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According to the latest Allianz Travel Insurance survey, the number of Americans traveling to Europe this summer is projected to rise by 34%.

…But where is everyone heading to for the mid-year break?

While the list features firm favorites like Paris and London, this year’s rankings have shaken things up, causing Lisbon and Milan to fall off the top 10 list.

Top 10 Summer European Destinations

Here is the official ranking of the top 10 summer European destinations, along with some of the best things to do in each city.

1. London, England

Holding onto the top spot, a trip to London is always a good idea, especially in the summer. With major concerts and festivals, including Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour, the city sets the scene for an incredible summer and a central base for weekend trips to nearby European countries.

Explore London’s blend of history and culture and visit iconic landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. Head to Camden Market, stroll down Notting Hill to the famous 280 Westbourne Park Road, and take advantage of the city’s free museums, including the Natural History Museum and National Gallery.

2. Paris, France

Paris remains a top choice with the city hosting the 2024 Olympics Games from the 26 July to 11 August. But besides all the sporting events, there are plenty of other reasons to visit the city in the summer.

The weather is perfect for relaxing in the Luxembourg Gardens, enjoying a glass of wine on a Seine River cruise, and cafe-hopping while wandering around the charming cobblestone streets.

If you want to escape Paris for a few hours, hop on the train and visit the Palace of Versailles or go on a day trip to Chantilly and Normandie.

3. Dublin, Ireland

With its rich history and lively culture, Dublin is an incredible European summer destination. Plus, it’s the season with the least amount of rain, meaning your itinerary and the weather will be on the same page for once.

Start your summer adventure at Trinity College to see the Book of Kells and stroll through the beautiful campus. The Guinness Storehouse offers a fascinating tour ending with a panoramic view of the city from the Gravity Bar. Enjoy traditional Irish music in the lively Temple Bar area and discover the historic Dublin Castle and its serene gardens.

For day trips, visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher (also a Harry Potter filming location!), the ancient monastic site of Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains. Each destination provides a unique glimpse into Ireland’s natural beauty and cultural heritage, making your summer trip to Dublin truly memorable.

4. Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, moving up two positions from last year’s ranking, is a vibrant blend of history and culture. 

Like Ireland, the summer months mean lovely, long, warm days for exploring and fewer rainy days (although you might still get a wet day here or there).

Begin your journey with a tour of the famous Edinburgh Castle, which offers stunning city views. Walk the Royal Mile, which is full of unique shops and cafes, and grab a ticket for The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest arts festival.

For a touch of nature, hike up Arthur’s Seat and hire a car for day trips to the scenic Highlands or the historic Stirling Castle.

5. Rome, Italy

While Rome split one spot from last year’s Allianz ranking, it continues to attract a steady stream of American travelers.

From the ancient Colosseum to the Vatican Museums, it’s the ultimate summer getaway for history and art buffs who want to step back into time and feast on delicious Italian cuisine.

But that’s not the only drawcard. While Rome is the capital of Italy, it’s a cheaper destination than other cities like Amsterdam, Paris, and even Milan. It’s also a great place to base yourself and explore different parts of Italy, like Florence and Pompeii. All you need to do is hop onto one of the high-speed trains.

My go-to tip for Rome? Make sure to schedule a daily gelato tasting into your itinerary!

6. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rome might have lost a spot, but Amsterdam is gaining popularity. Moving two spots up, the city is a major drawcard for American backpackers and bachelorette/bachelor parties.

The trendy Jordaan district, bustling with boutiques and cafes, offers a contemporary vibe and is a wonderful area to stay in for your trip to Amsterdam.

Between mouthfuls of Dutch pancakes, visit historical sites like Anne Frank’s House and the many art museums, such as the Van Gogh and Moco Museum.  

For a day trip, take a train down to Rotterdam or tick another country off your list and explore Antwerp in Belgium.

7. Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik has slipped two spots in popularity but remains a stunning summer destination for American tourists. 

The Blue Lagoon’s geothermal waters are always a good idea, and I highly recommend stopping here at the end of your trip instead of at the beginning.

If you have the time and the budget, hire a camper van and explore the Golden Circle’s many geysers and waterfalls. Visit the epic plane wreck on the black beach in South Iceland and take advantage of the midnight sun.

With longer days, you can fit more into your itinerary and tick almost everything off your Iceland bucket list.

Psst…If you’re flying from New York, Boston, Washington D.C., or Chicago, you can book direct flights to Reykjavik.

8. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a popular European summer destination with something for everyone. But if you’re in the mood for a beach vacation without a thriving party scene, I’d recommend one of Spain’s other beach towns like Málaga or Palma.

Barcelona’s seven beaches are bustling and full of nightlife, and its club scene is legendary. On the other hand, the city is home to plenty of history, a rich culinary scene, and world-class museums.

What are the must-sees in the city? Sagrada Familia (it’s almost finished!) and Park Güell. For sunset, join the locals at Bunkers del Carmel.

9. Athens, Greece

This ancient Greek metropolis has much more to offer than its rich history and archaeological ruins. Beyond the historical treasures, Athens is home to beautiful beaches, a vibrant nightlife, and mouth-watering cuisine. 

With ancient ruins scattered throughout the city and fascinating museums to explore, there’s always something to see and do, whether wandering the winding streets of Plaka or marveling at the grandeur of the Temple of Olympian Zeus.

When the day’s heat sets in, escape the city and catch some rays at  Skalakia Agias Marinas. It’s a picturesque cove only 14km from Athens with sandy beaches and alluring turquoise waters.

10. Nice, France

For the first time since the survey began in 2015, the spectacular beaches of Nice, France, make an appearance. Together with Barcelona, they displace Milan, Italy, and Lisbon, Portugal, from the annual rankings.

Nice is a favorite summer destination due to its pristine Mediterranean beaches, rich cultural heritage, and vibrant lifestyle. The beautiful Promenade des Anglais offers breathtaking views and leisurely strolls along the coastline. The Old Town, or Vieux Nice, is a maze of narrow streets filled with colorful markets, charming cafes, and historic architecture.

Art enthusiasts love Nice’s impressive museums like the Marc Chagall National Museum and the Matisse Museum. Nice’s culinary scene is another highlight, blending French and Mediterranean flavors with traditional dishes like salade niçoise and socca.

That’s not all.

Its strategic location on the French Rivera makes it easy to explore nearby destinations like Monaco and Cannes.

Which of these European summer destinations are you planning to visit? Let me know in the comments below!

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