NYTimes 52 places to go in 2016 and other travel lists

As I did last year, I’m including some of the best lists that are around on the best places to travel in 2016. Here are the highlights


NY times, like it did in 2015, has released its 2016 version of the 52 places to go in 2016. Here is what made the list:

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Bordeaux and Malta. Pictures from the NYTimes
  1. Mexico City, Mexico A metropolis that has it all.
  2. Bordeaux, France An ancient wine region gets a stunning update.
  3. Malta The Mediterranean on a dime.
  4. Coral Bay, St. John Visit the U.S. Virgin Islands’ quiet corner before big development.
  5. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota A century of protecting America’s magnificence
  6. Mozambique New island lodges and beach breaks — and more tolerance.
  7. Toronto, Canada Canada’s largest city is ready for its close-up.
  8. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates New museums and hotels and a greening deser
  9. Skane, Sweden Nordic cuisine’s next big thing.
  10. Viñales, Cuba Looking for the real Cuba? You’ve found it.
  11. Guadeloupe Easier access to wild beauty and a new look at a complicated legacy.
  12. Park City, Utah Always fun, now bigger — a lot bigger.
  13. Aarhus, Denmark Thriving Danish culture beyond well-trodden Copenhagen.
  14. Cesme, Turkey An Aegean region grows a food scene.
  15. Road of the Seven Lakes, Argentina A newly paved road to beautiful vistas.
  16. Hangzhou, China State-of-the-art museums and more in an ancient city.
  17. Korcula Island, Croatia Experience authentic life on the Dalmatian Coasy=t
  18. San Sebastián, Spain A culinary capital expands its repertoire.
  19. Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo Newly accessible, gorillas and a volcano in idyllic surroundings.
  20. Grand Rapids, Michigan A furniture-making city champions urban renewal and art.
  21. Garzón,Uruguay A new wine region blooms near celebrated beaches.
  22. Dublin, Ireland A city spruces up to celebrate a centenary.
  23. Todos Santos, Mexico A Pacific Coast retreat hosts a new green community.
  24. Tamil Nadu, India New gateways to India’s cultural core.
  25. Vaud, Switzerland The Lake Geneva region attracts new and renewed museums.
  26. Washington, D.C. Developments raise the bar downtown.
  27. Brno, Czech Republic Unexpected cuisine and nightlife in an architectural mecca.
  28. Saint Helena An isolated wonderland opens to air travel.
  29. Barcelona, Spain Celebrating a beloved architect all year.
  30. Dalat, Vietnam A cool alternative to the usual steamy Vietnamese destination.
  31. Turin, Italy Renewal in a former industrial capital.
  32. Isla Holbox, Mexico In Yucatán, an ecotourism gem emerges.
  33. Providence, Rhode Island The East Coast’s answer to Portland, Ore.?
  34. Mosel wine country, Germany Biodiversity, new hiking trails and a castle stay.
  35. Pyeongchang, South Korea Ski South Korea before the Olympians get there.
  36. Tyrol, Austria Bond, Swarovski crystal, new ski lifts and hotels
  37. Colmar, France A revival fueled by modern art and architecture.
  38. Kansai, Japan An ancient region with new resorts and G7 ahead.
  39. East Bay, California Urban wineries and a soon-to-be-transformed waterfront.
  40. Île de Ré, France Who needs the French Riviera?
  41. East Coast, Sri Lanka Remote stillness — and world-class diving — beckon.
  42. Rosine, Kentucky Make a pilgrimage to the birthplace of bluegrass
  43. Málaga, Spain Beauty, but now a cultural capital, too.
  44. Guizhou, China Authentic Chinese hill tribes without mass tourism — yet.
  45. Phnom Penh, Cambodia A design renaissance in Cambodia’s capital
  46. St. Louis, Missouri A blues tribute near a more accessible arch.
  47. Thessaloniki Greece Greece’s second-largest city is first in food.
  48. Marfa, Texas An offbeat cultural hub with a new hotel to shelter the curious.
  49. Ubud, Indonesia A spiritual destination reinvents itself.
  50. The Southern Gulf Islands, British Columbia Near Vancouver, islands with simpler charms.
  51. Sydney, Australia Embracing nature in two urban reclamation projects.
  52. Beaufort, South Carolina A peaceful Low Country town with a stylish new inn.

