You’re back and we’re still checking out what’s tracking in travel trends for 2012. To start from Part 1 click here.
Lonely Planet, who for the past 30 years has created and published some of the most respected travel guides for those desiring to explore the globe, also has a Top Destinations list, for the U.S. (note: they have a variety of “Top 10” list including those for beachside cities, trekking, attractions in certain cities, etc.), this year with 10 places: Culebra, Puerto Rico, The US Virgin Islands, Chicago, Boulder, Cincinnati, The Big Island in Hawaii, New York’s Hudson River Valley, California Gold Country, the Four Corners Region in the Southwest and Yellowstone National Park.
So what’s the scoop? Cincinnati they say, “…gets bypassed by many road trippers, but it’s quietly transformed itself in the last decade into a worthy weekend getaway. Life centers around the river – much which can be seen by foot: river walkways are best on the Kentucky side … Narrow, twisting (and steep) brick roads of the Mt Adams district lead past 19th-century Victorian townhouses and … Best, though, is the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, open since 2004, on the banks of the river where many slaves escaped to freedom in the 19th century.”
Colorado’s Mesa Verde’s abandoned cliff dwellings, the sandstone towers of Arizona’s Monument Valley, are among the sites they note in Four Corners–Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah the states sharing borders here–in what they call a “geologic, archeological wonderland.”
For a great overview of “soulful travel,” you must check out SoulOfAmerica.com. Yes, I may be biased since I do write for them, but I have to say it is the best Afrocentric travel resource out there. Apparently 500,000 voters in the Black Web Awards agree with me, since SoulOfAmerica is the only 4-time winner for travel since voting started in 2007.
From U.S. cities, to Caribbean islands, international destinations, cruises, beaches, tours and towns, bed and breakfast inns, historical insights, music events and festivals, colleges, international guides, sports travel…I could go on and on, you will find it here – all with an Afrocentric focus. But even more so that a great many of the entities and so forth are not only attractive to those desiring a soulful travel experience, but are managed and/or owned by people of color.
I’m simply giddy about the possibilities of where I may explore this year! There are so many historic, fascinating, gastronomically enticing, awe-inspiring and just plain interesting destinations to visit all over this wonderful planet, it’s hard to decide where to go first.
My drawing board has a lot of ideas, options, and plans already set in motion, and I can’t wait to what, who, when, where and why pops up!
To start from Part 1 click here.