Planning a trip this year? Travel site Lonely Planet just released its 2018 Best in the U.S. list, which consists of the hottest destinations across the country to visit.

By Sarah Yang
February 06, 2018
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It’s mid-winter and at this point, chances are you’re feeling a bit restless being cooped up indoors. The best cure for that? Planning a trip so you have something to look forward to in the coming weeks (or months). Travel site Lonely Planet released its Best in the U.S. list for 2018, which can come in handy while you’re researching.

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Sure, it’s fun to travel abroad, but don’t forget about the domestic destinations that you’ve never explored—especially if you’re on a budget this year. These can be cheaper than heading to Europe or Asia, but are equally picturesque and exciting. According to Lonely Planet, the list consists of “our top 10 underrated, rejuvenated and out-of-this-world spots to visit in 2018. From natural wonders to captivating coastlines and up-and-coming cities, these destinations promise by things this year.”

The first to top the list is California’s Redwood Coast, the 175-mile stretch of coastline in Northern California that includes Redwood National Park and three state parks. Lonely Planet writes, “This is not the legendary California of the Beach Boys' song – there are no palm-flanked beaches and very few surfboards. The jagged edge of the continent is wild, scenic and even slightly foreboding, where spectral fog and an outsider spirit have fostered the world’s tallest trees, most potent weed and a string of idiosyncratic two-stoplight towns.”

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Florida’s Space Coast comes in at number four on the list, with Lonely Planet stating that space tourism will be big in 2018 with the first lunar tourism flight from Space X. Other off-the-radar cities that differ from your normal tourist destinations of New York and San Francisco include Boise, Idaho (for its big arts community and proximity to nature); Cincinnati, Ohio (for its various breweries and new neighborhood developments); and Minneapolis, Minnesota (it just hosted the Super Bowl and has gotten a revamped downtown area.)

See the full list below:

  1. California’s Redwood Coast
  2. Boise, Idaho
  3. Chattanooga, Tennessee
  4. Florida’s Space Coast
  5. Cincinnati, Ohio
  6. Midcoast, Maine
  7. Richmond, Virginia
  8. Kentucky Bourbon County
  9. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  10. Southeastern Utah

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