2016 The Year in Travel, Sunset, August 2016
2016 The Year in Travel, Sunset, August 2016

Oh, the places you should go. In their annual guide to travel, Sunset‘s editors give the thumbs-up to these travel trends: 1) Friendmooning: Destinations such as the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa in San Diego specialize in hosting girlfriend getaways with yoga, spa treatments, and sunset luaus. 2) Taking a Food Pilgrimage: A 2016 travel industry report ranked food as the #1 reason people travel. Places with bites worth the flight include Portland, the city judged “best food town” by the editors, and San Diego, with its 121 breweries. 3) Desert Downtime: Welcome to the world of wellness tourism, a $500-billion industry that’s taken to the idea that less is more. Desert resorts such as the Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage create a relaxation vacation with daily nature walks, juice-bar crawls, and celestial viewing experiences. 4) Pampered Campers: Once an oxymoron, luxury camping—or “glamping”—is now the best way to escape into the wilderness without actually pitching your own tent.