Best-Places-in-the-U-S-to-Visit-This-Year-According-to-Lonely-Planet

It’s the time of year when the travel bug hits hardest. You’ve been cooped up inside all winter and are dying for a little exploration. Before you plan your big 2018 adventure, however, listen up. Lonely Planet just unveiled its list of the 10 U.S. destinations you should consider before the end of the year. The list is filled with underrated gems and off-the-beaten-path suggestions, making it far more interesting than your standard NYC, Grand Canyon, blah, blah, blah list. We put the selections below, but make sure you visit Lonely Planet to learn more about why each made the cut. For those with a global budget, consider the picks we made recently.

10. Southeastern Utah

9. Minneapolis, Minnesota

8. Kentucky Bourbon Country

7. Richmond, Virginia

6. Midcoast, Maine

5. Cincinnati, Ohio

4. Florida’s Space Coast

3. Chattanooga, Tennessee

2. Boise, Idaho

  1. California’s Redwood Coast
Pappy-Van-Winkle-Hot-Sauce

Pappy Van Winkle is the name in bourbon. Bottles have sent drinkers on wild goose chases and left others with empty bank accounts. While we can’t help you procure any of that elusive elixir, we can bring a little Pappy into your life in another way. Pappy Van Winkle Hot Sauce is aged in actual Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels. The distillery teamed with friends at Midland Ghost to make this flavorful hot sauce, which features the latter’s prized first generation Ghost Peppers. After the sauce was made, it was left to age in barrels that once held Pappy. That means you have a sauce that’s rich, oaky, and full of flavorful heat. Use it on meats, veggies, or, if you’re a special brand of crazy, just drink it straight from the bottle. It’s that good.