I love reading the annual travel lists compiled by various travel websites and newspapers on top travel destinations for the year.  While I don’t particularly care if a destination I travel to is considered a must see, I love reading these lists for inspiration on where to travel to and discovering places I might not have considered.

The New York Times list is one of my favorites.

Here are their picks for places to go in 2017:

52 Places to Go in 2017

1. Canada
2. Atacama Desert, Chile
3. Agra, India
4. Zermatt, Switzerland
5. Botswana
6. Dubrovnik, Croatia
7. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
8. Tijuana, Mexico
9. Detroit, Michigan
10. Hamburg, Germany
11. Marrakesh, Morocco
12. Greenville, South Carolina
13. Pedregal, Ecuador
14. Penzance, England
15. Osaka, Japan
16. Stockholm, Sweden
17. Sikkim, India
18. Île de Porquerolles, France
19. Madagascar
20. Sanya, China
21. Cyprus
22. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
23. Minneapolis, Minnesota
24. Kingston, Jamaica
25. Comporta, Portugal
26. Kazakhstan
27. Gabon
28. Athens, Greece
29. Northwest Puerto Rico
30. Chiang Mai, Thailand
31. Napa Valley, California
32. Puerto Escondido, Mexico
33. Sedona, Arizona
34. Madrid
35. Ketchum, Idaho
36. Maldives
37. Calabria, Italy
38. Antequera, Spain
39. Lofoten Islands, Norway
40. Iberá Wetlands, Argentina
41. Istria, Croatia
42. Placencia, Belize
43. Langtang Region, Nepal
44. Bozcaada, Turkey
45. Birmingham, Alabama
46. Sacred Valley, Peru
47. Laikipia, Kenya
48. Busan, South Korea
49. Portland, Oregon
50. Budapest, Hungary
51. South Bronx, New York
52. Ryukyu Islands, Japan

Some of these places are new to me but many are already on my wish list including Atacama Desert, Chile, Kazakhstan, Sedona, Arizona, Lofoten Islands, Norway, Sacred Valley, Peru, Busan, South Korea and Budapest, Hungary. Japan is one of my favorite countries so this makes me want to visit Ryukyu Islands and Osaka.

Botswana, Napa Valley and the Great Barrier Reef are places that I have visited and loved. I also enjoyed Belize but I have yet to visit Placencia. I’ve traveled to a couple of cities in Canada but would love to see more especially Banff. I can’t say that I loved Agra but the Taj Mahal is absolutely worth a visit.

Click here for the complete New York Times list.

Any thoughts on this list?

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