Top Vacation Spots
Plan your next trip to one of Travel Channel's top vacation spots, including New York City, Paris, Orlando and Las Vegas.
ParisIt’s a prime destination for travelers from around the world. The Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Le Marais, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe are some of the sights to see when visiting Paris. No trip to the City of Light is complete without a stroll on the ornate Pont Alexandre III Bridge, over the serene Seine River. 960 1280
New York CityNew York City is the full of culture and diversity. Broadway, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Ground Zero, Harlem, Central Park and Soho shopping are great reasons to visit the Big Apple. Venture out beyond Manhattan and experience the flavor of Brooklyn and the NYC’s other boroughs. 960 1280
HawaiiThe Big Island of Hawaii is always a popular destination for travelers. Maui, Oahu and Honolulu are a few Hawaiian hot spots for relax and unwind. There’s something for everyone, including sunset paddling, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, USS Arizona Memorial, Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, and Waimea Canyon. 960 1280
Cancun, MexicoTake a jungle tour; swim with the dolphins; go snorkeling in the 2nd largest reef in the world; or take a Party Hopper Tour of fun pubs in Cancun, Mexico. We also recommend that you indulge in a couple relaxing days on the pristine, sandy shores of the popular destination. 960 1280
OrlandoEpcot Center is just one of the magical Disney parks in Orlando. Looking for more family theme-park adventures? Then head to Magic Kingdom Park, Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Orlando is also a great destination for adults with dozens of places to visit a spa, golf, shop and it’s also a popular destination for weddings. 960 1280
LondonOld and new worlds meet in London with a walk across the Millennium Bridge to the historic St. Paul's Cathedral. Looking for other things to do? Visit Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard; spend the day shopping around Piccadilly Circus; or get a view of Big Ben and Westminster palace from the London Eye. 960 1280
Las VegasLuck can be more than a lady in Sin City. With dozens of posh hotels, casinos and a variety of buffets, Las Vegas is a definitely a top destination for tourists. Go indoor skydiving; ride a rollercoaster at the Stratosphere Hotel Casino; stroll through the Bellagio’s Botanical Gardens; or race your friends in a mini kart at the Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix. 960 1280
San FranciscoTake in the view of San Francisco from high atop Mission Dolores. Plan your next adventure in the City by the Bay. Visit Golden Gate Park, the Castro neighborhood, Palace of Fine Arts, Embarcadero, Coit Tower, The Presidio, Muir Woods, or take a ferry to Sausalito. 960 1280
Myrtle Beach, SCMyrtle Beach's Broadway at the Beach is 350 acres of fun with restaurants, movies, mini golf, music pavilions and more. Tourists come to this quaint southern town to bathe in the sun on the beach, but other dozens of other things to do and see, including the Carolina Opry, Family Kingdom Amusement Park & Water Park, Apache Family Campgrounds and Le Grande Cirque Adrenaline. 960 1280
Branson, MOBranson, MO, is a lively vacation spot with theme-park fun, live theater and the Showboat Branson Belle. It’s not only known as a country music hot spot, but it’s also great for whitewater rafting, ziplining, catching a show at the Amazing Waltzing Waters or visiting the World’s Largest Antique Toy Museum. 960 1280
Puerto RicoMorro Castle, Turtle Beach, Old San Juan, El Yunque Tropical Rainforest and Rio Cumuy Cave Park are some must-see sights in Puerto Rico. The Vieques Biobay is also a popular destination and one of a few bioluminescent bays in the world. Go midnight kayaking or take a dive into the glowing green waters of Mosquito Bay. It’s one of the most amazing experiences Puerto Rico has to offer. 960 1280
photoweek_0719_ss_005The SkyWire, a new zip wire attraction, opens to the public this week at The Eden Project in St. Austell, England. The new 740m zip wire is currently the longest in England and allows the public a bird's-eye view of The Eden Project’s Rainforest and Mediterranean Biome structures and the outdoor gardens. 960 1280
photoweek_0719_ss_009Prince Charles climbs on the new traversing wall in the gym at Grainville Secondary School in St. Helier, United Kingdom. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are in Jersey as part of a Diamond Jubilee visit to the Channel Islands. 960 1280
photoweek_0719_ss_010The former steel mill at the Landschaftspark in Duisburg, Germany, located in the industrially-heavy Ruhr region that was once dominated by steel and coal production, opened to the public as a recreational park. Incorporating the former facilities of the steel mill, the park lets visitors climb over most of the former mill. 960 1280
photoweek_0719_ss_012The Space Shuttle Enterprise, NASA's first space shuttle, is the main attraction of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum's new Space Shuttle Pavilion in New York City opening this week. NASA awarded the Enterprise to the museum after the 2011 retirement of the shuttle program. 960 1280
idea_ss_whats-hot-whats-not-2011_001_596x334In ' Unplugging
Enjoy life and live in the moment instead of toting around your hand-held device or laptop. Unplug and immerse yourself in a new culture and destination. Siberia, here we come!
