For anyone looking to stray from the typical American holiday, look no further.
The adventrue experts at Lonely Planet have announced their annual list of the top 10 most exciting places to visit in the United States in the year ahead.
Top of the list is the charming enclave of Asheville, North Carolina – also known as ‘Beer City’.
Top of the list is Asheville, North Carolina, a small but vibrant city known for its welcoming, creative spirit and eclectic architecture
Asheville is home to the Biltmore Estate, one of the most famous homes in the United States, and is surrounded by spectacular natural beauty
The vibrant small city is known for its welcoming, creative spirit and eclectic architecture. Its thriving artistic community and booming food and drink scene – all surrounded by spectacular natural beauty – is planting it firmly on the map, Lonely Planet said.
Following in second place is Western Washington, where stunning landscapes made their way into popular consciousness in Twin Peaks, the television drama making a comeback in 2017.
In third place is heartland hub Lincoln, Nebraska, hosting festivals throughout the year to celebrate its 150th anniversary.
Other notable places that made the list include the southern desert area of California (No4), Texas’ relatively unknown wine country (No8) and a picture-perfect strip of Florida coast (No10).
David Lynch fans, take note – Western Washington, which was used for Twin Peaks, topped the list of exciting places to visit in 2017, with new farm-to-table dining and microbrewing emerging in Seattle
Western Washington offers more than just the popular city of Seattle. The beautiful landscapes there made their way into popular consciousness in Twin Peaks, the television drama making a comeback in 2017
The guide book’s travel experts scoured the states this year to choose Best in the US 2017, 10 destinations poised to shine next year, whether they’re up-and-coming, overlooked or offer new, inviting reasons to visit in 2017.
Lonely Planet managing editor, Rebecca Warren, said: ‘Lonely Planet’s Best in the US 2017 are the places we recommend travelers visit next year.
‘This year’s list is incredibly diverse, spanning from coast to coast, giving a panoramic tour of America.
‘Whether travelers want to escape to the mountains, get transported back in time or relax by the beach, these are the destinations to be excited about. Some of them are on the public’s radar, while others are recently emerging, and they all offer compelling reasons to visit in 2017.’
The hip and happening heartland of Lincoln, Nebraska, was third on Lonely Planet’s list, with a college vibe, bike trails, breweries, music, art walks and farmers’ markets
The LA getaway of California’s low desert meets a new generation, said Lonely Planet, with views of Coachella Valley via the world’s largest aerial tramway
Big sky, big mountains, big bears: Montana’s Flathead Valley is the gateway to Glacier National Park and the Canadian border
Atlanta’s renowned art scene, new state-of-the-art stadiums and first Major League Soccer team make it an obvious addition to Lonely Planet’s 2017 list
Atlanta, Georgia, made the list, and lonely Planet managing editor, Rebecca Warren, said: ‘This year’s list is incredibly diverse, spanning from coast to coast, giving a panoramic tour of America’
Texas Hill Country wine region is the best wine country you’ve never heard of, with a wide variety of tasting rooms along Wine Road 290
Denver, the ‘Mile High City’, was listed as more than just a gateway to the Rocky Mountains and according to Lonely Planet, has never been more fun
There’s now a ski train that takes skiers and snowboarders from Denver (pictured) straight to the slopes in the Rockies
The ‘Redneck Riviera’ no more: Florida’s Emerald Coast was listed in the top 10 destinations for its sugar-fine sand and affordable beach front towns
LONELY PLANET’S BEST IN THE US 2017
1. Asheville, North Carolina – Appalachia’s most surprising city
- River Arts District features over 200 artists
- Nicknamed ‘Beer City USA’
- World-renowned dining scene
2. Western Washington – David Lynch fans, take note
- Filming locales made famous by Twin Peaks, making a comeback in 2017
- New farm-to-table dining and microbrewing emerging in Seattle and San Juan Islands
3. Lincoln, Nebraska – Hip and happening in the heartland
- 150th anniversary parades, parties and festivals
- College vibe, bike trails, breweries, music, art walks and farmers’ markets
- One of the largest refugee resettlement areas; cultural diversity
4. California’s Low Desert – The LA getaway meets a new generation
- New wave of cool headed to Palm Springs and beyond (maybe even The Obamas!)
- View of Coachella Valley via world’s largest aerial tramway
- Otherworldly landscapes (Joshua Tree, Salton Sea) and quirky curiosities (Salvation Mountain)
5. Montana’s Flathead Valley – Big sky, big mountains, big bears
- One of the largest wilderness areas in the contiguous states
- Gateway to Glacier National Park and Canadian border
- Whitefish welcomes hikers, bikers and après-skiers
6. Atlanta, Georgia – The airport epicenter is flying high in 2017
- New state-of-the-art stadiums and first Major League Soccer team
- Introducing The BeltLine, the answer to New York’s High Line
- World-class art scene and up-and-coming neighbourhoods like East Atlanta
7. Adirondack Mountains – New York’s best views after Manhattan
- 42 peaks over 4000ft
- New Wild Walk is an elevated trail above the treetops
- Larger than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Canyon and Great Smokies combined
8. Texas Hill Country wine region – The best wine country you’ve never heard of
- Over 70 wineries in Texas and dozens in Hill Country
- Wide variety of tasting rooms along Wine Road 290 make for an epic road trip
- 10th Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival and 45th annual Kerrville Folk Festival
9. Denver, Colorado – The ‘Mile-High City’ has never been more fun
- More than just a gateway to the Rocky Mountains
- New Ski Train in 2017 takes skiers and boarders straight to the slopes
- Microbreweries, music and (legal) marijuana
10. Florida’s Emerald Coast – The ‘Redneck Riviera’ no more
- 100-mile stretch of sugar-fine sand and beachfront towns
- Frequented by the rich and famous, and still affordable
- The Truman Show town of Seaside is an eco-friendly, 80-acre dream