At a time when most Americans are traveling home for the holidays, international flights are being offered at remarkably low rates.
That’s why, for most avid travelers, the time to explore the world beyond the U.S. borders is now.
However, if you’re at a bit of a loss as to where to head off to next, it might help to consider where most Americans are going this November.
According to a report recently released by the American Automobile Association, these are the top 5 international destinations for U.S. travelers right now:
5. Rome, Italy
Italy, along with its many vibrant hotspots, has always been a top-tier bucket list item for travelers all over the world.
However, no other Italian city holds the same type of charm and historical allure quite like Rome, home to the iconic Colosseum, Vatican City, Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, and Piazza del Popolo (among many other must-see attractions).
The Eternal City is a living, breathing museum that transports visitors back in time through its cobblestone streets, stunning piazzas, and centuries-old cuisine.
Whether you’re going to Rome to savor some properly-made pasta in Travestere or to marvel at the jaw-dropping work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, one thing’s for sure – you’ll leave the city promising yourself you’ll come back again.
The tiny island nation nestled in the Arabian Gulf has long been overlooked in favor of flashier hotspots like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, or Istanbul – luckily for tourists, though, they seem to be becoming more aware of the natural, cultural, and historical wonders Bahrain has to offer.
The imposing Bahrain Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage site), bustling Bab Al Bahrain Souk, and remarkable Tree of Life, are just a few of the country’s unmissable attractions, though all are major drivers in the country’s rise to mainstream popularity.
With its rich cultural tapestry and warm Arabian hospitality, Bahrain provides an intriguing alternative for American travelers looking to explore the Middle East beyond its conventional tourist paths.
3. Punta Cana
Those looking to travel a bit closer to home this holiday season while still getting to bask on a tropical beach can’t go wrong with Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic’s crown jewel and a top destination among American travelers.
Renowned for its white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, the dreamy resort town has become synonymous with all-inclusive resorts that cater to relaxation-seekers and adventure enthusiasts alike.
Looking to snorkel in the vibrant coral reefs of the Caribbean, explore the indigenous Scape Park, or simply lounge on some pristine, sun-kissed beaches?
Punta Cana offers everything you’re looking for and more.
While in the region, you won’t want to miss out on Sanoa Island, a picture-perfect oasis accessible by boat, and the truest manifestation of the Dominican Republic’s natural beauty.
2. Mexico City
The Mexican capital has undergone what can only be described as a renaissance these last few years, turning into a tourist haven despite lacking the one thing most of us associate Mexico with – idyllic beaches.
However, what Mexico City lacks in sunny shores, it more than makes up for in history, architectural marvels, and gastronomic delights.
Here, travelers can admire Zócalo, the ancient Templo Mayor, Museo Soumaya, Chapultepec Park, the iconic Frida Kahlo Museum, as well as the plethora of world-class eateries that serve some of the best food you’ll come across in your life.
The fact that Cancun was named, once again, America’s favorite international destination should come as no surprise – after all, the city’s popularity among U.S. travelers is pretty well-documented.
Nestled on the northeastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun has now become synonymous with dreamy beaches, turquoise waters, and the kind of vibrant nightlife that most tourists are looking for during their time abroad.
However, it’s worth noting that beyond the luxurious resorts and lively entertainment, Cancun boasts a rich cultural heritage that’s just waiting to be explored.
The city is home to ancient Mayan ruins like Chichen Itza and Tulum, both of which provide a fascinating glimpse into Mexico’s pre-Columbian history.
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