Lonely Planet has released its list of the best travel destinations for 2022, for a new generation of travelers.
Many of the destinations on the list are massive metropolitan areas that have gotten more attention for their new or redeveloped attractions over the last several years. Some are heavily occupied by iconic landmarks, others are at the center of cities undergoing a cultural transformation, and some are just a stone’s throw from four-star hotels and designer shopping malls.
One of the more surprising entries is New York City, which has rarely been at the top of most travel guides for years, and despite its impressive amenities and array of pop culture attractions, Lonely Planet considers “other attractions in New York, including High Line Park, Lincoln Center, Art Sites and Design District.”
Los Angeles made the list as well, thanks to new rides at L.A. Live, a $5 million bus stop in Santa Monica designed by Frank Gehry, as well as restaurants and culture. Seattle also made the list for a relatively new indoor park.
North America, as a whole, does not make the list, despite its unique architectural achievements and rampant tourism. U.S. destinations are less common on the list than European or Middle Eastern destinations. U.S. travelers will have to look abroad to get their feel-good moments if they want to celebrate American renewal.