The Most Popular Destinations for Summer 2023

by Anthony Losanno

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After being stuck at home during the pandemic, Americans flocked to Europe last summer and it looks like the trend will continue this year. European holidays top the lists of many travelers. Prepare for lines, sky-high prices, and lots of your friends and neighbors heading across the pond.

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Google Flights analyzed searches between December 22nd and March 22nd to compile a list of the most popular spots for travel between June and August. Here are the places with the most hits:

  • London (my top picks here)
  • Cancun
  • Paris (my top picks here)
  • Orlando
  • Rome (my top picks here)

Last year, the list included Orlando, Cancun, Las Vegas (my top picks here), London, and New York (my top picks here). Tokyo, Barcelona (my top picks here), and Dublin also garnered a ton of searches.


If Europe is in your summer plans or you’re dreaming about it, you’re not alone. Icelandair commissioned experts to review social media posts, Google searches, and more to come up with the most popular cities for US travelers. Here’s the list:

  • Brussels, Belgium
  • London, UK
  • Rome, Italy
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Athens, Greece
  • Lisbon, Portugal (my top picks here)
  • Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Stockholm, Sweden

Anthony’s Take: I’ve been to all of the places above and it’s a solid list. There are so many amazing places in Europe for history, food, wine, shopping, beaches, and culture that every traveler will find something to do. I’ll be in London and Italy in June and can’t wait to get back.

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1 comment

Kat April 6, 2023 - 3:51 pm

Amazing. I want to visit all of these cities


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