What’s on Your Travel Wishlist?

Hudson, NY

Just for fun, let’s get wanderlusty. Where would you most want to travel this year? Are you planning any trips? I’ve been really itching to take the boys to the Grand Canyon. It looks so gorgeous, and I’ve never been. (Plus, anticipating a trip get be almost as good as the vacation itself.) If you’re looking for inspiration, here are 10 gorgeous places in the United States…

Above: Hudson, New York

Met Museum NYC

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan (we used to race down these when we were little!)

Koret Playground slides, San Francisco

Koret Playground, San Francisco, California

Barton Springs, Austin

Barton Springs, Austin, Texas

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

Yurts, Treebones Resort, Big Sur

Treebones Resort, California

Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park, Montana

Grand Canyon Skywalk

Grand Canyon, Arizona (The skywalk looks terrifying and amazing.)

Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor, Maine

Where would you go? xoxoxo

(Hudson photo by Nicole Franzen via Conde Nast Traveler. Metropolitan Museum via That Kind of Woman. Sleeping Bear Dunes photo by Christine Chitnis. San Francisco photo by Jenna of This is My Happiness. Antelope Canyon photo by Top Ten Photography. Hominy Grill photo by Eater Charleston. Yurt photo by Treebones Resort. Barton Springs photo by Wally Gobetz via Travel Channel. Glacier Park Montana via Glacier County Tourism. Grand Canyon photo via Hub Pages. Maine photo by Andrew Rhodes.)

  1. Mila says...

    I would absolutely love to see the sleeping sand dunes. From the picture they look like beaches and the dunes in Cadiz, Spain. Looks absolutely relaxing and peaceful, somewhere I could see myself enjoying.

  2. Sasha says...

    What a wonderful list. May I add canyonlands (or any of the beautiful red rocks parks in Utah), the redwood forests and amazing beaches of northern California, and my home, south western Montana, but do skip Yellowstone park. There are so many fun things to do that are less crowded and a more authentic experience – fly fishing, rafting, rodeos, hiking, rock climbing, snow shoeing or skiing, fun little towns and (the best!!) hot springs. And everywhere I listed had fabulous camping. So many fun places, just not enough time.

  3. Dear Joanna, I read this post couple of weeks ago, just when planning my trip to Arizona. I have never heard about the Antilope Canyon before but it looked so great in the photo that I decided to visit it. And it was spectacular! Thank you for this great inspiration. Definitely one of the most amazing places I have ever visited. Here’s my blog post about it, if you’d like to see the pictures and read about our trip.

    We also did the skywalk. It’s not that terrifying :) but it is fantastic. Thank you again for the great tip!

  4. I’ve been to most of these–and loved them. If you’re looking for something that feels like Europe in the states check out Santa Barbara. It’s a gem!

  5. All of these destinations are worth going to! I also would love to visit these great places and I am planning to make a list and start to go to one or two places each summer! Thank you for sharing! :) I wish you to visit all of them as soon as possible!

  6. What lovely destinations (and photographs!) We went to Bar Harbor, Maine for our honeymoon.

  7. Andrea says...

    I grew up in Hudson, NY and its amazing to see the transformation the city has undergone in the last 15 years or so. So many great restaurants and shops (the Bees Knees is a great children’s store). After living in the city and now Westchester, it’s nice having that Brooklyn-y feel when returning home. Be sure to visit Olana just south. It’s a historic home with beautiful grounds and views of the Hudson river. Look for the tea pots on the roof.

  8. Jenn says...

    We took our kids to the Treebones Resort and it was fantastic!!!! Be sure to have dinner at the sushi bar…I close my eyes and remember the view from my seat. Sushi while the sun was setting over the pacific…it is the stuff that dreams are made of

  9. jones says...

    I probably would wait until your boys are a little older to take them to the Grand Canyon. I had a co-worker tell me that her kids were too little (and they are not that young). I saw what she meant when we went a couple years ago. There are little (if any) safety barriers in place (which makes sense) and if you have a little one who wanders quickly or is clumsy it would be nerve-wracking to be there I would think. We had to move spots because a dad was out on a ledge with a very small child in his arms who was wiggling and almost getting free of him. It made me nervous just looking at them.

  10. Gorgeous list! We had Treebones Resort, CA on the shortlist for our upcoming drive up the Pacific Coast Highway! But, we’re trying to keep the budget low because we’re moving to Ireland soon and need to save funds., so we didn’t choose it. We will be doing the “glamping” thing in France in June, though! So we’ll have a similar experience soon enough.

    I have so much travel planned for 2016. I’ve not taken a proper vacation in years, so I’m kind of going overboard in the upcoming months. We’re visiting Florida, then California, then Spain, Italy, Germany, etc (whatever we can fit in), and then moving from New York to Ireland. Just for adventure. And it is looming! I can’t believe we’re doing this.

