11 U.S. States That Top Our Readers’ 2023 Travel Lists

Waiting for travel Recently, in our annual State of Travel Survey, we polled our readers about their travel plans for 2023. Surprisingly, 94% of people plan to travel to the United States at least once this year. Looking at the domestic destinations below, I must say you have great taste!Here are the top states a reader plans to visit in 2023:

Ferris wheel at Icon Park in Orlando

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1. Florida

The Sunshine State won gold medals in 2021 and 2022, so it’s no surprise that Florida tops readers’ 2023 travel lists. With sun, sand and destinations like Orlando, Miami, Key West, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale, who can resist?

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Green golf course with water and palm trees in front of mountains at sunset
PGA West Golf Course in La Quinta, Greater Palm Springs, California

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2. California

Runner-up on Top 10 State List Waiting for travel The state you plan to visit in 2023 is California. It’s easy to see why. The Golden State has it all, from mountains and beaches to wine country and iconic national parks. His sunny SoCal regions like Los Angeles, San Diego, and Palm Springs topped readers’ travel lists this year, along with popular Northern California destinations like his Bay area and Yosemite. With so much to offer, the middle of the state is often overlooked. Here’s how to take a leisurely drive up the central California coast.

Empire State Building at dusk
Our readers are in the Empire State of Mind.

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3. New York

New York comes in third this year, thanks to respondents who named New York City as one of the places they plan to travel domestically in 2023. We encourage you to indulge your taste buds with a food tour. In New York City, just walking out the door seems to cost him $50. Check out our list of great free activities to do in the city that never sleeps and save money.

State attractions such as Niagara Falls and the Finger Lakes region in the heart of upstate New York also ranked high on travelers’ lists.

Sunset in the Sonoran Desert near Phoenix, Arizona
Sunset in the Sonoran Desert near Phoenix, Arizona

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4. Arizona

Phoenix secures the #4 spot in Arizona this year. In addition to the stunning Sonoran Desert scenery, the Valley of the Sun has unique museums, a desert botanical garden, excellent outdoor restaurants and rooftop bars, and outdoor activities such as hiking Camelback his Mountain.

But the Grand Canyon State has many other attractions, especially the Grand Canyon itself. Other top spots readers will visit in Arizona this year are Tucson, Scottsdale, and Sedona. Scottsdale is known for its world-class spas and golf courses, while Sedona is known for its whirlpools and her over 400 miles of trails. Interestingly, Tucson’s Sonora-style Mexican cuisine was the first in the United States to be designated a UNESCO Creative City of Food Culture.

San Antonio River Walk in Texas.
There’s more to San Antonio than the River Walk.

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5. Texas

The great Texas rounds out the top five. Readers have their sights set on his four metropolitan areas that make up the Texas Triangle: San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, and Houston. The Riverwalk is San Antonio’s big draw, but the area is not only about shopping and dining, but there are plenty of outdoor activities to do as well. In fact, San Antonio has a great food scene that you can sample on a Tex-Mex Food Tour.

Austin, the capital of the Lone Star State, is also the live music capital of the world. If you do visit, take time to explore the surrounding Texas Hill Country. You may think you know Dallas, but in a metropolitan area as big as Dallas-Fort Worth, there’s always something new to discover. Check out glamping spots, free experiences, and nearby wineries!

Even on a tight budget, Houston has no problem entertaining tourists. It’s great to leave Dallas’ Sixth Floor Museum and Space Center Houston off your bucket list, but here are his five gorgeous places to visit in Texas that you probably don’t know about.

Aerial/drone shot of the sunset over the Colorado State Capitol. State capital of Denver.The Rocky Mountains are visible on the horizon
Sunset over the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.

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6. Colorado

Denver pushed Colorado to No. 6. Nestled at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains, the Mile High City offers endless possibilities alongside great restaurants and breweries.

The mountains are calling, and readers are responding by planning trips to popular ski resort towns like Telluride and Breckenridge. hit the slopes? Check out these Telluride and Breckenridge vacation rentals.

Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.
Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee

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7. Tennessee

New to this year’s list is Tennessee. Often overlooked as a flyover state, Tennessee is a country-centered destination that offers everything from live music and hot his chicken to stunning mountains and Dollywood. Music City tops readers’ lists, followed by the Smoky Mountain towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Chattanooga and Knoxville. Graceland also makes the list, with Memphis at the back of the list.

Aerial view of the Las Vegas Strip near the Bellagio
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8. Nevada

America’s Playground ranks Nevada in the top 10 every year. From new resorts to unique dining experiences, there’s always something new in Sin City. But Nevada has more than just the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip. There are also beautiful state parks such as the Valley of Fire.

The Lynn Cove Viaduct meanders along the side of Grandfather Mountain along North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Linn Cove Viaduct meanders along Grandfather Mountain near Linville, North Carolina.

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9. North Carolina

Another new addition to this edition is North Carolina. With lovely locations such as the Outer Banks and the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s easy to see why a reader is planning to travel there in his 2023. Real estate, breweries and the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature.

Lighthouse near Marquette, Michigan.
Marquette Harbor Lighthouse

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10. Michigan

It may come as a surprise to some that Mitton State ranks 10th, but Michigan is actually down a place or two compared to previous years. A favorite destination for generations, Michigan’s Great Lakes boast miles of lakeside beaches. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula tops a reader’s 2023 travel destination list, with UP’s largest city, Market, by far. Located on Lake Superior, Marquette is full of natural wonders, from waterfalls to northern lights.

Columbus, Ohio, USA skyline along the river at dusk.
The Saito River flowing through downtown Columbus

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11. Ohio

Ohio, the dark horse of this race, flies under the radar as a flyover condition. Waiting for travel However, readers are excited to visit major cities like Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. Each makes for a great weekend getaway. Cleveland has great restaurants and Columbus has his outdoor activities. going to chinch? Be sure to sample his 13 family-run donut shops on the Donut Trail in Butler County.

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