50 Best Places to Travel in 2022

Travel Lemming’s team reveals our unique set of picks for the best places to travel next year – with a focus on the world’s best emerging and underrated destinations.

Published December 15, 2021

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Gone are the days when choosing where to travel was a care-free exercise of day dreaming and indulging our wanderlust. With ever-changing travel restrictions and the rise of new variants, picking places to travel in 2022 requires more thought, research, and planning.

Perhaps there is a silver lining in that. Where we travel matters. And travelers now have a unique opportunity to pause, contemplate, and deliberately mold a new, better, normal for the global tourism sector.

We can choose to return to the overtourism era of the 2010s, when travelers swarmed like lemmings to the latest spot trending on social media. Or we can choose to let go of our travel FOMO, spread out a bit, and appreciate all of Planet Earth’s beautiful destinations — even those in our own backyards.

To help you pick better places to travel in 2022, Travel Lemming’s team of 15 writers and editors has collectively curated 50 emerging destinations we think are worthy of your tourism dollars.

You’ve probably never heard of many of them, and that’s part of the point. Others are old favorites that deserve an opportunity to re-emerge from a difficult period. In light of the uncertainty still looming over international travel, this year’s list is heavy on domestic destinations. But, if you just can’t wait to dust off that passport, you’ll find plenty of underrated destinations abroad too, including the top spot on our list …

50 Emerging Places to Travel in 2022

1. Querétaro, Mexico

Move over Valle de Guadalupe, there’s a new Napa Valley of Mexico

Clara posing for a picture in Querétaro, Mexico
Travel Lemming’s Photography Editor Clara in Queretaro

Winemaking is absolutely booming in this quiet Mexican state, thanks to Querétaro’s many microclimates. In between hopping vineyards, you’ll encounter lush rainforests perfect for nature lovers and arid deserts dotted with historic pueblos magicos. The stunning architecture and world-class restaurants of its capital city, Santiago de Querétaro, beckon if you somehow tire of the countryside’s ever-changing landscapes. With 2 hour-long direct flights from Houston and Dallas, Querétaro makes for the perfect international weekend getaway.
-Nate H., Travel Lemming Founder

📸 Things to Do: Wine-tasting, Acueducto de Querétaro, rainforest hiking
🗺️ Places to Visit: Peña de Bernal, Sierra Gorda biosphere reserve
🛎️ Where to Stay: Santiago de Querétaro’s UNESCO World Heritage historic center
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: February (for the Festivale 100 Vinos Mexicanos)
📚 Related Guides: Tips for Travel to Mexico, What to Pack for Mexico, Mexico Car Rentals, Places to Visit in Mexico

2. North Cascades National Park, Washington

This remote wilderness is what hiker’s dreams are made of

Scenic view of the Diablo Lake

Treat yourself to some of the most unparalleled beauty in the country by adding North Cascades National Park in Washington State to your list of places to travel in 2022. This rugged paradise is one of the least visited national parks in the US, meaning it’s perfect for travelers seeking an outdoor excursion without the crowds. Known for its enormous glacial system (the largest in the lower 48), enchanting alpine lakes, and jagged snow-capped mountains, hikers, backpackers, and anyone who ventures into the park are in for the experience of a lifetime.
-Chelsea B., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Diablo Lake Vista Point, hike to Stehekin, boat-in camping
🛎️ Where to Stay: Mazama, Winthrop, Ross Lake Resort
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: Summer
📚 Related Guides: Top Places to Travel in Washington, Best Stuff to Do in Washington

3. Prince Edward Island, Canada

Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island is perfect for a laid-back coastal getaway

Travel Lemming Editor Taylor in one of the lighthouse in Prince Edward Island, Canada
Travel Lemming editor Taylor on a recent trip to Prince Edward Island

Don’t be fooled by Prince Edward Island’s small size, because what this eastern Canadian province lacks in square footage it makes up for in beautiful vistas, inspiring festivals, top-notch gastronomy, and incredibly friendly locals. With coastal culture dripping out of every nook and cranny, visitors will learn all about Canadian history between hitting the beach and hiking to centuries-old lighthouses.
-Taylor H., Travel Lemming Editor

📸 Things to Do: Confederation Centre of the Arts, Deep-Sea Fishing, Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place, Basin Head Provincial Park
🗺️ Places to Visit: Charlottetown, Georgetown, PEI National Park, North Cape
🛎️ Where to Stay: Downtown Charlottetown, Montague, Summerside
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: June – September
📚 Related Guides: PEI Itinerary Planner, Best Charlottetown Hotels, Best Prince Edward Island Beaches

4. Silverton, Colorado

A mountain town that celebrates the past and present of the Wild West

View of the main street in Silverton, Colorado
(photo: Bob Pool / Shutterstock)

Designated a National Historic Landmark, visiting the well-preserved Colorado mountain town of Silverton feels like stepping back in time. Though the mines are now converted tourist attractions and the brothels have become hotels, the Victorian-era architecture and Narrow Gauge Railroad still provide glimpses into the early American West. Nestled in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, Silverton is also a premier location for outdoor adventure. From moderate hikes and rafting tours to adrenaline-pumping heli-drops into Silverton Mountain Ski Area, you’ll be sure to discover fun and excitement in this lesser-traveled destination.
-Abigail B., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Old Hundred Gold Mine tour, white water rafting, backcountry skiing 
🛎️ Where to Stay: Grand Imperial Hotel, The Wyman Hotel, The Bent Elbow  
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: June-September
📚 Related Guides: Best Places to Go in Colorado, Top Activities to Do in Colorado

5. Aguada, Puerto Rico

Both a coastal and mountainous city, Aguada is a box of surprises

Travel Lemming Writer Vanessa in Aguada, Puerto Rico
Travel Lemming writer Vanessa Ramos in Aguada

