Whether it’s to a tropical location or the theater district of your favorite city, there’s nothing quite like traveling to refresh your soul. If you’re looking for somewhere new to explore in 2023, here are nine places worth your consideration.
When you picture Hawaii, you probably imagine surfing competitions and gorgeous-looking people on Waikiki Beach. But some of the state’s true wonders are away from the bustle of Honolulu. For the ultimate hands-on science class, visit Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The park is home to two of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa. After you tour the lava flows, soak up the sun on a black sand beach. It’s an incredible experience, unlike anything you’ll find on the beaches of Florida or Southern California.
2. San Francisco, California
Speaking of California, it’s still worth a visit! Voted as one of America’s best cities, San Francisco consistently ranks among the top when it comes to food, culture, art, and architecture. Each neighborhood in San Francisco is distinctly different, and exploring them has a charm of its own. Some notable places to visit in the city are the Golden Gate Bridge, The Presidio, Alcatraz Island, and the Yerba Buena Gardens. Ride a cable car to see spectacular views of the hills that surround San Francisco while exploring more of the city.
For nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike, Alaska is a dream destination that offers countless opportunities. The rugged terrain, ice fjords, and beautiful surroundings make it the perfect spot for activities like hiking and kayaking.
Glacier Bay National Park is a World Heritage Site that’s perfect for those looking for a scenic cruise or wild camping opportunities. If you want to explore more of the local culture here, visiting cities like Juneau and Anchorage can be worthwhile. And if you love breathtaking views and scenic journeys, taking a cruise while there would be the perfect way to explore everything at once.
4. Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
Scenic beaches, dense tropical forests, and traditional Costa Rican villages along the coastline await you at the Nicoya Peninsula. If you’re planning a luxury trip, Saint Teresa along the peninsula is the perfect spot to relax.
The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve is also close to Saint Teresa and is home to a variety of wildlife, including howler monkeys and white-tailed deer. Secluded beaches and hidden waterfalls all along the peninsula definitely make it worthwhile if you’re looking to unwind and explore the unknown.
5. Florence, Italy
Okay, anywhere in Italy is probably deserving, but Florence is especially a must-visit destination for all travelers. While exploring the winding streets, tourists can drink in sights like the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio, and Piazza Michelangelo.
For art lovers, the Uffizi Gallery holds a treasure trove of pieces from the Italian Renaissance. Stop and enjoy Italian cuisine at the many trattorias and restaurants that are located at almost every corner. Enjoy the beautiful countryside, and don’t forget to taste the region’s famous wine and olive oil while you’re there!
6. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A unique combination of tradition and modernity, Dubai is the perfect destination for those who want to experience luxury at its finest. Known for the tallest skyscraper in the world, the Burj Khalifa, there’s a lot to see and experience in the city for every type of traveler.
Whether you want a taste of adventure by going skydiving or exploring the man-made island of Palm Jumeirah, no amount of time will be enough to fully explore the city. Explore the desert surrounding the city on top of a camel, and it’s bound to be an experience you’ll never forget!
7. Marrakesh, Morocco
For a true taste of North African history and culture, there’s no better place to end up other than Marrakesh. Known as one of the four imperial cities of Morocco, the city has historically always been known to be the center of trade and activity in the region. Exploring the narrow alleyways of the old city ought to give tourists a chance to really see the sights, smells, and sounds of Marrakesh.
The Bahia Palace and Koutoubia Mosque are architectural marvels that are a must-see for all. At night, tourists have a chance to see the city come alive with street performers, storytellers, and musicians while sampling the best food the city has to offer.
8. Tokyo, Japan
If you haven’t had a chance to visit Tokyo, there’s no excuse to miss this destination in 2023. A bustling metropolis, Tokyo has both tradition and cutting-edge technology ingrained in its foundation. The historic neighborhoods of Asakusa and Ueno offer traditional temples, shrines, and cuisine that can’t be witnessed anywhere else in the city.
Marvel at the futuristic architecture by paying a visit to the Tokyo Skytree or the Tokyo Tower. It’s truly a city that never sleeps, so you never have to worry about not having enough time to truly explore everything from the cuisine to the nightlife. Visiting a karaoke is a must while you’re there, so use the chance to hone your singing skills a bit more!
9. Dublin, Ireland
An entrancing and historic destination with a lively atmosphere awaits you in Dublin. Known for its friendly locals, Dublin has a vibrant personality that truly comes alive at night. Historic landmarks such as Trinity College, Dublin Castle, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral showcase the city’s rich roots.
Soak up the nightlife by hopping through pubs, cafes, and restaurants that provide all types of cuisines. If you’re into music and the arts, it can be worthwhile checking ahead of time what’s being showcased during the time you’re visiting. Try visiting areas around Dublin as well if you’re looking for a path less traveled.
When you’re looking to fill your 2023 with remarkable destinations that lead to unforgettable memories, these places should be on your checklist. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start booking and packing for your next vacation!