Travel Ranking

U.S. News Travel Methodology

The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on an analysis of expert and user opinions. We believe this unbiased approach makes our rankings more useful than simply providing our editors’ personal opinions.

How We Do Our Travel Rankings
The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on an analysis of expert and user opinions. We believe this unbiased approach makes our rankings more useful than simply providing our editors’ personal opinions.

But even though our rankings of hotels, vacations, and things to do are based on a wide collection of independent opinions, the best options for you may not be those ranked No. 1 or No. 2. Travel experiences are personal ones. Nonetheless, we hope that our rankings can serve as helpful guideposts as you plan your next trip.

Hotel Rankings
U.S. News & World Report releases annual rankings of the Best Hotels in the USA, the Best Resorts in the USA, the Best Hotels in the Caribbean, the Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean, the Best Hotels in Mexico, the Best Hotels in Bermuda, the Best Hotels in Europe, the Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico, the Best Hotels in Canada and the Best Resorts in Canada. In the future, we will continue to expand by adding hotel rankings in other geographic regions.

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Vacation Rankings
We rank travel destinations against one another in specific categories (e.g., Best Romantic Getaways in the USA). All of our destination rankings are updated once per year on a rolling basis.

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Things to Do Rankings
We rank things to do within each travel destination that we cover. Our rankings of things to do are based on our editors’ analysis of expert and user recommendations from a wide variety of websites. We believe that the best way to create useful rankings is to get as many opinions as possible from real tourists and travel experts. This is why we use the consensus-based approach.

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Travel Rewards Programs Rankings
U.S. News & World Report ranks travel rewards programs in two categories: airline frequent flyer programs and hotel loyalty programs. Considering highly coveted factors, such as how easy it is to earn a free flight or stay and what extra perks (think: complimentary checked bags and discounted room rates) are awarded to members, the Best Travel Rewards Programs rankings aim to help everyday travelers find the best loyalty program for them. These rankings will be updated once a year.

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Cruise Rankings
The U.S. News & World Report Best Cruises rankings are designed to help you find a cruise that best suits your needs. Using the following methods, U.S. News has identified the best cruise ships and cruise lines in a variety of categories.

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Travel Insurance Ratings
U.S. News & World Report rates the best and the cheapest travel insurance providers to help travelers determine what policy will best help them protect their investment in their vacation. U.S. News evaluates travel insurance companies that specifically offer trip cancellation and interruption protection.

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We hope you find the U.S. News rankings useful. We continually update our lists based on the latest reviews and information. As we cover new travel destinations, hotels, and things to do, we will add them to the rankings and this may affect how places rank versus one another. Check back periodically to see how the U.S. News travel rankings are shaping up.

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