2013's Best Ten-Day Vacations

Operation Vacation: Don’t let your valuable vacation days languish in some workplace-controlled bank. Get out there and take your vacation back in 2013!
Jinshang Park and Drum Tower, Beijing, China
Jinshang Park and Drum Tower, Beijing, China (Hemera)

You can see and do a lot in ten days. Piece together a trip that takes you to two or three spots, or just really soak up one destination. Whatever your speed, we have ten great ideas for places that are primed for a 2013 visit. Each of these is worthy of a life-list-scale trip, and of your ten vacation days.

2013's Ten-Day Vacation Winner: China
There are a billion reasons to visit China. And here's a big one: A new bullet-train line slated to open this year will connect the country’s top attractions.

More Great Ten-Day Vacation Ideas for 2013

In November 2012, JetBlue introduced a nonstop flight from New York’s JFK airport to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cartagena, which some are calling the next Buenos Aires.

Big Sky Circuit
Glacier and Yellowstone national parks are huge draws in Montana, but the state’s small towns and remote highways are just as rich with scenery and history. This sweeping loop captures it all.

Sri Lanka
Now that an intermittent 26-year civil war has ended and a prolonged peace has taken its place, Sri Lanka is one of the hottest destinations in Asia.

Unlike neighboring Southeast Asia destinations, Myanmar is a long way from overrun by tourists. Thailand saw 19 million visitors in 2011, while Myanmar welcomed just 800,000.

Russian River Cruise
River cruising is already proving to be one of the hottest travel trends of 2013, and Russia won’t miss the boat on this opportunity.

Tassie has some of the world’s cleanest air, which leaves no surprise that 20 percent of the island is a World Heritage area and a third of it is national park. But it has a newfound flair for the modern, too.

The solar cycle that affects the magnitude of the aurora borealis is peaking, which means the northern lights will be visible 200 nights in 2013. And Lapland is the best place in the world to see them.

Alaska Marine Highway System
Everyone has done a road trip. A lot of people have taken cruises. But Alaska has a full-fledged “marine highway system.” Have you ever done that?

The government of this Arabian Peninsula state has set a goal to bring in 12 million visitors annually by 2020. But when you think of Oman, don’t picture the overdevelopment and conspicuous consumption of Dubai (yet).

Could you use $2,500 toward your next vacation? Enter our Operation Vacation Sweepstakes for a chance to win! And while you’re there, check out more of our recommendations for the best trips in 2013. Whether you have two, four, or seven days to spare, we have the trip for you.

Published: 15 Dec 2012 | Last Updated: 21 Dec 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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