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Mark Your Calendar: 12 Places To See In 12 Months

From star-studded trips to quiet island getaways, it’s always fun to have an amazing vacation to look forward to throughout the year. But, who said you can have only one vacation? Looking ahead to 2016, we’ve put together 12 trip ideas to inspire your travel plans and help you keep that New Year’s resolution of traveling more.

January: Be star-struck at the Sundance Film Festival (Park City, Utah)

View of Park City, Utah with ski slopes lit up at night

View of Park City, Utah with ski slopes lit up at night

You don’t have to be a celebrity to get in on the fun at the Sundance Film Festival. Held every January in Utah, the Sundance Film Festival is an American tradition in the film industry. More than 40,000 attendees will descend on Park City this year from January 21-31 to see both American and international filmmakers showcase their new work. Don’t be the one who gets left out.

In addition to celebrity sightings during the Sundance Film Festival, take advantage of all that Park City has to offer. This destination is a world-class skiing and snowboarding haven every January, and you can enjoy fresh powder on the slopes throughout your stay. Park City also has a dynamic après-ski scene with a variety of bars and restaurants, like Riverhorse on Main and Fletcher’s, that get packed in the evenings.

February: Cheer on your team at the Super Bowl (Santa Clara, California)

Aerial view of Santa Clara, California

An aerial view of the Santa Clara area in California

In February, the Super Bowl is celebrating its milestone 50th annual championship game and the culmination of another exciting National Football League season. During the week leading up to the Super Bowl, check out the free-to-the-public fan village called Super Bowl City. It’s the hub of fan excitement and the place to be to get energized for the big game on February 7, 2016. If you score tickets to the game, lose your voice cheering among thousands of fans or you can head to a nearby bar to catch the game.

The host city in 2016 is Santa Clara, a smallish city located in the San Francisco Bay Area with lots to do. Visitors to the area will love exploring the tree-lined neighborhoods, taking in the public art and statues displayed around the city, and learning about the city’s rich history. Santa Clara is a city with the perfect balance of historic charm and lively sports enthusiasm.

March: Unwind at the beach on Spring Break (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

Aerial view of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Aerial view of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

This year, make it a Spring Break to remember with a trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Nicknamed the “Venice of America” because of its scenic canals and outdoor charm, Fort Lauderdale is the perfect place to relax during vacation.  Blissful beaches and inviting Fort Lauderdale vacation rentals call to those looking for a retreat from lingering cold weather days farther up north. Go for a swim in the blue-green waters of the Atlantic Ocean at Fort Lauderdale Beach or charter a sailboat with Tropical Sailing for a thrilling adventure out on the water. After a fun-filled day in the sun, dine al fresco at one of the many eateries on Las Olas Boulevard or simply poke around the variety of shops and boutiques.  Whether you’re a college student looking for a place to spend your school break or a family with kids in tow, there is something for everyone in your group here.

April: Brush up on your street smarts in the city (San Francisco, California)

The landmark Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California

The landmark Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California

Nestled along California’s picturesque coastline is the city of San Francisco. Known for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, historic Victorian row houses, and unique personality, this city offers the ultimate urban escape. Get acquainted with the city by taking a cable car ride through the different neighborhoods of San Francisco, which range from hipster to trendy and waterfront to hillside. Stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 to see seals barking on the docks and devour fresh seafood at local cafes. Tour Alcatraz, a former island prison, wind down Lombard Street in your car, or catch a game at AT&T Park during your stay to take in some of the quintessential San Francisco attractions. This city offers  a wealth of activities for visitors to enjoy and is a true foodie-heaven for those in search of delicious meals.

May: Enjoy La Dolce Vita (Rome, Italy)

Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Rome in May is the epitome of La Dolce Vita, or, “The Sweet Life.” With sunny skies and comfortable temperatures at this time of year, you’ll be glad you picked Rome for your next vacation. Bursting with ancient history and boasting an impressive array of piazzas, museums, and incredible historic sites, Rome has it all. The city is sprawling, so visitors can leisurely stroll through the different neighborhoods discovering something new at every turn. Go back in time touring the Colosseum, Pantheon and Roman Forum, architectural masterpieces that have withstood the test of time. Take a cooking class and master authentic Italian food or let someone else prepare it for you at a cafe in the lively neighborhood of Trastevere. People watch at Piazza Navona or Piazza Santa Maria, enjoy some gelato and savor local wines for the perfect European adventure.

June: Take a memorable trip to Mexico (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

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Sparkling, blue waters, soft, white sands and deliciously smooth margaritas are what a trip to Mexico should be all about. After the kids finish up with school, make time for a getaway to Playa del Carmen to kick start the summer. Plant yourself at the beach to work on your base tan for the upcoming months and frolic in the waves that lap the coast. Explore the undersea world via snorkel, wave to beach-goers from a boat tour through the waters, or go on a zip-line adventure through the treetops. A quiet fishing village turned vibrant vacation destination, Playa del Carmen is a place where your family will be sure to make memories.

