25 Beautiful Travel and Tourism Websites

Websites in the travel industry often place an emphasis on the design and appearance because a good-looking site will hopefully draw more interest and excitement for the destination. Many of them also use nature-inspired designs (see last week’s post 35 Beautiful Web Designs Inspired by Nature for more examples). Here you’ll find some of the best websites from the travel and tourism industry.

Roadside Heritage

Roadside Heritage

Rica Surf

Rica Surf

Pacific Ohana Hostel

Pacific Ohana Hostel

Utah Travel

Utah Travel

The Red Rock Ranch

The Red Rock Ranch

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Brookside Resort

Brookside Resort

MGM Grand

MGM Grand

Anchorage City Trolley Tours

Anchorage City Trolley Tours

Ziara Safaris

Ziara Safaris

Thornbury Castle Hotel

Thornbury Castle Hotel

Dismals Canyon Conservatory

Dismals Canyon Conservatory

Tourdust

Tourdust

Windrock Lodge

Windrock Lodge

Drake Hotel

Drake Hotel

Clover Cottage

Clover Cottage

The Ocean Hotel

The Ocean Hotel

Folly Beach

Folly Beach

Delano South Beach

Delano South Beach

WheelLife Travel

WheelLife Travel

Kosciuszko Alpine Guided Walks

Kosciuszko Alpine Guided Walks

Little Palm Island

Little Palm Island

Hotel Grand Pacific

Hotel Grand Pacific

Sofitel Hotels

Sofitel Hotels

Thistle

Thistle

Waldorf Astoria

Waldorf Astoria

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  • Good Web Design, July 27, 2010

    Nice collection! Love the background feature of the Little Palm Island site.

  • Shevaa | WebDesignersBlog, July 27, 2010

    Cool Collections… Nice

  • Hans Stad, July 27, 2010

    This is also a nice website inspired by nature and travel

  • Harry Hilders, July 27, 2010

    OMG, this is good stuff. Great inspiration for any webdesigner!

    I especially love the castle design and Utah Travel, simply genius!

  • Sarah Lynn, July 27, 2010

    What a incredible collection of websites! Very nice roundup. I love the UTAH site for it’s depth and texture. The typography in the tour dust site is also very successful. Thanks for putting this together, you guys always do a great job!

  • Ted Thompson, July 27, 2010

    Some nice looking websites. Brookside Resort is my favourite. Thanks for sharing!

  • wilczy, July 27, 2010

    on the roadside heritage site i personally love the headline thats embossed into the sky which, of course, sits right below the logo that casts a shadow into the sky. very very amateur.

  • Jay Philips, July 28, 2010

    Great collection. Take a look at Get Outta Town (http://www.getouttatownonline.com) also, has a nice clean layout and easy navigation.

  • Some fantastic inspiration here, thanks for posting. Roadside heritage is my favorite.

  • vibram, July 28, 2010

    It’ perfect.
    I like it .
    Thanks for sharing …

  • Butu, July 28, 2010

    If you planning to go to Indochina, don’t forget to have a look at this:

    http://www.inboundasia.com

  • Chris Morata, July 28, 2010

    http://www.visitmaine.com is also a really nice tourism website, just came across that one the other day.

  • Web Design Evan Skuthorpe, July 28, 2010

    you missed one of the best – australia.com

  • Tim Sklyarov, July 28, 2010

    Can I recommend an inspiration gallery website that specialized only on Travel/Tourism websites?

    http://hospitalitycreative.com/

  • Box Model Junkie, July 29, 2010

    All of these just make me want to go on vacation. Now I need to fight the urge to head over to kayak :-)

  • nikos lianeris, July 31, 2010

    very inspiring list!!All of them were great!Can’t choose which one is the best!! :)

  • Rent villas in Spain, August 2, 2010

    nice use of background images to grab the site visitors attention

  • Web Templates, August 2, 2010

    Many of them seem to have a “wordpress” look very “square. It seems curves are less fashionable than they once were. I like the Ziara Safaris one.

  • Alisha, August 2, 2010

    Great list! Hoping Wanderfly.com can join the ranks of these sites when we launch!

  • JohnONolan, August 3, 2010

    You forgot one :)

    http://blog.vtravelled.com

  • Contract Hire Stockport, August 4, 2010

    Little Palm Island is my favourite. Gorgeous!

  • Mathew, August 4, 2010

    I like the designs. It is very inviting and I believe that it makes people stay on my pages longer. Some people like plain and basic but, others like this. You have to try to meet the needs of all the people.

  • Linda, August 5, 2010

    It’s nice! I like it. I’ve got travel blog, Now I’m thinking about design).

  • Rupnarayan Bhattacharya, August 8, 2010

    Really inspirational collection. I really like MGM Grand and Sofitel Hotel. All the sites graphics are mind blowing.

  • Kristy, August 9, 2010

    Wow, I am speechless. Those really are beautiful and I wish I could be on the island on the Little Palm website. Sigh–they are stunning.

  • Zbyszek, August 17, 2010

    Different style: http://www.rejsclub.pl/

  • Simon, November 2, 2010

    Does anybody know any WP themes for tourism looking something like that

  • Biswash, January 9, 2011

    The Red Rock Ranch is really good one. Thanks for sharing beautiful travel sites. Here is another site http://www.tourismthamel.com , recently launched beautiful tourism site from Nepal.

  • SilviuFlorin, March 5, 2011

    I especially like the Little Palm Island simplist website…would love to read a follow up to this article.

  • Christopher, May 3, 2011

    I would also like to add one to the list. It’s a place that is relatively unknown to most people but has a really nice tourism site.

    http://newfoundlandlabrador.com

  • Mehann1, December 7, 2011

    some great inspiration again for my website, http://www.tourofnorthindia.com/,
    the sites in your list really taught me that a travel website should be about colours and adventure and making the user feel excited about visiting that place! Before I was trying to get the white and minimal look – not appropriate for travel websites I think! Thanks!

  • Mike Miller, December 13, 2011

    Very cool – we do a lot of work in the travel and tourism space. I personally was the creative director on the Red Rock Ranch site. The other links you put up are brilliant. Great post – very useful for designers like myself in this space.

    Cheers!

  • Luke, May 23, 2012

    Great list – I just love the Grand Hotel Tremezzo on your list – One of of my favorite is http://www.sunsetvisitor.com ; just nice, sleek and beautiful!

  • Pamela, October 3, 2012

    Great collection of websites! Truly inspirational for designers of hospitality websites. I’m working on a school web design project right now and am taking design ideas from the hotels you listed and trying to recreate the website for http://www.harbourtowers.com/

    I love the Delano South beach hotel site. Full background layouts are beautiful!

  • Keeley, March 30, 2013

    Awesome List !! i love most Little Palm Island website background picture of Little Palm Island is awesome and attractive …