What are your MUST TRAVEL destinations for 2009?

January 12 2009 by BW Innsider
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It's a new year with the promise of new possibilities, places to see and things to do. As you look forward to 2009 what are the travel destinations that are definitely on your list (or wish list)? Is it a warm weather retreat, cultural experience, family gathering or something else all together? Let us know!

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    By Melissa DeGraw on January 12, 2009 10:38 AM

    Columbus, Ohio is a must travel destination for sooo many reasons! Check it out: www.experiencecolumbus.com

    By B. Brown on January 13, 2009 11:54 AM

    San Diego is my pick. Go to George's Restaurant for a view of a lifetime!

    By Emily on January 13, 2009 12:17 PM

    Taipei, Taiwan is my must-see destination this year. Taipei is a booming, bustling metropolis on a gorgeous island. Enough said!


    By Todd on January 15, 2009 12:57 PM

    My must-see destination is Folly Beach Sc. When I was growing up as a family we would make it there every other year. This Year I get to carry on this tradition and take my boys to the beach!

    By Erich on January 15, 2009 1:05 PM

    Paris, France because it is the city of lights and culture and cuisine and cafes and monuments and shopping and.....

    By nuala shaw on January 15, 2009 1:09 PM

    Lexington, Kentucky because when we drive south to Florida from Toronto, we set off at 6.00a.m. in the morning in freezing temperatureswe usually reach there at 600p.m. in beautiful balmy 60 degrees (hot for us)

    By Aletta on January 15, 2009 1:11 PM

    Must take the baby to Niagara Falls and a week in Cancun should cure what ails me!

    By Ross on January 15, 2009 1:13 PM

    Disney in Florida! For the fam!

    By Ryan on January 15, 2009 1:16 PM

    Edmonton, AB. My girlfriend has never been to the West Edmonton Mall.

    By olivia on January 15, 2009 1:18 PM

    Kingston, Jamaica!! and also San Diego, CA. Harrisburg, PA would be great!!!!!!

    By Juri Niiler on January 15, 2009 1:28 PM

    Tallinn, Estonia - 4th July weekend this summer (7/3 - 7/5/09) Some 25,000 singers gather in Tallinn for a songfest - definitely an extraordinary event. (http://www.laulupidu.ee/eng)

    By Tracy Allen on January 15, 2009 1:28 PM

    San Fransico!!! I love that city!

    By Nori on January 15, 2009 1:42 PM

    Greek Island I need sun shine! Especially under such a economic downturn, I need a break under hot and shining beach.

    By Judy Sibol on January 15, 2009 2:14 PM

    Our "must travel" will be to Huntington, WV to see if this is where our son's college career will take him.

    By kevin blakely on January 15, 2009 2:42 PM

    Montreal Quebec. It is a great party town.

    By Thomas Grant on January 15, 2009 2:43 PM

    Nothing could be better than travelling up the OUter Banks of North Carolina

    By Kathy Vander Meer on January 15, 2009 4:50 PM

    A trip to Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI is always a must.

    By Robert Leadbetter on January 15, 2009 5:30 PM

    Goodyear AZ to see the Tribe in spring training

    By Ben Smith on January 15, 2009 7:09 PM

    Llano, TX - Looking forward to getting more of the greatest BBQ in the world at Coopers!

    By Tim on January 16, 2009 12:13 AM

    Walt Disney World, Florida and a Caribbean Cruise to celebrate our parents' 40th Anniversary.

    By Irene on January 16, 2009 6:44 AM

    Seattle, WA is a must. Great city! Thinking about doing Guadalajara and Huatulco Mexico as well.

    By Cheryl Mullin on January 16, 2009 9:43 AM

    KEY WEST, FL is the must go place in 2009!! Got married there & plan to return as an anniversary trip.

    By JEFFREY HORAN on January 16, 2009 9:45 AM



    By Thomas W Childers on January 16, 2009 9:46 AM

    Pagosa Springs CO!

    By Cindy Havens on January 16, 2009 9:47 AM

    This year, with travel cheaper than expected there is no better time to hit the road to check off those "places to see in your lifetime". We are going to LA, Cuba, Boston and Acapulco. I'm so excited!

    By Michael Johnson on January 16, 2009 9:47 AM

    Brunswick,GA,Indianapolis,IN and Savannah,GA are a must see cities period.They all have a great history about them and they are very beautiful places to see and visit.The cultures in all of those cities are great as well.

    By Jessica on January 16, 2009 9:47 AM

    New York City and the Outer Banks of NC.

    By Tommi on January 16, 2009 9:49 AM

    A must for 2009 like every year. Kenosha Wisconsin. Great place, great desk service, great bar service, and you must go to "The Brat Stop" to party at.

    By Dani on January 16, 2009 9:50 AM

    Fort Worth, Texas. There is nothing like cowtown for a family style vacation. The sights, the attractions throughout the Metroplex area make it an area my family loves to travel to every summer!

    By Donna on January 16, 2009 9:52 AM

    Salzberg, Austria - breathtaking scenery and a beautiful city

    By Alan Weiss on January 16, 2009 9:52 AM

    New Orleans: hot beignets at Cafe Du Monde

    By Cathy B on January 16, 2009 9:53 AM

    Definitely include the Sonoma and Napa valleys in California on your MUST TRAVEL list! It is so very very beautiful and relaxing... a great trip is to fly there if you live elsewhere in the usa, and then rent a car and do day trips throughout the valleys, the vineyards(both olive and grape), and the little towns along the way. It will be a trip you will never forget, and will probably repeat!

    By Shawn Duthie on January 16, 2009 9:54 AM

    The Highlands of Scotland - where the haggis run wild, soothing music breezes through the air, and cars on the roads seem to be driving wildly...

    By Joseph on January 16, 2009 9:55 AM

    Mobile and Montgomery, Alabama for the historical significance.

    The Ozarks region (specifically St. Louis, Branson, Kansas City, MO) for the history, scenery, entertainment, and barbeque!

    The Great Lakes Region (including Michigan & Wisconson) for scenery.

