Where to Travel in 2024

When a new year comes into play, so does the desire to refresh your routine, set exciting goals, and see the world from a new perspective. As you tap into this newly awakened hunger to dive into what lies ahead, a trip to a new, vibrant destination can be just the thing to get your year started on a high note. With this in mind, we want to highlight destinations that offer abundant renewal, setting the standard for everything from restful retreats to adventurous escapes. Experience unique visits at Independent Collection Hotels & Resorts within cities full of artistic hubs, diverse dining scenes, and new experiences to make this year one of the best ones yet.

Explore Arts and Innovation in Cambridge

For a trip that will fill your 2024 with inspiration, look no further than Cambridge. A destination that represents a balanced blend of arts and innovation, Cambridge draws in visitors seeking a renewal of perspective. Nestled among the country’s most prestigious universities, there’s no shortage of fascinating attractions to explore.

Stroll through the classic architecture that characterizes Harvard’s campus as you make your way to The Harvard Art Museums Complex. This complex houses three unique museums, so no matter your artistic taste, there is plenty for you to uncover. If your Cambridge stay falls on the last Thursday of the month, be sure to attend Harvard Art Museums at Night for free admission, music, and more.

After exploring campus, don’t miss the chance to discover Harvard Square—a historic district just a short walk away. Harvard Square has a long, vibrant history that only continues to flourish. Today, it’s known as a lively place to meet, full of local bookstores, delightful cafes, and charming, red-brick sidewalks.

Just steps away, you’ll find Freepoint Hotel, a refreshingly uncommon space where design meets tech in the heart of Cambridge. This lifestyle hotel incorporates artful details and eclectic rooms to offer guests an inspiring and rejuvenating stay. For travelers seeking out daring cuisine during their time in Boston, Freepoint Kitchen & Cocktails is readily available with locally sourced fare. This modern restaurant is perfect for fueling up before a day of exploring or winding down with a post-adventure nightcap.

As you continue to uncover more about Cambridge’s innovative spirit, you’ll also find plenty of opportunities to relax. Take in the area’s natural beauty along the Charles River, or ride a bike by the water to appreciate the stunning landscape. There’s no better place to enjoy some time outdoors and reflect on any recent New Year’s resolutions.

Book a Bayside Retreat in Annapolis

Annapolis invites visitors to leave their day-to-day worries behind and embrace an unhurried pace. Though this city is Maryland’s capital, it has maintained a charming, small-town feel, creating a calm, relaxing way of life. For those seeking a reset in 2024, there’s no better place to enjoy a bit of serenity.

Start your exploration by setting sail on a Schooner Woodwind cruise across the Chesapeake Bay. Of course, there are always more traditional ways to get to know a city, but you can’t beat the views from Annapolis’ historic harbor and under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Coast along the deep blue waters and raise a glass with on-deck bubbly to celebrate your adventure.

If you prefer to see the city on foot, then take a stroll along City Dock. This picturesque waterfront is perfect for an afternoon walk, popping into locally owned boutiques, or enjoying lunch with a view. To slow down time, treat yourself to an ice cream from Storm Bros. Ice Cream Factory while enjoying the sight of an Annapolis golden hour.

Once you’re ready to see more of the city, hop onto one of Annapolis’ old-time trolleys, and see the city with the help of friendly and knowledgeable guides. The Discover Annapolis Tour takes you around to the city’s best sites, including the Maryland Governor’s Residence, St. John’s College, and a stunning view of the U.S. Naval Academy. You’ll undoubtedly leave the tour with a greater understanding and appreciation for all that Annapolis offers.

There’s something peaceful and restorative about time spent on the water, and when you stay at Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, Autograph Collection, you can spend as much time by the bay as you’d like. As Annapolis’ only waterfront hotel, this newly redesigned space offers guests a relaxing, maritime retreat with stunning views overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Wake up with the calming sounds of water as you enjoy a hot cup of coffee from your private balcony and embrace the reset you longed for all along.

Uncover Washington D.C.’s Vibrant Art Scene

Do you ever find yourself seeking a new way to see your surroundings or even a refreshed mindset to help you approach the mundane? If the answer is yes, then consider Washington, D.C. for your 2024 travel plans. When you think of D.C., well-known historical landmarks and attractions probably come to mind, but there’s so much more to be discovered.

From an exciting contemporary art scene to intimate shows and experiences, D.C. has something unexpected to offer you. The key to an inspiring trip is choosing the right accommodations. When you stay at Hotel Madera, a calm haven in the heart of Dupont Circle, you have access to the best of the city right outside your door. Its rooms are intentionally designed to evoke a sense of calm with soothing colors, inviting textures, and plenty of space to relax. It offers the perfect respite to recharge before exploring.

Curious-minded travelers will want to get a peek into the city’s experiential art scene at ARTECHOUSE.  Designers, architects, and storytellers collaborate to expand the possibilities of art and how we experience it through technology-driven exhibitions. Fully immerse yourself in their creative environments as you discover new artists and art mediums.

If you prefer traditional art, then the National Gallery of Art is waiting for you. Housing one of the most renowned collections in the world, the National Gallery has an array of rooms filled with more than 150,000 sculptures, paintings, and prints, spanning decades and styles. With all that they do, the National Gallery seeks to celebrate the triumphs of human creativity and what brings us all together—an incredible sentiment to bring into 2024.

For a taste of D.C.’s authentic music scene, be sure to attend a Sofar Sounds show. They connect music lovers globally through live concerts at secret venues featuring local, up-and-coming artists. The artists themselves are only revealed once the concert begins, removing any hindering expectations and inviting you to be completely in the moment. These intimate shows are a special opportunity to experience the city in a new way while fueling your own sense of individuality.

