At the stroke of midnight, a new year is ushered in, and everything feels shiny and new. Resolutions are set, promises are made, and we all declare that this year will be better than the last.
As for me, I’m particularly excited about another 365 days of exploring this globe. I’ve compiled a list of cities (U.S domestic and international) that may be worth a try in 2017:
There is something to be said about a coastal city that marries old and new. Rich in antebellum history, and a culinary scene not to ignore, Savannah has become a quiet favorite of mine. Take a carriage tour in Old Savannah, stay in a haunted inn, stroll the beach, try a honey tasting, or enjoy a prohibition cocktail at one of the city’s Speakeasies. There is something for everyone in this southern destination.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Ok. This is not an “OMG I never thought to visit there” city. I’m listing it because aside from it being hands down my favorite US city, there is so much more to the Big Easy than Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras. Visit this gulf city to experience an amalgamation of French and African influence. Skip the touristy areas and visit Frenchman street, be blown away by the historic architecture in the Garden District, and EAT EVERYTHING. The cuisine in New Orleans is an ethereal experience. Pair it with a mint julep and whew… *faints*
If you are an adventure junkie, skip the Rockies and head up to the largest US state. This gorgeous city offers skiing, kayaking, fishing, anything your adrenaline-pumped spirit desires. Explore and drive up the Dalton Highway, see Denali, and definitely eat locally—fresh seafood and local delicacies are a must. Also a must? Packing a camera, the views of the wilderness are pristine and undoubtedly breathtaking.
They say Paris is for lovers, but travel south and there is no experience quite like the French Riviera. Small cafes in the old town, or extravagant shopping near Place Massena, getting lost in Nice is the most fun to be had. Enjoy the rocky beach along Promenade des Anglais, and gamble at its many casinos. Nice is a city of wonder, and just a short train ride to Monaco and St. Tropez.
Fresh seafood, cheap massages and awesome shopping—what more do you need? Peru’s appeal is rooted in history and cuisine. Visit the Larco Museum, the Aliaga House, and get your fill of pisco sours, Peru’s national drink. Feeling adventurous? Fly to Cusco and check a wonder of the world off your bucket list at Machu Picchu.
The Emerald Isle. So much can be said about Ireland as a whole, but Dublin is a magical city worthy of a visit. Yes, the rumors are true—beer and whiskey here is a wonder. Tour the Guinness brewery and enjoy a tasting at the Teelings Distillery. Visiting a local pub is a must, my favorite area is Temple Bar, crawling with places to grab a pint and a bite. To top it all off, there are enough castles to visit that’ll satisfy both history geeks and the fairytale obsessed. A must do in Ireland that I recommend? A visit to the cliffs of Moher.
Go forth and collect stamps in that passport, and cheers to 2017!