A full month of 2018 is already behind us. With temperatures beginning to ease up as spring creeps closer, it’s time to think about future travel plans.
The expert team at Lonely Planet, the travel guide publisher, just announced their 10 favorite U.S. destinations to visit in 2018.
“We aimed to pick the very best destinations for the year ahead. This year we were looking for destinations with a great buzz about them,” said Alex Howard, U.S. magazine managing editor of Lonely Planet.
1. California’s Redwood Coast
At the top of the list is California’s Redwood Coast. The woodland area stretches almost 200 miles with the tallest trees on the planet.
“When you walk into a redwood forest, you are seeing the equivalent of an ecosystem dinosaur,” said Richard Stenger, media and market director of VisitRedwoods.com. According to Stenger, the latest trend to hit the coast is the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku or “forest bathing.” In other words, take slow, deep breaths while taking in the pastoral scene, which you can enjoy on a number of different hikes in this area.
For an extra bonus, any Steven Spielberg and George Lucas fans can geek out by walking through the same forests used in the “Star Wars” and “Jurassic Park” franchises. The best part? The public can take advantage of free vehicle admission every second Saturday of every month in 2018.