It’s that time again, when thoughts turn to reflecting and forecasting, looking back and looking forward. You know: the best and worst and most notable of the year past. And what to do and see and watch in the year ahead.
In the latter category is Frommer’s annual Best Places to Go list, the travel-guide publisher’s recommendations for the next year. As such lists must be, Frommer’s is admittedly personal and idiosyncratic:
Some of the spots that received our award this year made the list because they are entering a golden age. Some are marking occasions that make 2016 the best time to go in many years. Some must be seen before they the spotlight falls upon them and they are changed forever. Others should be seen because they’re at risk. And some are simply so cool we can’t believe they aren’t more popular.
With such expansive criteria, it’s no surprise that the newly released list for 2016 covers a wide swath of destinations, from the exotic (Bequia, a little-known Caribbean isle) to the pedestrian (the U.S. National Parks System), and from whole countries (Australia, Mongolia) to regions (Chianti, Italy; Cape Floral Region, South Africa) to a bicycle path on the South Island of New Zealand (the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail).
Here, then, for your consideration are Frommer’s 16 must-visit destinations for next year:
- Mendocino County, California
- Cape Floral Region, South Africa
- Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, South Island, New Zealand
- Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Charlottesville, Virginia
- Shanghai, China
- Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Zamora, Spain
- Hokkaido, Japan
- Bogota, Colombia
- Chianti, Italy
- Wroclaw, Poland
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
- The National Parks System, United States of America
Plan (or just dream) accordingly.
Reader Reality Check
Any of the recommendations stand out, as either particularly apt or off base?
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This article originally appeared on FrequentFlier.com.