While it seemed like 2021 would be the year that travel fully returned to normal—wishful thinking, perhaps—it wasn’t meant to be. Despite that fact, I still managed to fit in some truly spectacular rides, both at home and abroad.
If there’s only one place you can visit in Europe, Italy has to top the list. I snuck in several exquisite and unique rides across this magical country.
Closer to home, I soaked in the California sun along the Sonoma coast, took in the quirky backroads of Vermont, and visited the sublime, subtle beauty of the Shenandoah Valley.
Here are the rides that stood out in 2021, and some of the talented, local guides whose intimate knowledge of these places helped me take it all in.