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10 Newly Popular Destinations to Visit This Holiday Season

Nov. 7, 2018
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Want to travel somewhere new this holiday season but not sure where to go?

Priceline has identified 10 international and domestic destinations travelers could explore between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, based on the site’s proprietary data that revealed which cities saw the biggest increase in hotel and air travel bookings for the 2017 holiday season versus the year prior.

Start updating your bucket list, and check out some free or cheap things to do in each of the 10 cities:

American cities

1. Greenville, South Carolina

Falls Park on the Reedy is the No. 1 thing to do in Greenville, according to over 3,000 reviews on TripAdvisor. Located in the heart of downtown, the park features 32 acres of waterfalls, rock gardens and art installations.

2. Minneapolis

You can get a Minnesota Wine Passport for $25 that gives you 10 wine tastings at any of the 50 wineries in the Minneapolis area.

3. Biloxi, Mississippi

Tour the Biloxi Lighthouse, one of the first cast-iron lighthouses erected in the South. Tickets are just $5 for adults and $2 for children between the ages of two and 12. Group discounts are also available.

4. Charlottesville, Virginia

Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia home, is one of the most famous historical sites in the country. Adults can tour the estate for $22. Passes are $10 for kids between 5 and 11 years old, and children 4 and under visit for free.

5. Sedona, Arizona

A series of renowned valleys near Sedona is said to form energy vortexes, or spots of heightened spiritual and metaphysical energy. While you may or not feel it, you can enjoy more than 100 hiking trails among rocks that look like the colors of a sunset.

International cities

6. Frankfurt, Germany

Check out the German Film Museum to learn about decades of German pop culture history. Prices for adults start at 6 euro (likely about $6-7 dollars, depending on the differing currency values when you travel.)

7. Amsterdam

Free museums, ferries and concerts make Amsterdam an easy place to visit on a budget. We recommend using the euros you saved to try one of Eater’s restaurant picks.

8. Crawley, England

Venture to Crawley’s beautiful parks and countryside for free. The old city is less than an hour from London by train.

9. Denpasar, Bali

Denpasar features gorgeous beaches and ancient temples. It is relatively cheap to visit: hotels can be as inexpensive as Minnesota’s Wine Passport, and you can use miles or travel rewards to fly.

10. Milan

The Duomo Cathedral was built in 1386 and has been restored again and again for more than 600 years. There are several tours offered and generally cost less than 10 euros.

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