Looking to travel in the new year? Whether it’s sandy beaches, mountain hikes, or historic districts, there are plenty of places to explore in North America. Here are seven of the most unique locations to consider visiting!
1. Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City is not only one of the top destinations in the world to visit, it’s also one of the most cost-efficient locations. The city hosts over 150 museums and around 30 concert halls. If you want to see some ancient history first hand, the Mesoamerican pyramids of Teotihuacán are only a car ride away. The streets are lined with vendors for shopping. The city is rich in local cuisine with choices that range from street food to five-star dining. The Floating Gardens of Xochimilco are wonderful to visit if you want to experience nature.
2. Kihei, Hawaii
Kihei is quickly becoming a popular spot in Hawaii. This low-key town is known for its water activities from snorkeling to kayaking. In the winter, whale watching is a popular pass time. If you’re a jogger, the Valley Isle Road Runners host year-round events. Every Friday of the month, a free town party hosts food, artists, musicians, and vendors. This small town is unique if you want something less tourist-filled than other islands in Hawaii.
3. Vancouver, British Columbia
One of the top tourist destinations in the world, Vancouver hosts many world-class facilities for tourists. The Butchart Gardens have seasonal displays that go with Vancouver’s temperate climate. Nearby Whistler Mountain has world-renowned ski resorts and was a location for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The nightlife is popular to explore from clubs to theatres. Vancouver’s location gives a variety of places to explore from beaches to national parks. Make sure to check out the historic gold mining town Barkerville if you’re a history junky.
4. Nantucket, Massachusetts
This picture-perfect island is a popular spot off the coast of Cape Cod. The historic lighthouses are a popular destination. Known for being an art colony, many notable artists have featured this town in their work from Moby Dick to Theodore Robinson’s paintings. Dining on fresh seafood is a must as the lobster rolls are to die for. Make sure the Nantucket Whaling Museum to dive into its history.
5. Cambria, California
This gorgeous seaside town is home to many bed and breakfasts. On the edge of the ocean, you might be lucky enough to see otters or sealions swimming about. Away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, visitors can enjoy quiet activities such as beachcombing, horseback riding, hiking, and surfing. Only a few miles up the road is Hearst Castle, which was famously satirized in the movie Citizen Cane. Cambria is a quiet place to truly kick back and relax.
6. Sedona, Arizona
Popular for its red sandstone rock formations, Sedona is perfect for adventurers. Hundreds of hiking trails surround the area that leads to excellent camping sites. The wide starry nights are a spectacle that will take your breath away. After your adventure in the wild, the town hosts many spas and retreats. The city hosts numerous festivals throughout the year including the Sedona International Film Festival each year.
7. Kansas City, Missouri
If you’re looking to get some finger-licking good grubbin’, Kansas City is considered one of the best places in the world for barbecue. Once your full, check out the music district with the city’s rich history in jazz. Plan to go to the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival if you can! It’s considered one of the best music festivals in the United States. The nightlife has plenty to do too from casinos to sports teams. And if you want to connect with nature, there are over 130 miles of parks, fountains, walkways, and parkways to explore.