California’s Redwood Coast Tops Lonely Planet’s Annual ‘Best in the US’ List

This is a press release from Lonely Planet:

Each year, Lonely Planet asks its community of travel experts – in-house editors, researchers on the road and locals on the ground – to decide on the most compelling destinations to visit in the year ahead. This year marks the eighth annual Best in the US ( list.

For 2018 Lonely Planet named California’s Redwood Coast the number one destination in the country to visit in 2018. Located four hours north of San Francisco, this picturesque region spans 175 miles of coastline and is home to towering forests of giant redwood trees that you might recognize from blockbuster film franchises such as Star Wars and Jurassic Park. With Redwood National Park turning 50 this year, travelers can get their share of shinrin-yoku (forest therapy) and experience Humboldt County’s quirky new shops, oysters and brewpubs.

“This is a huge endorsement from one of the world’s top travel brands,” Eureka-Humboldt Visitors Bureau Tony Smithers said. “We’ve always known that the Redwood Coast is one the most special places on Earth. We’re honored and glad to see that Lonely Planet and others are starting to see it too.”

The bureau worked extensively with Lonely Planet to prepare for the announcement. It assisted with research before the final selection, provided promotional Humboldt images and video, coordinated an advance media trip for Lonely Planet staff, and organized the grand prize sweepstakes (see below). To help local businesses take advantage of the news, it will provide promotional Lonely Planet’s Best US Destination window decals upon request.

Lonely Planet’s Best in the US 2018

1. California’s Redwood Coast – “Lose all track of time (and cell signal)”

2. Boise, Idaho – “What cool looks like before the rest of the world has figured it out”

3. Chattanooga, Tennessee – “Meet the New South!”

4. Florida’s Space Coast – “Get a taste of outer space on earth”

5. Cincinnati, Ohio – “A new chapter for the city’s artistic icons”

6. Midcoast, Maine – “One word says it all: ‘Ayuh’”

7. Richmond, Virginia – “Flipped from humdrum to happening”

8. Kentucky Bourbon Country – “The state’s distilling heritage runs deep”

9. Minneapolis, Minnesota – “In the spotlight for this year’s Super Bowl”

10. Southeastern Utah – “Quintessential Americana road-trip country”

“These are the places American travelers should know about in 2018,” said Lonely Planet US magazine managing editor Alexander Howard. “The US is packed with timeless, well-known destinations, but if you’re looking for something different to shake up your travel plans this year, this list will get you inspired. Some of them are cities on the rise, or that challenge our expectations, while others offer unique experiences you can’t find anywhere else.”

The list is available online at, featuring video and a chance to win a trip to Humboldt County to experience California’s Redwood Coast.



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