Which destinations do U.S. travelers want to explore in 2019?
Some are making a comeback after a tough 2018. The island of Hawaii, known as the Big Island, seemed to have gotten it all this year: a volcanic eruption, earthquake and hurricane.
The eruption of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii island caused the closure of a large swath of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Several parts reopened in September.
Highly dependent on tourism, the Big Island is ready to welcome back visitors. And other islands within the chain want travelers to know that they have not experienced similar problems.
Maui was vacation rental website HomeAway’s top U.S. destination for 2019, based on future demand. Its beaches, waterfalls, farms and scenic 53-mile drive to Hana have enchanted travelers.
Rounding out the top five U.S. destinations on HomeAway are all warm weather destinations in the South: Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Gulf Shores, Alabama; Panama City Beach, Florida; and Miramar and Rosemary Beach, Florida.
Airbnb also highlighted Tennessee. The lodging website has named the Great Smoky Mountains as one of 19 destinations to visit in 2019. Two of the national park’s most iconic trails are reopening after a wildfire two years ago. The park has the largest black bear population in the USA.