The top 10 wellness destinations in the US

TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site, recently released a list of the top wellness travel destinations in the U.S. according to its website, along with top rated spa hotels, wellness experiences, and healthy restaurants for each destination.

As we know, wellness tourism is on the rise as increasing numbers of people are seeking out places around the globe to visit and discover where they can also nurture their health and spirituality.

“According to the Global Wellness Institute, international and domestic wellness tourism accounted for $563 billion in 2015, up 14 percent from 2013, and is expected to grow to $808 billion by 2020. The trend continues, with 25 percent of travelers saying they plan to take a wellness trip in the next 12 months, according to a recent poll of TripAdvisor’s global Facebook community.”

According to a media release, Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor said: “For travelers looking to improve their spiritual or physical health, or just an escape for digital detox, these destinations offer a wide variety of peaceful accommodations and experiences to revitalize the soul.”

To find the top wellness destinations, TripAdvisor identified locations seeing the greatest amount of related search terms such as “wellness,” “spiritual” or “yoga retreat.” Chosen spa hotels and wellness experiences were all highly rated on TripAdvisor with availability to book this summer.

According to its own research, TripAdvisor plays a very big role in influencing consumer decisions. And anecdotal evidence bears this out. Spas and other wellness businesses should be aware of the impact of their online reputations, and manage them accordingly.

These are the “Top 10 Wellness Destinations in the U.S.” according to TripAdvisor, along with their recommended spa hotel, wellness experience, and healthy restaurant in the area.

1. Sedona, Arizona

Spa Hotel: Adobe Grand Villas
Wellness Experience: Sedona Soul Tour
Restaurant: Paleo Brio Healthy Kitchen

2. Hawley, Pennsylvania

Spa Hotel: The Lodge at Woodloch
Wellness Experience: Wildlife boat tour at Lake Wallenpaupack
Healthy Restaurant: Tree Restaurant and Bar at The Lodge at Woodloch

3. Ojai, California

Spa Hotel: Ojai Valley Inn
Wellness Experience: Shop local ingredients from Ojai Certified Farmers’ Market
Healthy Restaurant: Hip Vegan Cafe

4. Amelia Island, Florida

Spa Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Wellness Experience: Self-Guided Kayak Tour of Amelia Island
Healthy Restaurant: Burlingame Restaurant

5. Calistoga, California

Spa Hotel: Solage, an Auberge Resort
Wellness Experience: Full-Day Wine Country Bike and Wine Tasting Tour
Healthy Restaurant: Solbar – Solage Calistoga

6. Lenox, Massachusetts

Spa Hotel: Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort
Wellness Experience: Hike the wildlife sanctuary at Pleasant Valley Sanctuary
Healthy Restaurant: Alta Restaurant & Wine Bar

7. Palm Springs, California

Spa Hotel: Andreas Hotel & Spa
Wellness Experience: Indian Canyons by Jeep plus Hiking Tour
Healthy Restaurant: Palm Greens Cafe

8. Park City, Utah

Spa Hotel: Westgate Park City Resort & Spa
Wellness Experience: Stroll the scenic Union Pacific Rail Trail
Healthy Restaurant: Vessel Kitchen

9. Stowe, Vermont

Spa Hotel: Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa
Wellness Experience: Bike the Stowe Recreation Path
Healthy Restaurant: Plate

10. Wailea, Hawaii

Spa Hotel: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Wellness Experience: Private 2-Hour Beginner Paddleboarding 101
Healthy Restaurant: Choice Health Bar

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