2013 Travel Favorites: Destinations

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To closeout the year, AOL Travel asked our colleagues at MapQuest about their 2013 travel and plans for next year. Despite being busy with the releases of critically acclaimed major updates to their iPhone and Android apps, MapQuest employes took some killer trips in 2013. Responses are in no particular order. We've shared our own, too. Readers, feel free to do likewise in the comments.

Q. What were your favorite destinations to visit in 2013?

Andrew Biviano, Audience Development: Ireland

David Kenna, Director of PMO: Boston; Denver; Palm Beach, Florida; New York City; Las Vegas; Princeton, New Jersey; and Ireland

Jeff Keil, Product Designer: Pittsburgh

Sarai Hopfe, Contracts Manger: Bryce, Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks

Jess Moss, Senior Editor: Brazil, Dublin, Budapest

Jake Thiewes, Editor: Disney World and Disneyland

Elizabeth McIlhany, Sr. Product Manager: Santa Fe, Winter Park

Tim Baldwin, Account Director, Central Region: Glen Arbor, MI; Nashville, TN; Marco Island, FL

Tiffany Herrick, Business Planning, B2B and Customer Support: London; Headsburg, California; Sanibel Island, Florida; Naples, Florida; Cabo, Mexico; Orlando, Florida (Walt Disney World)

Andy McMahon, Director, Product Management -- Search and Local Data: Canada (Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver and everywhere in between on the VIA Rail Canadian Train 1); Anchorage; Denver; Lancaster, PA; Nationals Park; Safeco Field; Citizens Bank Park; Rogers Centre

Zach Everson, Travel news/travel buzz editor: Washington, DC area

Justin Paluch, UX Lead: The big trips this year were Cleveland, Portland, Tucson and Sacramento.

TaraLynn Morana, West Region Sales: Kauai. It was the most beautiful island. We also saw the Grand Canyon and that was pretty magical.

Gregory Bourcher, Product Manager: Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC –- specific site was Capilano Suspension Bridge

SuAnne Hall, Designer: Definitely going to the Maldives!

David Ciaburro, East Region Sales: Kauai & Big Island, HI and Long Beach Island, NJ

Casey Doerschuk, System Architect: Hershey Park, Hershey, PA

Laura Maxwell, Marketing Manager: Japan; Panama; Telluride, CO, Portland, ME

Beth Warner, Senior Software QA Engineer: Our summer road trip -– Reno, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Big Bear Lake, Malibu, Las Vegas and many stops in between!

Natty Zola, Director of Product: Mykonos, Greece; Cappadocia, Turkey; Istanbul, Turkey; Devil's Thumb Ranch, Tabernash, Colorado.

Michael Yessis, Editor in Chief: San Francisco

Austin Brown, UX Lead: Moab, UT; Crested Butte, CO; Telluride, CO
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