Most tourists pass right through it on their way to Rincon, but those who dare to travel off the beaten path will be dazzled by Aguada. You’ll find some of Puerto Rico’s most beautiful beaches nearby, and Aguada’s fashion district is growing by the day, offering dozens of boutiques for shopaholics. Chocolate lovers can enjoy a visit to a cacao farm while curious travelers will discover unique sights such as a pyramid, the only Earthship community center on the island, and the ruins of World War II cannons on a beach.
-Vanessa R., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do in Aguada: Earthship Puerto Rico, Jeanmarie Chocolat Farm, Aguada Pyramid, beach hopping
🛎️ Where to Stay: Guaniquilla, Carrizal, Espinar
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: Summer, for better tides on the beaches and warmer weather
📚 Related Guides: Best Places to Visit in Puerto Rico, Things to Do in Puerto Rico

6. Duluth, Minnesota

A foodie paradise perfect for tasting local craft beers and freshly smoked meats

View of Duluth cityscape during summer in Minnesota

A port city on Lake Superior, Duluth is a treasure trove of locally-sourced food and drinks. From craft beers to artisan eateries in the Lincoln Park Craft District, Duluth has plenty to satisfy your tastebuds. But food isn’t the only reason to add Duluth to your 2022 travel destination list. While there, you’ll also want to watch tall ships enter the port, go skiing or snowboarding at Spirit Mountain, and get a glimpse of migrating raptors at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. With so much to do in this quaint city, Duluth makes for the perfect weekend getaway.
-Jessica H., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Lincoln Park District, Spirit Mountain, Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, Skyline Drive
🛎️ Where to Stay: Downtown Duluth, North Shore
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: August for the festivals (Bayfront Blues Fest and Festival of Sail), winter for skiing or snowboarding

7. Mljet Island, Croatia

Picture-perfect villages, lush forests, and friendly locals make this the perfect place to relax and get away from it all

View of the Odysseus cave in Mljet Island

Located just a quick ferry ride from Dubrovnik, Croatia’s Mljet Island is covered in dense forest, saltwater lakes, rocky coves, and ancient settlements. Set apart from Croatia’s teeming tourist trail, the island offers an aura of tranquility and relaxation perfect for the adventurous, yet laid-back, traveler. Expect excellent sunsets, leisurely bike rides, adventurous hikes, fresh seafood, and chats with locals.
-Taylor H., Travel Lemming Editor

📸 Things to Do: Odysseus Cave, Mljet National Park, Saplunara Beach
🛎️ Where to Stay: Pomena, Polace
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: June – September
📚 Related Guides: Croatia Travel Guides, Things to Do in Croatia

8. St John, US Virgin Islands

A tropical postcard destination without the hassle of leaving the United States

Aerial view of the St. John's Island and the blue water in it

The US Virgin Islands are open for business with minimal hassle for entry to US citizens – a commodity sparingly found in the Caribbean these days. Of the four main islands within the US territory, St John is our favorite offering a unique island vibe that stands apart from the others. The island’s two small villages, Cruz Bay and Coral Bay, are lined with beachfront bars filled with weathered sailors with tales to tell, mainland misfits escaping the stresses of reality, and awestruck visitors soaking it all in. Covering 60% of the island is Virgin Islands National Park, featuring miles of hiking trails through lush tropical forests, a plethora of historical ruins and ancient artifacts, and the most pristine white-sand beaches in the Caribbean. St. John isn’t just one of the best places to visit in the US Virgin Islands – it’s one of the best places to travel in the world in 2022, period.
-Andrew B., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do in St. John: Hiking in Virgin Islands National Park, sailing the surrounding waters, snorkeling with Sea Turtles, relaxing at secluded beaches
🛎️ Where to Stay: Cruz Bay, Coral Bay
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: December – May (Mild temperatures and no hurricanes!)
📚 Related Guides: Things to Do in St Thomas, Best Beaches in St Thomas, Where to Stay in St Thomas

9. Albuquerque, New Mexico

A city full of beauty and culture, if you know where to look

Colorful hot air balloons up in the sky of Albuquerque during the 2021 Balloon Fiesta
More than 600 hot air balloons took to the skies at the 2021 Balloon Fiesta

Though Albuquerque may not have been the first on your list of American cities to visit in previous years, it definitely should be in 2022. With the magnificent Sandia Mountains as a backdrop, you’ll find natural and cultural wonders in Albuquerque such as tantalizing New Mexican green chiles, innovative local breweries, and unique art and sculptures.
-Jasmine P., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Old Town, ABQ BioPark, Petroglyph National Monument
🛎️ Where to Stay: North Valley, Downtown
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: September – November (especially the first week of October for International Balloon Fiesta)
📚 Related Guides: Places to Visit in New Mexico

10. Isla Holbox, Mexico

Whatever you do, don’t call this tropical Mexican paradise the “next Tulum”

Clara sitting on a swing by the beach in Isla Holbox, Mexico
Travel Lemming Photography Editor Clara on a recent trip to Holbox

A quiet sandbar on the tip of the Yucatan peninsula, Isla Holbox is the place to go for swimming with whale sharks, kayaking through a bioluminescent bay, and living life car-free —  only golf carts and bicycles ply on the unpaved dirt roads. As the sargassum problem along the Riviera Maya continues to rise, many beachgoers have turned to Holbox’s pristine – and mostly seaweed-free – beaches. The rapid pace of development in Holbox is admittedly a bit concerning (Margaritaville recently opened a location). But the local community of Holboxeños seems genuinely committed to ensuring Isla Holbox doesn’t go the way of Tulum, 2021’s poster child for over-tourism. 
-Nate H., Travel Lemming Founder

📸 Things to Do: Kayak the bio bay, Playa Punta Cocos
🛎️ Where to Stay: Casa Las Tortugas
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: December to March (summer for swimming with whale sharks)
📚 Related Guides: Best Tulum Hotels, Mexico Insurance Guide

11. Knoxville, Tennessee

Enjoy the great outdoors without leaving the city

View of the Ijams Nature Center Boardwalk in Knoxville, Tennessee
Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, TN