I’ve only been to 6 — really, my bucket list just keeps growing and growing.

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Skane. Pictures from the NYTimes


T+L has their 50 Best Places to Travel in 2016

  1. Bocas del Toro, Panama
  2. Guadalajara, Mexico
  3. Richmond, Virginia
  4. Lille, France
  5. Iran
  6. Lanai, Hawaii
  7. Hangzhou, China
  8. Douro Valley, Portugal
  9. Frankfurt, Germany
  10. Asbury Park, New Jersey
  11. St. Helena
  12. Canggu, Bali
  13. Guatemala
  14. Kochi, India
  15. Margaret River, Australia
  16. Tanzania
  17. Aarhus, Denmark
  18. San Antonio, Texas
  19. Taipei, Taiwan
  20. Ljubljana, Slovenia
  21. Havana, Cuba
  22. Zanzibar
  23. Denver, Colorado
  24. Andaman Islands, India
  25. Ghent, Belgium
  26. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
  27. Detroit, Michigan
  28. Galle, Sri Lanka
  29. Zagreb, Croatia
  30. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  31. Wales
  32. Costa Rica
  33. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  34. Tasmania
  35. Sicily, Italy
  36. Placencia, Belize
  37. Siberia
  38. Zimbabwe
  39. Canouan, Grenadines
  40. Borneo
  41. Bozeman, Montana
  42. Chiloe, Chile
  43. Casablanca, Morocco
  44. Georgia
  45. Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
  46. Adelaide, Australia
  47. Iberá Wetlands, Argentina
  48. Liège, Belgium
  49. Seattle, Washington
  50. Mie Prefecture, Japan

This one I’m really doing badly on, so much more travel to do. Of the 50 I’ve only been to 3.


Australia, Sri Lanka and Mozambique. Picture from CN

Conde Nast published the The Top 16 Places to Go in 2016. They were:

  1. Australia
  2. Sri Lanka
  3. Mozambique
  4. Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar
  5. BRazil
  6. Ecuador and the Amazon
  7. America’s National Parks
  8. Pedraza, Spain
  9. Iceland
  10. Tanzania
  11. Medellín, Colombia
  12. Miami
  13. Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
  14. Guadeloupe & Martinique
  15. Istanbul
  16. Paris

I’m doing so much better on this list, I’ve been to 6!


Ethiopia, Philippines and Finland. Pictures from Forbes 

In Forbes, Black Tomato (which is my favorite travel website) highlighted some of the places to go in 2016

  1. Ethiopia
  2. Finland
  3. Iceland
  4. The Philippines
  5. Spain
  6. Sri Lanka
  7. Taiwan



Mumbai, Miami and Botswana. Pictures from Jetsetter

Jetsetter also has 16 places to go in 2016, which are:

  1. Miami
  2. Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  3. Durham, NC
  4. America’s National Parks
  5. Rome, Italy
  6. New Orleans, Louisiana
  7. Rio, Brazil
  8.  New Zealand
  9. Barbados
  10. Quito, Ecuador
  11. Botswana
  12. Tel Aviv
  13. Manchester, UK
  14. Greenland
  15. Mumbai, India

This list was definitely more mainstream which means my % of visiting was much higher. Of the 15 I’ve been to 7


Bhutan, Greenland & Bordeaux. Pictures from National Geographic

National Geographic has 20 go-now destinations for 2016

  1. Côte d’Or, Burgundy, France
  2. Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
  3. Bermuda
  4. Danube River
  5. Eastern Bhutan
  6. Capability Brown’s Gardens, Britain
  7. Glasgow, Scotland
  8. Greenland
  9. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
  10. Hokkaido, Japan
  11. New York City
  12. Okavango Delta, Botswana
  13. Philippines
  14. Masurian Lake District, Poland
  15. Seychelles
  16. Tangier and Smith Islands, Chesapeake Bay
  17. San Diego/Tijuana
  18. Uruguay
  19. Winnipeg, Canada
  20. South Georgia Island


Frommers has it’s Best Places to Go List for 2016. This one I’ve only been to 1!

  1. Australia
  2. Mendocino County, California
  3. Cape Floral Region, South Africa
  4. Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, South Island, New Zealand
  5. Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  6. Charlottesville, Virginia
  7. Shanghai, China
  8. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  9. Zamora, Spain
  10. Hokkaido, Japan

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