Be Culturally Enriched in El Paso

North terrace of La Perla Rooftop at The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park with sunset in background

When choosing where to travel in 2024, destinations with a rich cultural history certainly make the top of our list. Naturally, that makes El Paso a must-see spot. This unique city beautifully blends Texan and Mexican cultures through fusion cuisine, a storied history, and significant landmarks.

If you plan to make a trip to this West Texas locale, book a stay at El Paso’s most luxurious boutique hotel—The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park. Not only is it a place to stay in the city, but it truly embodies the spirit of the city. Since the 1930s, this 130-room hotel has stood tall and proud in the El Paso skyline, hosting everyone from celebrities and dignitaries to Hollywood’s elite. From the outside, it’s instantly recognizable as an El Paso institution, and the inside is just as memorable. The design takes cues from the Pueblo Revival Art Deco style and the dramatic scenery of the West Texas landscape. It’s the perfect place to fully immerse yourself in the energy of your surroundings.

After getting a glimpse into the city’s personality at The Plaza, it’s time to venture out and explore. El Paso’s historic Mission Trail is an educational and compelling opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the area’s religious and cultural roots. This 9-mile trail takes you along two of the oldest continuously operated missions in the United States. These missions stand as enduring symbols of their respective communities, as well as the nations of Spain, Mexico, and the United States. 

To further explore the cultural influence of this lively city, we recommend the El Paso Museum of Art. They invite visitors to experience a new culture and new perspectives when they visit. This museum is dedicated to illuminating American, European, and Mexican art in its permanent collection while celebrating the diversity of the region through temporary exhibitions and ongoing educational programs.

Next, it’s time to get outdoors and immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of the area. Of course, El Paso is a part of Texas, but it’s also bordered by Ciudad Juarez, Mexic, and New Mexico, resulting in a unique blend of bustling city views and rugged mountain landscapes.

Likewise, Franklin Mountains State Park has hiking trails for all skill levels, making it a great, family-friendly spot. For a more low-key adventure, visit the park after dark. The big Texas sky is ideal for getting a clear look at the brilliant stars overhead.

For another mesmerizing option, hop in your car and cruise down Scenic Drive. This aptly named street showcases breathtaking views including several overlooks to snap a photo or simply take in the beauty of this magnificent city.

Best of all, no cultural exploration is complete without tasting authentic cuisine. For evocative flavors and wood-fired Mexican dishes, look no further than Ámbar Restaurante. Watch as homemade tortillas are crafted before your eyes, and indulge in a menu that embodies the parallel cultures, histories, and spirits of the city. Stick with a classic like the slow-braised beef barbacoa, or try something a bit more daring, like the duck in mole poblano. 

As a plus, Ámbar Restaurante is home to the largest and rarest agave spirits collection in North America, making drink pairings a dream. The revered restaurant won first place for Best Tequila and Mezcal Collections in the @bestofelpaso awards, so you can toast to your world-class meal in style.

Embrace Miami’s Communal Spirit

Maybe the new year will be what sparks your desire to travel, but Miami is an incredible destination to visit year-round. Miami’s constant sunshine and lively energy consistently draw in visitors. Its tropical feel and inviting cultural communities make it an easy favorite for 2024 travel.

Once you arrive, travel down to Little Havana to toast to your adventure and the rich, Cuban culture in Miami. As one of the liveliest neighborhoods in the city, you can find residents rolling Cuban cigars on Calle Ocho, or catch older Cubans playing chess in Máximo Gómez Park. Don’t leave without trying an authentic Cuban coffee—a strong, sweet espresso that will undoubtedly give you an energy boost.

For refreshing twists on traditional Cuban cuisine, visit Doce Provisions. With an inviting, tropical garden atmosphere and an inventive menu, you can’t go wrong. Try their chorizo croquetas for a burst of flavor, or opt for the abuelas ropa vieja for a Cuban classic.

After exploring the traditions of this rich community, head to your very own communal gathering space in the heart of Coral Gables at THesis Hotel Miami. This inviting hotel is a meeting place for like-minded individuals to exchange ideas and gather together. Of course, the comfortable, spacious rooms offer guests a revitalizing stay, but so does the vibrant energy of the space and surroundings. With a calendar full of enticing events and exciting nearby neighborhoods, THesis Hotel truly embodies the spirit of Miami. 

While discovering the vast cultural influences that color Miami, be sure to dine at THesis Hotel’s chic restaurant, Mamey. Here, you can dive into island-minded dining with dishes created by James Beard nominee and award-winning Chef Niven Patel. Inspired by Patel’s travels throughout Asia, Polynesia, and the Caribbean, Mamey showcases the exotic flavors and spices commonly found in tropical cuisine.

Not far from THesis Hotel, you’ll find an activity that expertly blends the comfort and nostalgia of going to the movies with the artistic sensibility that defines Miami. At the Coral Gables Art Cinema, you can enjoy first-run and regional premieres of American independent and international features. This stunning theater screens everything from intriguing documentaries to nostalgic classic films. No matter what is on the schedule, a visit to the Coral Gables Art Cinema is a fun and exciting cultural experience.

Miami’s vibrant culture has certainly earned the city its reputation, but the nightlife is legendary, too. See what the buzz is about with a night out on Ocean Drive. Head toward South Beach for a night of lively bars, nightclubs, and, ocean views. You’ll undoubtedly have stories to tell about your Miami night out when you return home from your adventure.

As you look ahead to a year of new travel adventures, why not revitalize your perspective and seek inspiration along the way? We invite you to experience deep exploration, enrichment, and excitement when you stay at Independent Collection Hotels & Resorts. We’re certain you’ll be met with a beyond-ordinary getaway, no matter what destination you choose to dive into.