I love reading the annual travel lists compiled by various travel websites and newspapers on top travel destinations for the  year.  The New York Times list is one of my favorites. Here are their picks for places to go in 2018:

Here is the newest list for 2024.

52 Places to Go in 2018

1. New Orleans
2. Colombia
3. Basilicata, Italy
4. The Caribbean
5. Vierwaldstättersee, Switzerland
6. Route of Parks, Chile
7. Gangwon Province, South Korea
8. Cincinnati, Ohio
9. Bhutan
10. Glasgow, Scotland
11. East Cape, Los Cabos, Mexico
12. Top End Australia
13. Cambodian Coast
14. Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia
15. Baltimore, Maryland
16. Estonia
17. Gansu, China
18. Saskatoon, Canada
19. Sevilla, Spain
20. Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
21. Branson, Missouri
22. São Tomé and Príncipe
23. Germany’s Western States
24. Fiji
25. Chattanooga, Tennessee
26. Oslo, Norway
27. Honshu’s West Coast, Japan
28. Arles, France
29. Kuélap, Peru
30. Downtown Denver, Colorado
31. Kigali, Rwanda
32. Belgrade, Serbia
33. Tasmania
34. Iceland
35. Rogue River, Oregon
36. Lithuania
37. Buffalo, New York
38. La Paz, Bolivia
39. Prague, Czech Republic
40. Emilia-Romagna, Italy
41. Disney Springs, Florida
42. Megèv, France
43. Chandigarh, India
44. Seattle, Washington
45. Rotorua, New Zealand
46. Ypres, Belgium
47. Tangier, Morocco
48. Ribera Del Duero, Spain
49. Montgomery, Alabama
50. Südtirol, Italy
51. Bristol, England
52. Luang Prabang, Laos

new york times 52 best places to visit in 2018 luang prabang
Beautiful Kuang Si Falls outside of Luang Prabang, Laos

Some of these places are new to me but many are already on my wish list including Bhutan and Iceland. Japan is one of my favorite countries so this makes me want to visit Honshu’s West Coast.

I agree with New Orleans and Seattle as these are always nice. Luang Prabang and Rwanda are two 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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