These Are the Top U.S. Travel Destinations, According to Gen Z

published Oct 13, 2022
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With a decrease in COVID-related restrictions inspiring the rise of revenge travel, it’s clear that plenty of people are packing their bags in pursuit of a change of scenery these days, even in spite of rising travel costs across the board. But if there’s anyone who knows the power of finding great travel deals on a budget, it’s Gen Z, a generation of natural pros at using social media to scope out deals and steals.

The travel experts at Airport Parking Reservations wanted to tap into Gen Z’s ingenuity, analyzing a series of factors to determine the top travel destinations beloved by those born between the late ’90s and early ‘00s. Among the data researchers used to determine the rankings: safety ratings, Instagram hashtags, TikTok views, hostel costs, attractions, and more, all of which combined reveal a glimpse into Gen Z-approved locales in the U.S. and abroad to inspire your next getaway.

Topping the list is Miami, with its picturesque coastline, year-round warm weather, endless beaches, vibrant nightlife, and affordable accommodations. Following in second place is San Francisco, which boasts a high safety rating, friendly locals, and impressive slate of must-visit attractions, delicious restaurants, and picture-perfect architecture.

In third place is Honolulu, thanks to its pristine beaches and budget-friendly hostels — though it’s worth pointing out that Hawaiian locals and officials alike urge tourists to protect and respect native culture whenever possible. Rounding out the top five are two coastal cities, Los Angeles and New York City, which both boast restaurants, attractions, and tours sure to satisfy any interests and travel styles.

Check out the full list to see more info about each destination, as well as to see the top global travel destinations according to Gen Zers.