The Top Holiday Travel Destinations Of 2023

From sunny beaches to snowy slopes, these are our picks for the best year-end holiday destinations, both domestic and international

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Whether traveling to be with family, get away from family, or to visit the sunny shores of Costa Rico or the slippery snowy slopes of Vail, Colorado, odds are you won’t be alone during this most wonderful time of the year. Data has revealed the top holiday travel destinations of 2023, so you can see if your vacation destination made the list. 

Traveling for the holiday season is bigger than ever this year, with AAA  predicting over 115 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more from home over the 10-day year-end holiday travel period — from Saturday, December 23, 2023, to Monday, January 1, 2024. That’s a 2.2% increase over last year. AAA's data collection also including finding the most popular travel destinations, based on flight booking information.

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Orlando, FL London, England
Anaheim, CASt. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Chicago, IL Aruba
Charlotte, NCDublin, Ireland
Miami, FLToronto, Ontario, Canada
Atlanta, GARome, Italy
Las Vegas, NVReykjavík, Iceland
New York, NYSan Juan, Puerto Rico
Phoenix, AZ Montego Bay, Jamaica
Houston, TXCosta Rica

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Kathryn Pomroy

For the past 18+ years, Kathryn has highlighted the humanity in personal finance by shaping stories that identify the opportunities and obstacles in managing a person's finances. All the same, she’ll jump on other equally important topics if needed. Kathryn graduated with a degree in Journalism and lives in Duluth, Minnesota. She joined Kiplinger in 2023 as a contributor.