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Santa Fe, Albuquerque makes TripAdvisor list of top destinations

February 5, 2019

Santa Fe and Albuquerque both made TripAdvisor’s list of “20 of the Top Places to Visit In the U.S. In 2019.”

“This year, consider a visit to a U.S. destination you may not have thought of before or alternatively, see if the hype for some of America’s up-and-coming hotspots is justified,” TripAdvisor wrote in the introduction to its list, which was released Jan. 28. “Each location on our list of where to travel in 2019 is growing in popularity for its own unique reasons.”

TripAdvisor, which proclaims itself the world’s largest travel website, touts Santa Fe’s “Artists in Residence,” where people can visit artists in their studios Nov. 1 to Feb. 28. The Santa Fe entry also mentions the Taste of Canyon Road Food Tour and hiking the Atalaya Mountain Trail or at Hyde Memorial State Park.

“Boasting world-renowned cuisine, vibrant cultural attractions and one of the country’s largest art scenes, Santa Fe has earned its title as one of the top places to travel in the U.S.,” TripAdvisor wrote.

Rankings do positively impact Santa Fe tourism numbers, said Randy Randall, executive director of Tourism Santa Fe.

“I think TripAdvisor is one of the most popular places to go to find third-person opinions of places,” Randall said. “It’s a huge reason we were up 11.7 percent [through November] in 2018 in lodgers tax collections.”

Albuquerque’s listing focuses on the International Balloon Fiesta and the “mind-blowing” Petroglyph National Monument.

“Albuquerque is a truly unique destination with a wide range of attractions, from its rich history and culture to its gorgeous red rock surroundings,” TripAdvisor wrote.

The other cities on the list are Asheville, N.C.; Baltimore; Portland, Maine; Kansas City, Mo.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Long Beach, Calif.; Columbus, Ohio; Healdsburg, Calif.; Louisville, Ky.; Bend, Ore.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Greenville, S.C.; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Birmingham, Ala.; Flagstaff, Ariz.; Fort Collins, Colo.; Lancaster, Pa.; and Madison, Wis.

On the web

Read the list at www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalsBlog/2019/01/28/top-places-visit-usa-best-destinations