Out ' Internet Access/Wi-Fi
Don't be a geek. Checking Facebook, Foursquare and tweeting on your Smartphone is so old-school. Travel isn't an anti-social hobby. 960 1280
idea_ss_whats-hot-whats-not-2011_002b_596x334In ' Pat-down
Underwear bombing is all the rage, which means we all get a free grope on the way to Grandma's house. What's that? You don't want the TSA creeper touching you? Step into the body scanner to the right, also known as the free peep show starring you.
Out ' Shoe scan
Who hides explosives in shoes anymore? 960 1280
idea_ss_whats-hot-whats-not-2011_004_596x334In ' Ground Zero Memorial
The New Year will be big for New York when the memorial at Ground Zero opens to the public on Sept. 11, 2011.
Out ' Sleeping on Matresses
With the increase in bedbug infestations in NYC, where can tourists sleep without fear? Travelers can prepare in advance by checking hotel reviews online, using luggage liners, looking behind headboards and keeping luggage or clothes off the floor. 960 1280
idea_ss_whats-hot-whats-not-2011_005_596x334In ' England
Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton have made England a hot destination after setting a date for their wedding day, on April 29, 2011.
Out ' Sweden
Sorry, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, marrying your fitness trainer in 2010 is so, well, 2010. 960 1280
idea_ss_whats-hot-whats-not-2011_006_596x334In ' Vanuatu
With 83 islands featuring roaring waterfalls, tropical beaches and remote villages, Vanuatu is bursting with eco-friendly excursions.
Out ' Riviera Maya
Only 20 years ago, you could sneak into the remote, dusty Mayan ruin and crash next door in a $5-a-night beach hut. Not anymore. Cancun has officially jumped the shark. 960 1280
idea_ss_whats-hot-whats-not-2011_007b_596x334In ' Dance
Everyone's a dancer, even Bristol Palin! Visit Argentina for traditional tango lessons or go on a themed cruise, where dance competitions are increasingly popular.
Out ' Wine
Dissing Merlot while singing the praises of Pinot Noir on a California wine tour is so 2004. 960 1280
idea_ss_whats-hot-whats-not-2011_008_596x334In ' Bike-sharing
Bike-sharing really took off in Paris in 2007 with 20,000 bicycles distributed across 1,450 stations. Since then, networks have launched in Portland, OR, Washington, DC, and Montreal, Canada.
Out ' Segway
The Segway is out after the company's owner was killed when he accidentally drove one off a cliff last year. 960 1280
idea_ss_whats-hot-whats-not-2011_010b_596x334In ' Fakecation
If you can work from home, why not work from Egypt instead? Any exotic location will do. Worldwide Wi-Fi and mobile coverage is expanding exponentially each year, and with Skype, there's no reason to pay for long-distance calls.
Out ' Staycation
You no longer have an excuse to stay at home when you can travel the world without ever using a vacation day. 960 1280