Washington Destination Among The 'Best Places' To Visit In The World

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Many Americans are itching to explore their next travel destination, whether that location is closer to home or across the seas. Hundreds of tourist spots are worthy of a visit, but some provide truly unforgettable experiences, scenic views, and thrilling activities. The hard part is actually choosing where to go.

Luckily, Travel Lemming unveiled their 2024 list of "50 Best Places to Travel," curated by the website's team of travel experts. The roundup includes under-the-radar spots, world-renowned cities, and charming places in various countries. Writers suggest eager travelers should take it easy this year by "spending more time at fewer destinations."

Several U.S. cities and towns landed in the rankings, including an island community in Washington State. Vashon Island is known for its stunning landscapes, amazing restaurants, and outdoor activities like kayaking. Here's why this city is worth your time:

“Few of Washington’s many islands are as easily accessible as Vashon, a picture-perfect place for romance. It’s just twenty minutes from Seattle, but this rural getaway abandons big-city convenience for pastoral charm. Spot orcas offshore at Point Robinson Lighthouse and wander pretty orchards while sipping hard cider. Tiny, uncrowded beaches on every end of the island feel like private escapes. There’s nothing like leaving with armloads of fresh produce after stumbling across one of the island’s many farm stands. Fresh, locally-grown cuisine and cocktails can also be enjoyed at The Ruby Brink, located in Vashon’s quaint downtown.”

Here are the Top 10 places to travel in 2024:

  1. Yucatán, Mexico
  2. Gizo, Solomon Islands
  3. Stavanger, Norway
  4. Antigua, Guatemala
  5. Memphis, Tennessee
  6. Phú Quốc, Vietnam
  7. St. John’s, Canada
  8. Kodiak, Alaska
  9. Guatapé, Colombia
  10. Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Visit Travel Lemming's website for the complete list.

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