In terms of expanding your traveling horizons, there are so many ways that you can get moving and have an adventure. Whether you want to find yourself in a brand-new city and simply get lost or hike around some killer natural scenery, there’s no shortage of places that you can quest to next. From New York to California and back again, there are so many fun trips that are perfect for this year’s itinerary. All you need to do is pick your poison and get moving. Here are ten trip ideas that will knock your socks off in the new year.
1. Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park is pretty big — located along the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. If you want to get your nature fix and hug an ancient tree or two, this is the place for you. If you happen to be a Twilight fan, this might make things even better, as you can pop by Forks on your way! Visit the Hoh Rainforest or try camping on one of the many beautiful campgrounds in the area!
2. The Berkshires
Popping over back east, the Berkshires are the perfect place to get cozy this autumn. With some of the most beautiful foliage in the northeast, the colors and scenery will have you in awe and relaxed for days. Glamp in an Airbnb or get rustic and head apple picking!
3. San Diego, CA
If you love the beach, great Mexican food and learning to skate and surf, San Diego sounds like the place for you. Take a surfing lesson in the beautiful Pacific waters, see the sea lions at La Jolla Cove or head up to Carlsbad for the best skate parks around — like, Tony Hawk’s hometown kind of good. Plus, the weather is some of the very best with low humidity and lots of sunshine!
4. Rehoboth Beach
Getting beachy on another coast, why not head over to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware? Rehoboth Beach is an adorable spot to take the family, with plenty of attractions and places to lounge. Hit the beach, go on a kayaking expedition or head over to Henlopen State Park for some history, some nature and some all day recreation!
5. The Catskills
Heading upstate, the Catskills are the perfect place to go for all of those city dwellers looking to reconnect with nature. Specifically, it’s the perfect weekend getaway for New Yorkers who want to relax and take in the views. Get an Airbnb and soak in the beautiful scenery no matter the scenery and return to your borough fully recharged.
6. Sedona, AZ
Sedona is often thought of as a near-magical destination — quite literally located within an energy vortex that floods the city with good vibes. If you want to rock out in the desert, Sedona is the place to do it. Go on some nature hikes, soak up the sun, hit a yoga class and take in everything this beautiful city has to offer.
7. Salt Lake City, UT
If you’ve never been to Utah before, you may be surprised to learn how much of an overlooked city Salt Lake is. In addition to the gorgeous nature scenery, Salt Lake is a prime ski destination. Whether you want to hit the slopes or sip hot chocolate resort-style, there are so many things to do when you hit Utah in the winter. However, try the off season if you’re looking for a road trip throughout the nature destinations in the rest of the state.
8. Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree is another destination said to have a vortex-like pull, and it’s easy to see why. The desert, trees and hiking potential here are absolutely magnificent — the perfect place to get out of LA for the weekend. Although camping in the park is always an option, you can also find a cute place to stay near the outer edges of the park. Since the park is so big, you’ll seldom run out of things to see. Make sure you hit up Cap Rock trail and Cholla Cactus Garden.
9. Brooklyn, NY
If you aren’t a NYC local and you’ve only visited once or twice, you likely haven’t ventured far from Manhattan — and that should change, because Brooklyn is a total hot spot. Why not make a designated Brooklyn trip? Head to the Brooklyn Museum for some artistic stunners, grab dinner at Champs or Butcher’s daughter and maybe even see some live music at Brooklyn Steel!
10. Death Valley National Park
With one more national park on the list, Death Valley truly takes the cake. Straddling California and Nevada, you can head to the Salt Flats or Titus Canyon for some unique outdoor experiences. This national park truly has it all.
Trips to Take This Year
There are so many amazing trips that you can take to get out of your comfort zone this year — from the bumping streets of Brooklyn to the rainforest in Olympic National Park, there truly is something for everyone.