TripAdvisor's Top U.S. Destinations on the Rise in 2016

PHOTO: Gatlinburg in Tennessees Great Smoky Mountains is named the top U.S. destination on the rise by TripAdvisor.TripAdvisor
Gatlinburg in Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains is named the top U.S. destination on the rise by TripAdvisor.

If you are planning to take a vacation in the new year, you may want to consider visiting these destinations, which have been growing in popularity over the years.

TripAdvisor released their findings the hottest destinations on the rise in the United States in 2016.

The top picks were calculated from an algorithm that measured the "year-over-year increase in positive TripAdvisor traveler feedback and interest in accommodations, restaurants and attractions, across destinations worldwide," according to a press release issued on Tuesday.

“Our well-traveled community has helped us identify the destinations around the world that are gaining in interest and popularity,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “We hope these destinations inspire those planning their travel for 2016 to book trips to these locales that feature excellent hotels, restaurants and attractions, and also provide a great vacation value.”

According to TripAdvisor's data, the number one destination on the rise in the U.S. is Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where travelers have commended the city's beautiful scenery, the delicious food, and the year-round outdoor recreation options at the the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Other top picks range from the mountainous regions of Colorado to the sandy beaches of Hawaii.

Here are TripAdvisor's Top 10 "Travelers’ Choice™ Awards for Destinations on the Rise:"

1. Gatlinburg, Tennessee

2. Orange Beach, Alabama

3. Destin, Florida

4. South Lake Tahoe, California

5. Jackson, Wyoming

6. Estes Park, Colorado

7. Anchorage, Alaska

8. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

9. Portland, Maine

10. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

TripAdvisor also released their picks for the top destinations on the rise worldwide, where Tulum, Mexico took the number one spot.