Lonely Planet's top travel destination in 2015 is ... Queens?!

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Pack your bags! Book your tickets! Gas up the car! It's time for a vacation! Travel authority Lonely Planet has announced the 2015 travel destination in the US. Sorry, locals -- the streets are about to get a whole lot busier in ... Queens?!

Yes, beautiful Queens, New York, tops Lonely Planet's list as the hot spot next year. Even though it's the largest of the five boroughs in New York City, you probably only know it as the home of that scene in 'Men in Black' with the spaceships (which are actually from the 1964 Worlds Fair and they're not even supposed to be spaceships).

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Lonely Planet's top travel destination in 2015 is ... Queens?!
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This March 6, 2013 photo shows "Raymond & Toby," a 1994 sculpture by John Ahearn at Socrates Sculpture Park in the Astoria section of the Queens borough of New York. The waterfront park is one of several art-related attractions in Astoria and the adjacent neighborhood of Long Island City. A boom in moderately priced hotels in Long Island City has begun luring tourists to the area. Along with museums, parks, hotels and ethnic restaurants, the area is still home to a large industrial base, from auto shops to factories. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
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This March 9, 2013 photo shows visitors at Astoria Park in the New York City borough of Queens. It's one of several waterfront parks in Astoria and the adjacent neighborhood of Long Island City. The area also offers museums, a variety of ethnic restaurants and moderately priced hotels with easy access to Manhattan. The photo also shows the Triborough Bridge connecting Queens with the Bronx across the water. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
This March 7, 2013 photo shows the bright red Pepsi-Cola sign on the waterfront of Long Island City, in the Queens borough of New York. The beloved landmark can be seen from across the river in Manhattan. At one time the sign was located at the site of a local soda bottling factory. The factory no longer exists but the popular sign, which dates to the 1930s, was preserved as part of a waterfront park called Gantry Plaza State Park. In the distance the Ed Koch Queensborough Bridge and the smokestacks of a power generating plant are visible. The area is becoming popular with tourists due to a boom there in moderately priced hotels.(AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
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Alex Katagas shovels snow in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, New York, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009. Snow began falling during the morning commute, and as much as 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) may pile up this afternoon before rain mixes in for the rest of the night, said Matt Scalora, a weather service meteorologist. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Queens, according to Lonely Planet, is a whole lot more than that. The travel site writes: "In recent years, Queens has seen the rise of microbreweries, boutique hotels, a reinvented seaside and a burgeoning art scene -- all of which has given a big boost to local pride."

Rockaway Beach, which lies in the furthest part of the borough, (and was immortalized by the Ramones) has undergone massive restoration following the devastation from Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The area is almost fully recovered and now boasts a flurry of new shops and restaurants. Plus, you can get to it on the subway.

Of course there's also plenty to eat. While the area is famous for Greek food, there are tons and tons of other options worth ditching Manhattan for.

Recently, the NYT noted, "The Michelin Guide just anointed four Queens restaurants with the coveted star. Ridgewood is being heralded as the new Bushwick."

Beloved local restaurants like Queens Comfort (famous for decadent and creative takes on comfort food -- order the Capt'N crunch French toast, you won't regret it) and The Sparrow are so delish, they were voted to appear on The Food Channel's super popular show 'Dinners, Drive-Ins and Dives.'

If you're planning a trip Queens to check out the beach or the new microbreweries, you can stay in one of the many new boutique hotels that are popping up in revamped industrial spaces.

The Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City, Queens, is a chic and trendy destination. The Paper Factory Hotel is literally built in a refurbished 100-year-old paper factory.

Convinced that you've found your next vacation spot? Local blog 'We Heart Queens' can help you figure out what to do during your stay.

Queens notoriously takes the bronze when it comes to New York City. It's hard to compete with Manhattan's Empire State Building, Broadway musicals, Brooklyn's hipsters and Jay Z. But, finally, the little borough that could is stepping into the sun.

Your move, Staten Island.

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