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The 10 Most Googled Destinations of 2017

In a year of devastating hurricanes, sweeping sexual misconduct allegations, Bitcoin fever, the release of the iPhone X, and the royal engagement heard round the world, Google had its work cut out for it. Together, we ran more than 2 trillion queries and delivered the search engine's highest ever spike in traffic. Of course, destinations were among Google's top-trending topics. Below, the ten that received the most love.

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Photo by Sydney Martinez, courtesy of Travel Nevada

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Sin City—world-famous for its frenetic nightlife, hypnotic entertainment, and massive casino resorts—garnered the most destination-based searches last year.

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Barcelona, Spain

Spain's free-spirited second city is a destination not to be missed thanks to Catalan cuisine, Gaudi architecture, jewel-box properties, and Mediterranean twang.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Budget-approved accommodations, family-friendly attractions (think: mini golf courses and amusement parks), outlet shopping, and 60 miles of sandy shoreline had this east coast getaway high on Google's search list.

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Aspen, Colorado

One of the American West's most iconic ski getaways, Aspen—a former silver mining town— indulges visitors with fresh powder, high-end restaurants, opulent boutiques, plenty of Rocky Mountain pursuits, and more.

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Seeking a laid-back family getaway? An adults-only romantic retreat? A wild vacation with your closest buddies? Punta Cana has it all.

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Maldives

The Maldives top buckets lists around the world for myriad reasons: impossibly blue waters, live coral reefs teeming with exotic marine life, private atolls ringed by sugar-white sand, and more. We're far from surprised that it made Google's list.

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Turks and Caicos

Just south of the Bahamas, a mere 3.5-hour flight from NYC, Turks and Caicos has a flair for the dramatic. The string of 40 coral islands has more than 200 miles of silky sand and one of the world’s largest coral reefs.

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Bali, Indonesia

Though Bali was once mainly a magnet for bohemian backpacker and surfer types, recent years' introduction of stylish hotels and hip eateries have started to draw a considerably larger, and more diverse, crowd to the tropical Indonesian island.

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Cancun, Mexico

Mexico’s hottest resort town is a dizzying mix of vibrant restaurants, heady nightlife, dreamy white sands, and sprawling hotel complexes. Flush with all-inclusive resorts, it only makes sense that the destination was highly searched.

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Bermuda

Pink-sand beaches; limestone cliffs; coconut palms swaying in the breeze; and just a 90-minute flight from NYC? This British overseas territory makes for an easy, laid-back island getaway.

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