16 reasons to travel in 2020

You can hobnob with royalty.

Located inside a 16th-century house in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the Abbey Strand Apartments at Holyrood’s feature design and decor inspired by the home’s former aristocratic residents. Its nine apartments have spiral staircases, medieval fireplaces and are on the doorstep of the monarch’s official Scottish residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Overwater bungalows really are as cool as they sound.

Snooze right above the Caribbean Sea at Royalton Antigua Resort & Spa’s overwater bungalows. These adults-only villas have butler service, personal yoga classes and a private, infinity plunge pool.

It’s time to get into the spirit for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.

You don’t have to cross the Pacific to experience the allure of the games. Colorado Springs’ new United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum includes torches and a Hall of Fame.

California is a culinary delight.

California is the first U.S. state to get its own Michelin Guide, an honour usually given to individual cities. Foodies can now eat at 90 Michelin-starred restaurants from Palm Springs (try the seasonal amuse bouche at Farm) and L.A. (Sushi Ginza Onodera serves traditional edomae sushi) to San Francisco (don’t miss the black cod with squid and saffron at Quince).

Because you’re still obsessed with LEGO…

The newest theme park on the block, LEGOLAND New York Resort (about an hour-and-a-half north of NYC), opens July 4 with attractions covering 150 acres and seven themed lands.

 …And you really love doughnuts.

If the doughnut-glaze waterfall doesn’t get you to Krispy Kreme’s new flagship store in Times Square, the world’s largest hot light indicating fresh doughnuts might.

Canadian Art still impresses.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Group of Seven, Canada’s most famous impressionist landscape painters. Here are three locales in Ontario for fans of the Group to check out:

Algonquin Provincial Park: This area is the backdrop to many of the Group’s paintings.

St. Anne’s Anglican Church: You’ll find the Seven’s only religious works at this Toronto church.

National Gallery of Canada: This Ottawa museum has 100-plus pieces from the Group on display.

All roads lead to Rome.

Dating back to 312 B.C., the 62-kilometre Appian Way helped build an empire. At Rome’s Appian Way Regional Park, you can visit ruins, churches, catacombs and the sites of ancient chariot races.

Monterey is turning the big 2-5-0.

Since its founding in 1770, Monterey, Calif., has survived the Mexican American War, inspired the tonalist art movement and hosted the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, a legendary event during 1967’s Summer of Love. Now, its Old Town Historic District draws visitors to First Theatre (the state’s oldest), the 1794 San Carlos Cathedral and an old, adobe-built whaling station.

You can now get away from it all in Whitby, Ontario.

Quebec-based Groupe Nordik recently opened its third Nordik Spa-Nature in a tree-strewn park in Whitby, about an hour east of Toronto. The spa boasts seven outdoor pools, eight saunas, a saltwater pool to float in and relaxation areas.

You can’t get enough of the mouse.

New rides are heading to California’s Disneyland Resort and Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort.

At Disneyland Resort:

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance immerses guests in a battle aboard a Star Destroyer.
  • The Avengers Campus hosts Marvel superheroes and Disney’s first Spider-Man ride.

At Walt Disney World Resort:

  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure shrinks riders to rat size as they travel Gusteau’s restaurant.
  • Goofy conducts guests on a wild ride on Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

You want to celebrate American Thanksgiving, Pilgrim-style.

Grab your buckle hat and head to Plymouth, Mass., to celebrate American Thanksgiving and the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower reaching New England. From Nov. 20 to 22, Plymouth will celebrate with a parade honouring the 1620 crossing and a candle-lighting procession led by descendants of the ship’s original passengers dressed like their pilgrim ancestors.

Historic buildings are being reimagined.

Housed inside the former Kellogg’s Plant, 100 Kellogg Lane in London, Ont., is Canada’s largest indoor entertainment complex. Here’s what to experience:

Powerhouse Brewing Company: Take a brewery tour and sample some of its craft beer, such as the Deep Cycle Porter.

The Factory: This massive adventure centre features ziplining, escape rooms, a trampoline park and an arcade.

Paradigm Spirits Co.: Enjoy a sip at this speakeasy, which serves spirits made from the same grains as Kellogg’s cereal, before taking a cocktail workshop.

Galway is showing off how cool it is.

Galway is set to flaunt its artsy side as the 2020 European Capital of Culture. The Irish city’s year-long program includes a sheep symposium with a food fair and tapestry exhibition, music and theatre festivals, and a mirror installation in an ancient bog.

Nashville is the place to learn about music.

There’s a reason Nashville is called Music City. Adding to its long list of attractions is the new National Museum of African American Music. Opening this summer, the museum celebrates 50-plus genres of music and has five galleries and a theatre.

Because… Champagne.

It’s all about bubbles in the city of Reims, the heart of France’s Champagne region. The area is full of vineyards, wine shops and historic sites to explore—and plenty of vintages to sip.

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