With a new year comes a rush of planning and, at T+L, we've already mapped out the hottest destinations of 2012. But even as we report on new discoveries and trends, it's worth looking back at what grabbed readers' attention in the past year.
In case you missed it, the most-read article of 2011 ranked dangerous U.S. airports, while also noting improvements that have made air travel safer overall; even former pilots posted comments weighing in on the controversial topic. Some popular articles like America's most beautiful college campuses touched on personal loyalties, while others shared insider recommendations to help you plan that next trip (how about an affordable all-inclusive resort in Costa Rica?).
So, take a look, and then tell us: what was your favorite T+L article, and what would you like us to cover in 2012?
1. T+L's Most Dangerous U.S. Airports
Airline safety is on the rise, but near accidents are still more common than you might think.
2. America's Most Beautiful College Campuses
Take a crash course in architecture at the country’s most beautiful college campuses.
3. World's Most-Visited Tourist Attractions
Embrace the wisdom of crowds by adding the world’s most-visited tourist attractions to your bucket list.
4. Best Affordable All-Inclusive Resorts
These all-inclusive resorts deliver surprising luxuries, service, and cuisine at an affordable (and predictable) price.
5. America's Most and Least Attractive People
Travel + Leisure readers have ranked cities with the best-looking people—and the secret may lie in equal parts of jogging and smiling.
6. Best Secret Islands on Earth
For white-sand beaches, salty breezes, freshly caught seafood, and no crowds, head to one of the world’s best secret islands; a resort on the Malaysian island of Mabul, where the exotic marine life is on a par with the Galápagos, is pictured above.
7. World's Most Beautiful Buildings
Take a tour of the world’s most beautiful buildings, from Alabama to India.
8. America's Dirtiest Cities
Can clean be overrated? America’s dirtiest cities happen to include some very popular tourist destinations.
9. America's Most Beautiful Landmarks
From soaring man-made monuments to jaw-dropping natural landforms, the U.S. has a wealth of beautiful landmarks.
10. America's Most Romantic Restaurants
Sunset views, saucy cuisine, seductive wine lists: let the sparks fly at America’s most romantic restaurants.
Kate Appleton is a digital senior editor at Travel + Leisure. You can follow her on Twitter @k_appleton.