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And the World’s Best Destination Is…

TripAdvisor releases Travelers' Choice Awards

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Istanbul is the world’s best destination, according to a list released Tuesday by TripAdvisor.

The website’s sixth annual Travelers’ Choice awards pulled user reviews and ratings from the past year to determine the best places to visit. Istanbul snagged the top global spot this year, followed by Rome and London in second and third place, respectively.

“I think what really appeals to people about Istanbul is this great combination of wonderful culture and amazingly beautiful architecture there and great shopping. And if you’re a U.S. traveler, the exchange rate is pretty good,” Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications at TripAdvisor, told CNN 

New York, Chicago, and San Francisco ranked in the top 25 world destinations. If you’re still planning a spring break trip, make sure to check out TripAdvisor’s list of the best beaches in the U.S. Picturesque beaches in Hawaii took the top two spots, followed by Florida’s Siesta Key in third.

And compare TripAdvisor’s with Outside’s 2014 Travel Awards. Who do you think sends you to the most amazing destinations?

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