Forget far-flung beaches and exotic locales—according to Lonely Planet's team of editors, some of the best places to visit in 2018 don't require a passport. The travel authority has just released its eighth annual Best in the U.S. List, revealing the hero cities to explore this year, according to its community of travel experts and locals on the ground.
The list spans popular bucket-list favorites like Southern Utah's national parks and California's Redwood Coast but also offers a few unexpected suggestions. Boise, Idaho, made the list as the fastest-growing city in the nation, and Florida's Space Coast got a shout-out thanks to the renewed excitement around space travel this year.
Make the most of your next long weekend with a trip to one of these U.S. hot spots:
1. California's Redwood Coast
Redwood National Park celebrates its 50th birthday this year, which is partly why it received the number one spot on the list. If you only tick one U.S. destination off your bucket list, Lonely Planet editors say this is the place to go.
2. Boise, Idaho
Insider says Boise has an unexpected winery and restaurant offering. "We're talking award-winning wineries, excellent bistros, and breweries and music festivals galore," its editors say.
3. Chattanooga, Tennessee
One of the country's greenest cities, Chattanooga is perfect for travelers seeking an outdoor adventure. Take your pick from activities like rock climbing, hiking, biking, and water sports.
4. Florida's Space Coast
Home to the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida's Space Coast also boasts white-sand beaches.
5. Cincinnati, Ohio
The Insider team has planned your itinerary: Start with breakfast at Holtman's Donuts then head to Cincinnati Museum Center.