    By christie twaites on January 16, 2009 9:56 AM

    Ogden, Utah to visit our son in the Air Force and his wife and our 2 grandchildren ages 5 and 4

    By Susan on January 16, 2009 9:56 AM

    Egypt - to revisit historic sites, plus see newly discovered sites as well

    By Leah on January 16, 2009 9:57 AM

    2009 must see travel destination has to be Edinburgh, Scotland, in July for the Clan Gathering! Largest gathering of anyone with Scottish blood(or even just a love of all things Scotland!) at the end of July. Highland games, parades, bagpipes, who can miss it?

    By Donald Landry on January 16, 2009 9:58 AM

    Saint Jose, California. My daughter is at Palmer College and we are in New Brunswick, Canada. Not only is California a must see, so is our daughter Amanda!

    By Theresa Anthony on January 16, 2009 9:59 AM

    San Francisco is my destination for this year. I was only there once before and I got hives and spent the entire trip in the hotel.

    Hawaii is my other destination. I would love to get married on the beach.

    By Karen on January 16, 2009 9:59 AM

    Alaska is a must in the summer! It looks like a beautiful place to see. The whales, glaciers, Denali train ride. A definite on the list of places to go!

    By Kathy Westmoreland on January 16, 2009 10:05 AM

    We have our Best Western Hotel book and plan on taking a road trip on our motorcycle from Tucson to Helena, Mt to Seattle, WA, then down the coast to San Diego and then back home. We are both really looking forward to this trip.

    By Linda Ludwig on January 16, 2009 10:05 AM

    Hershey, PA-Our youngest son is graduating from Lycoming College in Williamsport so we will combine a family vacation with graduation!

    By Pam on January 16, 2009 10:05 AM

    Honolulu Hawaii and Auckland New Zealand are MUST SEES this year !

    By Jeanne Allen on January 16, 2009 10:07 AM

    San Pedro Sula, Honduras--warm climate, friendly people, & close to lovely beaches and Mayan ruins.

    By Julie George on January 16, 2009 10:08 AM

    Definitely Disneyworld in Florida this year for the family and for the special free birthday admission deal they have going in 2009!

    By Eva Mack on January 16, 2009 10:10 AM

    I must travel to Boston.. to see my family.

    By virginia trollope on January 16, 2009 10:12 AM

    by Virginia Trollope
    Canadian winter escapes....
    Jamaica is booked and checking everyday for last minute deals to the
    sun & sand.

    By Jeannette on January 16, 2009 10:13 AM

    Fort Lauderdale is THE most beautiful place on earth.....and warm,too!

    By Arik ragowsky on January 16, 2009 10:15 AM

    Italy is our must see destination for 2009!

    By Kathleen Conley on January 16, 2009 10:16 AM

    Love Michigan summers up north in the Upper Peninsula, especially the falls, the parks, and the Casino.

    By Leo Baumann on January 16, 2009 10:16 AM

    plan to take atleast vacations in 2009
    currently booking Cancun Mexico

    By Marion Jarles on January 16, 2009 10:21 AM

    We want to visit Holland, Michigan the end of April or early May to view the Tulip Festival there. It is a beautiful time to see all of the flowers in bloom.

    By Lisa B on January 16, 2009 10:22 AM

    New York City, NY is our travel destination of choice. We go 5-6 times a year. Love it there - Also Miami Florida is an awesome place.

    By Walter on January 16, 2009 10:23 AM

    Southwestern British Columbia - time to vacation inside Canada again!

    By Kathee Topolovich on January 16, 2009 10:24 AM

    Big Island of Hawaii.....Been to all the other islands...maybe the best for last!!

    By Sandy H on January 16, 2009 10:25 AM

    Glassboro N.J. is my home town travel spot this year

    By Jim Harris on January 16, 2009 10:26 AM

    My wife & I are heading to England to visit family and the London Book Fair.

    By Marilyn Stephens on January 16, 2009 10:33 AM

    My MUST TRAVEL destination for 2009 is Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

    By stacey dempsey on January 16, 2009 10:34 AM

    i sure would love to take the kids to universal studios

    By barbara Wuest on January 16, 2009 10:34 AM

    Off to San Francisco, back to where I grew up. My city by the bay.

    By Jonathan Puckett on January 16, 2009 10:37 AM

    Dublin, Ireland

    By Kate H on January 16, 2009 10:37 AM

    a must is Dallas, Tx! I need to see my family!

    By John L. Cox on January 16, 2009 10:39 AM

    We will visit Broken Heart, Oklahoma, birthplace of Tony Hillerman. My wife and I are both avid readers, and no one wrote about the Southwest better than Hillerman.

    By Linda Norman on January 16, 2009 10:40 AM

    I've never been to New York City, so it is on our MUST list for this year. Times Square, the new stadium for the Yankees, a broadway play, the statue of liberty, and, sadly, the twin tower monument are only a small part of what I want to take in there.

    By Jo C on January 16, 2009 10:43 AM

    A must for us is to see our grandson in NY.

    By Cathy on January 16, 2009 10:46 AM

    Anaheim, CA is a must-see for me. Home of the happiest place on earth, Disneyland!

    By RICK on January 16, 2009 10:48 AM

    MUST SEE AND RETURN TO THE " Best Western- The Lodge at Jackson Hole, Wyoming ! Great Lodge... and view of the Grand Tetons !

    By Deb Edwards on January 16, 2009 10:54 AM

    Just home to New Brunswick to see my Mom!!

    By Shawna on January 16, 2009 10:54 AM

    Everyone should see the California Redwoods at Redwoods National and State Parks in Northern California. Stay in Garberville or Crescent City. The Jedidiah Smith State Park is one of the most beautiful groves of Redwoods. These ancient trees are amazing and everyone should see them at least once.

    By Marilyn on January 16, 2009 10:54 AM

    There are great places to tour right here in Canada! You must see the African Lion Safari located in Cambridge, ON. I have been to the one in Florida which is identical to the one in Ontario. Many African animals to see which walk right pass your vehicle. The only thing missing is the gators........................

