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 2016:

Update: Here is the newest list for 2022.

52 Places to Go in 2016

  1. Mexico City, Mexico
  2. Bordeaux. France
  3. Malta
  4. Coral Bay, St. John
  5. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
  6. Mozambique
  7. Toronto, Canada
  8. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  9. Skane, Sweden
  10. Viñales, Cuba
  11. Guadeloupe
  12. Park City, Utah
  13. Aarhus, Denmark
  14. Cesme, Turkey
  15. Road of the Seven Lakes, Argentina
  16. Hangzhou, China
  17. Korcula Island, Croatia
  18. San Sebastián, Spain
  19. Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  20. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  21. Garzón, Uruguay
  22. Dublin, Ireland
  23. Todos Santos, Mexico
  24. Tamil Nadu, India
  25. Vaud, Switzerland
  26. Washington, DC
  27. Brno, Czech Republic
  28. Saint Helena
  29. Barcelona, Spain
  30. Dalat, Vietnam
  31. Turin, Italy
  32. Isla Holbox, Mexico
  33. Providence, Rhode Island
  34. Mosel wine country, Germany
  35. Pyeongchang, South Korea
  36. Tyrol, Austria
  37. Colmar, France
  38. Kansai, Japan
  39. East Bay, California
  40. Île de Ré, France
  41. East Coast, Sri Lanka
  42. Rosine, Kentucky
  43. Málaga, Spain
  44. Guizhou, China
  45. Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  46. St. Louis, Missouri
  47. Salonika, Greece
  48. Marfa, Texas
  49. Ubud, Indonesia
  50. The Southern Gulf Islands, British Columbia
  51. Sydney, Australia
  52. Beaufort, South Carolina

Some of these places are new to me but many are already on my wish list including Abu Dhabi, Mozambique and Sri Lanka. We saw the mountain gorillas in Rwanda and would love to also see them at Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Japan is one of my favorite countries so this makes me want to visit Kansai.

Washington, DC, Sydney and San Sebastián, Spain are places that I have visited and loved.

Click here for the complete New York Times list.

Any thoughts on this list?


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