Mexican food, and enjoy its vibrant nightlife. 

Puerto Vallarta bridge and busy beach

Top Domestic Destinations For The Holidays

Many American travelers are eager to spend the holidays with their loved ones but also enjoy the great holiday experiences U.S. cities have to offer. Here are the top 5 destinations in the country: 

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1) New York City

When it comes to Christmas entertainment, excitement, and amazement, this city is perfect for the holidays. The beautiful decorations, the vibrant energy… New York City has it all! American travelers love local traditions like visiting the ​​Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and admiring the decorated store windows on Fifth and Madison avenues, and, of course, eating at the best restaurants.

People walking around a busy street in NYC with christmas tree in the background

2) Seattle 

Seattle offers visitors impressive light displays for the holidays— at the botanical garden, the zoo, the T-Mobile Park, and more. The famous Annual Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Grand Seattle is back this year for the first time since 2019, and visitors can also have a fun time watching Santa Claus scuba diving at the aquarium. 

Seattle skyline in the winter with buildings at sunset

3) Orlando

When it comes to Christmas magic, Orlando has some of the best entertainment for families with its two main holiday ingredients: amazing themed parks and pleasant weather. World Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort go big for Christmas and have special attractions, parades, and impressive events for their guests. 

Ferris wheel at night lit up against a black sky

4) Phoenix

This city in Arizona offers unique experiences for the holidays. Travelers can attend the biggest lantern festival in North America at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, visit the remarkable Christmas at the Princess event with 6.5 million lights, firepits, igloos, and an ice rink, or see Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden

Pond in Phoenix, Arizona with palm trees and hotels in background

5) Los Angeles

Travelers also enjoy Los Angeles in December for its special events. Depending on the travel dates, visitors get to experience the Hollywood Christmas Parade, the Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade, the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, the King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade, and on January 1, the beautiful Rose Parade. 

Los angeles skyline at sunset with buildings and trees

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