    By Ron ~ Bobbi on January 16, 2009 10:56 AM

    We just love the Vancouver B.C. Canada area and look forward to a trip back. The people are the best part of a "Vancouver Experience"

    By kelly Hedberg on January 16, 2009 10:56 AM

    me and my new husband would love to win 100.00 towards hotel stays. We would love to go to FL. to see my parents. Then visit Walt disney world and universal.. Please let us win :-)

    By Shannon Sullivan on January 16, 2009 11:06 AM

    MUST TRAVEL in 2009 becasue it was -25 below this morning on my way to work & when its this cold the dog wont even go out to the bathroom.
    I need to un thaw my bones in Florida !!!!!!!

    By Debbie on January 16, 2009 11:06 AM

    New Mexico in October is the place to be for the magical Hot Air Balloon Festival in Alburquerqee. Start in Sant Fe for some great history and architecture and make it a road trip to Alburquerqee. Be sure to stop in Madrid, a small artsy town that is like a 60s flashback with lots of beautiful finds. Check out some of the fascinating ghost towns and indian ruins along the way. Then in Alburquerqee, ride the tramway at Sandia peak for stunning views. The Indian Culture center has fabulous dance performances and the Balloon Festival just enchanting!!

    By KATHI on January 16, 2009 11:09 AM

    We can't wait for our first trip to the panhandle of Florida.
    Best Western, Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL

    By nancy donaldson on January 16, 2009 11:12 AM

    My wife and I would like to travel to Tucson to see relatives.

    By Annette on January 16, 2009 11:14 AM

    One of my favorite summer destinations is Laguna Beach, CA, during the arts festival season and incredible "Pageant of the Masters" show!

    By keith donaldson on January 16, 2009 11:16 AM

    I would like to travel to Disney World in Florida.

    By Colleen Totten on January 16, 2009 11:17 AM

    Anywhere warm. Still waiting for last min deal. Can't stand -35C anymore!

    By Brown on January 16, 2009 11:17 AM

    I've never been to Hawaii when the humpback whales are there and think that would be a great sight to see.

    By Elizabeth on January 16, 2009 11:18 AM

    Jasper Alberta, great skiing and snowshoeing, beautiful views, great wildlife (the four legged kind this is!)

    By Dale on January 16, 2009 11:25 AM

    Truthfully I will travel to any destination in 2009. I love to Hotel it. I love to take long drives in a car. I prefer the beach with lots of sun. But I would not be fussy on where I go. Wherever the deal is the best. That is where we will go.

    By Jeff on January 16, 2009 11:34 AM

    Gotta be Brazil. I plan on heading to the beautiful beaches of Santos

    By Peg MacDougall on January 16, 2009 11:39 AM

    My vacation destination is Los Angeles. My husband and I taking a Mexican Riviera cruise in October. We are then staying four days to go sightseeing, etc. We haven't been to LA for over thirty years and are looking forward to our trip.

    By Cindie on January 16, 2009 11:41 AM

    Fargo, North Dakota - after it stops snowing! When you have family, you go where they are and you just find ways to enjoy the ride! We will go from California to North Dakota and stop at Best Westerns all along the way. We travel with our Scottish Terrier and he is always welcome at BWs!

    By Shirley Millsap on January 16, 2009 11:46 AM

    My must take trip for 2009 is to New York state to see 2 Aunts in their 80"s who helped raise me. I have not seen them in 5 yrs and they keep asking when I am coming. I moved to Texas 12 yrs ago and it is hard to get back
    there often but they both have been ill so this is the year I need to go God willing.

    By Sue on January 16, 2009 11:56 AM

    This year we are celebrating with good friends that turn 50 with a trip to San Juan, PR and a cruise - should be awesome!

    By David Quidd on January 16, 2009 12:03 PM

    Chicago for the Taste of Chicago Festival and the White Sox

    By Cindy B on January 16, 2009 12:15 PM

    ALASKA - This is the place to see, breathtaking. Whether it's the first time or a yearly spot. There is always something new to see.

    By Sandra on January 16, 2009 12:20 PM

    Italy is the place for me this year! I am going to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip for my 45th birthday this year - I can't wait!

    By Denise on January 16, 2009 12:28 PM

    Washington, D.C. I'M Looking forward to visiting our nations' capital.

    By Michael on January 16, 2009 12:29 PM

    New Mexico and the four corners in April 2009!!! Open for ideas!

    By Jean on January 16, 2009 12:35 PM

    Salt Lake City, UT

    By Debbie on January 16, 2009 12:36 PM

    We want to go where its cold! Alaska and Beyond....BRRRR

    By Nancy on January 16, 2009 12:38 PM

    Fort Lauderdale baby!

    By C.M. on January 16, 2009 12:48 PM

    Disneyland and somewhere in Mexico!!! :)

    By Karen M. on January 16, 2009 12:55 PM

    With the economy the way it is, we won't be traveling much, but will gather the family in Cincinnati to celebrate our youngest son's graduation from
    Xavier University!! (Hooray-no more tuition payments!) We'll also make a trip to Chicago to visit our middle son & hopefully hit the beach along Lake Shore Drive!

    By Sue on January 16, 2009 1:02 PM

    We will be making a much anticipated trip to Alaska for our 35th anniversary this year. We will do a 7 day cruisetour and travel all the way to the Artic Ocean and then a 7 day cruise to see the glaciers!

    By Marianne Bryant on January 16, 2009 1:13 PM

    Gotta go to Canon City, Colorado to see the Royal Gorge Bridge and travel the great countryside on our motorcycle!

    By Peg on January 16, 2009 1:25 PM

    A must on the list would have to be Tahiti. They even have a Best Western there. It would be so warm and beautiful. Would have to go snorkeling since there are so many tropical fish. Swimming a must and some fantastic Polynesian cruisine.

    By Paul Lubell on January 16, 2009 1:27 PM

    Later this month I am going to London and Paris. They are great places to visit any time of the year.

    By Clara56057 on January 16, 2009 1:30 PM

    Palm Springs! It's a good jumping off start.

