I ran across this article a few days ago. I love the way they headline it “10 U.S. Destinations You Should Visit in 2014.” Should? Next year? I mean, I’d love to take ten trips next year, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. 🙂
But the blurb caught my attention: “Whether quietly emerging destinations or perennial favorites, these places have new or timely angles that make them prime for visiting in 2014.” So let’s see what they’ve got.
1. Grand Rapids and Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast
2. Yosemite National Park
3. Boston, Mass
4. California’s Central Coast
5. The Jersey Shore
6. Kansas City, MO
7. Cumberland Island, GA
8. Las Vegas
9. Sun Valley, ID
10. Lana’i, Hawaii
It’s an eclectic list. And I’ll be honest—if you say Jersey Shore to me I immediately think of Snooki and her guidos and go from there straight to couldn’t possibly be less interested. Similarly, I’ve been to Grand Rapids a couple times (business) and was underwhelmed. But that big ol’ lake is lovely—I’ve always wanted to go to Mackinac Island at Christmas—and it’s been some years since I was in GR, so I’d reconsider.
I’ve never really done much in Las Vegas except have a meal and drive on through. Gambling has never appealed to me—why is it that some people think gambling’s fun and others just think gambling: meh?—so this has never been on my destination list. But my sister’s fam routinely goes to Las Vegas; they love the shows, particularly Cirque du Soleil. (And what’s not to love about Cirque du Soleil?) Kansas City is another place I’ve only driven through, though I researched it once for a travel article I was writing and thought I could enjoy this.
I grew up in California—about a ninety-minute drive from Yosemite—so I consider it “mine.” From the coastline to the mountains, California’s magnificent; I never grow tired of it. I’m very familiar with both locations mentioned here.
There are definitely some interesting items here. I love Georgia’s coastal islands, for example. I was in Hawaii once as a teenager, but think I could really love it as an old-ager. Boston’s high on my list of desired destinations—I’m such a history buff—but I’ve never been there. Bottom line: even if you haven’t considered any of these destinations before, you could have a fine time with a spirit of adventure and an enquiring mind.
What do you think? I’m sure some travel is on my agenda for next year, but haven’t decided what or where yet. Where do you plan to go in 2014?