It’s a new year, which means it’s time to start planning your next trip. If you’re looking for some new vacation ideas this year, here are eight great suggestions. And through Starwood Vacation NetworkSM and the Starwood Preferred Guest® program, it’s easy to find first-class villa resorts and hotels in some highly sought after destinations. Go ahead — add one (or all) to your travel wish list. And be sure to share your travel photos on Facebook or Instagram using #mysvnvacation.
|W Chicago – City Center|
This April, the legendary Wrigley Field celebrates its 100th birthday. The Cubs will commemorate the stadium’s centennial in style, with throwback jerseys, themed retro nights, specialty bobble head giveaways and summer concerts. More details will be announced at WrigleyField100.com.
Plus, summer is a prime time to visit The Windy City. June kicks off Chicago’s festival season, where you can attend art fairs, gourmet food and wine tastings and music events spanning genres from jazz to classical to blues.
|Sheraton Vistana Resort|
As if you needed an excuse to visit Florida’s theme-park capital, here is another new reason to go in 2014. The Walt Disney World® Resort recently completed the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom® Park history, adding new attractions such Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid, Princess Fairytale Hall, and enchanting new dining at Be Our Guest Restaurant located within Beast’s Castle, in Fantasyland®.
|Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort|
This Brazilian city is poised to become a world-renowned destination this year thanks to hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. There’s never been a better time to visit famed beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema, plus top attractions like the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf Mountain and Estádio do Maracanã, the open-air stadium where the World Cup will take place.
|Turnberry Resort, Scotland|
Scotland will be busy this year, hosting both the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup. In honor of these events, Visit Scotland has deemed 2014 as the “Year of Homecoming,” with a year’s worth of events to attract those with Scottish ancestry to return to the country. Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, has plenty of things to do, like exploring Edinburgh Castle, shopping along the Royal Mile and taste-testing single malts at the Scotch Whisky Experience.
|The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas North|
You’ll see some of Maui’s most postcard-worthy sights along the famed road to Hana. Rent a car and plan to spend an entire day driving the rugged 52 miles from Kahului to Hana on the island’s eastern coastline. Stop along the way to snap photos of gorgeous beaches, flowing waterfalls, unspoiled state parks and ocean lookout points. It’s best to start early, as the drive can take anywhere from a few hours to a full day. But remember: the road to Hana is truly about the journey, not the destination.
|The Westin Paris – Vendôme|
Traipsing through the City of Love just got a lot more charming. The banks of the Seine River recently completed a beautification project, with renovated quaysides between the Pont Royal and the Pont d’Alma. The spaces feature new restaurants, art installations, floating gardens and sunny terraces for taking in the sights of the city. History buffs will want to time their visit around June 6 to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings, otherwise known as D-Day.
|W New York – Union Square|
There are always plenty of sights to see in The Big Apple: Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty. In 2014, One World Trade Center will reach completion, making it the tallest building in America and the newest attraction to visit. Also, Ground Zero has been transformed into a 9/11 Memorial with a park with reflecting pools, and will open its museum to the public in spring
|The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa|
|The Westin Kierland Villas|
A delicious idea: planning your travel dates around a culinary festival. There are plenty to choose from throughout the year. In March, get a taste of Mexico at the Wine & Food Festival Cancun-Riviera Maya or head to California for the Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert. In April, sample Southwestern staples at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, or sip wine mountainside at the Taste of Vail in Colorado. Come fall, eat your way around the world at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in Orlando, Florida.
Where to stay in Cancun:
The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa
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