BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Florida's Space Coast has made CNN Travel's list of top places to visit in 2019.
- Space Coast among CNN's places to visit in 2019
- List compiled by CNN Travel editors
- Space Coast's big draw is space tourism
The list, which was compiled by the news agency's travel editors, includes other U.S. locations as well as international places such as Lima, Peru; Christchurch, New Zealand; and Egypt.
But the Space Coast's inclusion on the list comes down to one thing: space tourism.
The "must see" sites center on attractions that highlight the area's growing space industry.
At Kennedy Space Center, rocket launches are a big draw for space enthusiasts. NASA plans to send astronauts to space from U.S. soil again later this year. Those crewed launched are expected to draw thousands of people.
Those who stop by the KSC Visitor Complex can learn about the space shuttle program, ride a shuttle launch simulator, and learn about the historic Apollo missions. July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the moon.
The CNN Travel list also features a few "non-space" activities, including the Treetop Trek in Melbourne and Sebastian Inlet State Park.
Full list of CNN Travel's top places to visit in 2019:
- Christchurch, New Zealand
- Fukuoka, Japan
- Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
- Hawaii Island
- Hebrides, Scotland
- Jaffa, Israel
- Keral, India
- Lima, Peru
- New York City
- Normandy, France
- Oaxaca, Mexico
- Plovdiv, Blugaria
- St. Barts, French West Indies
- Weimar, Germany