11 travel experiences you need to do in 2015

WE’RE always on the lookout for something new and exciting in travel. From hidden beaches to city secrets and places off the beaten path it’s about seeing Earth’s incredible sites before the rest of the world catches on.

The team at Lonely Planet have scoured the globe to bring you their list of new experiences in 2015 that you need to see this year.

From thrillseeking rides, to spectacular coastal walks and hundred year old breweries you’ll need to start planning now, these won’t stay secret for very long.

1. One World Observatory, New York, USA

Open: Autumn 2015

The highly anticipated launch of the observation deck at One World Trade Centre tops the list of new attractions this year. At 540 metres it’s the tallest building in the western hemisphere with a viewing area across Manhattan.

One World Trade Center lit up and towering over the Manhattan skyline. AP Photo/Mark Lenn

One World Trade Center lit up and towering over the Manhattan skyline. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan. Source: AP

2. Cape Canopy Tour, Elgin, South Africa

Open: August 2014

This four hour zip line tour takes you over the top of the 70,000 hectare Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve.

A series of steel cables up to 320 metres long lead between 13 platforms zipping past waterfalls, valleys and previously inaccessible areas of this World Heritage Site.

You’ll see sites unseen by the public before. Picture: Lonely Planet.

You’ll see sites unseen by the public before. Picture: Lonely Planet. Source: Supplied

3. The Yellow Submarine, Península Valdés, Argentina

Open: July 2014

This 17 metre semi-submergible boat is the first of its kind offering an underwater viewing for whale watchers.

Featuring an underwater cabin with 40 viewing windows it will operate during the whale migration season from mid June — Mid December.

For the first time ever you can now view whales underwater. Picture: Lonely Planet.

For the first time ever you can now view whales underwater. Picture: Lonely Planet. Source: Supplied

4. The Smithwick’s Experience, Kilkenny, Ireland

Open: July 2014

Ireland’s oldest beer is celebrated at this brand-new visitor attraction that recreates the birth of this famous brew with a multimedia tour and obligatory tasting.

It’s no secret that the Irish love a drink. Picture: Lonely Planet.

It’s no secret that the Irish love a drink. Picture: Lonely Planet. Source: Supplied

5. Caminito del Rey Footpath, Garganta del Chorro, El Chorro, Spain

Open: February 2015

Once known as the world’s scariest walking trail, it was closed down after being deemed too dangerous to continue operating. It is now open to the public again a after a multi-million dollar restoration that has widened the path and put in a much needed safety handrail.

6. BioMuseo, Panama City, Panama

Open: October 2014

Celebrating the Isthmus of Panama as one of the most biodiverse spots on the planet, Panama City’s BioMuseo will feature a 2.4 hectare botanical park and an aquarium.

7. Rimutaka Cycle Trail, Wellington/Wairarapa, New Zealand

Open: March 2015

One of New Zealand’s 22 new ‘Great Rides’, the 115km-long Rimutaka Cycle Trail loops through urban and wild terrain between Wellington and neighbouring Wairarapa.

The spectacular NZ coastline is now accessible by bike. Picture: Lonely Planet.

The spectacular NZ coastline is now accessible by bike. Picture: Lonely Planet. Source: Supplied

8. Hong Kong Observation Wheel, Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

Open: October 2014

The 20-storey tall Hong Kong Observation Wheel commands sweeping views of Victoria Harbour all the way to Kowloon. The giant ferris wheel has 42 gondolas that hold 8 to 10 passengers each.

9. King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester, England

Open: July 2014

Richard III was the last English king to die in battle and now the site of his burial has become a new $7 million visitor centre.

You can learn about the life and death of England’s King Richard III. Picture: Lonely Pla

You can learn about the life and death of England’s King Richard III. Picture: Lonely Planet. Source: Supplied

10. Ice Cave, Langjökull ice cap, West Iceland

Open: May 2015

It’s Europe’s second largest ice cap, and you can now explore Langjökull through an incredible ice tunnel. The 500 metre long tunnel sits 1260 metres above sea level allowing visitors to walk with crampons into the blue-ice interior of the glacier.

11. Three Capes Track, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia

Open: Late 2015

The second stage of this new wilderness walk on the Tasman Peninsula is set to open late in 2015. The multi-day walk will be 82km when complete and will feature communal huts at three sites with mattresses and cooking facilities.

 Three Capes Track. a section of the track that is a raised boardwalk over a peat bog

The spectacular Three Capes Track will officially open this year. Source: News Corp Australia

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