Thinking about your New Year's resolutions? Why not resolve to see more of the United States? Forbes.com Senior Contributor, Laura Begley Bloom, tapped into 14 of the most plugged-in travel experts and influencers to find out the top places that are on their radars for 2019.
Top on the List? Greater Fort Lauderdale, of course
Where: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Chosen By: Sarah Funk, travel show host and blogger, frequently seen on Travel + Leisure and has been to over 40 countries.
Why: Greater Fort Lauderdale is having a modern-day renaissance. The beach town has transformed into a luxurious getaway for the hip and young. Its sandy shores are crowd free with swaying palm trees and miles of peaceful beaches like Pompano and Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.
Sophisticated hotels such as the Conrad dot the beaches and new luxury hotels are on the way, including the Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences, slated to open in 2020. Millennial can also find a place they will love at the W Hotel or Plunge Hotel.
Fort Lauderdale's culinary scene is a masterpiece, with upscale eateries serving dishes from around the world and new high-end restaurants continuing to emerge. Have a meal at Valentino Cucina Italiana, Louie Bossi’s or Monkitail and your taste buds will thank you. In addition, the city is riding a new wave as a craft-beer destination with 15 local nano- and micro-breweries and 32 craft brew pubs easily accessed with the newly created Greater Fort Lauderdale Ale Trail.
In June 2018, the area’s first LGBT+ Visitor Center opened in Wilton Manors, a gay-centric district with the destination’s largest concentration of gay residents and businesses. The destination is also gearing up to host the first-ever Pride of the Americas, celebrating the LGBT+ community.
Everyone will find something they adore here, from exceptional shopping at Sawgrass Mills to world-class art at Art Fort Lauderdale to a wide selection of museums and outdoor activities. You'll even find under-the-sea-poker tournaments. Fort Lauderdale is a spot that should be added to everyone's bucket list.