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Top 10 Best Places to Travel in 2022

27 July 2021

2022 is going to be a BIG year for travel! Everyone is eager to go on an adventure now that travel restrictions are being lifted in many countries worldwide. The only question that remains is - where should you go?

A trip to Denali National Park on the legendary Alaska Railroad? An unforgettable adventure through the Swiss Alps? A historic heritage rail tour with incredible views of the Colorado Rockies? A scenic journey on Rocky Mountaineer's brand new luxury U.S. Rockies to the Red Rocks route? A Harry Potter moment on the Jacobite Steam Train in Scotland? The options for where to travel and what to do on your next vacation are almost limitless!

Our list of the top 10 places to visit is an excellent overview of some of the best vacation spots and travel destinations for 2022 to help you narrow down the options and get to the good stuff - planning your next trip.

Margerie Glacier In Glacier Bay National Park

1. Alaska

Alaska is one of the best places to travel for an unforgettable vacation in 2022. Adventures in America's Last Frontier take you to massive glaciers, majestic mountains, superb national parks and fantastic destinations, such as Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Talkeetna. Enjoy a mix of backcountry adventures in Denali National Park, sightseeing tours of Fairbanks, boat tours into Kenai Fjords National Park, the Aurora Ice Museum, jetboat tours in Talkeetna and unobstructed views of the Northern Lights in our collection of Alaska itineraries.

Featured Itinerary:

Alaska the Greatland

Sequoia National Park California

2. California

The sandy beaches, lush ancient forests and glamorous cities of California are what makes it one of the best vacation spots in the U.S. There's much to discover in the Golden State, the rushing waterfalls and towering ancient redwoods at Yosemite, the vineyards of Napa Valley, the scenic beauty and world-class cuisine of San Francisco, the celebrity of Los Angeles and the San Diego Zoo, just to name a few. Our California itineraries venture through the state's ever-changing terrain, presenting the very best from the Sierra Nevada mountains to seaside harbors.

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Best of California

Rocky Mountains Of Colorado

3. Colorado

Colorado's rugged Rocky Mountains, the winding Colorado River, the vibrant city of Denver and beautiful resort towns like Breckenridge and Glenwood Springs are what make it one of the top travel destinations in 2022. Trips to Colorado highlight its scenic beauty through excursions on heritage railways like the Georgetown Loop Railroad, the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and visits to the Garden of the Gods and Rocky Mountain National Park. Journey through the untamed beauty of Colorado on one of our Colorado itineraries.

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Colorado Rail Experience

Colorado River Through Canyonlands National Park

4. Utah

Utah is a great vacation idea for anyone looking to explore a unique landscape, with its seemingly out-of-this-world sandstone formations, arid deserts and verdant coniferous forests. Vacations in Utah feature visits to the "Mighty 5," which includes Bryce Canyon National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Zion National Park and Capitol Reef National Park, dinner overlooking the Colorado River, nighttime cruises on the Colorado River and leisurely sightseeing in Salt Lake City and Moab. Experience the arid beauty of Utah on one of our Utah itineraries.

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Great Parks of the Southwest featuring the Grand Canyon

Moraine Lake In Banff National Park

5. Canada

Canada is full of exciting destinations that appeal to urban explorers, nature enthusiasts and everyone in-between. Vacations in Canada feature the Rocky Mountains, Banff and Jasper National Park, Coast to Coast adventures, Maritime explorations and the culture and cuisine of cities like Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. Explore each of Canada's must-see destinations in our collection of Canada itineraries.

Featured Itinerary:

Canadian Rail Adventure

Alpine Wengen Village And Lauterbrunnen Valley

6. Switzerland

Looking for international destinations in 2022? Switzerland is a splendid place to start with its mighty snow-capped mountains, sparkling lakes, vast meadows and charming alpine towns. Explore the capital city of Bern, with its medieval Clock Tower and Muenster Cathedral, Lucerne and its historic Chapel Bridge, Geneva, home to international peacekeeping organizations and its renowned Flower Clock, the car-free town of Zermatt and Montreux, beautifully located on the shores of Lake Geneva. Embark on a grand Swiss rail adventure on one of our Switzerland itineraries.

Featured Itinerary:

Best of Switzerland

Eilean Donan Castle Scotland

7. Scotland

Scotland is a magical international destination, a land of legend and lore with its ancient castles, mysterious lochs, rolling green hills and iconic rail lines. Scottish vacations feature Neptune's Staircase, Loch Ness, Loch Linnhe, Urquhart Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Duart Castle, whiskey tastings, guided tours of St. Andrews, Edinburgh and scenic rail journeys on the West Highland and Kyle Lines. Explore the fantastical country of Scotland on one of our Scotland itineraries.

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Edinburgh, the Highlands & Islands

Sunrise In Barcelona

8. Spain

Spain's pristine coastlines, incredible arts and world-renowned culinary scene are just a few of the reasons it's one of the top international destinations in 2022. Enjoy sightseeing in Barcelona, highlighting architecture dating back to the medieval and Roman periods on a trip to Spain. Spend time in Madrid visiting attractions like the Prado Museum, one of the world's most famous art museums, and the Royal Palace, dating back to the 18th century. Head to Seville for entertaining Flamenco shows with authentic dinners and locally produced wine. Experience the splendor of Spain on any one of our Spain itineraries.

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Best of Spain: Barcelona, Madrid, Seville by Rail

Italian Canal Grande At Sunset

9. Italy

Italy is another spectacular international destination where centuries of history combine with art, fashion and modern luxuries. From sightseeing in Rome visiting the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain to the Old World charms of Sicily, Michelangelo's David at the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence and romantic canal cruises in Venice, there are endless opportunities to fall in love with Italian culture on vacation in Italy. Get swept away in the romance of Italy on one of our Italy itineraries.

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Top to Toe of Italy

Big Ben And Houses Of Parliament UK

10. U.K.

The U.K. is a top travel destination full of legendary vistas, mesmerizing tales and iconic architecture. See the Tower of London, Big Bed, Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral on a sightseeing tour in London. Soak in the hot springs of Bath, marvel at 2,000-year-old artifacts dating back to the Romans in York and experience the wonder of Stonehenge on a trip to the U.K. Discover the unique regions of the U.K. on one of our U.K. itineraries.

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Grand Tour of the U.K.