  11. I love this post and all the inspiring responses! My husband and I moved to England in August and we’ll be here for two years. Like a few others mentioned, we hope to see as much of Europe as we can while we’re here, but how do you even begin to decide where to visit!?? We were in Rome and Florence for the holidays (gorgeous!) and have plans to visit Dublin and Barcelona soon. Also on the list: Portugal, Germany, France, Greece, Belgium, Poland, and Scandinavia… but then I have to figure out which cities… So many options! I started a blog to try and document our adventures, and it’s harder than it looks. Joanna, I have even more appreciation for sites like yours after taking on this challenge! Thanks for this community you’ve created!

    • Katy L says...

      My husband and I lived in London for three years. Yes to all the places you mentioned. But, I wanted to say, some of our favorite trips were closer to home. Wales, Edinburgh, Cornwall, Dublin and County Kerry in Ireland were probably some of our favorite trips!

  12. I’m eagerly anticipating my first trip to Spain at the end of February! It’s been at the top of my bucket list for years but for some reason I balked at visiting—maybe because, after seeing it, I subconsciously felt there’d be nowhere to go but down, haha. Now, though, I’m looking forward to experiencing it for myself finally (and returning more than once).

    I’m also toying with the idea of taking a trip to Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia in October or November. I’d love to see the Okavango Delta (just the name sounds so alluring) and peep over the edge of Victoria Falls from Devil’s Pool!

    • Sarah says...

      If you are keen on Botswana (my neighboring country-I’m in South Africa) check out Into the Okavango on Instagram and the work of Dr Steve Boyes via National Geographic. Incredible and inspiring work. Definitely try to see the Okavango as it is now. So beautiful and quite life changing.

  13. Molly says...

    Maine has always been on my list of places to visit and this post helps maintain it´s standing as a top destination for me.

  14. Rikke says...

    We will be going to a little cabin in southern Sweden to introduce skiing to our three children for 4 days this february. In september we are planning at trip to southern SPain, Andalusia, or to the spanish Island, Mallorca. But what Im daydreeming about the most is our 4 weeks trip to california next summer, hopefully with a stop over i NYC on our way home to Scandinavia (DK) :-)

  15. I wish Treebones wasn’t so popular, though it’s obvious why! It’s just so dang hard to get a reservation there. One day, hopefully.

    My husband and I are planning a trip to Europe in June to see the Euro Cup, as he sadly missed the World Cup in Brazil. We’ll be going to Barcelona, Marseilles, Gordes (an incredible-looking tiny town in Provence – we’re staying at a magical place I couldn’t be more excited for –, and lastly, Amsterdam.

    It seems as though wanderlust always bites this time of year. Good to have something to look forward to!

  16. Kim says...

    I’m about to start a solo smoking trip acros Arizona in a few days! Everyone keeps talking about every Antelope and Grand Canyons, but I am most excited about Sedona.

    Also, later this year: Mexico City! I love that the NYT made my top destination theirs too!

    • jones says...

      Sedona is amazingly beautiful. My husband and I loved it so much that we chose it for the spot for our destination wedding.

  17. Ashley says...

    turning 30 and our 5 year wedding anniversary calls for something epic this year… i’ve yet to be to europe, so we’ll be bound for northern italy in september! i have so much to book and research and buy and learn before we go – the anticipation is thrilling!

  18. Deborah says...

    We live in Saudi Arabia and my hubby’s company gives us travel money every year. This year, we are going to Denmark in July, Jordan in September, and home to the States in December. We’ll stop in Germany on the way for the Christmas markets. Our travel is clustered at the end of the year because we are having a baby in March!

  19. We took our kids to the Grand Canyon two years ago. I had been there as a kid and was dying to go back. It turned our kids in to lifelong National Park enthusiasts! Highly recommend it. You can read our travelogue here There are so many amazing, hikes, camping, helicopter tours, donkey rides and rafting you can explore as the kids get older too. Happy to answer any questions about the GC or traveling with kids in general. xx

  20. Kait says...

    I’m going to Italy for 10 days in May! I have a long time to anticipate… :)

  21. Cuba! My husband is a Jazz musician. I’ve been a couple times but before we met. Cuba is THE best place to go if you’re into jazz, or salsa, or PDA :)

  22. Rebecca Aus says...

    Helsinki! We had a quick 2 day visit there last year tagged onto the end of a trip to Europe (we’re from Australia so this was a big trip!). It was amazing! We had our 2 boys with us – 4yo & 10 months. We LOVED visiting Soumenlina- the sea fortress!! So amazing, (and they have a fantastic website!); the Scandinavian & Russian influences were incredible to see, and the food was so great (reindeer meatballs!). I would love to go back… But that’s definitely just a dream for now :)