3 Florida beach towns make list of Top U.S. Destinations On the Rise for 2012

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Fort Myers Beach. Photo Credit: ae-j via Flickr

Three Florida beach towns – Fort Myers, Pensacola and St. Augustine – have made TripAdvisor’s list of the Top 15 U.S. Destinations on the Rise for 2012, according to TripAdvisor travelers and editors. One other beach destination that made the list was Santa Cruz, California.

This is what TripAdvisor said about the beach destinations on the rise:

Fort Myers , Florida

Most visitors go to Fort Myers for the deep-sea fishing, the golf courses and the famous white sand beaches that line the Gulf Coast. Attractions include the winter estates of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, as well as nearby Naples and the islands of Sanibel and Captiva.

Pensacola , Florida

For travelers seeking some great Florida beaches without a mega-resort or theme park atmosphere, Pensacola might just be the place for a perfect weekend. Home to Gulf Islands National Seashore, the city offers some of the best fishing and boating in the area.

Saint Augustine , Florida

Savor a restorative drink in St. Augustine’s Fountain of Youth National Archaeological Park, site of the conquistadors arrival in what is now the United States. Travelers can also take a break from history at a local beach, or indulge in some retail therapy among the many arts and crafts stores.

Santa Cruz , California

Santa Cruz is one of America’s surfing capitals, complete with its own museum devoted to the sport, and a beach whose waves are known all over the world. For outdoor recreation, the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary and Natural Bridges State Park are the places to be.

Other destinations on the list are: Nashville , Tennessee; Austin , Texas; Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Branson, Missouri; Scottsdale , Arizona; Charleston, South Carolina; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Wildwood, New Jersey; Park City, Utah; and Asheville, North Carolina.

“These U.S. destinations have really piqued TripAdvisor travelers’ interest over the last year, making them great options to consider as thoughts turn to vacation planning for 2012,” said Karen Drake, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor.

Source: PRNewswire and TripAdvisor

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