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101 Places Every Traveler Should Know

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United States and Canada

Big Island, HI: Get a lomilomi massage at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Big Sur, CA: Stop along the Pacific Coast Highway at Redwood Grill
British Columbia: Heli-ski over the Bugaboo Mountains
Charleston, SC: Stroll the city’s private gardens
Chicago: Tour architectural landmarks
Churchill, Manitoba: Get face-to-face with polar bears
Houston: Admire art at the Rothko Chapel
Jackson Hole, WY: Go fly-fishing
Las Vegas: Drive a Ferrari at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Los Angeles: Spend a night out celeb-spotting
Maine: Devour the ultimate lobster roll at Clam Shack
Miami: Learn to salsa at Hoy Como Ayer
Montreal: Take a comfort food tour
Na Pali coast, Kauai: Hike the Kalalau Trail
Napa Valley, CA: Eat and play like a local
New Orleans: Hear jazz at Preservation Hall
New York City: Start a perfect day at MoMA and Casa Lever
Salmon River, ID: Go whitewater rafting on the Middle Fork
San Francisco: Slurp oysters at Hog Island Oyster Bar
Sedona, AZ: Get a Reiki energy healing treatment at Mii Amo
Utah: Drive from the San Juan Inn through Monument Valley
Washington, D.C.: Immerse yourself in the Freer Gallery’s Peacock Room
Yosemite National Park: Visit the sequoias in Mariposa Grove

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Amsterdam: Explore the canals by night in a saloon boat
Athens: View the Parthenon from the Grande Bretagne Hotel rooftop
Barcelona: Go on a tapas crawl
Belle-Île, France: Enjoy oysters at Le Bistrot du Port
Berlin: Tap into the underground nightlife scene
Budapest: Stay at the restored Four Seasons Gresham Palace
Copenhagen: Browse contemporary design shops
Florence: Tour the Vasari Corridor at the Uffizi
Galway, Ireland: Pair oysters with Guinness at Moran’s Oyster Cottage
Iceland: Marvel at the Northern Lights
Isle of Skye, Scotland: Go for whisky tastings at Tallisker distillery
Istanbul: Wander the Grand Bazaar
London: Start with breakfast at the cabmen’s shelter on Pont Street
Madrid: Visit the Black Paintings room at the Museo del Prado
Moscow: Tour the Diamond Vaults within the Kremlin
Paris: Snack on bread from Du Pain et Des Idees
Peloponnese, Greece: Stay at the ultra-luxe Amanzoe
Prague: Explore Prague’s historic center
Rome: Buy a gelato at San Crispino
Santorini, Greece: Lounge at Red Beach
Sicily: See the mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale
Siena, Italy: Attend the medieval-era Palio horse race
Spain: Take an architecture-themed drive from Bilbao to Granada
Stockholm: Visit the Vasa Museum
Venice: Shop for glassware at L’Angolo del Passat
Versailles, France: Explore Andre Le Notre’s gardens at Versailles
Vienna: Attend a concert at the Musikverein

The Caribbean and the Bahamas

British Virgin Islands: Hop the beach bars in a chartered sailboat
Harbour Island, Bahamas: Walk the Pink Sand Beach
St. Bart’s: Go to Shell Beach
Turks & Caicos: Get an ayurveda-inspired treatment at Parrot Cay
Vieques, Puerto Rico: Float in the bioluminescent Mosquito Bay

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Mexico and Central and South America

Amazon cruise: Take an intimate river cruise
Atacama Desert, Chile: Hike the salt flats and volcanoes
Buenos Aires: Try a tango class
Easter Island: See the mysterious statues
Galápagos Islands: Spot Darwin’s finches and other wildlife
Iguazú Falls, Brazil: Stay at Hotel das Cataratas by the thundering falls
Machu Picchu: Enter the citadel as the Incas did through Sun Gate
Mayan sites: Take an archaeologist-led tour
Mexico City: See Diego Rivera’s murals at the Palacio Nacional
Oaxaca, Mexico: Enjoy Slow Food dishes at La Biznaga
Patagonia, Argentina: Admire the Perito Moreno Glacier
Rio de Janeiro: Go on a helicopter ride over the city
Salvador de Bahia, Brazil: Take in the festival atmosphere of Old Town

Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, and Antarctica

Antarctica: Visit penguin rookeries
Fiji: Stay at a private island resort
Kimberley Coastline, Australia: Look forbreaching humpback whales
Milford Sound, New Zealand: Explore the fjord by ferry
Papua New Guinea: Meet villagers and watch ceremonies
Sydney: People-watch at Bondi Beach


Angkor, Cambodia: Ditch the crowds at Preah Kahn temple
Bali, Indonesia: Get a lulur scrub at Amanusa
Beijing: Explore by foot, bicycle, and rickshaw
Fatehpur Sikri, India: Admire the former Moghul capital
Hanoi, Vietnam: Stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake
Hong Kong: Soak in views from rooftop hotel bars
Huangzhou, China: Dine at visionary restaurant Dragon Wel
Koh Samui, Thailand: Get a treatment at Kamalaya wellness retreat
Kyoto, Japan: Visit Tawaraya, a 300-year-old ryokan
Rajasthan, India: Sleep on a sand dune under the stars
Singapore: Eat at Maxwell Road Hawker Center
Sri Lanka: Sample beaches and colonial architecture
Sumba Island, Indonesia: Go to surf camp at Nihiwatu
Tokyo: See the tuna auction at Tsukiji Fish Market
Yangtze River, China: Cruise from Beijing to Shanghai

For details on these places, see T+L's Bucket List slideshows >

Africa and the Middle East

Cape Town: Savor Constantia, a wine region within city limits
Dubai: Go over-the-top with a stay at One&Only The Palm resort
Egypt: Take a Nile cruise
Fez, Morocco: Step back in time in the ancient walled medina
Jerusalem: Visit the Holocaust museum at Yad Vashem
Kenya: Stay among the Masai at Campi Ya Kanzi
Knysna, South Africa: Eat oysters at 34 South restaurant
Namibia: Go on a desert safari along the Skeleton Coast
Oman: Stay at the Six Senses Zighy Bay
Petra, Jordan: Marvel at the ancient hard-carved site
Serengeti: Learn to take wildlife photography on safari
Seychelles: Lounge on Anse Source d’Argent beach


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