New York Times offers 45 places to visit in 2012

The New York Times offered an intriguing list of the places to visit in 2012.  Go to the link to read their teasers, as just presenting the list is quite long here for the blog.

It is always interesting to read someone’s list of places you should visit.This one has quite a bit of diversity. It includes places on each continent. Major cities as well as smaller towns are offered. Beach places and ski meccas.

One thing that almost all have in common is that they are out of the way places, or known places where the reporter was suggesting some unusual experience.

1.     Panama Go for the canal. Stay for everything else.  

The Canal is being modernized so if you want to see it as it was first built, now is the time. The country’s economy is booming; new hotels and museum are being built.

2.     Helsinki, Finland 

Design. Design. Design. Aesthetics fuel a new cool. Design and culture will keep you busy.

 3. Myanmar Back on the tourist map after being off-limits for years. A favorite for years because of the cultural treasures and wonderful beaches, many people opted to boycott because of the totalitarian regime. The election process has been improving, so ethical travelers can feel better about exploring this land.  Eco-tourism has been developed to help support local economies.

4. London The Olympics! The Queen! Charles Dickens turns 200!

5. Oakland, Calif. New restaurants and bars beckon amid the grit.6. Tokyo   

Last year’s tragedy means more room for tourists.  7. Tanzania 

 Coming into its own as an upscale safari destination.

8. Chilean Patagonia Proof that adventure doesn’t have to mean roughing it. 9. Lhasa, Tibet

 New luxury hotels bring respite — and controversy.

10. Havana, Cuba  

The Cuban capital is once again within Americans’ reach.

11. Moscow 

 New cultural venues add a dash of the sacred and profane. 

12. Glasgow 

Zaha Hadid takes on a Scottish waterfront.  

13. Puebla, Mexico   

  International mole festival. Need we say more?  

14. San Diego 

 With breweries and brewpubs, a sunny heaven for suds lovers.

15. Halong Bay, Vietnam

  New ways to visit a natural wonder in Southeast Asia.

16. Florence, Italy 

 A Renaissance city gets a contemporary kick.

 17. St. Vincent

 A new resort may put this Caribbean island on the map. 

18. Moganshan, China  

Luxury in the former mountain hideaway of Shanghai gangsters.

19. Birmingham, England

  1.   Could England’s second city be first in food?

20. Space  

The final frontier now has a ticket agent. 
21. Kerala, India 

 A new Indian biennale will make its debut in this coastal state.

22. Paraty, Brazil     

Putting Brazil’s Costa Verde on the cultural map.

23. Koh Rong, CambodiaA string of islands recalls an undiscovered Asian paradise.

24. Vienna

Modern art spruces up Austria’s imperial capital.

25. Chattanooga, TennesseeA city stages a comeback fueled by artists and retailers.

26. Dakhla, Morocco In Morocco’s south, an arty hideaway.

27. Maldives A cushy place for hard-core surfers? Here it is.

28. Malacca, MalaysiaA World Heritage site ramps up its tourism options.

29. The AlgarvePortugal’s Riviera gets a new spate of luxury hotels.

30. Tahoe, CaliforniaNew lifts, lodging, trails and snowcat rides.

31. WalesA new hiking path brings new views of rugged shores.

32. AntarcticaStill remote and exotic. Now luxurious too.

33. UgandaStability and sustainable tourism restore luster to Africa’s pearl.

34. UkraineVirginal beaches and czarist palaces — at Old World prices.

35. Samaná Peninsula, Dominican RepublicUnspoiled beaches, but not for long.

36. Dubrovnik, Croatia The St.-Tropez of the Balkans, equal parts classic and modern.

37. Chiloé Island, ChileA new look, and controversy, on the edge of South America.

38. JordanNew flights and a new modernist airport ease the way for visitors.

39. Crans-Montana, SwitzerlandRestaurants and luxury chalets shine a light on an Alpine resort.

40. Montpellier, FranceFrance’s eighth-largest city is dressing up in designer style.

41. Nosara, Costa RicaSurfing geeks have descended on a remote little town.

42. South KoreaIs golf’s newest hot spot in Asia?

43. Lodz, PolandThe Hollywood of Poland reclaims its industrial past.

44. Dalarna, SwedenA storied region offers a getaway from Stockholm.

45. Portovenere, ItalyStepping in while the Cinque Terre rebuilds.


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14 Responses to New York Times offers 45 places to visit in 2012

  1. Dubrovniklady says:

    Sure do love living in #36!

  2. Ah…think I’ll take those lottery winnings and visit all these places!

  3. Which is the one that calls to you the loudest?

  4. I should have posted on the blog that all the photos are stock from google images EXCEPT for the Dubrovnik shot. It was so much fun to wander those back streets discovering things that most tourists there never see!

  5. Malou Prestado says:

    Interesting list…been to a few of them already and I’m wondering why Birmingham and Glasgow are on this list.

  6. The reasons for inclusion is in the article. It can be strange when a visitor to an area perceives something different from what a long-time resident or more regular visitor does about any place. I was just in Glasgow a couple of years ago but admittedly saw only a tiny portion of the city. So I was very interested in reading the short summary of why it made the list. I would have to research more to know if it would still be a reason to go back.

  7. Joe Webster says:

    Where is New Zealand, one of, if not the most beautiful countries in the World!

  8. I understand it is great! MY daughter was just there and spent a year there a little while ago also….she loves it there. There are lots of places not on the list, but that’s ok…we can aim for them in 2013!

  9. And when you visit Montpellier, goes East and join Bliss Travels in Provence! It’s not summer without a Provencal market and some lavender.

  10. I loved my time in Provence! We enjoyed going to out of the way places that many tourists never see.

  11. fgassette says:

    Love the places you take us with your photographs.


  12. Thanks…..I need to start giving credits for the ones that are not mine, but about 90% on my blog are mine. Many of these in this post are not. I have been many places but tend to like smaller cities and rural areas better than the big tourist draws.

  13. Anita Mac says:

    It always helps when they put up such stunning photos! Would love to go to them all! Dubrovnik is hopefully in the cards soon….have a few other planned trips to do first.

  14. If you make it to Dubrovnik, I can strongly and cheerfully recommend Caroline Sosa as a guide. She grew up in Ohio and California and moved there for retirement. Her family is from there and she loves it there. It shows in her writing and her guiding. Check out her blog Essence of Dubrovnik and you can read more about her in this blog if you search for Croatia.

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