2018 Destinations

 

Are you planning one trip or more for 2018? Want some ideas? I’ve read many different suggestions, from budget trips to best trips to trips with major events planned for this year. Here are a few things I learned…

San Juan Islands, Washington

Actually an archipelago located in the waters between Puget Sound and Vancouver Island, this unique chain is on the American side of the U.S. border with Canada. No passport needed. Plenty of water, beaches, marine mammals, and friendly locals.

Morro Bay, California

Surf, lay on the beach, hike, kayak, or just sit back and eat and drink…it’s all possible here. Located along California’s central coast, you’ll find plenty of fresh seafood, great shopping, and reasonably-priced hotels.

Mesa, Arizona

Foodies love this place with its Fresh Foodie Trail. Offering all types of food and food-related festivals, it’s a destination all to its own.

Jasper and Banff National Parks, Canada

Alberta’s Highway 93, or Icefields Parkway, links these two North American national parks. Take the road trip between them for views unmatched most other places. Depending on the time of year…waterfalls to glaciers, lakes to wildlife.

Cleveland, Ohio

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…need I say more? Oh…and the food with its emphasis on Northern and Eastern European favorites.

Louisville, Kentucky

Hit the Urban Bourbon Trail to visit more than 30 of the city’s best whiskey bars and restaurants. Not all in one day…

Quebec City, Canada

Located along the Saint Lawrence River, Quebec City showcases a historic, European-like vibe. Corner bistros, narrow streets, museums, and the Chateau Frontenac all add to the experience.

Orlando, Florida

In 2018 Orlando has new flight routes from Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, and Spirit. It’s now easier to go see all the Disney destinations located here. And, there’s more than just Disney.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Super Bowl 52 on February 4 includes festivals, concerts, an interactive NFL theme park…and more. Come summer and the Summer X Games are here, along with the WNBA All Star Game, and the NCAA Volleyball Championships.

Malta

In the Mediterranean Sea between Europe’s mainland and Africa, this engaging capital of culture will host the year-long celebration in Valletta. Carnival, fashion week, maritime festival Pageant of the Seas, and more make this a destination for 2018.

Netherlands

New in 2018 are US to Amsterdam flights from Delta and KLM. Also new in the direct Eurostar high-speed train from London. Add in more than 45 major international events…what a trip.

South Korea

Winter Olympics…

Caribbean

Just because of all the hurricanes, many aren’t thinking of traveling here. As of now, more than 75 percent of the destinations here are already welcoming tourists. This might be the year to visit.

How about it? Are any of these on your list for 2018?

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