Knoxville, a Tennessee destination often overlooked by visitors, delivers – especially in these times when outdoor travel is trending. Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness is a 1000 acre wilderness area with miles of trails and multiple parks. Surprisingly, the area is only minutes from the heart of the city. Knoxville makes a great weekend trip from Nashville, or a place to visit in its own right in 2022.
-Elizabeth D., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Outdoor adventure, Knoxville’s Market Square, World’s Fair Park, UT Gardens
🛎️ Where to Stay: Downtown Knoxville, South Knoxville
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: Spring or fall
📚 Related Guides: Best Things to Do in Nashville, TN, Best Restaurants in Nashville

12. Port Townsend, Washington

A Victorian town with big-city energy makes it easy to fall in love with Port Townsend

View of Port Townsend in Washington and the clear blue sky

Preserved Victorian buildings, a robust maritime culture, and a 430-acre military base-turned-state park make picturesque Port Townsend worth a double-take. Once poised to be the “New York of the West,” this small port town fought through many economic downturns and continues to pull in visitors searching for a unique Pacific Northwest getaway. A wealth of exciting festivals (including a Steampunk Fest and annual Wooden Boat Festival), eclectic shops, delicious dining options, and friendly locals cement Port Townsend as a worthy destination for savvy travelers in 2022.
-Chelsea B., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Fort Warden State Park, Downtown Port Townsend, Port Townsend Marine Science Center
🛎️ Where to Stay: Ravenscroft Inn, Palace Hotel
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: May – October
📚 Related Guides: Where to Stay in Seattle

13. San Luis Obispo, California

This central coast town boasts beaches, mountain hikes, and renowned wineries alike

View of the Shandon Chapel in San Luis Obispo in California
Shandon Chapel, San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo often gets overlooked as a blip on the map somewhere between LA and San Francisco, but this charming central coast California destination deserves recognition of its own accord. Because San Luis Obispo is a laid back small town with tons of outdoor activities, it has recently become a more popular destination for people looking for covid-friendly trips. This quaint California college town is trendy and inviting and the surrounding hills contain beautiful landscapes, secluded beaches, great hikes, and some fantastic wineries.
-Ashleigh B., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Architectural Graveyard, Montaña de Oro State Park, kayaking at Shell Beach, wine tasting in Paso Robles
🛎️ Where to Stay in San Luis Obispo: Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: May-June, September-November
📚 Related Guides: Top Things to Do in Los Angeles, Top Things to Do in San Diego, Top Things to Do in Long Beach

14. Colorado Springs, Colorado

The Olympic City USA has plenty to offer, indoors and out

Aerial view of Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colloquially known as The Olympic City, USA, Colorado Springs is on the well-trod map during Olympic years, when The Olympic and Paralympic Training Center and Museum operate in full force, but there’s more to this city than first meets the eye. In particular, Colorado Springs has seen several new and revamped attractions in recent years, from the Great Wolf Lodge with its indoor waterpark to the newly reopened Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Plus, thanks to Garden of the Gods and other parks, you’ll find plenty of outdoor adventure options like rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking, without the crowds and expense of nearby Denver. Then again, you’re close enough to pop up to Denver for a day to visit, too.
-Laura F., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking
🗺️ Places to Visit: Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Garden of the Gods Park, US Olympic & Paralympic Museum
🛎️ Where to Stay: Manitou Springs, downtown Colorado Springs, Woodland Park
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: Early September through mid-October
📚 Related Guides: Day Trips from Colorado Springs, Best Hot Springs in Colorado, Colorado Packing List

15. Jupiter, Florida

The village of Jupiter provides old Florida charm amidst a sprawling metropolis

View of the West Palm Beach County and the Jupiter Lighthouse

Although part of the greater Miami area, the Village of Jupiter has successfully staved off the predations of urban development creeping up the South Florida coast. Jupiter’s beaches are free of the resorts typically shadowing over Florida’s sandy shores while still providing all the amenities you could ask for on a Florida beach vacation. The natural beauty surrounding the city is seldom found in the region, so nature lovers will enjoy hiking through subtropical environments, diving pristine coral reefs, and paddling with manatees through mangrove forests.
-Andrew B., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Scuba Diving & Snorkeling, Hiking Coastal Environments, Blowing Rocks Preserve
🛎️ Where to Stay: Jupiter Island, Hobe Sound, Juno Beach
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: August – October (on a budget), March – May (for the best weather)
📚 Related Guides: What to Do in Fort Lauderdale, Places to Stay in Fort Lauderdale

16. Cambodia

A long underrated destination deserving of your tourism dollars now more than ever

Asian Monks looking at the Angkor Wat in Cambodia

While covid-19 humbled wealthy nations across the globe, Cambodia, against all odds, largely kept it in check. This tiny Southeast Asian nation is now betting that its nearly 90% vaccination rate will help its tourism industry recover. If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring Angkor Wat without a soul in sight, 2022 may well be your last best chance. Cambodia offers much more besides its iconic ruins, though. Explore the bustling metropolis of Phnom Penh, dine on exquisite French cuisine in the jungle river hideaway of Kampot, or relax in some of the most crystal clear water we’ve ever seen on the gorgeous islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem.
-Nate H., Travel Lemming Founder

📸 Things to Do: Angkor Archaeological Park, island-hopping in Koh Rong, street food in Phnom Penh
🗺️ Places to Visit: Kampot, Koh Rong Samloem
🛎️ Where to Stay: Sihanoukville, Siem Reap
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: November to April

17. Alberta Badlands, Canada

Dinosaurs, striking landscapes, and ancient Indigenous history make the Badlands truly unique

Featuring endless hoodoos, dinosaur skeletons, ancient petroglyphs and pictographs, museums, and rugged landscapes, the Alberta Badlands are easily one of the most enchanting regions of Canada. Located east of the Rocky Mountains, the badland area is the epitome of Canada’s “wild west” and is perfect for hikers, photographers, and dinosaur enthusiasts alike.
-Taylor H., Travel Lemming Editor

📸 Things to Do: Royal Tyrrell Museum, Dinosaur Trail Drive, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Center
🗺️ Places to Visit: Drumheller, Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge
🛎️ Where to Stay: Drumheller, Medicine Hat
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: June – September
📚 Get Planning: The Perfect Alberta Road Trip Itinerary

