101 Places Every Traveler Should Know

101 Places Every Traveler Should Know

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Life lists naturally stir up debates. For every Angkor Wat fan, another prefers Petra. After deliberating with our correspondents and tastemakers over the most memorable experiences, we’ve narrowed our list to 101 places. How many have you visited?

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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

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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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