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The Cheapest Times to Visit the World’s Top Travel Spots, According to TripAdvisor

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Where to go next, and when to go there.

If you’re looking for suggestions, TripAdvisor (SmarterTravel’s parent company) has announced its Travelers’ Choice Award Winners. Winners were picked for travel both domestically and abroad. And, helpfully, TripAdvisor has paired its readers’ choices with its own data to suggest least expensive months to visit, average hotel rates, and best available airfares.

Here are the 10 top-rated U.S. destinations, together with the least expensive months to visit:

  1. New York City, New York – Least expensive month: August
  2. Maui, Hawaii – Least expensive month: October
  3. Las Vegas, Nevada – Least expensive month: April
  4. Oahu, Hawaii – Least expensive month: November
  5. Orlando, Florida – Least expensive month: August
  6. Chicago, Illinois – Least expensive month: December
  7. San Diego, California – Least expensive month: April
  8. San Francisco – Least expensive month: April
  9. New Orleans – Least expensive month: August
  10. Island of Hawaii – Least expensive month: August

And when travelers were asked to choose their favorite destinations regardless of country, their top-10 choices were these:

  1. Paris, France – Least expensive month: August
  2. London, England – Least expensive month: April
  3. Rome, Italy – Least expensive month: August
  4. Bali, Indonesia – Least expensive month: April
  5. Crete, Greece – Least expensive month: October
  6. Barcelona, Spain – Least expensive month: November
  7. Prague, Czech Republic – Least expensive month: November
  8. Marrakech, Morocco – Least expensive month: June
  9. Istanbul, Turkey – Least expensive month: May
  10. New York City, New York – Least expensive month: August

Most of the choices are old standbys, which may be disappointing to those looking for fresh ideas. But this is, after all, a popularity contest. For those in search of somewhere a bit less mainstream, there are other recommendations further down the list. At number 22, for example, is Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (home of Dollywood); and at number 19 is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (known for its beaches and golf courses).

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After 20 years working in the travel industry, and 15 years writing about it, Tim Winship knows a thing or two about travel. Follow him on Twitter @twinship.

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