18. Utuado, Puerto Rico

Forget the city lights, the nature of Utuado will captivate you

View of white rocks in Utuado, Puerto Rico

Nestled away in Puerto Rico’s lush mountainous center, the tiny town of Utuado is perfectly poised to take advantage of the continued trend of outdoor tourism. Nature lovers won’t get enough of exploring the surrounding area’s natural wonders, filled with thrilling hikes and spectacular adventures like cave tubing. Meanwhile, connoisseurs will love hopping vineyards to taste locally made wine, or taking coffee tours at the haciendas.
-Vanessa R., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Coffee Tours, Finca Vista Bella, Caguana Archeological Site, river tubing, and cave exploring
🛎️ Where to Stay: Caonillas Abajo, Caonillas Arriba, Las Palmas
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: From December to May for fresher temperatures and dry weather
📚 Related Guides: Puerto Rico Packing List, Puerto Rico Itinerary

19. Margaret River, Western Australia

One of the world’s most underrated wine regions

View of an outdoor dining area in Margaret River, Western Australia

While most people think of Sydney, Melbourne, or the Great Barrier Reef when planning a trip to Australia, if you enjoy wine tasting and natural landscapes, then put Western Australia’s Margaret River on your itinerary for 2022. Though this wine region is fairly young, it has recently been making waves due to its unique geography, ancient soils, and sustainable focus. But even if you’re not a wine-lover, Western Australia is home to a wide variety of outdoor activities offered across coastal towns and inland oases alike such as surfing, caving, and whale watching. Keep in mind that Western Australia is as vast as it is wide, but Margaret River, just 3 hours south of Perth, makes for an easily-reachable getaway.
-Jess L., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Wine-tasting, craft breweries, waterfall & rock pool hiking, beaches, wildlife
🗺️ Places to Visit: Eagle Bay, Dunsborough, Yallingup, Fremantle
🛎️ Where to Stay: Downtown Margaret River, Injidup, Dunsborough
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: Year-round destination with consistent weather — every season is uniquely breathtaking in its own way.
📚 Related Guides: Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary

20. Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara is the understated crown jewel of the California coastline

View of Santa Barbara County Courthouse and the clear blue sky

Whether you want to go wine tasting at trendy local spots or kayak through islands off the California coast, Santa Barbara is the perfect place to travel in 2022. For the nature enthusiasts out there, you can enjoy strolls through the lush gardens of Lotusland, or take the ferry over to explore the Channel Islands (sometimes called the “Galapagos of North America”). Head downtown to State Street for fresh-caught seafood and local wine, then catch live music at a low-key bar. Known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara blends Spanish-influenced architecture with classic California beach style.
-Victoria F., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Stearns Wharf, wine tasting, Lotusland, Channel Islands
🛎️ Where to Stay: State Street, East Beach
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: April – November
📚 Related Guides: Where to Stay in San Diego, Where to Stay in LA, Where to Stay in Oceanside

21. Stanley, Idaho

Warm up to the coldest place in the continental United States

View of a snowy mountain in Stanley, Idaho

Despite its “Gem State” moniker, most travelers disregard Idaho, known for rural farmland and frigid temperatures. But, with the pandemic spurring greater interest in outdoor recreation, Stanley, a tiny mountain town at the base of the Sawtooth National Forest, is gaining popularity. Hot springs percolate along the winding Salmon River, and hikers encounter no one but the creatures that inhabit the area when trekking remote trails to alpine lakes. Truly one of the few wild places left in the United States, Stanley is a nature-lover’s paradise.
-Abigail B., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Secluded hiking, natural hot springs, horseback riding, stargazing
🛎️ Where to Stay: Mountain Village Resort, Stanley River Campground
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: July-September
📚 Related Guides: 25 Best Day Trips from Boise, 27 Best Things to Do in Boise

22. Japan

Regain your sense of wonder and awe when the sun (hopefully) rises on Japan’s tourism industry

Scenic view of a field of cherry blossoms and the Mt. Fuji in Japan

Though Japan didn’t quite get the Olympic tourism boom it had hoped for this past year, its relatively strong pandemic response positions it to be one of the best places to travel abroad in 2022. Of course, you’ll need to wait for Japan to reopen its borders, recently shut due to Omicron. But with world-class cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, and gorgeous rural areas such as Kamikochi, Hakone, and Yakushima, there is truly something in Japan for everyone.

A longstanding practice in Japan, Kintsugi is the art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted in gold — embracing the damage and making it even more beautiful. As international travel restrictions (hopefully) continue to ease, there’s no better time than the present to regain your wanderlust and embody the message of kintsugi through new experiences in a place with a ton of heart.
-Jess L., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Osaka’s Spa World and other Onsens, themed cafes in Tokyo, Fushimi Inari Shrine
🗺️ Places to Visit: Mount Fuji, Hiroshima, Nara
🛎️ Where to Stay: Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: Spring for cherry blossoms, Winter for ice sculptures and snow monkey Onsens. There is something spectacular in Japan every month of the year.

23. Nevada City, California

A historic mountain town surrounded by enchanting, secluded rivers

View of the rocky Yuba River in Nevada City, California
The Yuba river is full of secluded pools

If you ask a person on the street where Nevada City is, certainly they wouldn’t guess California. But this gem of a town is indeed in The Golden State – northern California to be specific – and it has a ton on offer. With well-preserved nature, wild west history, and culture, you’ll find eclectic gold mining towns, stretches of stunning hidden rivers, and incredible forests and hiking trails. Even better? This secluded area has remained more or less a tourism secret, making it one of the best 2022 travel destinations away  from California’s more over-touristed hubs.
-Ashleigh B., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Yuba River, downtown Nevada City, rent a houseboat on Bullard’s Bar, hike Independence Trail
🛎️ Where to Stay: Nevada City, Grass Valley
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: March-July
👉 Read Next: Best Things to Do in Las Vegas, Nevada

