Da Nang, Vietnam, is TripAdvisor's top emerging destination for 2014

Da Nang, Vietnam, is TripAdvisor's top emerging destination for 2014
Da Nang, Vietnam, a port city in the central part of the country, is known for its cuisine, TripAdvisor says. (TripAdvisor)

Da Nang, Vietnam, and Wildwood, N.J., lead the pack of TripAdvisor's more than 50 "destinations on the rise" in 2014.

The website's Traveler's Choice Awards in this category reflect "unheralded destinations across the globe that are receiving rave reviews from travelers worldwide," chief marketing officer Barbara Messing said in a statement released Tuesday.


Catalina Island in Southern California made it into the top 10 at No. 7 for U.S. up-and-coming places.

Wildwood Beach, flanked by sister beaches North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest in southern New Jersey, was popular in the 1950s and '60s. Its boardwalk, beach-side amusement park, frozen custard stands and lots of family-style activities endure -- and score for nostalgic charm on TripAdvisor.

Other U.S. destinations that made the cut:

2. Nag's Head, N.C.
3. Prescott, Ariz.
4. Telluride, Colo.
5. Pompano Beach, Fla.
6. Traverse City, Mich.
7. Avalon, Calif. (on Catalina Island)
8. Waikoloa, Hawaii
9. Knoxville, Tenn.
10. Gulf Shores, Ala.

The international picks turn away from Europe and toward Asia and the Middle East:

2. Sihanoukville, Cambodia
3. Limassol, Cyprus
4. Ao Nang, Thailand
5. Bodrum City, Turkey
6. Naha, Japan
7. Hurghada, Egypt
8. Kazan, Russia
9. Manaus, Brazil
10. Eilat, Israel

TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice awards are based on an algorithm that ranks the year-over-year increase in positive ratings for accommodations, restaurants and attractions at destinations worldwide.