    By Jeff Brum on January 16, 2009 1:34 PM

    Prince Edward Island, in eastern Canada, is a must see. A nice, small island that can be explored over a few days. VERY friendly people. Nice bed and breakfast inns. Fabulous beaches and inlets. Amazing lobster and other seafood. If you like lighthouses, this is the province for you. If you are a fan of Anne of Green Gables, also the place to visit. Drive the world's longest bridge to get there from the mainland or fly right into Charlottetown.

    By Marie Rapier on January 16, 2009 1:37 PM

    Plan on going to the Seattle area. Have been there a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Saw the Coulee Dam, Mt Rainier, the Wine country on the Columbia River. Lots to see.

    By louise werre on January 16, 2009 2:15 PM

    Minneapolis, MN

    Hilton Head/Savannah, GA

    Kansas City

    Los Angeles, CA

    By Loren Foos on January 16, 2009 2:20 PM

    I plan on visiting the Austin, Tx. area and west of there in the "Hill Country".

    By C. Spiker on January 16, 2009 2:27 PM

    Banner Elk, North Carolina - great place to visit and close to the Bristol Motor Speedway! Visit this BW every year!

    By heather on January 16, 2009 2:56 PM

    going too Chambersburg P.A. and Decautur Ill. are my dream vacations this year

    By Jonathan Wilsnack on January 16, 2009 3:02 PM

    A trip to Vegas is always in order during the cold winter months. Also a trip to Alaska is always worth the expense especially in the summer. Finally, there is nothing like a trip to San Francisco to experience the thrill of riding one of its cable cars!

    By Jodie on January 16, 2009 3:03 PM

    We are going to Quebec City for Tae Kwon Do Jr. Nationals!!

    By Ted on January 16, 2009 3:21 PM

    St. Lucia. It was our honeymoon destination two years ago; and we are dying to return :)

    By Carol Glascock on January 16, 2009 3:42 PM

    I really would like to travel to Northern California and go up to Oregon or over to Nevada. I love visiting National/State Parks and natural history and take in the scenery. I work as a Nurse Practitioner all year and deserve a vacation. I also take a family member who cannot afford to pay their way.

    By Marsha Whitney on January 16, 2009 4:07 PM

    Our must-travel destination is the Killeen, Texas area--our son is stationed at Fort Hood and will be deploying to Iraq in May.

    By Jill on January 16, 2009 4:17 PM

    Lancaster, PA...great shopping, shows, restaurants; beautiful countryside.

    By Paul on January 16, 2009 4:28 PM

    Casper, Wyoming. Heading out to see Devils Tower and would never miss seeing Casper. Beautiful western town with a friendly flavor.

    By Ellen Blackstone on January 16, 2009 5:12 PM

    Sanibel Island, Florida. Birds, shells, and sunshine. Watch out for the alligators! Great place!

    By VICKIE on January 16, 2009 5:13 PM

    Grand Tetons NP & Yellowstone NP. We have visited most of the National Parks of the West and eveyone of them has exceeded our expectations. At ages 27 & 28 our kids will still vacation with us if it includes a National Park.

    By Duane on January 16, 2009 5:14 PM

    Seattle, Washington!!! Convention time in October with all my deafies and hard of hearing friends..... "huh, say what?" lol...

    By Clarissa on January 16, 2009 5:54 PM

    A MUST see for every American is Washington, D.C.! The city is beautiful and makes you proud (and grateful) to live in the USA!

    By debbie on January 16, 2009 6:25 PM

    Eureka Springs Arkansas for the 19th Annual Corvette Weekend. Always a blast!

    By Ann Sitton on January 16, 2009 6:25 PM

    Off we go to Fort Myers Florida to watch the Red Sox play during spring training (and maybe get a few autographs)! GO RED SOX

    By Susan Price on January 16, 2009 6:43 PM

    I was playing with my little guy and he said he wanted to be an astronaut. He asked if he was an astronaut would I fly into space with him. So I immediately responded with a hearty - yes of course. Therefore, my must have travel destination is the moon. Or, in other words the limitless - ANYWHERE OUR IMAGINATION CAN TAKE US.

    By Floyd Jenkins on January 16, 2009 7:04 PM

    Sarasota, Florida is my destination to visit Ringling museum. Tibbels Miniature Circus is on display.

    By Marilyn Montgomery on January 16, 2009 7:10 PM

    Going to Disney World in August 2009 -- will celebrate my 60th birthday with all my family, will watch my youngest granddaughter get to meet Mickey Mouse as 1st time for her, and watch my daughter dance for the 5th time at Disney World. Have already made two nights reservations going to DW and coming back home to Illinois at Best Western Motels. What a great vacation this will be!!!!

    By sharon kieckhafer on January 16, 2009 7:44 PM

    The place I would love to travel is to Disney in Orlando, FL. Been there several times before and always find the urge to go back again and again.

    By brian on January 16, 2009 7:58 PM


    By David Grimbly on January 16, 2009 8:01 PM

    My must vacation places are Cuba, Mexico, Ghana.

    By Charlie B on January 16, 2009 8:20 PM

    It would be off to Boston to see the people I love.

    By kathryn on January 16, 2009 8:40 PM

    Sedona Arizona is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

    By Nancy Pownell on January 16, 2009 9:34 PM

    I love Daytona Beach and hope to go back this winter.

    By Darrell Kidd on January 16, 2009 10:36 PM

    A must see location again is Taipei, Taiwan. We want to travel on the fast train right across the Island of Taiwan. Go in November for 3 months.

    By Rosalie on January 16, 2009 10:48 PM

    I want to go to the Artic Circle. To see the Polar bears and the top of our world would be amazing.

    By Stacie on January 16, 2009 11:40 PM

    Visit Fort Myers Beach, Florida. It is very nice down there.

    By Leon Rosborough Sr on January 16, 2009 11:48 PM


    By Liz F on January 17, 2009 12:01 AM

    Victoria, Seattle and Vancouver. Great idea for a circle trip in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

    By Pat on January 17, 2009 12:29 AM

    We-Fest is the BEST! Every year in August, I go visit with 50,000 people in Detroit Lakes, MN. for a few days...

