Lonely Planet Announces Top 10 US Destinations for 2013

Oakland, CA (PRWEB) December 05, 2012

Lonely Planet, the world’s #1 guidebook publisher, has released its list of the Top US Destinations for 2013. Lonely Planets Top 10 US Destinations for 2013 was selected and ranked by the companys team of US-based editors (Oakland, CA) and expert authors. It features locations all over the map that are either emerging or up-and-coming, or perennial favorites that have a new and timely angle that make them prime for visiting in 2013. Once-in-a-lifetime northern lights, new top-tier museums, moose trails, Polynesian paradise, and barrels of bourbon are some of the elements that make these destinations amongst the top 10 places Lonely Planet thinks travelers should add to their wish lists for the year ahead.

Lonely Planets Top 10 US Destinations for 2013:

1.Louisville, Kentucky

Is Louisvilles lively, offbeat cultural scene quickly on the verge of making it the new Portland? It would seem so, what with old warehouses-turned local breweries, antique shops, and the citys coolest restaurants in NuLu or New Louisville in the East Market District; hipster shops and bars on Bardstown Rd in the Highlands; and the new wave of microdistilleries that serve as the jump-off for the Bourbon Trail. And then, of course, theres the Kentucky Derby.

2.Fairbanks, Alaska

If you havent seen aurora borealis (aka the northern lights), get to Fairbanks. 2013 marks the end of a fiery 11-year-cycle, when sunspots are particularly feisty, making for a big show in the sky for locals and visitors 240 nights next year. Go starting in late summer, when the daylight isnt too strong. On the ground, curious foodies can sample traditional Athabascan cuisine at Taste of Alaska at the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center, or take part in a unique pub crawl, The Great Fairbanks Pub Paddle.

3.San Juan Islands, Washington

Called the gourmet archipelago by Lonely Planet author Brendan Sainsbury, these Pacific Northwest islands have 250 days of sunshine and are entirely self-sufficient when it comes to food. Explore the beaches and scenery by bike, but be sure to eat throughout your visit. San Juan Islands are filled with fresh, fresh food, with local artichokes and marionberries from farmers markets, seafood plates of oysters, razor clams, and freshly caught salmon, and foraged edibles like seaweed and elderflowers.

4.Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Forget the cheesesteaks and tri-corner hats. Philadelphia is becoming known as an art capital. In addition to the world-renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art, the formerly remote Barnes Foundation a once private collection of Matisse, Renoir, and C

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