A cobblestone street in Quebec
Hidden Gem Destinations Would Make Awesome Holiday Gifts
Australia's island state is spectacular and perfect for someone who loves an outdoors-oriented destination and doesn't need guaranteed beach weather.
Fly into Hobart, the small but adorable capital city, wander the waterfront and cobblestone streets, and drive to Port Arthur, a 19th-century penal colony.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park has a Tasmanian devil sanctuary and many hiking trails. Maria Island National Park is home to wombats, wallabies, and kangaroos.
This Croatian peninsula still flies under the radar, though it's gaining popularity. It is a great place to send someone who has always wanted to visit Croatia and Italy.
Unlike the rest of the Balkans, the restaurant menus are much more diverse and go beyond the typical regional seafood, meat plates, and pizza. Truffles also come from Istria.
Choose a town as a base, like Pula or Rovinj, and a day trip to other notable destinations and points of interest nearby, like the towns of Motovun, Grožnjan, Vodnjan, and Bale.
The West Coast of Washington is synonymous with beautiful stretches of sand and the crashing of the Pacific Ocean that instantly put someone in the mood to relax.
Olympic Coast
The stretch of coast along Olympic National Park in Washington State isn't overcrowded or overdeveloped. While it is busy in summer, it never feels claustrophobic.
Dog-friendly camping is permitted at Kalaloch year-round. Camping on the beach is allowed between Ellen Creek and Hole-in-the-Wall at Rialto, but you'll need a wilderness permit.
A trip to the Eastern Townships of Quebec is an excellent gift for someone who loves the outdoors and Europe but may want to experience a more unique destination.
Eastern Townships
Enjoy small-town charm reminiscent of New England, or go to Mont-Orford and Mount Sutton, the perfect provincial parks to try cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding.
In the warmer months, the mountains and countryside are perfect for hiking, biking, and swimming in the lakes. In September, apple picking makes some tasty souvenirs to bring home.
This beautiful part of France has rolling green fields and picturesque cities, providing a unique trip just a short train ride from Paris.
Grand Est
Visit the magical Christmas villages of Colmar, Mulhouse, and Strasbourg, famous for their holiday markets. Alsacien wine country produces top-quality grapes, including crémant.
Don't miss the towns of Metz and Nancy, and while there, try Quiche Lorraine, tarte flambée (a French flatbread), gingerbread, and mulled wine at Christmastime.