24. Roswell, New Mexico

The perfect spot to embrace your quirkiness

View of Bottomless Lakes State Park in Roswell
A cloudy October day at Bottomless Lakes State Park

If you have an interest in aliens and crave the occasional small-town vibe, then Roswell is for you. The rich UFO history of the town will intrigue even the most skeptical, and you’ll be surprised by how much fun can be had embracing the mystery surrounding the 1947 “incident.” Take a drive through the historic houses or enjoy the nearby state park. With its local airport, Roswell makes for an unexpectedly accessible weekend getaway destination.
-Jasmine P., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Roswell UFO Spacewalk, Bottomless Lakes State Park, Roswell Museum and Art Center
🛎️ Where to Stay: City Center, Historic Roswell
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: March – May; September – October

25. Edmonton, Canada

This Alberta city is rich with art, festivals, and western Canadian culture

View of the Edmonton Downtown during sunset

Though often overlooked in favor of Alberta’s mountainous region, Edmonton is a gem on the Canadian Prairies. With a decidedly western flair, the city is home to roughly one million people and truly has it all: historical sites, fabulous shopping, a thriving arts scene, nightlife, major league sports teams, and a steady flow of festivals. Plus, being slightly more off the radar than other major Canadian cities, Edmonton is easy to explore on a budget.
-Taylor H., Travel Lemming Editor

📸 Things to Do: West Edmonton Mall, Fort Edmonton Park, Elk Island National Park, Whyte Avenue, Royal Alberta Museum
🛎️ Where to Stay: Downtown, Garneau, West Edmonton
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: June – September

26. West Michigan

A secret summer destination open to anyone seeking a freshwater beach vacation

Scenic view of the Grand Haven Pier Lights and the colorful sky in West Michigan

West Michigan probably doesn’t come to mind when thinking about your next beach vacation. However, every summer the sandy shores of Lake Michigan are packed with visitors and locals alike after months of winter-induced sunlight deprivation. Lakefront towns, with their small Midwestern charm, come to life as ice cream shops, corner cafes, and microbreweries occupying decades-old buildings fling their shutters open from a long winter. The region’s emerging craft beer scene is headlined by the fantastic breweries in Grand Rapids.
-Andrew B., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Saugatuck Dunes, craft beer tour in Grand Rapids, beaching at Lake Michigan
🗺️ Places to Visit: Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Holland, South Haven, Saugatuck
🛎️ Where to Stay: Downtown Grand Rapids, LGBTQ-friendly Saugatuck, camping at a lakefront State Park
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: June – August (for beach days and warm weather)

27. Malaysia

Southeast Asia’s melting pot is preparing to welcome the world again

View of a colorful stairs in Penang Hill Malaysia
The view of Georgetown from Penang Hill

Malaysia took covid seriously. It’s one of the most vaccinated countries on the planet and, as of this article’s publication, is actually still mostly closed to foreign visitors. But the government has promised to open in January, 2022, and those first few travelers who visit are likely to find that some of Southeast Asia’s most pristine beaches are their own private retreats. Travelers will find natural wonders and historical sites at every turn, plus an unparalleled melting pot of cultures and cuisines. If you always wondered what traveling Southeast Asia was like before the era of mass tourism, you just might have the chance to find out in Malaysia in 2022.
-Nate H., Travel Lemming Founder

📸 Things to Do: Beaches, hawker food stalls, jungle trekking
🗺️ Places to Visit: Penang, Borneo, Petronas Towers
🛎️ Where to Stay: Historic Georgetown, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: December – April

28. Asheville, North Carolina

The perfect travel destination for historic elegance, fall foliage, and plenty of biscuits and gravy

View of a family after a hiking trip in Asheville, North Carolina

A unique juxtaposition of energies, Asheville, North Carolina gracefully blends being both an artsy hub and an outdoor-lovers oasis, with craft beer and lush mountains at nearly every turn. In fact, last year USA Today listed Asheville as one of the top 10 beer cities in the country, thanks to the more than 35 breweries in town and 60 in the surrounding area. Foodies also rave about the casual Southern cuisine as well as the high-end culinary offerings. You can visit Asheville for a weekend or a week and never run out of things to do, making it a fantastic choice for where to travel in 2022 (and one of the best places to visit in North Carolina).
-Katie N., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Visit the Biltmore Estate, drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, taste craft beer & coffee 
🛎️ Where to Stay: Downtown Asheville, Biltmore Village
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: Fall

29. Buenos Aires, Argentina

A resilient world-class city, ready to re-emerge onto the global tourism stage

Aerial view of Palermo in Buenos Aires

With the city’s many hotels and attractions still fairly empty, and with the dollar at an all-time high against the peso, there’s never been a better time for Americans to travel to Buenos Aires. Take in a tango show in Puerto Madero, test your senses at Teatro Ciego (the “blind theatre” where plays are performed in total darkness), or stroll the streets of the Recoleta barrio, admiring some of the most fantastic architecture in the Southern Hemisphere. Whatever you do on your visit, traveling to Buenos Aires in 2022 will offer you an opportunity to experience the city (and Argentina) in a way you might never get to again – and to be a positive part of a tourism recovery story for a place that needs it.
-Clara K., Travel Lemming Photography Editor

📸 Things to Do: Tango shows, Recoleta cemetery, Bosques de Palermo
🛎️ Where to Stay in Buenos Aires: Palermo, San Telmo, Belgrano
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: March – May, September – December

30. Mississippi Gulf Coast

Prepare to find your new favorite beach town

View of colorful fishing boats in the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Shrimp boats in the Biloxi harbor

Sometimes referred to as The Secret Coast because of its relatively low number of visitors, the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s over 60 miles of coastline is filled with many uncrowded white sandy beaches. Just an hour-long day trip from New Orleans, the Mississippi Gulf Coast will have you enjoying classic beach vibes with a distinctly cajun flair. For added culture, plan your visit to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in February – you’ll get to experience King Cake (a pastry-esque sweet cake) and local Mardi Gras parades.
-Elizabeth D., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Ship Island, the beaches, Mississippi Aquarium
🗺️ Places to Visit: Ocean Springs, Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Biloxi, Gulfport
🛎️ Where to Stay: Bay St. Louis, Biloxi
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: February-March (Mardi Gras is on March 1 in 2022)

