25 Ultimate Travel Bucket List Destinations – Where to Go in 2018

There’s a lot to see and do in the world — where to start? How about this list of 50 stunning places both in the U.S. and beyond. You won’t go wrong with these dreamy spots.

25. Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

24. Marfa, Texas

Go and get your Prada Marfa shot for Instagram, then check into Tim Crowley’s Hotel Saint Georgeand spend a day or so exploring Marfa’s art institutions, like the Judd Foundation and the Chinati Foundation. Finish off with a meal at the Capri.

23. Aero Island, Denmark

Denmark isn’t just about Copenhagen, though it’s wonderful there too. It’s worth getting out to the tiny fairytale island of Aero for a complete change of scenery. Spend a few days exploring magic castles (the sweeping Egeskov Castle), visiting Erikshale beach to see the historic, colorful pint-size beach houses, and feasting on Danish pastries.

22. Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Take the flight into St. Thomas and then hop on the ferry over to the idyllic island of Tortola. Book a stay through Airbnb with a group of friends, rent a car so you can get around the island with ease, and enjoy sunshine, sparkling blue waters, and forget about the struggles of life until it’s time to check in for your return flight.

21. Napa Valley, California

This world-famous wine region in Northern California is a dreamy destination for its gorgeous weather and scenery, and who could complain about days spent hopping from one wine tasting to the next?

But now’s a good time to plan a trip because Napa is getting a bit of a facelift. There are new hotels coming in — including Archer Hotel (where Charlie Palmer is opening his newest Charlie Palmer Steak outpost) and Los Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel; new destinations like the just-revamped CIA at Copia (go here for cooking and wine classes, and buy kitchen gadgets); restaurants like Chef Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadowood’s forthcoming family-style (and more affordable) eatery; and the new upscale shopping center in downtown Napa.

20. The Catskills, New York

The Catskills, an area situated about 100 miles north of New York City and known for the scenic bluffs, excellent farm-to-table dining, and music venues, are rife with hip little hotels, but the newest addition to the mix is Scribner’s Lodge in the town of Hunter. Head upstate to Scribner’s for a weekend of excellent eats at Prospect Restaurant and Bar, doughnuts at Twin Peaks Coffee & Donuts (these might be some of the best doughnuts ever), lounging by the fire pit reading and roasting marshmallows, skiing (the ski resorts are just down the road), and mad cozy vibes.

19. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Head to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming this August to see the best solar eclipse in more than 40 years. (The line of totality goes directly through the park, making it a breathtaking spot to catch the shadow cone of the moon racing toward you. Camping will be your best, most affordable bet, but you had better start booking a campsite now.

18. Los Angeles

An escape to sunny Los Angeles is always a good idea, but a host of chic new hotels and excellent restaurants make it more attractive than ever. From the many design-forward hotels landing in West Hollywood and downtown, to the host of killer culinary additions to the city’s landscape, Los Angeles should be on everyone’s travel list right now.

17. Santiago, Chile

Travelers have often overlooked Chile’s capital city in favor of South American cities like Lima or Cartagena. But the city is attracting more world-class chefs than ever, and has more and more design-centric boutiques and breathtaking views of the surrounding Andes.

16. Todos Santos, Baja California Sur

Todos Santos is a truly idyllic escape from it all, with its perfect beaches (surfers will be particularly pleased), impressive galleries (there’s a large community of artists expats living here), and excellent eats.

Head to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula this spring for the highly anticipated opening of Hotel San Cristobal, the newest project by Texas-based hotelier Liz Lambert of Bunkhouse Group, who is also behind Hotel San Jose in Austin and several other hip Texas properties.

15. Lofoten Islands, Norway ​​

Thanks to budget airlines like Norwegian Air, getting to Norway is more affordable than ever. Make the journey to the Lofoten Islands, north of the Arctic Circle, and stay in a fisherman’s cottage for a few days of majestic landscapes, tasty fresh fish, and more.

14. Isla Holbox, Mexico

This under-the-radar island off the Yucatan Peninsula is a must this year. Stay at Casa Las Tortugas(for about half the cost of Tulum hotels), and unwind on the beach for a few days of good food, yoga, and sunshine.

13. Chefchaouen, Morocco

Make the trek to the majestic Blue City of Morocco, Chefchaouen. Situated in the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen was painted blue by Jewish refugees in the 1930s and has stayed that way ever since. It’s no wonder Instagrammers are flocking to this blue gem.

12. Kyoto, Japan

As one of the best-preserved cities in Japan, Kyoto is home to hundreds of Shinto shrines and thousands of Buddhist temples. Spend a few days in Tokyo and then head to Japan’s imperial capital.

11. Bocas Del Toro, Panama

An archipelago made up of nine islands, Bocas Del Toro is a true sanctuary. Full of tropical rain forest, empty beaches, and beautiful coral reefs, this rugged retreat is a great place to escape from it all. Stay at the stylish Sarani Resort, and spend your days eating the fresh local catch and enjoying the area’s natural wonders.

10. Douro Valley, Portugal

Foodies are flocking to Douro Valley in Portugal, the world’s first designated wine region. Sip port, take in the stunning vineyards, feast on the epicurean delights, and then take a hike to work it off.

9. Jaipur, India

You’ll want to head to the Pink City — considered one of the most beautiful places in the world — with an empty suitcase and a full wallet. The goods and textiles are all still made by hand. Just try not to buy out the whole place.

8. Busan, South Korea

After a few days in Seoul, journey to the beaches of Busan. South Korea’s second largest city has a lot to offer, from white sandy beaches to rugged mountain ranges to killer seafood.

7. Hvar, Croatia

This vacation island in the Adriatic Sea is a great spot to go with a group of friends for your summer break. Visit the historic hilltop fortress (it’s a bit of a hike but it’s worth it) and spend time taking in the stunning beaches and coves. At night, the party scene lights up, if that’s your vibe..

6. Moab, Utah

Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Moab. Mountain bike, hike, and climb your way around the stunning red rocks, and then go to Moab Brewery for a cold one and some tasty pub fare.

5. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Take a boat ride along the Mekong River to see all of the city’s historic sites, visit the Notre Dame cathedral, and take a scooter ride through the city (make sure to wear a helmet!).

Affordable rates on ANA and United make Vietnam more affordable than ever. You can even think about making it a multi-country trip and go to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.

4. Tofino, British Columbia

Called the Surf Capital of Canada, this small district on Vancouver Island is a hidden gem. Outdoor enthusiasts will love all this place has to offer, from the surfing to hiking to whale watching to fishing.

3. Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston makes for a perfect weekend getaway with the girls. Get lost in all the different neighborhoods, from Harleston Village to Ansonborough, have lunch at Xiao Bao Biscuit and stay at The Restoration.

2. Turks & Caicos

If you are in need of a few days in paradise, jet to Turks & Caicos for total relaxation. Feast on conch fritters and rum punch, go on a sunset cruise, and stay at the newly opened Shore Club.

1. Berlin, Germany

Art lovers will find Berlin a more attractive destination than ever. Most recently, the highly anticipated Museum Barberini opened its doors in Potsdam (an easy day trip from Berlin), which houses a massive collection of Impressionist and modern art.

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