Lonely Planet’s new list of the nation’s top destinations came out this morning and sitting atop the list: California’s Redwood Coast, the 175-mile stretch of glorious coastal and forested terrain that includes Redwood National Park and Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

The criteria? The travel guide experts say they were looking for the top 10 most “underrated, rejuvenated and out-of-this-world spots to visit in 2018.” They found that along Northern California’s coast, four hours north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Lonely Planet California editor Sarah Stocking singled out the Redwood Coast as “a vast and varied experience that every traveler should have. It’s a great place to get back to nature, cut ties with your smartphone and soak in its iconic redwood trees, coastline, quirky towns and more.”

The list also includes Florida’s “Space Coast,” bustling brewery-centric Boise and Southeastern Utah, which the travel guide’s panel described as “quintessential Americana road-trip country.” You’ll find the entire list, including photographs and travel tips, at lonelyplanet.com/best-in-us.

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California’s Redwood Coast
Boise, Idaho
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Florida’s Space Coast
Cincinnati, Ohio
Midcoast, Maine
Richmond, Virginia
Kentucky Bourbon Country
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Southeastern Utah
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Note: Some images in the slide show above are courtesy Lonely Planet’s
Best in the US 2018.

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A California gem tops Lonely Planet’s top U.S. destinations for 2018

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