    By richard westbrook on January 17, 2009 12:49 AM

    Austin Texas in the spring - beautiful!!!!

    By Victoriana on January 17, 2009 2:28 AM

    Turks and Caicos Islands, BWI would be a great choice.

    By heather fox on January 17, 2009 3:20 AM

    lancaster pa is our travel destination this year

    By Patti on January 17, 2009 4:32 AM

    Houston Texas for spring break sounds great!

    By Tamika on January 17, 2009 4:47 AM

    My Travel Destination in the '09 is to Puarta Vallarta, Mexico!!

    By valerie arena on January 17, 2009 5:36 AM

    . Paris is the largest outdoor museum in the world. Even the bridges featured great art ,especially Pont Alexandre III. In this aestheically beautiful city, everywhere you look, no matter which direction, you can stand, rotate 360 degrees , and voila! you see some form of art.

    By Anne V on January 17, 2009 5:54 AM

    Must see Chicago, IL. to attend a wedding and visit the fun things to do around the Windy City. Our son had a wonderful time at the Lincoln Park Zoo last year.

    By Barbara Shields on January 17, 2009 6:38 AM

    My exciting trip to Morocco with family and friends is the place to go this year. We'll see such exotic places, ride camels and camp in the Sahara.

    By Suzan on January 17, 2009 6:52 AM

    Celebrating our 25th anniversary - Yosemite? California Wine Country? Utah National Parks? Any number of National Parks - so many choices, it will be hard to decide...

    By Renae Truelson on January 17, 2009 7:21 AM

    Traveling to St. John's Virgin Island is a goal. Swimming with tortoises and snorkeling is exciting.

    By Mike on January 17, 2009 7:26 AM

    Traveling in the Midwest, the Northeast, and Southeast this year.
    Coastal Georgia in March, Door County, Wisconsin in June, and the Capital region of New York State in July. I'm sure we'll be making many side trips from our destinations.

    By Virginia on January 17, 2009 7:31 AM

    A trip to San Francisco, the sonoma wine region and Lake
    Tahoe, as we can never get enough ot that areas beauty.

    By Mary on January 17, 2009 8:37 AM

    My must see destination of 2009 is Ft Jackson SC! My sweet hubby is graduating and we're counting the days!!!

    By Carol P. Ford on January 17, 2009 8:38 AM

    A family trip to San Antonio, TX is our goal this summer. We plan to visit the Alamo, Riverwalk, theme parks, and a day in Mexico.

    By Al Young on January 17, 2009 8:42 AM

    Our Must Travel car trip destination for summer 2009 is Yellowstone National Park with a slow return to Florida with stops in South Dakota, Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey and various East coast states on our southbound ride home to Florida.

    By Kelly mazuchowski on January 17, 2009 10:05 AM

    Rhode island, any part is great but my favorite is newport, I go to Rhode Island twice a year to visit my finances family and will be going there in July to visit again, going on the bay queen on July 4th is awesome.

    By Marjorie Treppa on January 17, 2009 10:16 AM

    My must travel destination this year is Traverse City in the Fall - never been there - can't wait

    By Barbara on January 17, 2009 10:35 AM

    My scheduled must travel destination is San Diego , C.A. There is lots to see and do, and I have yet to see the zoo!

    By Robin on January 17, 2009 12:09 PM

    MYRTLE BEACH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Laura on January 17, 2009 12:21 PM

    It's winter!Must travel to Upper Michigan to snowmobile!!!;-)
    (Hancock,Houghton,Calumet,Copper Harbor,Twin Lakes...)

    By carole wilde on January 17, 2009 12:37 PM

    Big Sur California coastal drive going south from Monteray. Never tire of this drive.

    By Joan on January 17, 2009 12:51 PM

    Albany New York is my must see destination in 2009. It is the capitol of New York and a great place to tour.

    By Cathy on January 17, 2009 1:56 PM

    If I have to turn 50 this year, let it be in South Beach, Miami!!!

    By dolly charest on January 17, 2009 1:59 PM

    from Dolly Jan.17,09
    Clovis California grandson getting married first grandson to get married people coming from all over the country

    By Teresa on January 17, 2009 2:10 PM

    I must get to Los Angeles so I can take a cruise to Mexico....

    By Diane on January 17, 2009 2:12 PM

    Must travel to Tucson, Arizona near Marana to see my two grandchildren, daughter,and son-in-law that I haven't seen in 2 years! I miss them.

    By Donna Conklin on January 17, 2009 2:32 PM

    Must travel to Orlando to see Mickey again. Love that wonderful world of Magic.

    By F. Maika on January 17, 2009 2:43 PM

    New York City: people, history, theatre, shopping, sites, restaurants, architecture and attitude. This is a city everyone needs to visit at least once.

    By Kim DeBusk on January 17, 2009 2:47 PM

    Deadwood, South Dakota. Where history lives. Come see where Wild Bill Hickok came to live and gold was discovered in the black hills. Pan for Gold, take the historical trips, There is year round entertainment with ski and snowboarding right up the mountain.

    By Angela O. on January 17, 2009 3:47 PM

    The Cayman Islands is my must travel destination this year. Sun, sand, snorkel - what could be better. I've heard it's some of the best snorkeling so that's what I want to check out.

    By Colleen G. on January 17, 2009 4:18 PM


    By Richard on January 17, 2009 5:41 PM

    We plan to go back to Sonoma and Napa CA in the Fall. We have been going to CA for 12 years--and absolutely love it. It is our favorite place to visit!

    By ANITA on January 17, 2009 5:42 PM


    By Curtis on January 17, 2009 6:47 PM

    My must travel destination is Tampa Bay, where my wife and I will board a cruise ship for our 45th wedding anniversity.

    By donna on January 17, 2009 7:55 PM

    Quebec to see family

    By Margaret on January 17, 2009 10:05 PM

    Bakersfield California for me, to visit my son and daughter in law and meet her family

    By Debbie P. on January 18, 2009 7:09 AM

    My family and I would love to go to Walt Disney World in Florida,it's the best place on earth.It's great at any age,everyone has fun,there is so much to do and explore.

