Travel Picks: Top budget-friendly '09 destinations
SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Looking for somewhere new to visit this year that is not going to break the bank?
Frommers has released its list of top destinations for 2009, focusing on places that are affordable and interesting. Reuters has not endorsed this list:
1. Washington, D.C., USA
There's the influx of new blood and governing energy from January 21 when Barack Obama is inaugurated as U.S. president, but the city is also one of the world's great budget cities as almost every major attraction Washington has to offer --from the Smithsonian Museums to the National Monuments -- is free. New for 2009? the National Museum of Crime and Punishment.
2. Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Located in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand, Waiheke Island is located about 17.7 km (about 35 minutes by ferry) from Auckland. At the forefront of New Zealand's massive wine and olive industry, Waiheke Island still retains a lot of the summer holiday, beach-quality Europeans and creative types come to expect, but there are plenty of deals to be found.
3. Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, USA
Located 180 miles north of Sacramento, California, Lassen National Park is filled with hot springs, heat vents, sulfur ponds and dormant volcanoes. Open year-round, there's only one place to stay within the park that's not a campsite, of which there are 8, and everything from B&Bs to chain motels surround the park, all reasonably priced.
4. Istanbul, Turkey Continued...