Top Trending Vacation Hot Spots in the World

Alaska and Iceland are hot, at least when it comes to travel trends.

Then there's Florida, Las Vegas, Maui, Europe and the Caribbean. Of course, Paris is always a good idea.

Travel agents recently reported booking more Alaska cruises than any other destination. According to Cruise Lines International Association, nearly 1.1 million passengers cruised in Alaska in 2017 and that number is projected to grow another 7% in 2018.

(See our related gallery, 30 Incredible Things to Do on Your Alaska Vacation)

The data come from an annual survey of 1,355 North American-based travel agency owners, managers and front-line travel agents conducted by Travel Leader's Group, a North American travel company. The survey was conducted over two months from Dec. 20, 2017 to Feb. 19, 2018.

These are the most-booked destinations in the U.S. and the world, along with the most popular up-and-coming travel spots.

Alaska (Cruise)
Alaska (Cruise)

Alaska (Cruise): 47.9%

Of the travel agents surveyed, 47.9% booked Alaska cruises.

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Orlando
Orlando

Orlando: 38.6% of agents surveyed booked trips to Orlando.

Orlando is home to more than a dozen theme parks.

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Las Vegas
Las Vegas

Las Vegas: 35.4%

Nevada's gambling mecca offers top entertainment, restaurants and recreation.

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Maui
Maui

Maui: 30.9%

Hawaii's second largest island has 30 miles of beaches, lush rainforests, and famous golf courses.

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New York City
New York City

New York City: 27.7%

The Big Apple is loaded with museums, broadway entertainment, nightlife, shopping, restaurants, sporting events and so much more.

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Honolulu
Honolulu

Honolulu: 25.7%

Hawaii's capital is known for its dining, nightlife, shopping, and scenic crescent beach with high-rise hotels and Diamond Head as a backdrop. Visit the USS Arizona Memorial while you're there.

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Hawaii (Cruise)
Hawaii (Cruise)

Hawaii (Cruise): 16.5%

A cruise to Hawaii can often save you money and give you views of the islands you can't see from the land.

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Miami/Miami Beach
Miami/Miami Beach

Miami/Miami Beach: 15.5%

Miami is loaded with arts and culture, nightlife, beaches, and vibrant historic neighborhoods. Above, the landmark Colony Hotel along Ocean Drive in the Art Deco District of South Beach.

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Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.: 14.7%

At the nucleus of American government, you can see the White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam Memorial and dozens of museums, including the Kennedy Space Center and the Smithsonian.

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Los Angeles
Los Angeles

Los Angeles: 12.9%

L.A. is loaded with theme parks, beaches, museums and unique neighborhoods where you can go people watching or celebrity spotting. Above, Hollywood's walk of fame.

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Top international destinations: Caribbean (cruise)
Top international destinations: Caribbean (cruise)

Top international destinations:

Caribbean (cruise): 34.7%

Caribbean cruises topped the list for most popular international destinations. Above, the port town of Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

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Cancun, Mexico
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico: 28.3%

Cancun is known for its beaches, numerous resorts and nightlife. It's also a launching point for visiting the many Mayan ruins along the Yucatán peninsula.

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Europe (River cruise)
Europe (River cruise)

Europe (River cruise): 23.1%

See France from the Dordogne River or float along the Danube through Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

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Europe (Mediterranean cruise)
Europe (Mediterranean cruise)

Europe (Mediterranean cruise): 17.4%

From Athens or Cannes to Venice or Zadar, see some of the best of Europe on any number of cruise lines on the Mediterranean Sea.

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: 17.2%

Located on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is known for its beaches and clear waters.

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Rome
Rome

Rome: 16.0%

Italy's capital has nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display.

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London
London

London: 15.5%

More than 19 million tourists visited London in 2016.

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Amsterdam
Amsterdam

Amsterdam: 12.6%

Amsterdam's museum district is home to the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, which has works by Rembrandt and Vermeer, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Above, the red light district.

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Montego Bay, Jamaica
Montego Bay, Jamaica

Montego Bay, Jamaica: 12.6%

Montego Bay is popular for its duty-free shopping, vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches and diving opportunities.

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Playa del Carmen/Riviera Maya, Mexico
Playa del Carmen/Riviera Maya, Mexico

Playa del Carmen/Riviera Maya, Mexico: 11.4%

This resort town on the Yucatán peninsula is great for beaches, bars, snorkeling and diving.

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Paris
Paris

Paris: 11.1%

Every year, millions of people visit this global capital of fashion, food, art and culture. About 7 million people visit the iconic Eiffel Tower.

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Top "up and coming" international destinations: Iceland
Top "up and coming" international destinations: Iceland

Top "up and coming" international destinations:

Iceland 42.9%

Iceland topped the list as the No. 1 'up and coming' international destination, with 42.9% of surveyed agents booking trips to the Nordic island nation.

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New Zealand
New Zealand

New Zealand: 28.7%

Above, kayakers on Milford Sound, New Zealand.

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Thailand
Thailand

Thailand: 24.8%

Of the destinations in Asia, Thailand is growing fastest in popularity. Above, lanterns are released at the Wat Sirindhorn Wararam Buddhist temple in Thailand.

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Vietnam
Vietnam

Vietnam: 20.8%

Lonely Planet describes Vietnam as "a land of staggering natural beauty and cultural complexities."

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Croatia
Croatia

Croatia: 17.9%

The Eastern European country has a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea across from Italy. It also has a thousand islands. Above, a Roman-age arena in Pula, Croatia, a UNESCO world heritage site.

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Peru
Peru

Peru: 16.7%

Peru is rich in archeological sites, such as Machu Picchu. Visitors often go to see the Nazca Lines and the Amazon River, or visit Lima, the capital. Above, a Peruvian woman in Cusco wears traditional native clothing.

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Maldives
Maldives

Maldives: 15.6%

This tiny tropical nation in the Indian Ocean is made of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. It's known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs.

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Panama
Panama

Panama: 14.6%

Popular destinations in Panama include Colón, the city at the entrace of the Panama Canal, the San Blas Islands, and the capital, Panama City.

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The Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands: 14.2%

The Ecudorean archipelago visited by Charles Darwin in 1835 is a premier spot for viewing extraordinary wildlife. Above, a Sally Lightfoot crab, a coastal scavenger found in the islands.

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Tahiti
Tahiti

Tahiti: 13%

The largest island in French Polynesia, Tahiti is home to the Paul Gauguin museum and is popular for diving and beaches.

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Portugal
Portugal

Portugal: 11.5%

Above, Azenhas del Mar near Lisbon in Portugal.

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Bora Bora
Bora Bora

Bora Bora: 11.1%

Bora Bora is also part of French Polynesia, and is known for its scuba diving and luxury resorts.

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Kenya
Kenya

Kenya: 10.2%

Kenya is home to savannah, lakelands, the Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands. Popular activities include safaris to the Maasai Mara Reserve and Amboseli National Park to see lions, elephants, rhinos and other wildlife.

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Morocco
Morocco

Morocco: 6.9%

Above, a market in Marrakesh, Morocco.

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Tanzania
Tanzania

Tanzania: 6.5%

Sharing a border with Kenya, Tanzania is home to Mt. Kilamanjaro and Serengeti National Park, another hotspot for seeing wildlife such as elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, and rhino. Above, Masai women in Tanzania.

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