These are the best places to visit in the world, ranked by U.S. News

Charles Trepany

Paris reigns as the greatest vacation destination for the second year in a row, according to an annual ranking of the best places to travel.

Determined by a mix of expert analysis, editor opinion and user votes, U.S. News & World Report’s list of the world’s best places to visit puts the City of Light at No. 1, followed by New Zealand’s South Island, Rome, Tahiti and then London.

The report also includes regional rankings, including the best places to visit in the U.S., where national parks dominated, with the Grand Canyon first, followed by Yosemite and then Yellowstone.

Despite varying in region and price tag, these dream destinations, according to U.S. News travel editor Christine Smith, all have one thing in common: plenty to do outside.

“This year we saw an unmistakable travel trend: More people are interested in spending their hard-earned vacation days outdoors," she said in a press release.

From exploring urban jungles to camping under the stars, the places in this year’s rankings offer something for everyone, Smith said.

“Although travel trends and the appeal of various vacation destinations are always changing, the U.S. News Best Vacations lists feature a mix of destinations so travelers can find the right vacation for them, regardless of interests and budget,” she said in the release.

Scroll through U.S. News & World Report's top 30 places to visit in the gallery below:

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: These are the best places to visit in the world, ranked by U.S. News