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 2019:

Here is the newest list for 2024.

1. Puerto Rico
2. Hampi, India
3. Santa Barbara, California
4. Panama
5. Munich, Germany
6. Eilat, Israel
7. Setouchi Islands, Japan
8. Aalborg, Denmark
9. The Azores, Portugal
10. Ontario Ice Caves, Canada
11. Zadar and Nearby Islands, Croatia
12. Williamsburg, Virginia
13. Las Vegas
14. Salvador, Brazil
15. Danang, Vietnam
16. Costalegre, Mexico
17. Paparoa Track, New Zealand
18. Puglia, Italy
19. Tatra Mountains. Slovakia
20. Calgary, Canada
21. Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal, Russia
22. Huntsville, Alabama
23. Falkland Islands
24. Aberdeen, Scotland
25. Golfo Paradiso, Italy
26. Dessau, Germany
27. Tunis
28. Gambia
29. Northern Rivers, New South Wales, Australia
30. Frisian Islands, Netherland, Germany, Denmark
31. New York City
32. Chongli, China
33. Orcas Island, Washington
34. Uzbekistan
35. Vestlandet, Norway
36. Lyon, France
37. Doha, Qatar
38. Batumi, Georgia
39. Marseille, France
40. Wyoming
41. Los Angeles
42. Dakar, Senegal
43. Perth, Australia
44. Hong Kong
45. Iran
46. Houston
47. Columbus, Ohio
48. Plovdiv, Bulgaria
49. Vevey, Switzerland
50. Cadiz, Jerez, Spain
51. The Elqui Valley, Chile
52. The Island of Tahiti

There are several places I had not heard of before as well as very popular destinations like New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Munich and Hong Kong.

Some of these are already on my travel wish list especially the Falkland Islands. Japan is one of my favorite countries so this makes me want to visit Setouchi Islands.

Click here for the complete New York Times list.


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