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Lonely Planet: Top 10 U.S. Travel Destinations for 2013

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In November I posted about a couple of Lonely Planet Top 10 lists:

I just came across another fun list of places to visit according to Lonely Planet. This list covers Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013.

I found it really cool that the #1 place to visit in the United States (according to LP) is a place that we are heading to for a quick visit on Thursday nightLouisville, Kentucky.  

I’ll also be visiting the #4 place on the list towards the end of January- Philadelphia. I’ve been to Philly many times but when I found a deal for free seats from Megabus, I felt that another visit was worth the free ride! 

According to LP: 

We wanted to dig deeper and shine a light on 10 places in the US that travelers should add to their wish lists for the coming year. Our 2013 picks are literally all over the map: once-in-a-lifetime northern lights, new top-tier museums, moose trails, Polynesian paradise and barrels of bourbon.

Besides Philadelphia and my upcoming trip to Louisville, I have not been to any other places on this list. I’ve been to Maine and California, but not the parts mentioned in the article. I’d love to visit American Samoa and Glacier National Park in the future. We’re also considering taking a trip to Minnesota at some point in 2013.

Here is the Top 10:

  1. Louisville, Kentucky
  2. Fairbanks, Alaska
  3. San Juan Islands, Washington
  4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  5. American Samoa
  6. Eastern Sierra, California
  7. Northern Maine
  8. Twin Cities, Minnesota
  9. Verde Valley, Arizona
  10. Glacier National Park, Montana

To find out about each of the destinations that made the Lonely Planet list, Click HERE.

Lonely Planet- Top 10 Cities For 2013

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Last week I wrote about Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries for 2013. I also came across a Lonely Planet list of Top 10 Cities for 2013. The list is made up of of cities located all over the world and doesn’t really favor any particular region.

From the list I’ve only visited 3 places, #s 1,2 and 8. If I had to pick one city from the list to visit in the near future I’d most likely go with #9- Addis Ababa or #10- Puerto Iguazu. 

  1. San Francisco- “Darling of America’s west coast”
  2. Amsterdam- “Golden age charmer prepares to party”
  3. Hyderabad- “Old city recapturing old glory”
  4. Londonderry/ Derry- “Packed calendar for UK City of Culture”
  5. Beijing- “Capital on cusp of greatness”
  6. Christchurch- “Rising from the rubble with flair”
  7. Hobart- “Harbor town becomes hip”
  8. Montreal- “Melange of cultures marries brains and beauty”
  9. Addis Ababa- Ethiopian metropolis evolving at pace”
  10. Puerto Iguazu- “Much more than just a waterfall”

Where would you like to visit from the top cities list in 2013?
Check out more information about each city HERE

Lonely Planet- Top 10 Countries for 2013

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Lonely Planet recently posted their list of Top 10 Countries for 2013 online. 
The list is made up of an interesting group of countries. I’ve only been to a couple of places from the list (#s 5 & 8) and would love to visit all of the others in the future.

I was wondering how LP came up with this list. The countries are spread out around the world and each location has a few areas/ categories mentioning what they are “Best for”. 

Here is the list:

  1. Sri Lanka: best for culture, off the beaten track, value for money
  2. Montenegro: best for activities, adventure, off the beaten track
  3. South Korea: best for activities, events, off the beaten track
  4. Ecuador: best for food, off the beaten track, activities
  5. Slovakia: best for culture, adventure, off the beaten track
  6. Solomon Islands: best for adventure, off the beaten track, activities
  7. Iceland: best for activities, off the beaten track, value for money
  8. Turkey: best for off the beaten path, culture, food
  9. Dominican Republic: best for activities, value for money, events
  10. Madagascar: best for activities, adventure, off the beaten path

From this list I am most interested in visiting Sri Lanka, South Korea and Madagascar. I‘ve been to Europe many times but have never to the Balkan region so I’d love to visit Montenegro. 
I seriously considered going there this past summer but opted for a trip to Southeast Asia.

Find out more about each place from the Lonely Planet Top 10 Countries list HERE

10 Most Expensive Places To Visit

US News & World Reports put out a list of the 10 most expensive places to visit.
The majority of the list consists of European cities. I was surprised however to see London and Moscow missing from this list. I was also a bit surprised to see Sydney and Toronto crack the top 10. I never considered either to be places to find a bargain but I also did not find them to be overly expensive. Switzerland was the only country to put two cities in the top 10.

Here is the list:

  • Singapore
  • Toronto
  • Helsinki
  • Sydney
  • Tokyo
  • Stockholm
  • Copenhagen
  • Geneva
  • Zurich
  • Oslo

To read more about each city, Click Here