July: Celebrate Independence Day (Washington, D.C.)

Washington DC Spring

If you’re a fan of spectacular fireworks, patriotic festivals, and lively parades filled with marching bands, floats and more, then you should visit Washington, D.C. to celebrate America’s National Independence Day. Kick off the day’s festivities with the National Independence Day Parade which winds along Constitution Avenue and the city’s historic Monuments. Other festivities for the holiday typically include a colorful display of fireworks with the National Mall, U.S. Capitol and Monuments as the backdrop and a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra. While in Washington, D.C. make a stop at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of American History to get your educational fix then enjoy shopping along M street.

August: Savor the final lazy days of summer (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)

Myrtle Beach has a lively boardwalk and Ferris Wheel for families to enjoy

Myrtle Beach has a lively boardwalk and Ferris Wheel for families to enjoy

Don’t let the summer months go by in a blur without taking some time to enjoy a few lazy days at the beach. Myrtle Beach is the perfect place to escape to with its sandy shoreline, plethora of family-friendly attractions, and great variety of beach rentals. Spend your days basking in the warmth along the beach and cool off with a dip in the ocean. For a break from the beach, stroll along the popular 1.2-mile long Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade. As you traverse through sand and city sidewalks, stop for a scoop of ice cream or to take in a street performer. There are numerous attractions away from the beach as well, including Ripley’s Aquarium, Springmaid Pier, and lots of outlet shopping on Highway 17. Myrtle Beach is the perfect place to spend the final days of summer with the whole family.

September: Avoid back to work blues (Orlando, Florida)

The Orlando, Florida skyline

The Orlando, Florida skyline

Orlando, Florida is one of the most popular destinations in the world for families going on vacation, and it is the ideal place to avoid back to work and back to school blues. Escape for a weekend in September to experience the magic of Disney World. From the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and other Disney theme parks to the chattering dolphins at SeaWorld, Orlando has something that will captivate visitors of all ages. Lines will be shorter since the peak times to visit this area are during months when school is not in session. If you’re not up for lots of walking, send the kids to the parks and enjoy luxurious spa treatments at The Spa or spend your days poolside at your Orlando vacation rental. Warm temperatures and fewer crowds at this time of year make Orlando a must-visit destination in September.

October: Take a spooky Halloween trip (Savannah, Georgia)

Savannah, Georgia

Well known for its Southern hospitality and antebellum charm, Savannah, Georgia is also a place with a long history of haunting, which makes it an ideal spot to visit for Halloween. Walk along the tree-lined pathways of Bonaventure Cemetery to see where notable persons have been interred and view unique cemetery sculptures and architecture. It is both historically significant and potentially haunted. In other words, it’s a great place to start your spooky adventure in Savannah. After the sun sets, let Old Town Trolley Tours of Savannah guide you through the city on a Ghost & Gravestones tour during which you’ll see and hear things you never noticed before. When you’ve been sufficiently spooked, walk through the Savannah Historic District, relax in Forsyth Park, and savor Savanna southern cooking in the form of creamy grits, local seafood, and tasty barbecue.

November: Escape the start of cold weather (Honolulu, Hawaii)

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Can you imagine a better place to escape the start of colder temperatures in November? Honolulu, Hawaii is a vacationer’s paradise with its miles of picture-perfect coastline, majestically lush landscape and ideal weather year-round. During your stay, don a grass skirt and practice your hula moves at a traditional luau. You’ll feast on foods like succulent kalua pig, poke, poi and chicken long rice while glasses of fruity cocktails are constantly refilled and flower leis are distributed. Waikiki Beach is a popular place to soak up sun and catch a wave for both tourists and locals alike. Other can’t-miss attractions in Honolulu include the USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor Monument, as well as Diamond Head, a volcanic crater worth hiking and Iolani Palace. This is a great destination because you can choose to make your vacation as active or as relaxing as you’d like.

December: Take advantage of time off during the holidays (Seminyak, Indonesia)

Silhouettes of people at sunset on the beach in Seminyak, Indonesia

Silhouettes of people at sunset on the beach in Seminyak, Indonesia

Seminyak, Indonesia is a hot spot (literally) for relaxing on the beach and luxuriating in the tranquil beauty that the island of Bali boasts. Miles of smooth sands carpet the shores of Seminyak and warm waters invite beach-goers in for a dip. The area is rich in unique cultural experiences, such as traditional gamelan and intricate Balinese ceremonies, and the delicious foods offer something new to travelers. In 2016, skip the hassle of unwrapping gifts and gift a giveaway to Seminyak for December. It’s a relaxing spot to escape any of the stresses of the holiday season and press restart for the New Year.