For the past four weeks USA Today readers have been voting daily in the 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards in the following categories Best Destination for Culturephiles, Best Destination for History Buffs, Best Destination for Luxury Travelers, Best Destination for Outdoor Enthusiasts and Best Destination for Shopaholics.

Newport, RI has landed in the top 10 in two categories, Best Destination for History Buffs (#7) and Best Destination for Luxury Travelers (#10).

In each category a panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Destination for History Buffs are as follows:

  1. Gettysburg, Penn.
  2. Montgomery, Ala.
  3. Philadelphia
  4. Williamsburg, Va.
  5. St. Augustine, Fla.
  6. Savannah, Ga.
  7. Newport, R.I.
  8. Galveston, Texas
  9. Charleston, S.C.
  10. Boston
    Additional nominees for the title included Charlottesville, Honolulu, New Orleans,New York, Portland (Maine), Richmond, San Antonio, San Francisco, St. Louis and Washington.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Destination for Luxury Travelers are as follows:

  1. Naples, Fla.
  2. Beverly Hills
  3. Lanai, Hawaii
  4. Aspen, Colo.
  5. Maui, Hawaii
  6. Las Vegas
  7. Scottsdale, Ariz.
  8. Vail, Colo.
  9. Kauai, Hawaii
  10. Newport, R.I.
    Other nominees for the title of Best Destination for Luxury Travelers included Boston, the Hamptons, Jackson Hole, La Jolla, Miami, Napa Valley, New York,Palm Beach, San Francisco and Santa Barbara.

10Best Readers’ Choice: Destination Winners Announced

Photo of the lawn at Castle Hill Inn from Newport Restaurant Group

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).

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