THE LOST COAST, CALIFORNIA
A remote stretch of northern California beyond the end of State Highway 1, this mostly undeveloped and natural region was given its name after going through significant depopulation in the 1930s. Today, the Lost Coast is home to the nearly 25-mile Lost Coast Trail, which is on the bucket list of many avid hikers. In fact, with no major roads to access this region, the Lost Coast is mostly explored by foot or bike.
SETOUCHI REGION, SETO INLAND SEA, JAPAN
The location of the upcoming Setouchi Triennale art festival in April, Japan’s stunning Setouchi Region includes the Seto Inland Sea and some 3,000 islands, many of which barely see visitors. During the festival, several of the islands will feature art exhibits.
A relatively unknown, landlocked Eastern European country, Belarus is another destination that’s about to become easier to travel to (depending on where you live), said Jones of Intrepid Travel. The Belarus government signed bilateral agreements with 74 countries in December, which means travelers are able to visit visa free, without a need for an invitation letter. Why visit? The Eastern European country features Stalinist architecture and primeval forests, among other highlights.
Lapland is Finland’s northernmost region, the perfect winter destination for travelers to check out the Northern Lights away from the crowds. The area is a yet-to-be discovered winter wonderland, said Jones of Intrepid Travel. Home of the indigenous Sami people, Lapland is a place full of pristine peaks and snow-dusted woodland