Where to Go in 2018: America's Top 10 Crowd-Pleasing Destinations

TripAdvisor announces this year's destinations on the rise.

Wondering where to take your family on vacation in 2018? Consider what other travelers are saying about some America's lesser-known destinations.

The online review community TripAdvisor recently announced its annual list of destinations that have received the most positive feedback from millions of users, and the results reveal some hidden gems. 

Here is TripAdvisor's list of top 10 Destinations on the Rise.

  • 01 of 10

    Kihei, HI

    Humpback whales at Kihei, Hawaii
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    A must stop on Maui's southern shore, Kihei is known for its beautiful white-sand beaches. Don't miss a visit to the Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, an excellent place to spot the enormous mammals in their natural environment.

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  • 02 of 10

    Park City, UT

    Family Getaways in Park City, Utah
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    A quick 40-minute drive from Salt Lake City and surrounded by rugged beauty, Park City is a year-round magnet for outdoors-loving families. In the summer, you can go hiking, biking, golfing, or try out the summer bobsled at the Utah Olympic Park. In the winter, there's skiing and snowboarding.

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  • 03 of 10

    Portland, ME

    Portland, Maine
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    Charming yet sophisticated, Portland is Maine's largest city and chock full of treasures, from the cobblestone streets of the Old Port District to the studio of Winslow Homer in the Portland Museum of Art. Make time visit the Portland Observatory, which offers a fabulous view of the city and harbor.

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  • 04 of 10

    Louisville, KY

    Best known for horse racing and bluegrass, Louisville boasts a range of attractions for the whole family. Visit Central Park, in the historic district, for hiking, biking and fossil finding. Baseball fans will love the Louisville Slugger Museum, a celebration of baseball legends that offers a one-of-a-kind photo opp with the humongous bat that leans against the building.

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  • 05 of 10

    Colorado Springs, CO

    Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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    Perched at the threshold of the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs offers sunny skies, crisp mountain air, and plenty of fun for families. Don't miss a visit to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Ghost Town Museum, and Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad.

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  • 06 of 10

    Houston, TX

    Sam Houston Statue in Houston, Texas
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    A leading cultural and culinary destination in the South, Houston is home to over 11,000 restaurants featuring cuisine from more than 70 countries.The Museum District houses 19 museums, all within walking distance of each other. Don't miss a visit to the Johnson Space Center, where you can visit NASA’s historic mission control.

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  • 07 of 10

    Tucson, AZ

    Tucson, Arizona
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    While Tucson's fantastic weather, national parks and desert provide the ideal environment for tons of outdoor recreational activities, this city of half a million people also has its share of history and culture. Tucson boasts turn-of-the-century architecture, historic neighborhoods, Native American culture, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

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  • 08 of 10

    Pigeon Forge, TN

    Lightning Rod Wooden Roller Coaster

    Just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge is a terrific all-around family destination and home to Dollywood theme park. After getting your fill of thrills and outdoorsy activities, you can visit Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies and the Gatlinburg Space Needle in nearby Gatlinburg. 

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  • 09 of 10

    Columbus, OH

    Columbus, Ohio
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    Ohio's capital city of Columbus offers a lot to explore. Families will enjoy COSI, the innovative science center, as well as the Columbus Zoo and its neighboring water park. Art lovers will savor the collections at the Columbus Museum of Art and revel in Gallery Hop, a monthly celebration in the Short North Art District.

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  • 10 of 10

    Jacksonville, FL

    Jacksonville, Florida
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    Beyond Jacksonville's urban side, this sprawling northeastern Florida city also has nature and wildlife preserves, historic residential neighborhoods and plenty of golf courses. Attractions in Jax run the gamut of art, science and history museums to the Jacksonville Landing entertainment complex along the St. John's River and Bronson Motor Speedway. The city's beaches offer long stretches of sand and warm water perfect for swimming, surfing and kayaking.

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