    By Brenda MacDonald on January 18, 2009 7:40 AM

    In 2009 my husband and I plan on visiting Calgary for the Stampede, plus we have 2 daughters in Calgary that we haven't seen in over a year. We would also like to visit and meet our foster child, Milagro, in the Dominican republic.

    By Zoila Alegre Ch. on January 18, 2009 8:11 AM

    Macchu Picchu in Cusco, Peru is Wonderful and Mystical. Also we'll travelling to the magic of Orlando,Fl...this is a Must Destination for all the family

    By Marilyn P on January 18, 2009 8:24 AM

    Anywhere warm for golf - currently -24 C where I am!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Gee on January 18, 2009 9:04 AM

    Coldwater, MI is my destination.

    By Nicole on January 18, 2009 9:23 AM

    I MUST travel to Orlando, FL with my son! I can't wait to see the Disney excitement on his face!

    By Mary Jurgensen on January 18, 2009 10:59 AM

    Ft. Myers Beach. Sun, sand, beaches, shells, warm weather and beautiful senery.

    By Sharon Maule on January 18, 2009 1:24 PM

    Arizona is my next travel destination. Looking forward to the spectacular scenery.

    By Michelle Hamilton on January 18, 2009 2:06 PM

    I would like to go to Las Vegas for our 5th wedding anniversary. We plan to go to Toronto to visit friends in July and see Niagra Falls while we are there. I am also dreaming of a warm Mexican holiday with my family in December because it is so cold in Saskatchewan!

    By Judith Colter on January 18, 2009 2:07 PM

    I'm heading to New York City. Central Park, Macy's and a Broadway show...here I come!

    By Maureen McKeown on January 18, 2009 2:13 PM

    Yellowstone is the destination for 2009. So much natural beauty to see and experience.

    By Ray M. Adams on January 18, 2009 2:49 PM

    Heading first to great state of Texas.

    Then taking a long rode trip to Maine later in the year.

    By C Lavallee on January 18, 2009 7:03 PM

    Road trip from St.Eustache, Manitoba Canada to Las Vegas here we come!

    By dolly charest on January 18, 2009 9:41 PM

    big italian wedding first grandson to get married lots of friends ,family and fun

    By April on January 18, 2009 9:57 PM

    Guam - it's just as tropical and beautiful as Hawaii, but few Americans are aware of it.

    By Jeannie on January 19, 2009 3:59 AM

    Disney World again in 2009 (and Universal this time too)!!!

    By Barbara Hazelip on January 19, 2009 4:58 AM

    Tunica, MS for us. After a long cold winter we feel like gambling and there is no better place.

    By Shirley G Guthmiller on January 19, 2009 1:57 PM

    My son who is 14 was selected as district winner of the VFW's "Why Honor Veterans? essay, he was also selected as Jr High All-state Band in drums, also the SD State Math Counts competition. All three events are in Pierre, SD, the capital of our state so we MUST travel there. It's about 3 hrs from our home. There is a Best Western there too!!

    By Rita Hanneman on January 19, 2009 2:33 PM

    Washington;, DC is my must destination for 2009. In this inaugural year, where else would be so exciting a venue!

    By Marilyn Morgan-Hardt on January 19, 2009 7:22 PM

    Any where warm by the sea!

    By Suzette MacNevin on January 20, 2009 3:19 AM

    I must take a trip to Victiria, B.C.! My twin sister has lived there for 15 years and I've yet to see her home. It's time we were together again!

    By Carla on January 20, 2009 3:47 AM

    Barcelona and Madrid for me!

    By Jennifer MacLean on January 20, 2009 3:49 AM

    We plan to visit Florida for the weather, beaches and theme parks. That way all the family from ages 9 to 21 are happy. And when they are happy, my husband and I can enjoy ourselves too. My best friend lives in St Pete's, so looking forward to seeing her also.

    By laura on January 20, 2009 4:00 AM


    By g bern on January 20, 2009 4:14 AM

    Detroit Mi. I heading to .

    By arc on January 20, 2009 4:17 AM

    FLa to the beach and warmth.

    By audrey h on January 20, 2009 4:22 AM

    Absoloutely Hawaii--i have never been and it is my dream!

    By Cindy San Antonio on January 20, 2009 5:49 AM

    New York City My daughter and I love to visit NYC and check out all of the sites. We love to walk through Central Park, visit the shop on Broadway and shop from the street vendors. Take in a broadway play or visit an Art Gallery. There is alway something to do and see. A city full of sites and sounds.

    By Kenneth Bishop on January 20, 2009 6:14 AM

    To go visit my son and his family in Hannibal Missouri

    By sharon travis on January 20, 2009 6:27 AM

    Danube river cruise

    By karyn koehler on January 20, 2009 6:36 AM

    I have always dreamed of going to Hawaii! Maybe I will be blessed enough to go

    By David RW on January 20, 2009 6:36 AM

    Must travel to Calgary to visit family and friends!

    By Steven on January 20, 2009 6:41 AM

    Sault Ste. Marie, for yet another of half a dozen summer weddings.

    By Karman Kent on January 20, 2009 7:04 AM

    My husband and I are looking forward to spending some time in Nashville, TN to celebrate our best friend's wedding. Before the wedding we are excited to explore the city and really explore the culture rooted in American music.

    By Jennifer Skinner-Vowles on January 20, 2009 7:12 AM

    To Banff, Ab for 2nd wedding anniversary!

    By Ken Cenerelli on January 20, 2009 7:25 AM

    My must travel destination is Kingston, ON for a wedding.

    By Grace S. on January 20, 2009 7:41 AM

    My must travel is Florida to see family.

    By bonnie byrne on January 20, 2009 8:19 AM

    Oh this is so easy, it has to be, without a doubt, Columbus, Ohio. My daughter, who we thoubnt would never get married, is getting married. Yippee!!!! I have this wedding to plan, hotel reservation to make. I am so happy.

