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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

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Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.

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