31. Bratislava, Slovakia

A colorful European city brimming with arts and culture, Bratislava makes for a great getaway without the crowds

Bratislava Castle in Slovakia, one of the best places to travel in 2022
Bratislava Castle

Located along the Danube River at the foothills of the Little Carpathian mountains, Bratislava is known for its rich history, beautiful architecture, lush vineyards, and very serious cafe scene. More off-the-beaten-trail than its western European counterparts, here you’ll find colorful castles, an immaculate old town, and a nightlife scene that competes with the best of them. Plus, this small city has a ton of outdoor activities and patios, making social distancing easy.
-Taylor H., Travel Lemming Editor

📸 Things to Do: Bratislava Old Town, St Elizabeth’s Church, Bratislava Castle, Michael’s Gate
🛎️ Where to Stay: Old Town, Petržalka, Palisády (adjacent to Old Town)
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: May – October

32. Birmingham, Alabama

Foodies, there’s a new culinary capital emerging in the southeast

Skyline of Birmingham Alabama, one of the top emerging places to travel in 2022

Birmingham’s culinary scene seems to have exploded overnight. Besides traditional Southern cuisine, the city offers an array of foodie delights. Birmingham has James Beard-award-winning restaurants and authentic international cuisines. Locals have enjoyed Birmingham’s food scene for years, but the rest of the US is catching on. In fact, Condé Nast Travel also selected Birmingham as one of its top places to travel in 2022 – and we couldn’t agree more.
-Elizabeth D., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Dining, Birmingham Museum of Art, Red Mountain Park, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
🛎️ Where to Stay: Downtown Birmingham
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: Spring or Fall

33. Basque Country (Pías Vasco), Spain

Visit Spain’s northern coast for gorgeous scenery, charming towns, and fewer crowds

Panoramic view of the Basque Country Coastline
Climb the stairs to Gaztelugatxe for stunning views of Basque Country coastline

Basque Country, Spain’s stunning northern coastal region that shares a section of border with France, is one of the country’s most overlooked areas. Avoid the droves of tourists flocking to Barcelona and Madrid and instead opt for a visit to this autonomous region for a more authentic experience. Here, you’ll find breathtaking coast, rich culture, historic beach towns, and delicious pintxos (Basque’s Country’s version of tapas).
-Ashleigh B., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Gaztelugatxe, Funicular Monte Igueldo, Haizearen Orrazia, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
🗺️ Places to Visit: Donostia-San Sebastián, Gaztelugatxe, Bilbao 
🛎️ Where to Stay: Bilbao, Donostia-San Sebastián
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: May-October
📚 Related Guides: Spain Travel Insurance Guide, Places to Visit in Spain

34. Chile

An outdoor paradise with one of the world’s leading booster campaigns

View of a man sitting in Atacama Desert with the Milky Way on his background
Chile’s Atacama desert is one of the best places on Earth to see the Milky Way

If you are desperate to finally travel somewhere abroad in 2022 but are (understandably) worried about Omicron, then you might consider Chile. Nearly 90% of the population is vaccinated, and half have already been boosted. The country is also perfectly positioned for outdoor travel. Trek through some of the world’s most remote mountains in Patagonia, stargaze at the Milky Way in the Atacama desert, admire the Pacific from a terrace in Valparaiso, or chill out on the beaches of Viña del Mar.
-Nate H., Travel Lemming Founder

📸 Things to Do: Stargazing in the Atacama, hiking in Patagonia, winery hopping
🗺️ Places to Visit: Torres del Paine, Valle de la Luna, El Tatio geyser field
🛎️ Where to Stay: Valparaiso, San Pedro de Atacama
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: November – February

35. Ellensburg, Washington

The center of Washington is more than meets the eye

The Davidson Building in Ellensburg, Washington
(photo: Ian Dewar Photography / Shutterstock)

Washington’s allure doesn’t end at the Cascade Mountains. In the heart of the state lies Ellensburg, a small college town known both for hosting one of the best rodeos in the country and for the rare blue agate stone found only in its valley. Rich history and a close-knit community characterize the ‘burg. Its quaint downtown has an impressive culinary scene with choice breweries and nearby wineries to quench your thirst. Visit a wind farm, go rockhounding, and hike through forests, mountains, and deserts to experience the diverse beauty of the area.
-Chelsea B., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Irene Rineheart Riverfront Park, Dick and Jane’s Spot, Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center
🛎️ Where to Stay: Hotel Windrow
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: May – June, August – October

36. Fort Collins, Colorado

Chill out in Colorado’s craft beer Capital

View of water fountains in the Old Town Square of Fort Collins, Colorado

Craft beer fans, rejoice! Not only is Fort Collins, Colorado home to the renowned New Belgium Brewing Company, but it also has so many other craft breweries that it’s known as Colorado’s craft beer capital. Not a beer fan? No problem. You can take a stroll through Fort Collins’ Old Town or visit Rocky Mountain National Park just an hour away. There are also plenty of other hiking and biking areas nearby — including Horsetooth Reservoir — which makes limiting time indoors easy while exploring the best things to do in Fort Collins.
-Laura F., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Craft beer tasting, hiking, paddle boarding and water sports
🗺️ Places to Visit: Old Town, Horsetooth Reservoir, Rocky Mountain National Park
🛎️ Where to Stay: Old Town, City Park
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: March – October
📚 Related Guides: Best Colorado Ski Areas

37. Minneapolis, Minnesota

From art galleries to nightlife, this underrated destination offers something for everyone

View of the Minneapolis Downtown before night time

Full of cultural landmarks and hip bars, Minneapolis is an underrated place to visit in the Midwest. Visitors will love North Loop, also called the Warehouse District because many of its shops and restaurants have been revamped from old warehouses. And history buffs shouldn’t miss Mill District – the fascinating historic district located along the Mississippi River. Whether you want to see a concert, watch a football game, or shop in the largest mall in America, Minneapolis has more to offer than you might think!
-Jessica H., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Mill City Museum, bar-hopping in North Loop, Mall of America
🛎️ Where to Stay: Downtown West, North Loop, Mill District
🚗 Day Trips: Duluth, Redwood Falls, New Ulm
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: May – November

