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10 Best Places to Travel in 2021

Diana Rowe

While you may be ready to travel, your travel plans might just be on hold...for now. But that doesn't stop you from dreaming of your next vacation. Here are some of the best places to travel in 2021 -- post-pandemic.

10 Best Places to Travel in 2021

As we gradually proceed to resume our lives and return to some sort of normalcy (aka "new normal), we might scan photos of vacation past. We yearn to pack our bags for our next big trip. We look forward to experiencing new places, talking to new people, and forging new links and relationships.

Yet there's no question that traveling post-pandemic will require some considerable planning. and take safety precautions.

Yet we still dream of a future with travel in it. What are the top destinations you should be visiting?

Well, allow me to give you some travel inspiration with my take on the 10 best places to travel in 2021.

1. Orlando, Florida

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Families need to rejuvenate and refresh, and what better way than heading to the Sunshine State of Florida and the theme park capital of the world?

The best part about Orlando is that it is an ideal family vacation destination as it has a lot of activities to offer catering to every age group

Escape the heat, and visit many of the water parks in Orlando! Of course, there are several other things to do in Orlando, like visiting the Walt Disney World.

Or perhaps your jam is Harry Potter?

Considering visiting Universal Orlando and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios. Then cooling off at Universal's Volcano Bay attractions and rides.

2. Outer Banks, North Carolina

We can't get enough of our family beach vacations, and that is why the Outer Banks should top your vacation list. These barrier islands are located off the coast of North Caroline, separate the Atlantic Ocean from the mainland.

One of the most resilient travel destinations, the Outer Banks offers open-sea beaches, state parks, and shipwreck diving sites.

3. Fairbanks, Alaska

The best part of visiting the tiny town of Fairbanks, Alaska, is its seclusion, even though it is the largest city in the interior of the state.

With extremes of light, dark and cold, Fairbanks is also considered as one of the best locations to view the breathtaking northern lights and the excitement of dog mushing. It is home to a university and two military bases.

4. Honolulu, Hawaii

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No surprise that Honolulu tops the list for the best places to travel. Get ready to rejuvenate yourself -- and your family with a beach vacation to Hawaii.

Discover lush green gardens surrounded by waters and mountainous areas.

Spend time near the beach under the thriving sun to shed worries and return fresh. Diamond Head is one place not to miss!

History buffs will not want to miss a visit to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.

Learn about one of the most pivotal moments in US history: the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II.

5. Tucson, Arizona

If you are looking for good food and the best attractions, add Tucson, Arizona, to your list of best places to travel. With 350 days of sunshine, you're about guaranteed a beautiful day -- although temperatures can be blazing hot in the summer.

Visit the Sonora Desert Museum, drive the Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway, its tasty food scene, cultural attractions, and more.

But if we talk about its weather, Tucson is considered to be the very hottest city. To avoid the heat, skip visiting in the summer.

6. Yellowstone National Park

It is perhaps the best time to visit Yellowstone National Park as it finally opened recently after a long break due to the pandemic. It is one of the recreation areas in the country atop the volcanic spot.

As you visit the city, be sure not to miss out on the dramatic canyons, the alpines' rivers, and the lush forests. Don't miss out on visiting Yellowstone National Park in the winter.

7. Aspen, Colorado

You know I couldn't exclude my home state, right? If you're ready for an adventure, the ski town of Aspen, located in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, is for you.

This year-round destination for outdoor recreation. is known for its high-end restaurants and boutiques, and landmarks like the Wheeler Opera House.

And of course, great skiing!

8. Glacier Park, Montana

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What good can be a trip without some amazing scenic valleys and natural beauty? And Glacier National park offers the same.

This place is ideal for you if you like to hike the trails and reach new heights atop the mountains. What lies at the nucleus of it is even more amazing and alluring; the photogenic and scenic Hidden Lake.

There, you can also participate in cycling and camping.

9. Nantucket, Massachusetts

Perhaps the most iconic tourist attraction in Nantucket, Massachusetts, is its lighthouses, but it is also another location to choose if you love dune-backed beaches.

Regarded as the ultimate summer destination with beautiful, scenic buildings and cobblestoned streets, the restaurants surrounding the town are also a great place to step in and enjoy the cuisines.

10. Kauai, Hawaii

Thanks to the tropical rainforest covering much of its surface, Kauai is known as the Garden Isle.

A visit to its Na Pali Coast is rewarded with dramatic cliffs and pinnacles while 10-mile-long Waimea Canyon and the Nounou Trails are popular hiking destinations.

What destination is on your radar to travel to in 2021 or beyond?

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Denver-based freelance writer Diana Rowe wants to open the conversation that Life after 50 is not the end — it’s the beginning! She'll talk real lifestyle stuff like juggling work, marriage, caregiver for elderly parent, relationships with adult children, grandchildren, and blended families, what works what doesn't, but when all else fails, she bakes! She'll share her favorite recipes, especially baking! her favorite traveling partners are her grandkids — and sometimes she even lets their parents tag along! She wants to inspire other grandparents to travel with their adult children and grandchildren to create new and lasting memories as a multigenerational family. Seriously! The. Most. Fun. Ever.

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