The San Juan Islands are the No. 3 travel destination for 2013, according to Lonely Planet. The guidebook publisher’s United States-based editors and authors picked the destinations they feel are the top places to travel to within the country next year.
Here is what they had to say about the islands:
“These Pacific Northwest islands have 250 days of sunshine and are entirely self-sufficient when it comes to food. Explore the beaches and scenery by bike, but be sure to eat during your visit. San Juan Islands is filled with fresh, fresh food, with local artichokes and marionberries from farmers markets, seafood plates of oysters, razor clams and freshly caught salmon, and foraged edibles like seaweed and elderflowers.”
Louisville, Ky., topped the list followed by Fairbanks, Alaska. After the San Juans came Philadelphia; American Samoa; Eastern Sierra, Calif.; Northern Maine; Minnesota’s Twin Cities; Verde Valley, Ariz.; and Glacier National Park, Mont.