Discover Crystal River Florida, the official Visitor and Tourism Bureau for Citrus County, Florida, is proud to share Crystal River, Florida, is a winner in the 2023 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best Summer Travel Destination. Crystal River was among 20 destinations initially nominated by a panel of travel media experts and then voted as a top 10 best summer travel destination on the website, which averages five million visitors per month.

“As part of our ongoing marketing strategy, we host travel writers so they can experience all Citrus County has to offer and then use those experiences to create travel content to introduce our destination to the world,” said John Pricher, executive director of Discover Crystal River Florida. “We were thrilled to welcome a travel writer from USA TODAY earlier this year and are honored to have been nominated for this contest. I want to thank all our locals and visitors who voted and helped Crystal River earn this prestigious and far-reaching accolade.”

Nominees for the Best Summer Travel Destination were chosen by a panel of relevant experts, including editors from USA TODAY; editors from; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. While the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest lives on, a standalone travel media site, it is promoted across USA TODAY Travel Media Group's digital and mobile products, as well as via social media. Nominees are also announced and/or promoted across relevant USA TODAY departments, and through Gannett media outlets.

Known for its outdoor adventure, beautiful trails, unique scalloping season, and status as the Manatee Capital of the World, Crystal River, Florida, and the surrounding cities of Homosassa, Inverness, and Floral City, offer big adventures ideal for summer vacations. Located about 75 minutes north of Tampa and 90 minutes west of Orlando, Crystal River is perfectly located on the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s Nature Coast, making it easy to access, yet pleasantly off the beaten path, and packs in the value.

Crystal River, Florida, placed seventh out of 10 destinations throughout the United States. To learn more about Crystal River and experience one of Best Summer Travel Destinations in the U.S., visit


About Crystal River Florida

Widely known as the Manatee Capital of the World, Crystal River, Florida, is the only place in the United States to legally experience the up-close encounter of swimming with these gentle giants. Located in Central Florida’s Gulf Coast, Crystal River and the surrounding cities of Old Homosassa, Inverness and Floral City are an authentic showcase of outdoor adventure and scenic beauty. Within tens of thousands of acres of protected state parks, forests and wildlife refuges, visitors can explore miles of bicycling, walking, birding, horseback riding and hiking trails to unlock a wild and wonderful world of natural, recreational and archaeological treasures. Pristine swimmable springs and a shimmering network of rivers, lakes, marshlands and mangroves make Crystal River perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, boating, fishing and floating. Feeding the fun is a creative collection of restaurants, pubs, bistros and bars serving up freshly caught seafood and other seasonal favorites all year long – from summer scallop season, to fall blue crab season, to manatee season and a year-round fishing season. Begin your adventure at or call (352) 794-5506.

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