38. Valladolid, Mexico

Discover the Yucatan’s hidden gem before the Mayan Train brings the crowds

View of a man sitting in the middle of Valladolid’s Cenote Suytun
Valladolid’s Cenote Suytun

Despite its location just a few minutes from Chichen Itza, and its previous feature on our 2019 list of emerging destinations, Valladolid continues to remain a relatively obscure travel destination (especially compared to nearby hot spots like Tulum and Playa del Carmen). That’s poised to change in a few years, when Mexico’s Mayan Train project will quickly whisk visitors from Cancun to this “pueblo magico” located deep in the Yucatan jungle. Visitors will find a magical town filled with colorful walls, friendly locals, unique restaurants, and some of the most incredible cenotes and Mayan ruins Mexico has to offer. Beat the crowds by adding Valladolid to your list of places to travel next year.
-Nate H., Travel Lemming Founder

📸 Things to Do: Cenotes, Casa de los Venados, Ek Balam
🛎️ Where to Stay: Colonté Hotel Origen, Hotel Waye
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: November – March
📚 Related Guides: How to Go to Valladolid from Cancun, How to Go From Tulum to Valladolid

39. Azores, Portugal

An Atlantic Ocean oasis ready for relaxation and adventure

Panoramic view of Azores, Portugal

The archipelago of nine islands that comprise the Azores region of Portugal offers a variety of unique outdoor experiences for every energy level — from stress-free days of relaxing on the beach to exhilarating activities such as touring a lava tube and canyoning. Plus, the islands take overtourism seriously and have enacted measures to keep it under control. Each island features just one airport, there are limited flights each day, and the government has restricted the number of hotels. The warmth of summer brings in the highest number of tourists, but during the off-season, you may feel like it’s just you and locals in the Azores.
-Katie N., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Whale watching, scuba diving, hiking, canyoning 
🛎️ Where to Stay: Ponta Delgada (São Miguel), Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira), Madalena (Pico)
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: Summer for the best weather, any other time for cheap rates and fewer tourists
📚 Related Guides: Best Places to Visit in Portugal

40. Guánica, Puerto Rico

Already visited El Yunque? Guánica’s Dry Forest is your next stop

View of the Caribbean coastline in Guanica Dry Forest Reserve

Still recovering from a series of earthquakes that affected the city in 2020, Guánica is the perfect place for eco-tourists looking to be a positive part of the reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s travel industry. The city is right next door to the Guánica State Forest, a United Nations International Biosphere Reserve that’s perfect for a day trip of hiking, birdwatching, and beach diving. In particular, the reserve is home to Ballena Beach a mostly off-the-beaten-trail Puerto Rico beach offering turquoise waters and white sand. Just offshore, outdoor enthusiasts will love kayaking to the mangrove island known as “Gilligan’s Island,” while, more inland, photo enthusiasts will go snap-happy at the Finca El Girasol sunflower farm.
-Vanessa R., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do in Guanica: Guánica Dry Forest, Gilligan’s Island, sunflower fields, street art, beach hopping
🛎️ Where to Stay: Ensenada, Guánica Pueblo, Carenero
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: Summer for better tides on the beach
📚 Related Guides: Is Puerto Rico Safe to Travel?, Best Months to Visit Puerto Rico

41. Vancouver Island, Canada

Lush forests, bohemian communities, and marine lifestyles are the name of the game on Vancouver Island

View of three killer whales on Vancouver Island

A British Columbian island in the southwestern corner of Canada, Vancouver Island is full of prehistoric sites, bohemian surfing villages, expansive forests, and off-grid artsy communities. With the elegant city of Victoria at the helm, the island is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts with world-class hikes, kayaking tours, whale watching experiences, expertly-manicured gardens, and surfing on offer.
-Taylor H., Travel Lemming Editor

📸 Things to Do: Butchart Gardens, Whale Watching, Cathedral Grove
🛎️ Where to Stay: Victoria, Tofino, Campbell River
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: May – October
📚 Related Guides: Tips for Travel to Canada, Best Canadian Road Trips

42. Redwood Falls, Minnesota

Chase spectacular waterfalls in the Little Yellowstone of Minnesota

View of the Ramsey Cascades in Minnesota

This little-known destination is a nature lover’s dream. Within Redwood Falls, you’ll find the expansive Alexander Ramsey Park. It’s been nicknamed the Little Yellowstone of Minnesota because of its size. Great for camping and hiking, this park also holds the gorgeous waterfall Ramsey Falls. There is also a zoo within the park with common Minnesota animals like elk, deer and buffalo. Redwood Falls is a hidden gem where you can enjoy a serene vacation in the woods.
-Jessica H., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Alexander Ramsey Park, Ramsey Falls, camping, hiking
🛎️ Where to Stay: Alexander Ramsey Park
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: June – October

43. Nigeria

A tapestry of nature and culture that’s been underrated for too long

Aerial view of Lagos, Nigeria
Aerial view of Lagos

Until the global vaccine equity crisis is addressed, many countries on the African continent will unfortunately remain risky places to travel in 2022. While Nigeria is no exception to this reality, for intrepid travelers looking to get off the beaten path, it does offer one of the most complex and fascinating travel experiences on the planet. The country is home to some of the best wildlife reserves in the world, and also to one of its most populous cities. Loud, complex, and colorful, you could spend the entire year traveling Nigeria and still barely scratch the surface.
-Nate H., Travel Lemming Founder

📸 Things to Do: Hiking to waterfalls, surfing in Tarkwa Bay, shopping in Lagos
🗺️ Places to Visit: Lekki Conservation Centre, Ikogosi Warm Springs, Zuma Rock
🛎️ Where to Stay: Lagos, Abuja
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: November – January
📚 Related Guides: Things to Do in Lagos, Places to Stay in Lagos