    By Katrina on January 20, 2009 9:47 AM

    I would love to get away to Pacifica, CA and stay at the Lighthouse Inn. Enjoy the beach with someone special....some much needed personal and romantic time. Between work and kids it is so hard just to get some quality personal, romantic time. ;-) Good for us and ultimately good for the family so please keep me in mind and thanks for the opportunity-the $100 would certainly help make this a reality.

    By Irene Leung on January 20, 2009 9:56 AM

    One must travel destination is now Washington, DC. After just witnessing Obama's inauguration on TV, I want to go in person and see the Capitol and revisit history just made.

    By Lisa on January 20, 2009 10:20 AM

    Newfoundland, because I haven't seen the Atlantic Ocean or the Maritimes yet.

    By Mike on January 20, 2009 10:33 AM

    The Outer Banks is my pick. I got to spend 2 days on
    the island last year & it wasn't nearly enough time
    to take everything in.

    By Lisha on January 20, 2009 10:40 AM

    My must travel destination this the Winnipeg Folk Festival!!
    I went a couple fo years ago and it was amazing, can't until the summer

    By Marlene Vazquez on January 20, 2009 10:52 AM

    I really want to travel to Scotland :)

    By Julie on January 20, 2009 11:38 AM

    Cocoa Beach to Sebatioan Inlet..Love to collect shells, surf fish and walk for miles on the Atlantic Ocean with the waves splashing at my feet and sneeking up fast when not paying attention and getting my rolled up pants soaking wet ... Can not wait for Gods Eye, (The Ocean), to blink a welcome Hi to me.

    By Shell Smith on January 20, 2009 11:50 AM

    Paris in spring!

    By Marg Engel on January 20, 2009 12:59 PM

    By Muggits on January 20, 2009 2:57p.m.

    Rome, Italy and surrounding area..........a short jaunt also to Whistler, B.C. for some Canadian flavor and a trip to Punta Cana for two weeks of sunshine to lift the spirits from the winter doldrums.

    By Genevieve on January 20, 2009 1:04 PM

    How do I choose out of so many fabulous places to visit? Saint Lucia would be my top pick for 2009. A warm Carribean island with mouthwatering views, friendly locals, and tons of outdoor activities.

    By C.L. Batty on January 20, 2009 1:28 PM

    Iceland and the English Channel Islands. Beautiful scenery and history.

    By kerri renner on January 20, 2009 1:32 PM

    I will be going to cancun mexico to warm up

    By Catherine You on January 20, 2009 1:35 PM


    By Cathy on January 20, 2009 1:35 PM

    Venice, Italy to ride on a gondola!

    By Richard Weald on January 20, 2009 1:39 PM

    Kochin, India! I want to buy a cheap motorcycle and ride around.

    By frank on January 20, 2009 2:07 PM

    Acadia National Park- the coastline leaves me breathless

    By S on January 20, 2009 2:24 PM

    California for me - it's way too cold where I am!

    By littleCarolyn on January 20, 2009 2:26 PM

    CUBA 2009 BABY!! Fun in the sun is what we need!! PICK ME I NEED A BREAK!

    By Courtney on January 20, 2009 2:30 PM

    New York, Las Vegas, and Miami!

    By Nick T on January 20, 2009 3:09 PM

    Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, do I have to say anything more.

    By Logan K. on January 20, 2009 3:44 PM

    Rome, Italy!

    By shellmeister on January 20, 2009 4:17 PM

    I love the Amalfi Coast - south of Naples!

    By kathy H on January 20, 2009 4:37 PM

    I am looking forward to see shopping in New York State!

    By davene jeffrey on January 20, 2009 6:39 PM

    Costa Rica is a must travel destination for 2009 and I'm heading there in March!

    By Stacey Magnin on January 20, 2009 7:48 PM

    Barcelona, Spain

    By Caroline Land on January 20, 2009 8:14 PM

    Washington, DC - I would have loved to have been there today for the inauguration, but I think anytime this year would be amazing.

    By Kimberly Hartwick on January 20, 2009 8:44 PM

    San Diego- me and my bf

    By Gordon Hamilton on January 20, 2009 8:51 PM

    My MUST SEE DESTINATION for 2009 is Dinosaur National Monument...Dig It!

    By Alice P. on January 20, 2009 10:16 PM

    Tyrell Museum in Drumheller Alberta, a world class dinosaur must see. Just happens that the Best Western is the best hotel the town too.

    By Donna Moore on January 21, 2009 6:47 AM

    Not very distant but just as important.. I want to go to Calgary AB. to have a "play date" with my 2 granddaughters!

    By Steve W on January 21, 2009 8:56 AM

    Wow - I thought we had our travel plans for the year narrowed down, but reading all these other posts, we have some new destinations to consider now. Paris and Sydney are still on the short list (thanks to our Frequent Flier miles and Best Western points). But maybe closer to home, a return to Key West or New Orleans would be nice. Then again, there are worse places to be than staying local here in San Francisco. Hmm...

    By Susan O'Connor on January 21, 2009 9:29 AM

    I love the Best Western And will be going there twice this year.

    By Christine on January 21, 2009 10:08 AM

    Washington D.C. It's going to be refreshed with a new president! A place with great history!

    By DIANE TRUDGEON on January 21, 2009 5:14 PM

    At the top of my list is Sanibel Island, Floriday. It is a beautiful island where the are many fantastic restaurants, enjoyable shopping, and a lot of fun things to do for the family. It is a nature island and is not built up with 30 story hotels. I love to relax and watch nature and Ding Darling National Park. To complete this wonderful trip is staying at the Best Western's Sanibel Island Beach Resort, which is located on the Gulf of Mexico. Nothing could be better!

    By Christina Smith on January 21, 2009 7:05 PM

    CAlifornia, New York, Vegas

    By Marc Lortie on January 22, 2009 6:21 AM

    Seriously, Ithaca NY is Gorge'ous!!

    By TCB on January 22, 2009 9:30 AM

    A road trip to Florida would be the ULTIMATE trip for 2009. Time with family while taking in all the beauty that the Eastern United States have to offer.

