If you’re heading across the pond for an American adventure in the New Year, then the experts at Lonely Planet are on hand to help. To welcome gap year travellers, Lonely Planet’s US-based staff have been asked to pick out their top tips for 2011.
Southern Utah was picked out as the top suggestion, with the coloured landscape and unusual rock formations described as “the closest most of us will ever come to setting foot on another planet”.
What’s more Southern Utah’s national parks have not yet been overrun with tourists, but that may change soon with Danny Boyle’s latest film 127 Hours filmed in the region.
Visitors are also urged not to miss out on the South Coast hospitality of New Orleans. Five years after Hurricane Katrina, the Big Easy has regained its shine and there is always a vibrant feel to this city.
Finally, Northern California is definitely a must-see for wine-lovers, as the verdant valleys offer a range of exciting vineyards and enticing flavours to excite your palate.
For more ideas and destinations across the world, visit: www.lonelyplanet.com