44. Boston, Massachusetts

Steeped in American history, Boston is a quintessential east coast destination

Boston is best known for its pivotal role in American history, but offers much more than just significant sites for history buffs. The North End is home to Boston’s Little Italy, where you can indulge in delicious, authentic food and late-night cappuccinos. Sports fans can visit the historic Fenway Park, the oldest baseball stadium in Major League Baseball. As crowds flock to New York City, head north to Boston where you can walk along quiet cobblestone roads and witness oak and maple trees burst with warm color during the fall. With a vaccination rate of nearly 90%, Boston makes about as safe a place to travel in 2022 as you’ll find anywhere in the US.
-Victoria F., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Boston Common, Freedom Trail, North End (Little Italy), Fenway Park
🛎️ Where to Stay: North End, Beacon Hill
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: June – November

45. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

An artistic village nestled in California’s Central Coast

Colorful flowers in a garden in Carmel, California

Home to one of the state’s most well-preserved and maintained Spanish missions, Carmel Mission Basilica, Carmel-by-the-Sea California is where you’ll find gorgeous gardens, charming beaches, and fairytale-like cottages amidst a village of galleries. A hidden gem along California’s central coast, this charming town is less than 3 hours from both San Luis Obispo and San Francisco, making it easily accessible whether you’re coming from near or far.
-Jess L., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Refuge Spa, Folktale Winery & Vineyards, Carmel Mission Basilica Museum, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
🗺️ Places to Visit: Monterey, Pebble Beach, Big Sur
🛎️ Where to Stay: Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch Hotel, Carmel Valley Ranch
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: Late summer, early fall

46. Florida Keys

Visit the Caribbean without the hassle of international flights and testing

View of the blue water from Calusa Beach and the clear blue sky

The Florida Keys have always been a popular Florida vacation destination, but the islands will see even more interest in 2022 as people crave a domestic tropical getaway. Flying into Miami gives you the opportunity to take in one of the most beautiful road trips in America across the Overseas Highway. Whether you want to snorkel in Key Largo, party in Key West, or relax in Islamorada, you can enjoy a full island vacation without needing to deal with a passport or crossing international borders.
-Katie N., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Dry Tortugas National Park, water activities 
🛎️ Where to Stay: Key West, Islamorada, Marathon
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: April-June
📚 Related Guides: Best Things to Do in Miami, Things to Do in South Florida, What to Do in Orlando Florida

47. Liverpool, United Kingdom

A coastal city in Northwestern England, Liverpool is for music fans, soccer buffs, and history aficionados alike

Albert Dock at Liverpool's Waterfront
Liverpool’s waterfront

Diehard fans of the Beatles probably already know a thing or two about Liverpool, but for those new to this eclectic England city, prepare to be enchanted. Beatles-lovers can’t miss catching a show at the Cavern Club, visiting the Beatles Story Museum, and snapping some photos at Strawberry Field. But apart from its musical history, some of the other best things to do include strolling the Tate Liverpool art gallery, catching a football (soccer) game at Anfield Stadium, and going shopping on Bold Street. No matter how you choose to spend your time in Liverpool, you’ll be glad you bumped this city to the top of your travel list in 2022.
-Taylor H., Travel Lemming Editor

📸 Things to Do: Cavern Club, Anfield Stadium, Bold Street, Liverpool Cathedral
🛎️ Where to Stay: City Center, Albert Dock
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: June – September
📚 Related Guides: Best Areas to Stay in London, UK, United Kingdom Travel Guide

48. Wonder Valley, California

Go off the grid in this artist enclave

View of the Joshua Tree National Park in California

A Mojave Desert community of artists, musicians, and other creatives, Wonder Valley, California became a beacon for remote-working LA residents at the beginning of the pandemic. For visitors, this laid-back unincorporated area northeast of Palm Springs has plenty of character and great outdoor things to do, including dirt biking, hiking, and rock climbing. Embrace the oasis and add Wonder Valley to your best places to travel in 2022. 
-Laura F., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: dirt biking, visiting art galleries, rock climbing
🗺️ Places to Visit: Joshua Tree National Park, Mitchell Caverns, Amboy Crater
🛎️ Where to Stay: Joshua Tree, Twenty Nine Palms
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: March – May, October – November

49. Wallowa Lake, Oregon

The outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination for 2022

View of the Wallowa Lake and Wallowa mountain range
The clear waters of Wallowa Lake

Wallowa Lake is a serene, off-the-beaten-path getaway in the Pacific Northwest. Secluded and far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you can enjoy swimming or kayaking on the lake, hiking in the mountains, or relaxing by a campfire. Balance your outside activities by stopping at local restaurants and breweries or grabbing some ice cream.
-Jasmine P., Travel Lemming Writer

📸 Things to Do: Wallowa Lake Tramway, Wallowa Falls, the town of Joseph
🛎️ Where to Stay: Joseph, Wallowa Lake
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: June to August for summer activities; December to February for winter activities

50. Winnipeg, Canada

A bustling city in central Canada with artistic neighborhoods, world-class museums, and a ton of heart

The Canadian Museum of Human Rights
The Canadian Museum of Human Rights

Though often overlooked in favor of larger Canadian cities, Winnipeg has further cemented itself in recent years as a gem on the prairies. While the city is best known for its excellent arts and culture scene — it’s home to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and some incredible museums, after all — prepare to be immersed in varied Manitoban history, the local craft beer scene, and signature Manitoba hospitality. It’s not known as “friendly Manitoba” for nothing!
-Taylor H., Travel Lemming Editor

📸 Things to Do: Canadian Museum for Human Rights, sample traditional Indigenous cuisine, The Forks National Historic Site, FortWhyte Alive, Royal Canadian Mint
🛎️ Where to Stay: Downtown, The Exchange District, St. Boniface
🗓️ Best Time to Visit: June – October


That’s it for this list of the top emerging travel destinations for 2022! For more inspiration, check out our list of places to travel without a passport.

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