Bucket List Travel: Best Places to Visit in 2021


What’s on your travel wish list? After a year without travel, the world is eager to open up its doors again. Here are some great places to see when it does.

Hawaii, USA

The Aloha State is a paradise on earth packed with exciting activities. Warm and sunny year-round, Hawaii is ringed with picturesque sandy beaches on the coast, and tropical rainforests inland. Local food is fresh and healthy, and the culture is exceptionally welcoming. YMT Vacations has been leading guided tours to Hawaii for over 50 years, and has three different island-hopping tours currently available to book with prices starting at just $999 USD.

Arches and Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah is known for its vibrantly crimson hoodoos, spire-shaped rock formations that can rise more than 150 feet into the air. There is a higher concentration of these colorful totem poles of limestone here than anywhere else on earth. Arches National Park’s biggest selling point is right in the name: it has over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. Brilliantly hued and impossibly delicate, these geological formations are truly spectacular. You can see Arches, Bryce Canyon, and four more national parks on YMT’s Crimson Canyons & Mesas National Park Tour.

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico

Each fall, hot air balloon enthusiasts flock to New Mexico for the biggest and best balloon festival in the world. The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta draws 500 hot air balloons every October for mesmerizing events such as Mass Ascensions, Dawn Patrol, and the otherworldly Balloon Glow, where dozens of grounded balloons light their burners and simply bask in the warm glow of their own lights. Join YMT Vacations in October of 2021 on our Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta & Southwestern Tour to see it for yourself.

Alaska, USA

Wild and untamable, the rugged 49th state can feel untouched by modern life. In Alaska, towering mountains, soaring glaciers, impenetrable forests, and fascinating wildlife are more common than Tim Horton’s, making it the ultimate escape from the everyday. Answer the call of the wild with YMT, which offers seven Alaska itineraries that include wintertime Northern Light hunts in the interior to summer cruises down the rocky coast of the Last Frontier.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is colorful, friendly, culturally rich, full of history, and one of the best cities in all of Europe to relax and enjoy a glass of wine. The hilly coastal capital’s cobblestone streets are cooled by a brisk ocean breeze, keeping it cool enough year-round to enjoy highlights such as Sintra’s Pena Palace, or to shop for Portugal’s legendary blue Azulejo tiles. Visit Lisbon, famous for its lush terrain and vibrantly colored historic buildings, on YMT’s Best of Portugal Tour.

The Golden Circle, Iceland

Known as the Land of Ice and Fire, Iceland is as dramatic as it is beautiful. The remote country’s spectacular landscape is the result of intense volcanic and geothermal activity, and the Golden Circle highlights three of the island’s most awe-inspiring displays of nature’s might. See two tectonic plates come together at Thingvellir National Park, watch geysers erupt at the Geysir Geothermal Area, and finally, visit Gullfoss, island’s mightiest waterfall. See all three, and take a healing dip in the naturally heated waters of the vibrant Blue Lagoon, on YMT’s Enchanting Iceland Tour.

Join YMT Vacations on these Bucket List Vacations

Experience the world in 2021 with YMT Vacations. We lead guided tours to dozens of Bucket List destinations, and would be happy to be part of making your travel dreams come true when the world opens up again. Visit ymtvacations.com or call (888) 817-5482 to book.