    By Joy_LazB on January 22, 2009 9:52 AM

    Puerto Rico

    Anywhere warm!

    PS: Love the blog, it always inspires me to travel or make plans to get away.

    By Linda on January 22, 2009 10:19 AM

    I would go to Hawaii. Ive always wanted to go there and i hear its fantastic!

    By Jayne Lyall on January 22, 2009 3:50 PM

    My must see destination would be Hawaii.

    By Janice Reilly on January 22, 2009 3:59 PM

    The land down under…I can hardly wait
    To be greeted with a kindly, “G’Day, mate!”

    By Callista H on January 22, 2009 4:58 PM

    New York, NY!!!!!

    Soooooooooooo exciting!!!!!!!

    By Heather on January 22, 2009 6:04 PM

    Newfoundland! Always wanted to go there and this is the year!

    By Susan on January 23, 2009 7:12 AM

    Lake Placid NY - Beautiful and historic - can't wait to visit!!

    By Courtney Popik on January 23, 2009 9:19 AM

    Las Vegas and Anehiem

    By Barb on January 23, 2009 11:48 AM

    B.C. of course. From tip to tip. smile

    By Barbara on January 23, 2009 12:45 PM

    This summer...someplace cooler than South Texas.... Ely, Minnesota to see (and howl with!) the wolves at the International Wolf Center.

    By Cassie on January 23, 2009 3:06 PM

    Ireland! The emerald green landscape, the Cliffs of Moher, meeting new friends in a pub while dancing an Irish jig, and maybe even capturing a leprachaun....

    By shellshock on January 23, 2009 4:23 PM

    I love Tuscany - so many little villages and wonderful vineyards... ooh la la!

    By Petra on January 23, 2009 6:38 PM

    Californ i a !

    By Sylvain on January 23, 2009 7:25 PM

    Must travel to Allentown, Pa on May 1-3 for the Pinball Wizards Convention.
    Flipping fun !

    By Marilyn on January 24, 2009 6:07 AM

    Rome - I would like to visit Italy, and see where my ancestors originated from.

    By Doug R on January 24, 2009 6:40 AM

    A trip to the Orlando Florida area to visit the theme parks.

    By Mary L on January 24, 2009 6:42 AM

    A trip to the Charlotte N.C. area to see the NASCAR Coca Cola 600 and visit all the race shops in the area.

    By Erin S on January 24, 2009 8:58 AM

    Vancouver Island - beautiful & accessible

    By Marion Greenwood on January 24, 2009 11:22 AM

    My 'must go to' destination for 2009 is Auckland, New Zealand. I have read and heard so many great and wonderful things about this fantastic country. I am making plans to experience this exciting city later this year, June's the plan. Yeah 2009.

    By Casey Snyder on January 24, 2009 11:29 AM

    After being on vacation hiatus for 3 years (having 2 kids, renovations, etc...) my husband and I have decided to take a long deserved trip with the two kiddies to Florida this March. Cannot wait! That is my 2009 destination I am looking forward too, at least for now anyways!

    By Caroline Morin on January 24, 2009 11:29 AM

    I want to visit Biltmore Castle in Virginia, with a dear friend of mine.

    By Nicole on January 24, 2009 11:48 AM

    My Must Travel place in 2009 is the Greek Islands - it seems like such a wonderful place to be after watching Mamma Mia.

    By Janice Donahue on January 24, 2009 2:17 PM

    Our must visi place in 2009 is Washington DC - we're taking our kids to see the Capitol, and visit the place where history took place with Obama's inauguration.

    By Taryn Parker on January 24, 2009 4:26 PM

    My Must Travel destination for 2009 is Yukon and Alaska. Land of the Midnight Sun!

    By Al on January 24, 2009 4:57 PM

    Italy! Great art, great architecture, great food.

    By shellmeister on January 24, 2009 6:27 PM

    I loved Munchen for Oktoberfest - the best party in the world!!

    By logieogie on January 24, 2009 6:29 PM

    Loved Germany too - Bavaria and the small villages - spectacular!

    By Heidi P on January 24, 2009 8:14 PM

    Fun, Sun & Rum! Jamaica here I come!

    By Ken on January 24, 2009 8:25 PM

    Trippin' with Anna "Banana" to plantations from Brazil to Havana

    By Nam on January 24, 2009 8:26 PM

    As cliché as it is going to sound, it'd be hard to think of anything better than Paris in the spring.

    By Sharon on January 24, 2009 9:18 PM

    To my daughter's wedding in Boston,MA

    By Quanda on January 24, 2009 11:05 PM

    A long-awaited family trip to Disney World in Orlando, FL.

    By mark cyr on January 25, 2009 1:16 PM

    Want to take my 9 and 5 yr old kids to Disney world

    By Susie on January 25, 2009 10:28 PM

    I've been fortunate to already have enjoyed opportunites to travel extensively (40-50 countries) and now my 'MUST TRAVEL destinations for 2009' include any Best Western hotel away from the city where I live, and more importantly, work, in. I'm confident that when I see a 'Best Western' hotel sign that I can be assured of a clean and comfortable place to rest for a while. My idea of a great travel destination for 2009 is myself, a friend and a Best Western hotel in some other location meeting up for a relaxing, fun-filled weekend.

    By Roger on January 26, 2009 6:48 PM

    I love the Cook islands- spectacular and unspoiled.

    By Sue on January 27, 2009 8:00 PM

    Minneosota's North Shore and up the Gunflint Trail to see moose and other wild things!!

    By shell on January 28, 2009 7:25 PM

    Galway Bay - where the sun sets upon the heather and the beer and friends are never better!

    By rog on January 29, 2009 2:08 PM

    love switzerland and the food and the music and the culture - plus its so easy to visit another country for a day trip - gotta love the swiss for watches and banking - its all there!

    By Logan on February 1, 2009 1:07 PM

    I loved Positano and Amalfi, South West coast of Italy

    By Penni on February 14, 2009 1:20 PM

    San Diego- Comicon in July and Legoland anytime

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