If You Have Not Vacationed in These Places, Do…

Here, we have compiled a list of 5 Top trending destinations that worth the trip plus what to see, do and eat to make your visit a super success, as follows:

Paris, France

Paris has always topped the list of popular tourist destinations. As the capital of France, the most-visited country in the world, the “City of Lights” draws people near and far to experience its stunning collection of museums, landmarks, shopping and gourmet food. But no matter how crowded Paris gets, after all, it is Paris.

If you head to Paris, you have to see all of the classic sights: the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Versailles. But we recommend also getting off the beaten path and going somewhere different. La Pagode, for example, is a Japanese pagoda that’s used as a movie theater — there’s nowhere else you get to drink a ginseng tea after you watch the film. The Montmartre Vineyard is closed to the public, but is still a beautiful area to explore. And hidden-gem restaurants such as Le Derriere with its secret smoking room will leave you feeling as if you truly got the genuine Paris experience.

Maui, Hawaii, USA

There’s never a bad time to visit Hawaii. And Maui remains a top island for the sun-seeking crowd. On this tropical port you can swim with sea turtles, attend a luau and hike volcanoes, and if that is not the quintessential Hawaii experience, what is? Walk along the black sand beach in Waianapanapa State Parktour a pineapple farm and make sure to consume plenty of shaved ice. Top off your Maui vacation in style by staying at the North Shore Lookout and eating at Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop.

Puebla, Mexico

Located southeast of Mexico City, Puebla is widely known for its cuisine, pottery and colonial architecture. Puebla is 100% worth a visit in person. Take in the city views from one of the Puebla Cathedral’s bell towers, shop for beautiful handmade items at the Sagrado Mercadito and see the Dance of the Flyers.

Plus, it is almost worth visiting Puebla just for the food. Mole poblano is a delicious traditional sauce made with chocolate and chili pepper. Chalupas are fried corn tortillas that are topped with chicken or beef, salsa and onion and sold on the street. And chumiate is a drink made with cane alcohol and capulin, a fruit that’s like a cherry.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is having its day in the Sun. Searches and bookings for the sunny Portuguese city are way up, and it’s easy to see why. As one of the least-expensive cities to visit in Western Europe, vacationing here is easy and laid-back, just like its people.

Hike up and down the city’s 7 hills, snapping photos at numerous scenic viewpoints along the way. Explore the city’s collection of museums, like the MAAT or the National Tile Museum. Hop aboard a historic tram through the Alfama District up to São Jorge Castle. Gorge on pastel de nata in Belem, go surfing along the coast and when the Sun sets let Fado music lull you into a relaxed stupor.  

Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee USA

The Great Smoky Mountains are a popular US destination when you need a little time away. Stretching along the Tennessee/North Carolina border, this national park is the most-visited in the country and provides the perfect place for hiking, exploring and finding hidden gems. Some travelers stay in a resort, others choose to camp or glamp.

Wherever you stay, make sure to do plenty of outdoor exploration. Our top picks: Clingmans Dome, the highest point in Tennessee, where you can go on a half-mile hike to an observation tower that strongly resembles a spaceship. Cades Cove, a beautiful valley where you can hike or drive, is also a must. And, then there is the Biltmore House will make your Great Smoky Mountains vacation totally worth the trip. 

Enjoy your travels.

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