12 Great Places to Go In 2017 - and How to Do Them on a Budget

Updated: Jan 05, 2017 2:46 PM UTC | Originally published: Jan 03, 2017

Where should you go in 2017? For frequent travelers that need a little bit of inspiration, MONEY has mapped out the best deals for a year of adventures. The list includes springtime wine tasting in Sonoma, Calif.; off-season undersea adventure in Hawaii; lakeside lounging at Vermont's Lake Champlain; and shopping and tango-watching during a Buenos Aires urban getaway in November (which is, after all, early summer in the southern hemisphere).

But once you've bought your tickets, it's time to figure out what to do once you arrive at each destination. See the full list—MONEY's guide to the best places to go in 2017—and then check out our expanded hotel, restaurant, and activity suggestions below.

January: Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula

  • Road-trip through the Yucatán

WHAT TO DO: Start in Valladolid, 97 miles west of Cancún and on the way to the famous ruins at Chichén Itzá. This small town has become a beacon of chic. Shop along Calle 41A for made-in-Mexico finds, like Ariane Dutzi's rustic handbags. For a taste of local culture, take a free 10 a.m. tour at Casa de Los Venados, a 16th-century residence housing more than 3,000 works of Mexican art. Then for lunch, head to Yerba Buena for rich Oaxacan moles atop cazuelas, or skillets of egg, cheese, and plantains ($6).

Mérida, another 90 minutes west, is studded with elegant 19th-century mansions and charming squares. The town derived its wealth from henequen fibers, called "green gold" in the 1800s. Study up on city history at El Museo Casa Montejo on the city's elegant Plaza de la Independencia (tickets, $4). To get a sense of contemporary life in Merida, visit Fundacion de Artistas (52-999/923-5905), on the edge of the city's historic district. Here you can have an espresso at the café before exploring the rotating art exhibits.

The last stop, 40 miles back toward Cancún, is Izamal, where buildings lining the 20-square-block historic center are painted a golden yellow. Take a horse-drawn carriage ($10) to get the lay of the small land and peek into gift shops and artisan studios. Don't miss the Convento de San Antonio de Padua, a 1561 Franciscan monastery.

HOW TO SAVE: While Mérida has its own airport, flights to Cancún International, three hours away, are usually cheaper (roughly 40% less). Once on the road, take Highway 180 instead of toll road 180D to save the $15 fee. Even high-end accommodations are affordable: In Mérida, one-bedroom villas through Urbano Rentals start at $150 a night, down from $200 in December. A room and three-course breakfast at Hotel Julamis will run you $59 to $68 a night.

February: Quebec

  • Go skiing in Mont-Tremblant

WHAT TO DO: Hit the slopes! Opt for the Latitude Card (from $42 per day per adult), which shaves up to 37% off regular lift-ticket prices. Ski lessons, too, are a steal: Kids can take full-day group classes through Feb. 16 for $100 ($115 starting Feb. 17); in comparison, full-day group lessons at Killington cost $185. Afterward, head into the village for its après-ski scene. "Don't miss Le Shack," suggests Becca Hensley, travel writer with the Canadian Automobile Association magazine. Order the bavette de bœuf, a flank steak served with frites ($21). Families won't want to miss a stop in Bagnoles et Bobinette, an old-fashioned toy store loaded with classic board games, stuffed animals and wooden cars.

HOW TO SAVE: Early February is a great time to go, as it's between Christmas and spring break. Ski-in, ski-out accommodations for a family of four start at $116 to $148, up to 20% less than in December and March. You'll save even more when you stay in town: Rates at the Tour des Voyageurs I, just blocks from a ski lift, start at $97 U.S..

March: Sonoma, Calif.

  • Sip and stroll

WHAT TO DO: Visit some of the area's hundreds of wineries by bicycle. In Healdsburg, rent from Wine Country Bikes (starting at $39 a day; three-day rentals save $10). Cycle to Portalupi to sample Zinfandels and Pinots paired with local meats and cheeses ($25; reservations required), or taste wines at the counter (three for $10). In the afternoon, store the bikes and explore greater Sonoma. Make a reservation at Copain (tastings $25), seven miles south of Healdsburg, to sample Pinot Noirs and Syrahs paired with local cheeses while overlooking the Russian River Valley. At Iron Horse Vineyards the atmosphere is surprisingly casual for a producer whose sparkling wines are regularly served at White House dinners. Finish the day in nearby Calistoga, where happy hour at Johnny's means $3 sliders, $1.75 oysters, and choice wines by the glass for $6. Or have dinner at Shed, in Healdsburg, a restaurant and artisan shop where you can dine on seasonal plates like sardines and shaved fennel or pizza topped with razor-thin zucchini.

HOW TO SAVE: Rates at the h2hotel on the main square in Healdsburg, typically $269 a night, drop to $229 in March when you stay two nights or more. Similarly, rooms at the Beltane Ranch, a six-room B&B with olive groves and vineyards, are $20 to $60 cheaper than during high season (rooms start at $185 to $205). While winery hopping, don't forget to ask for coupons that waive the tasting fee (usually $10 to $25) at neighboring establishments.

April: Greenville, S.C.

  • Enjoy small-town life

WHAT TO DO: Start with a stroll down Main Street, suggests John Nolan, owner of Greenville History Tours. At the landmark 1925 Poinsett Hotel, you can admire original architectural details like coffered ceilings hung with chandeliers. Take advantage of the lunch specials at Soby's on the Side: on Fridays, sandwiches are just $4, down from $7. For more food savings, download the Vittl app (vittl.co), which offers deals at 35 local restaurants. Foodie shoppers will love the Cook's Station, an all-things kitchen store that also hosts cooking classes (from $40). Pick up polos and other preppy staples at locally owned Southern Tide and shop for denim by local designers at Beija-Flor Jeans.Dedicate time to exploring Greenville's easily accessible parks. Check out the 40-foot waterfall in Fal