Since it’s the 1st month of 2016, many travel sources are listing their ideal destinations for the year. Yesterday The New York Times recommended 52 with Mexico City #1. I went through the list looking for familiar places, feeling sorry about places I haven’t been to, and looking for new attractions that might fit into 2016 travel. I found 8.
#2 Bordeaux, France. A new wine and trade museum dedicated to the history of French wine will open in this venerable viticulture region this year. Nine years ago when Bordeaux was finally “UNESCO-listed”, it became the planet’s largest urban World Heritage site according to The Times. Bordeaux is being transformed, and it seems like a good time to visit, or revisit.
#8 Abu Dahbi. The Emirates seem untouched by Middle East troubles so far, and a branch of The Louvre, a Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim, a performing arts center, and a national museum are scheduled to open in this Emirate over the next few years. The long-delayed Louvre expects visitors later in 2016.
#12 Park City, Utah. Two ski resorts are merging here and creating the largest in the United States. Vail Resorts is involved. One lift pass covers both. The East is not having a good ski season but The West is. El Nino is helping. All of the Oregon ski resorts near me are thriving. After a few years of awful drought, California is reportedly having a good ski season.
#26 Washington, DC. There’s always something new in this city. Among the Smithsonian attractions in 2016 is the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
#29 Barcelona, Spain. If you’ve never been to this outstanding city, this is a good year to go, but wait until you learn that Casa Vicens has officially opened. Antoni Gaudi’s 1st major project and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Casa Vicens becomes a public museum some time this year. Include Le Pedrera, also called Casa Milá, in your Gaudi hopping itinerary.
#46 Saint Louis! My hometown will officially become host to the National Blues Museum in April, 2016. The significance of The Blues in the very essence of American Music will be its focus. The CityArchRiver project continues.
#51 Sydney! Ruth & I consider Australia our 2nd home. We visit there every other year. I’m about to publish my 2nd book about it. Alone Near Alice, my first book, was about The Outback. The northwest corner of Western Australia known as The Kimberley is the subject of #2. The Barangaroo Reserve opened in Sydney last September, and a no-longer-used rail line has become an elevated walkway. This project is called The Goods Line.
#52 Beaufort, South Carolina. Ruth & I saw this charming community for the 1st time last year and hated to leave. It’s where city dwellers go to reduce their blood pressure.