Best Places to Travel in 2014

New hotels and tours, emerging food scenes, and special events make these places the hottest travel destinations in 2014.

Helsinki, Finland

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Finland’s thoughtful aesthetic tradition is influencing Helsinki’s recent wave of innovative thinkers and avant-garde landmarks. In May 2013, Kulttuurisauna, the first public sauna to open in decades, made its debut on the Helsinki waterfront. With a minimized carbon footprint and sturdy tree-trunk columns, the building is a spare, primitive temple to communal bathing. Finland hasn’t received the amount of attention that Denmark and Sweden have for New Nordic Cuisine, yet Helsinki’s chefs and foragers are every bit as active and adventurous. Splurge on the multicourse “journey” with wine pairings and prepare for fresh, seasonal dishes such as cauliflower with Finnish caviar, lamb with beetroot, and organic licorice with white chocolate and black currants at Olo. —Heather Smith MacIsaac

Best Places to Travel in 2014

Helsinki, Finland

Finland’s thoughtful aesthetic tradition is influencing Helsinki’s recent wave of innovative thinkers and avant-garde landmarks. In May 2013, Kulttuurisauna, the first public sauna to open in decades, made its debut on the Helsinki waterfront. With a minimized carbon footprint and sturdy tree-trunk columns, the building is a spare, primitive temple to communal bathing. Finland hasn’t received the amount of attention that Denmark and Sweden have for New Nordic Cuisine, yet Helsinki’s chefs and foragers are every bit as active and adventurous. Splurge on the multicourse “journey” with wine pairings and prepare for fresh, seasonal dishes such as cauliflower with Finnish caviar, lamb with beetroot, and organic licorice with white chocolate and black currants at Olo. —Heather Smith MacIsaac

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