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These are the 3 most popular UK destinations for US travelers right now


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This summer, more Americans than ever are choosing the UK as their holiday destination.

The demand for transatlantic travel is incredibly high and a large number of European countries are taking advantage of this.

Based on Trip.com booking data analysisthere has been an incredible 145% increase in the number of passengers traveling from the US to the UK, year on year.

woman in london looking at church

VisitBritain reports that there are more US travelers in the UK than before the pandemic and that US visitors are spending more now than in 2019.

It won’t surprise you to learn that London is the most popular destination for American visitors to the UK. But where else do American travelers choose to visit?

Here are the 3 most popular UK destinations for US travelers right now:


In May, airline data showed that London is the most popular summer vacation destination for US travelers.

Delta added 20 percent more seats flying from the United States to London in the summer of 2023 compared to the same period in 2019 to meet demand.

Beefeaters on parade past Buckingham Palace, London

The opportunity to explore the Royal Palaces after the Coronation of King Charles III and the abundance of historical attractions make London a natural destination for American travelers seeking a cultural break.

Americans also list pop culture, accents and pubs as reasons they want to visit London this summer.

The relatively compact nature of London’s cultural center makes it easy for American visitors to explore. There’s nothing like getting on an iconic red double-decker bus and taking in some of the most iconic views in the world from its top deck.

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People pass by Tower Bridge as the sun rises.

Travelers can also take a cruise on the River Thames and see sites like the London Eye, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, and the Houses of Parliament without leaving their seats.


The second most popular UK destination for American visitors this summer is Manchester.

Manchester is not a traditional tourist destination, as it was historically an industrial city. This means that it doesn’t have the same royal associations or obvious cultural attractions as London.

Despite this, a new report found that Manchester was the most popular destination of 2023 for Europeans.

An imposing Victorian building in Manchester

There are many reasons for this.

Football fans and sports enthusiasts can take tours of the iconic Etihad Stadium or Old Trafford football stadium. Old Trafford is the home of Manchester United, the club with the largest fan base in the world.

Manchester is often called the first modern city and was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. You’ll find plenty of museums to explore this cultural phenomenon, as well as wonderful restaurants, bars, and shops.

A shot from the river in Manchester

Manchester tends to be much more affordable than London, making it an ideal choice for travelers on a budget. And the city is in a great location to use as a base to explore the rest of the north of England.


Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and the most visited Scottish city, as well as being the third most visited city in the United Kingdom.

Scotland has seen a huge increase in the number of American visitors in recent years, and Edinburgh is often voted the best European city for first-time travelers to the United States.

Edinburgh's busy Royal Mile (The Highstreet) is one of Scotland's most iconic streets and a major tourist attraction

Edinburgh is relatively compact and easy to navigate on foot. Shared language means new travelers won’t have to navigate a language barrier.

Summer is a good time to visit Edinburgh. The famous Fringe Festival takes place in the city every August and is considered ‘one of the biggest celebrations of arts and culture on the planet’.

Music fans can also visit the imposing Edinburgh Castle and enjoy Edinburgh’s Royal Military Tattoo during August – an impressive performance of traditional bagpipes and drums.

Tourist taking mobile phone photos of Edinburgh Castle in spring.

Outside the city, Edinburgh is also ideally located for travelers hoping to explore the unique beauty of the Scottish countryside as part of their trip.

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