Long live the summer vacation, the midyear escape that always seems to arrive just when it’s needed. Be it a family trip to Greece or a solo adventure in the Caribbean, summer travel is at the top of our minds – we’re all ready for a little getaway.

To find out where travelers are headed this summer, Virtuoso tapped into its data warehouse of $49.5 billion in bookings and analyzed this year’s biggest destination trends and patterns. We created two top-ten lists: one based on the most popular summer vacation destinations based on all booking data, and a Hot 10 list of emerging destinations with the largest year-over-year percentage increase in summer bookings. (Translation: These are the places your trend-setting friends are likely heading.)

The Most Popular Summer Destinations for 2019

Summer Vacation Destinations: The Grand Canyon
(Meinzahn/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

1. United States
The top spot on the list proves that many American travelers are opting to stay close to home this summer. The scenery and diversity of the country’s national parks, including the Grand Canyon (pictured here), appeal to families and adventurers.

2. Italy
3. United Kingdom

Best Summer Vacations: Paris, France
Sunny afternoons along the Seine in Paris. (tbralnina/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

4. France
France is one of eight European countries in the top ten – as always, the continent’s history, culture, cuisine, and luxury are always in high demand.

5. Greece

Best Summer Vacations: South Africa
South Africa’s Kruger National Park. (Utopia88/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

6. South Africa
It’s technically winter in South Africa, which is the ideal season for wildlife viewing on safari and whale-watching on the coast.

Best Summer Vacations: San Sebastian, Spain
Coastal flavor in San Sebastián, Spain. (peeterv/Getty Images)

7. Spain
Spain was No. 10 on last year’s list but moved up this year thanks to the value it offers travelers compared to other destinations in Western Europe.

8. Germany
9. Ireland
10. Netherlands

The Hottest Summer Destinations for 2019

Best Summer Vacations: Chile
Stargazing in Lauca National Park, in Chile’s Atacama Desert. (abriendomundo/Getty Images)

1. Chile
The South American country’s upswing in popularity is thanks in part to its variety of terrain to explore, from the Atacama Desert and the Andes to the wine valleys outside of the vibrant capital city, Santiago.

2. India

Best Summer Vacations: Puerto Rico
Peñuelas, Puerto Rico. (Javier Art Photography/Getty Images)

3. Puerto Rico
Back in action after 2017’s devastating hurricane season, Puerto Rico is ready to welcome travelers looking for a classic summer beach getaway.

4. Philippines
5. Belgium

Best Summer Vacations: Masai Mara, Kenya
The annual wildebeest migration in Kenya’s Masai Mara. (brittak/Getty Images)

6. Kenya
An on-the-rise safari destination, Kenya offers outstanding game-drive opportunities, the annual wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara, and several UNESCO World Heritage sites and beaches.

7. Egypt

Best Summer Vacations: Singapore
Singapore’s illuminating skyline. (leungchopan/Getty Images)

8. Singapore
Pop culture tourism is fueling interest in this Asian island destination, thanks to the release of last year’s popular film, Crazy Rich Asians.

9. Costa Rica
10. Dominican Republic

Top Photo: Palawan, Philippines (Mlenny/Getty Images)

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