July 19, 2024


Lonely Planet recently released their “Top 10 US Travel Destinations for 2014”.  So If you are trying to find a place to visit this coming year – check out their list.  They have some great suggestions for places which are great, but lesser known destinations.

I checked out the Lonely Planet list and I was really surprised by what I found. Why? Turns out I have really close connections with two of the Top 10 on the list!


Grand Rapids (Michigan) & Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast is Number One of the Lonely Planet List.

Frankfort Lighthouse  / bwb-images
Frankfort Lighthouse / bwb-images


  My connection?  I was born and raised in Grand Rapids.  It has changed a bit since those days.  Lonely Planet points out some of the neat features of my Michigan Home Town and also extolls the virtues of the beaches of nearby Lake Michigan.  I spent lots of time on those beaches and I can say from experience – the Lake Michigan Coastline is awesome.  (Check out my previous article on the Michigan Coastline in the Fall)

Sleeping Bear Dunes
Lake Michigan Coastline / Sleeping Bear Dunes area – bwb-images


Kansas City, Missouri is number six on the Lonely Planet List.

WW I Liberty Memorial Kansas City / bwb-images
WW I Liberty Memorial Kansas City / bwb-images


My connection?   My current hometown is Overland Park Kansas which is part of the Kansas City Metro Area. Kansas City Metro is truly a great area full of sports, performing arts, parks, fountains, and of course some outstanding barbecue!  I have done a number of articles on the area such as barbecue and biking.

Kauffman Center at Dawn - Fisheye View / bwb-images
Kauffman Center at Dawn – Fisheye View / bwb-images


What are the other destinations on the Lonely Planet’s Top 10 United States Destinations  list?

#2 – Yosemite National Park California

#3 – Boston Mass

#4 – Central Coast California

#5 – Jersey Shore

#7 – Cumberland Island, Georgia

#8 – Las Vegas, Nevada

#9 – Sun Valley, Idaho

#10 – Lana’i, Hawaii

Anyone of those destinations would make for an outstanding travel adventure in 2014. It’s a  pretty select group of destinations.  And I’m fortunate enough to have lived in two of them.   Just confirms what I wrote in my article in March of 2012 – Be A Tourist In Your Hometown – you don’t have to travel far to have a great travel experience.

Check out the Lonely Planet article with the Top Ten List by clicking Here.

Travel Near or Far …….. And Enjoy the Journey!

Dr.B, The PhotoTrekker

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