Maybe you’ve already started booking your adventures for the upcoming year. Or maybe vacation is just now entering your radar and you want to get a head start on planning. Whatever stage you’re in, there’s no doubt you want to make the most of your destination.
That’s why we’ve taken some of the guesswork out of traveling in 2020 with our list of top 15 destinations in and beyond the United States. In this three-part series, we’re covering each of these fan-favorite locales that you’ll want to add to your travel bucket list.
We won’t keep you waiting – here’s a closer look at which spots made the top 5.
1. Antelope Canyon, AZ / Lake Powell, UT
Forget about the overcrowded Grand Canyon — Antelope Canyon near the Arizona/Utah state line is one of the state’s most underrated gems. The vibrant marbling of the canyon is breathtaking, along with the rest of the area’s natural beauty. It’s a perfect locale for outdoor adventure seekers, offering plenty of hiking, kayaking, climbing, and no shortage of photo opportunities.
Just a few miles away is Lake Powell in Utah, another natural wonder of the West. Part of the Colorado River, the lake attracts nearly 2 million visitors each year. The area is home to the iconic Rainbow Bridge (one of the largest natural bridges in the world), Glen Canyon, and Hite Crossing Bridge, which is the only bridge spanning across the lake.
The area is fairly remote, but is easily accessible by private plane. If you’re looking to extend your trip, Las Vegas and Phoenix are each within a four hour drive.
2. Patagonia, Chile / Argentina
More than just a high end lifestyle clothing brand, Patagonia is becoming synonymous with adventure travel. It’s by far one of the most eclectic destinations on the planet, where you’ll see everything from penguins and glaciers to beaches and thermal baths.
Kayak through the fjords and the Marble Caves or explore the rugged terrain on horseback. Visit the Torres del Paine National Park to hike through postcard-worthy landscapes.
Bariloche in the northern part of Patagonia is an outdoor lover’s paradise, boasting everything from hiking and biking to skiing in the summer (our summer is their winter). You may even feel like you’ve explored the entire world after just one trip by private plane here.
3. Cape Town, South Africa
One of the most underrated international destinations for US travelers, Cape Town’s mild climate, ocean views, and prime fishing are finally starting to get the attention they deserve. Families, thrill seekers, and retirees alike enjoy exploring this southernmost city. Though the area has been well developed, they’ve managed to retain much of its natural beauty, including miles of sandy shoreline and unobstructed views of Table Mountain.
The entire city is dotted with landmarks and museums that are worthy of exploring, including the South African Museum and Company Gardens, Simon’s Town Toy Museum, Gold of Africa Museum, and the South African National Art Gallery, to name a slight few. The area is also becoming increasingly known for its wine culture, with multiple wine routes, vineyards, and tours to lead the way.
4. Palermo, Sicily
The island of Sicily seems just as old as time itself. It’s a place that still values the slower pace of life, one that treasures tradition and family above all else.
This remote island is often left out of most vacation plans when traveling to Italy, but it’s arguably one of the best parts of the country. The historic Valley of the Temple is here, along with Mount Etna, the largest and most formidable active volcano in Europe.
In true Italian fashion, Sicily is also a foodie’s haven, with plenty of family recipes and wine to sample while you’re here.
5. Marrakech, Morocco
Where else can you ride camels in the desert and enjoy candlelit dinners with fire dancers providing live entertainment? Marrakech is an up and coming international travel destination that will likely become as top of mind as going to Paris or London.
The markets are filled with unique jewelry, rugs, handmade dishes, and fine fabrics you’ll want to add to your collection. And the luxury accommodations know how to make you feel at home. Hotels spare no amenity or expense to create a plush experience, promoting a culture of affluence in every room.
And naturally, there’s plenty of traditional Moroccon food to go around. Tajines, seafood, and couscous will give you tons of options to savor.
Make sure you check out our follow up articles in this series to see which destinations also made the list. And if you’re ready to reserve your private aircraft to experience one or more of these amazing destinations, contact Access Jet Group today for booking information and pricing.