Top 5 adventure destinations to explore in 2022

2022 is the year to get back out there and make your dream adventures a reality, from far-flung destinations to old favorite holiday spots.

It’s always amazing to go on adventures in the greatest destinations in 2022. After two years of border closures, cruise cancellations, and travel restrictions abounding, 2022 is the year we plan to return to our favorite sites and mark new ones off our bucket lists, unrestrained (albeit vaccinated and COVID tested).

Though the pandemic had a significant impact on the hospitality business, several facilities took advantage of the forced downtime to refurbish rooms, add new amenities, and extend outdoor spaces to provide even more when customers returned. For the first time since the onset of the pandemic, many passengers will travel further away from home, even overseas, in 2022, finally reaping the advantages of these brave efforts.

We included unforgettable sites to see by water, from Antarctica to the Nile, as sailing makes a comeback, and as hard-hit destinations like Italy and Asia recover, we found the most buzzed-about reasons to return. Of course, we didn’t forget about all the stateside jewels we discovered throughout the boom in domestic travel, from Alaska to California to Florida and Michigan.

Our 2022 list comprises the best places you can explore in 2022.

Let’s fire away.

Alaska

Several enthusiastic U.S. travelers turned to Alaska when many foreign borders closed in the last two years. The huge state, known for its towering, snow-capped peaks, unspoiled wilderness, massive national parks, and colorful locals, provided a dynamic getaway that didn’t require a passport. However, when the 49th state’s borders reopen, interest in the state shows no signs of waning. According to early projections, more than 1.57 million cruise ship passengers could visit southeast Alaska in summer 2022, according to Alaska’s tourist board.

This is an increase of 18% over the previous record year of 2019. After a non-existent 2020 and a shortened 2021, many long-time favorite cruise lines, such as Holland America, will be returning to full strength. Others, such as Windstar Cruises, UnCruise, and Hurtigruten, are introducing new ships or launching new itineraries. On dry land, Alaska will witness a slew of new attractions and events.

The Sealaska Heritage Institute will open their Arts Campus in Juneau, where tourists will be able to learn about Alaska Native art and culture, and Celebration, one of the greatest gatherings of Indigenous peoples, will take place. Fur Rendezvous, Alaska’s oldest and largest winter celebration, will be held in Anchorage from February 25 to March 6.

Bahamas

The Bahamas has long been a favorite of American tourists for its crystal-clear waters, sandy beaches, and sunshine just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, but there are even more reasons to visit in 2022. A brand new water park on the island of New Providence, Baha Mar, features everything from a lazy river to a surf simulator, and day passes are available for purchase by non-resort visitors. Travel to the Bahamas’ outer islands for more leisure and relaxation.

While charter planes may get you to your destination, Crystal Cruises is offering a Bahamas-focused trip that will take you to some of the quieter and more secluded islands. Guests will board and disembark from the ship in Nassau, then be whisked away to the islands of Bimini, Great Exuma, San Salvador, and Long Island via “6-star” service. Aside from the beach, don’t forget to sample some of the local cuisine and culture. Conch, stew fish and rock lobster are all popular in the Island archipelago. Carnival is celebrated in Nassau from late April to early May, after a brief pause. Keep an ear out for the classic junkanoo sound and dance.

Barbados

Barbados has it all, whether you want a calm all-inclusive holiday or a bustling vacation loaded with restaurants and nightlife.

The O2 Beach Club & Spa is an all-inclusive resort located on Dover Beach’s white sands, with three pools, six dining options, seven bars, and the Acqua spa, which includes the island’s only hammam treatment area. Sandals and Sea Breeze Beach House are among the other opulent South Coast hotels.

Alternatively, take a stroll down the mile-long boardwalk for easy access to ocean-front cuisine and drinks at local favorites such as Champers, Salt Café, Tiki Bar, and Chill Café & Bar.

Newport, Rhode Island

Newport is known as one of the world’s sailing capitals. It has the greatest fleet of America’s Cup 12 Meter boats, the majority of which may be chartered. In May, the coastal town will welcome a Sailing Museum, which will undoubtedly cement that status. A slew of hotel openings in recent years, including Hammett’s Hotel, Brenton Hotel, and The Wayfinder Hotel, has filled a much-needed void for premium accommodations.

The lobby, dining room, and shared areas of The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection are now complete, with guest rooms set to open early next year. The property’s highly anticipated transformation, conceived by Dallas-based design collective Swoon, is now complete — the lobby, dining room, and shared areas are now complete, with guest rooms set to open early next year. Maxwell Britten, a renowned beverage expert, has joined the team as chief cocktail curator, alongside an incredible chef who prepares a menu of refined pub-inspired food. Also, don’t miss Giusto, which serves excellent Italian with a Rhode Island flavor in Hammett’s Hotel.

Queensland, Australia

The long-awaited reopening of Australia’s international border will be well worth the wait, especially as more people seek nuanced cultural experiences and long-term stays. Beginning in 2022, tourists to the northeastern state can learn about conservation efforts and the ecosystem directly from the area’s Traditional Land Owners and Indigenous guides during day trips from Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel.

Aboriginal elders and Traditional Land Owners are also collaborating with local tour operator Gudjuda Tours on a day-long expedition to tag and rescue sea turtles, one of the reef’s most adored wildlife. Those planning a longer trip to the Whitsunday Islands should consider Elysian Retreat, which was recently certified as the area’s first solar-powered resort, or Pumpkin Island, its carbon-negative sister property. Back on the mainland, in the lush Daintree Rainforest UNESCO World Heritage Site, eco-luxury hideaway Silky Oaks Lodge will reopen after a $15 million renovation.

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