New York is not only the city that never sleeps; it also, apparently, never ceases to win. Earlier in the week, we reported that Vocativ had named New York City the best place to live in the U.S. if you're under 35, and now, travel website Lonely Planet has named Queens, the multicultural mecca, the number one destination to visit in the U.S.
Lonely Planet's U.S. team of editors and authors collaborate to conceive this annual list. The list emphasizes food and drink, because, they say, "the whole country seems to be enjoying a local food renaissance."
They claim that the borough is "quickly becoming [New York City's] hippest, but most travelers haven't clued in... yet." Translation: Brooklyn has become too Manhattan, so it's time to move onto Queens.
The website credits Queens' newfound glory to microbreweries, new boutique hotels, the art scene, a diverse food culture, and Rockaway's reinvented seaside.
The list is diverse, ranging from an upbeat place like New Orleans celebrated for its culinary, cocktail, and musical traditions, to quirky Western South Dakota, known for Native American cultural sites and a buffalo migration.
You may find some inspiration here for your next, much-needed getaway. If not, hey, at least you took a virtual vacation. And the next time you visit New York, maybe escape the Times Square trance and go grab some Greek food in Astoria.
Herewith, Lonely Planet's top 10 U.S. destinations for 2015:
- Queens, New York
- Western South Dakota
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Colorado River region
- North Conway, New Hampshire
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Greenville, South Carolina
- Oakland, California
- Duluth, Minnesota
- Mount Shasta region, California
Where do you like to travel to in the U.S.?