Believe it or not, the year is half gone, but our wanderlust for exciting destinations and experiences for this year has just begun!
So I thought now would be a good time to take a close look at the “wheres,” “whats,” and “whys” many travel and tourism industry experts are touting as top travel picks for this year.
The 46 Places to Go in 2013
“The 46 Places to Go in 2013” is the title of an article which appeared in The New York Times in January. I was intrigued, not so much because it came out in the Times, but because a top-something list is usually 10, 15, 20, or 100-ish. But 46? I’m not sure how they came to that number, but I was curious who made the cut nonetheless.
In the good ‘ole U-S-of-A their pics included The Adirondacks in New York (www.visitadirondacks.com), Jackson Hole, Wyoming (www.jacksonholewy.com) and Houston, Texas (www.visithoustontexas.com)
Rossland (www.rossland.com) and Charlevoix (www.tourisme-charlevoix.com/en) in Canada were among the international North American destinations chosen.
In the Motherland, Casablanca (http://maroc.costasur.com/en/casablanca.html), Accra (www.touringghana.com/regions/greateraccra_region.asp), The Republic of Congo (www.democratic-republic-of-the-congo.world-guides.com) and Constantia (www.capetown.travel/attractions/entry/Constantia_Vineyards) made the list.
The City of Lakes – Minneapolis, Minnesota
I have to agree with CNN Travel, Travel + Leisure, Lonely Planet and several others that we need to show some love to Minneapolis. As one-half of the Twin Cities—its across-the-Mississippi-River neighbor being Saint Paul—Minneapolis is a cultural melting pot whose diversity is aptly represented in the extraordinary culinary, entertainment, shopping, event and other options dotted throughout its many distinctive neighborhoods.
Among its accolades are for having the best public parks and outdoor access, some of the world’s top theatres, as a great family destination, and high marks for its restaurant scene, just to name a few. When I visited several years ago, I was totally impressed by all that the city has to offer including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Guthrie Theater and Orchestra Hall. (888.676.MPLS, www.minneapolis.org)
But if you go, please, please, please don’t forget about twin sister Saint Paul (800.627.610, 651.265.4900, www.visitsantpaul.com), a stunning city in its own right and chocked full of diverse and fascinating general sites and attractions, performing art venues, museums, family adventures, culinary options, outdoor recreational opportunities and a great deal more. Some of my favs there include the State Capitol, Cathedral of Saint Paul, Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota History Center.