A new year is coming and you’re likely already thinking of new and exciting places to take your next vacation. Maybe you’re ready to make some changes this year. The world’s a big place so there’s lots to choose from!Perhaps you’re ready to change tropical locations for more rustic ones. Maybe you want to go to the city instead of the country. Perhaps you want to go alone for change instead of with a group.
Those in the travel industry have been working hard to research some of the best places to visit in 2013 to bring you the most current information and trends. We’re going to outline 15 of those places in this article, in no particular order.
Amsterdam is going to be one giant party in 2013 because they have lots to celebrate. Some of their most famous attractions are having anniversaries next year. Among those celebrations will be Van Gogh’s 160th birthday, the 175th anniversary of the opening of the Artis Royal Zoo and their famous canal turns 400 years old.
If you’ve never experienced the amazing natural wonder of the Northern Lights in Alaska, 2013 is definitely the year to do it. An explosive eleven year cycle will be coming to an end in the late summer of 2013 and that’s when the lights will flash their brightest. A very ethereal experience to behold.
Like some other locales on the list, Montreal has a lot going on in 2013 that’s sure to make it one of the top destinations of the year. Among other city celebrations, Montreal will welcome two new attractions in 2013 – the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium and the Grévin wax museum. As an added bonus, the city will also be unveiling a bran new hotel – the posh Point Zero.
Montenegro is a tiny mountainous country in Southeastern Europe that has piqued the interest of many in the travel industry in recent months. Its rugged beauty is the main draw. It has rocky mountains lined with dark pine trees, sloping hills along the countryside and pristine beaches on its coast. Hiking, biking, rafting and world-class skiing are just some of the activities you’ll find in Montenegro.
5.Puerto Iguazú, Argentina
Nestled along the Argentina/Brazil border lies one of the brand new seven wonders of the natural world – the Foz de Iguazú – an amazing waterfall and perhaps one of South America’s best kept secrets. Small, tree filled islands and walkways allow you to get close to the falls so you can fully experience their beauty. There is no other place like it in the world and anyone who has been there will agree. The town adjacent to the falls, Puerto Iguazú, is known for its affordability and great deals, both of which make this destination even more appealing.
American Samoa has all the pristine and primitive beauty of Hawaii without all the tourist traps, traffic and crowds. It has just over 55,000 residents, compared to almost a million in the greater Honolulu area. It’s the perfect Hawaiian substitution and exponentially cheaper as well.
Where? Slovenia, located in Central Europe, isn’t really known for being a tourist hub, but it does have a lot to offer and is sure to be a hot spot in 2013. It’s a naturally beautiful place – where the high Alps meet the plains that spread to the coastline. Slovenia also has the highest number of casinos per 1,000 residents of any other country in the European Union.
8.Verde Valley, Arizona
Who knew that lush wine country could be found in the middle of a desert? It’s true – and you can find it in Verde Valley, Arizona. The area is home to some of the newest and best vineyards in the world. Plus, it’s just a stone’s throw away from other amazing places to visit – like the famous Grand Canyon.
Madagascar is a wild and untamed island country off the coast of Africa. It’s teeming with wildlife and rain forest jungles, which provides a very primitive, safari-like experience. A beautiful place to go for the truly adventurous.
10.San Juan Islands, Washington
Just off the coast of Washington lies some of America’s best kept secrets – the San Juan Islands. Known as the Gourmet Archipelago to some travel insiders, you’ll find an abundance of farmer’s markets and local vendors selling all kinds of home grown goodness in addition to fresh seafood and foraged edibles. It’s a culinary experience that you can’t get anywhere else in the country.
11.Eastern Sierra, California
Explore the other side of California. Here you’ll find a real ghost town, hot springs, a pristine crater lake and a national monument made of lava deposits.
The Caribbean is a popular tourist destination, but the Dominican Republic is largely overlooked. It has a colorful culture that blends African roots with Latin flare to create something totally unique and unexpected. It’s a laid back atmosphere filled with food and music where flip flops and sarongs are always in style.
Beijing is an ancient city that demonstrates what happens when old meets new. Modern infrastructure and technology live alongside ornate palaces, sacred temples and centuries-old neighborhoods. Even though it has a population of just under 20 million residents, there’s always room for tourists.
14. Santorini, Greece
The small island town of Santorini, Greece is a romantic escape that provides all the old world charm you can stand – complete with antiquated villages, beautiful scenery and traditional Greek food. It’s the perfect escape for those looking to disappear.
15.Loire Valley, France
Tourists are beginning to spread out from traditional French attractions like Paris and explore the rolling French countryside and all the charm is has to offer. The Loire Valley is full of vineyards, authentic chateaux and lots of little known points of interest and historic significance.
There you have them – 15 of the best places to visit in 2013. If you want to make sure you get the best digs at the best prices, you should book your trip early because as the year drags on, more and more people are going to find out about these hidden gems.
By planning ahead, doing your research and preparing carefully, you can make your vacation of 2013 the best one yet.