AAA’s Top Places to GO in 2019
AAA’s top destinations for 2019 span the world with adventures for every type of traveler. From cultural destinations to white sand beaches to incredible natural wonders, the world is waiting.
Indonesia provides the perfect mix of opportunities for cultural exploration and relaxation. Travelers should spend time visiting and learning about the island's many ancient temples before heading to one of its beautiful beaches. More than 17,000 islands make up the medley of cultures, cuisines and religions across the archipelago, offering a kaleidoscope of experience. Thanks to substantial investment in new air, land and sea connections, plus recent visa-free access for nationals of 169 countries, it has never been easier to explore this tropical country. Go now, before all its secrets are uncovered.
Belize is technically part of Central America, but its Caribbean coast is fringed by the world’s second-largest barrier reef – home to several rare and threatened species, such as the red-footed booby, West Indian manatee, and loggerhead turtle. On land, you’ll find some of the most extensive and accessible cave systems in the region. It’s a short flight from most anywhere on the East Coast and English-speaking! With its blend of Mayan, Creole, Mestizo, and European cultures, we’ll soon see Belize turning up on everyone’s “must see” lists.
Egypt is back on the travel map after a decade of political instability. Adding to the allure (besides pyramids, mummies and pharaohs) is the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum – the largest archeological museum in the world. And, the Nile has become a hotbed of river cruise activity. It’s a great value –river cruises include your accommodations and food and most have included and escorted shore excursions. Plus, you’ll be seeing world-class ancient sites as you drift down the Nile from Luxor to Aswan.
Slovenia is surrounded by Italy, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and the Adriatic Sea. It’s Europe in miniature. In a single day you can tour a Venetian-tinged seaside town, cross Alpine passes and dine by the river in the heart of Ljubljana, the capital. Ljubljana ("lyoob-lyAH-nah") is a charming city full of artists, museums, and galleries with the Ljubljana river flows through the center of town.
Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden beaches: the Portugal experience can be many things. History, great food and idyllic scenery are just the beginning… Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians all left their mark on the Iberian nation. The old and the new collide in a mish-mash of culture and design on the streets and meeting squares, or pracas, of Lisbon. Flanked by the Douro River, the medieval capital of the north, Porto offers any history buff a plethora of sightseeing opportunities.
Panama packs so many treasures into one small country – from white-sand beaches to tropical rainforests, misty highlands and indigenous culture – it is shocking that it’s somehow still under the radar. The Panama Canal has been re-vamped and this crossroads of the Americas celebrates its 500th birthday in 2019.
Green Andean landscapes, colorful colonial towns, Amazon rainforests and Pacific Ocean waves await you in Ecuador. This small country is home to one of South America’s best beach scenes, in the towns north of the city of Guayaquil. Don’t miss the colonial city of Quito. It’s well-preserved center with 16th and 17th century buildings, blends European, Moorish and native Ecuadorean architectural styles.
Isolated, but still the world’s largest island, Greenland is celebrating 10 years of independence from Denmark in 2019. Known for arctic adventures, here you can partake in kayaking and dog-sledding adventures, take a dip in Greenland’s hot springs, and explore some of the longest fjords in the world. For the truly adventurous, trek to Northeast Greenland’s National Park (the world’s largest, more than twice the size of California), to witness a dazzling display of the Northern Lights.
Morocco is a gateway to Africa – ancient and modern, rugged and beautiful. Here, you can travel from the mighty Saharan desert (on a camel, if you so choose) to epic mountain ranges. Embrace the chaos of Marrakech – the Red City – a walled medieval city dating back to the 11th century. Get lost in its colorful alleyways, soaking in the aromatic smells of the spice markets while shopping for unique souvenirs in the lively bazars.
More than 400 wineries dot the fertile soils of Napa Valley and for visitors, wine-tasting is a focus of the trip. But, Napa extends beyond wine, with stylish hotels, charming B&B’s and a booming culinary scene. Take a hot air balloon ride over the valley, or take the Napa Valley Wine Train from Napa to St. Helena, stopping at distinctive wineries along the way.
Ready to see the world in 2019? Whether you are checking off your bucket list or just have travel wanderlust, AAA is here to help. We can get you where you are going whether it's around the world, or around the block. Contact us today!