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
By Travel + Leisure and Travel + Leisure Staff