The beginning of a new year isn't just the time to make resolutions and financial changes preparations - it's time to start planning what vacations to take in 2014.
The beginning of a new year isn’t just the time to make resolutions and financial changes preparations — it’s time to start planning what vacations to take in 2014.
TripAdvisor.com collected data from its user searches and reviews to name the top travel destinations in the world and in the U.S. And while the top destinations were common cities (Paris, New York City and London), the site also named the cities with the “greatest increase in positive traveler feedback and traveler interest.”
So if you want to see an interesting vacation destination before its gets overrun, then consider one of these U.S. destinations on the rise. (Or see the global destinations, which include cities in Cuba, Peru and Israel).
10. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
: Gettysburg National Battlefield
Cemetery at the Gettysburg National Military Park
History buffs already enjoy Gettysburg for the activities and tours related to the Battle of Gettysburg and Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech. Plus, there’s the annual reenactment of the Battle. According to TripAdvisor, the town spruced itself up for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
9. Moab, Utah,
: Arches National Park
Arches National Park
If your ideal vacation involves something to get your blood pumping, then skip the sightseeing and why not throw yourself off a mountain? BASE jumping is legal in many areas near Moab. For those who aren’t quite brave enough to climb into a wing suit and jump off a mountain, there’s also biking in the desert, off-roading in a Jeep, whitewater rafting or rock climbing.
However, the less adventurous tourist might enjoy the area just for the sights of otherworldly landscapes and red rocks.
Canyonlands National Park
8. Brooklyn, New York
Popular sight/activity: Brooklyn Heights Promenade
View of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Photo by Joe Mabel.
New York City is the top overall destination in America, according to TripAdvisor’s readers, but most tourists probably just stick to Manhattan without venturing across the Brooklyn Bridge. The borough was reborn and restored making it a hot spot for bars, restaurants and shops, plus it offers great views of Manhattan’s skyline.
Also, if you make the trip during the summer, Coney Island is always a favored spot, with the beach, roller coasters and the original Nathan’s.
Wonder Wheel, Coney Island
7. Galveston, Texas
: Bishop’s Palace
Roughly an hour south of Houston, Galveston is a coastal city located on the Gulf of Mexico. The city has a number of historic districts including the Strand National Historic Landmark District, which consists mainly of Victorian buildings that are now used as restaurants, galleries, stores and historic exhibits.
6. Jackson, Wyoming
Corbet’s Couloir at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
The Jackson Hole Valley where Jackson is located is great for outdoor activities. There’s skiing and whitewater rafting, plus nearby is Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge. Outdoor activities aren’t the only things available as the town hosts a number of arts organizations, including the Grand Teton Music Festival.
Elk antler arch in Jackson
5. Santa Fe, New Mexico
: Santa Fe Walkabouts
Hotel in downtown
Santa Fe has plenty of nature and history. The oldest capital city in the U.S. offers skiing in years of adequate snowfall, hiking throughout the rest of the year, art museums on Museum Hill and the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. The city’s buildings have a very distinctive look because of the Spanish Pueblo Revival. An ordinance was passed that new and rebuilt buildings must exhibit a Spanish Territorial or Pueblo style of architecture.
Santa Fe plaza
4. Bar Harbor, Maine
: Acadia National Park
Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor is one of four towns on Mount Desert Island off the coast of Maine. Much of the island is actually part of Acadia National Park, which was originally created as Lafayette National Park in 1919, making it the oldest National Park east of the Mississippi River.
The town was once a favorite vacation spot for society’s rich, so there are plenty of mansions and majestic hotels still around.
Bar Harbor, Maine
3. Destin, Florida
: Crystal Sands Beach
Perhaps, you’re looking for fewer hiking trails, ski slopes and museums and instead want a traditional beach vacation. The white sands and emerald waters of Destin, located on a peninsula in the Gulf, might be the perfect getaway.
Destin. Photo from sunventurecruises.com
2. Anchorage, Alaska
: Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
From fun in the sun in Florida to the cold of Alaska — although, really, Anchorage’s temperature reaches the mid-60s in the summer. You might not see frozen tundras near the city, but you can still sight-see, try arctic biking and ski or sled in the winter.
Peak Three. Photo by Nathan Searles.
1. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
: Mauna Kea Summit
Hawaii is a dream vacation spot for many — beaches, hiking and plenty of culture. The community of Kailua-Kona was established by King Kamehameha I and was the capital of the Kingdom of Hawai’i.
Oceanfront side of Hulihe’e Palace