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8. Hawai’i: The Big Island Pictured: A monkey (Credit: AP)

8. Hawai’i: The Big Island

Pictured: A monkey pod tree in Hilo, Hawaii, frames a snow capped Mauna Kea mountain like a Christmas wreath, bringing a white Christmas to the Big Island. (Dec. 24, 2011)

Top 10 U.S. travel destinations for 2012

Top 10 U.S. travel destinations for 2012, as predicted by staffers at Lonely Planet:

10. Yellowstone National Park Pictured: Beehive Geyser in
(Credit: AP)

10. Yellowstone National Park

Pictured: Beehive Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (September 2009)

9. Chicago Pictured: The Sears Tower, second from
(Credit: AP)

9. Chicago

Pictured: The Sears Tower, second from left, leads the way by dimming the tower lights during the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour event in Chicago. (March 29, 2008)

8. Hawai’i: The Big Island Pictured: A monkey
(Credit: AP)

8. Hawai’i: The Big Island

Pictured: A monkey pod tree in Hilo, Hawaii, frames a snow capped Mauna Kea mountain like a Christmas wreath, bringing a white Christmas to the Big Island. (Dec. 24, 2011)

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7. Boulder, Colo. Pictured: Pedestrians stroll in front
(Credit: AP)

7. Boulder, Colo.

Pictured: Pedestrians stroll in front of the Boulder Cafe in Boulder, Colo. (undated)

6. California Gold Country Pictured: Figures depicting miners
(Credit: Getty Images)

6. California Gold Country

Pictured: Figures depicting miners stand next to old ore carts outside of the Sutter Gold Mine in Sutter Creek, Calif. (April 28, 2008)

5. Culebra, Puerto Rico Pictured: Sony Beach in
(Credit: PR Tourism Co.)

5. Culebra, Puerto Rico

Pictured: Sony Beach in Culebra, Puerto Rico. (Undated)

4. Four Corners Region (Southwest) Pictured: East and
(Credit: Newsday / Justin Davidson)

4. Four Corners Region (Southwest)

Pictured: East and West Mitten, Monument Valley Tribal Monument, Arizona (July 9, 2006)

3. Cincinnati Pictured: A riverboat cruises down the
(Credit: AP)

3. Cincinnati

Pictured: A riverboat cruises down the Ohio River past downtown Cincinnati. (June 10, 2004)

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2. Hudson River Valley, New York Pictured: Undated
(Credit: Orange County Tourism)

2. Hudson River Valley, New York

Pictured: Undated photo of fall foliage of Bear Mountain Bridge in the lower Hudson River Valley. (undated)

1. US. Virgin Islands Pictured: A view of
(Credit: Wyndham Resorts)

1. US. Virgin Islands

Pictured: A view of the property, pool and ocean at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa on Smith Bay on the east end of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. (2008)

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