Are you still to take on your biggest adventure yet? Or maybe you need some assistance with choosing the places to visit this year? Either way, you’ve landed on the right page because I have just prepared a fresh list of the most exciting places to visit in 2017.
Let this year be your year of adventures! Let’s go!
1. Viñales, Cuba
Cuba is not as unknown as it was just a decade ago because the country has been increasingly opening its stunning landscapes for travelers from around the world. Cuba’s capital, Havana, has been the most popular destination but I am going to recommend you something even more exciting: Viñales. This village is located just three hours’ drive from the busy capital and offers the visitors unmatchable views.
It hosts a lush valley of stunning limestone outcrops and tobacco fields that was named by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage sites. If you are looking for a real Cuba experience, you can find it here, with all those tobacco farms that make the best cigars in the world and botanical gardens and restaurants that serve roast pork and exquisite beans.
2. San Sebastián, Spain
Next on my list comes a place commonly considered as a culinary paradise. It is a home to a famous La Concha resort and other beaches that serve stunning Atlantic waves and finest restaurants in Spain that specialize in Basque cuisine. The chefs that work in San Sebastián’s restaurants are constantly voted as the Spain’s best, so you will definitely find some tasty dishes there.
The city also hosts a number of annual festivals that will keep you busy during your visit, including Jazz Festival, Theater Festival, Film Festival, and the old La Tamborrada, when the people hit the streets to play musical instruments for two straight days. Fun is guaranteed!
3. Tamil Nadu, India
The most popular tourist destination of the country will impress you with a rich and undiscovered history. Ancient temples, 18th-century mansions, and local cuisine are the things to check out. Tourists often hit the countryside where more than a hundred temples from various Indian dynasties are located to discover a real India. One of the most impressive and massive temple complexes is Meenakshi in Madurai dedicated to Brihadeeswarar, a powerful female deity. It dates backs to the 9th century!
If you are a fan of spicy food, Tamil Nadu’s cuisine will be a great discovery for you because it is one of the most aromatic and spiciest in the world. Many of the dishes are traditionally served on banana leaves.
4. Brno, Czech Republic
The country’s second largest city is just as impressive as the capital with its stunning architecture, bars, and restaurants. Beautiful buildings like Villa Tugendhat, Spilberk Castle, and Cathedral of St. Peter will immerse you in an atmosphere of an old Europe while Super Panda Circus, Pavillon, Koishi and other restaurants and bars will introduce to a rich nightlife. Brno is the perfect place for those looking for stunning architecture, tasty European cuisine, and nightclubs.
5. Dalat, Vietnam
A former French colony, Dalat is a city located in the southern part of Vietnam. It made my list because it is considered as an agricultural El Dorado. The region is known for its locally grown strawberries, avocados, roses, coffee, artichokes, and asparagus. Plus, Dalat is a great destination for fans of hiking, golf, canyoning, and rafting, and other great choices for outdoor activities.
6. Tyrol, Austria
This well-known region of Alps has 3,000-meter high ski resorts like Pitztal, affordable hotels like Almfamily Scherer and even the Crystal Cloud by Swarovski. The world’s famous crystal maker is located in the region and has some astonishing sites to offer for tourists, such as the Crystal Cloud, which is a cumulous-shaped net featuring more than 800,000 crystals. Oh, and another thing: the city was a filming location of one of the latest Bond films (Spectre) that was released in 2015.
7. Toronto, Canada
Let me help you take a second look at Toronto. This city has been differentiating itself from Vancouver and Montreal by building new public art places, hotels, and hosting major events like the NBA All-Star game last year. Toronto’s former industrial area called the Junction is now a stylish neighborhood with numerous coffee shops, pubs, art galleries, and cafes with live music. It is definitely worth visiting this year.
8. Park City, Utah
This city has been a major news in American skiing last year because it emerged as the largest resort in the country. Apparently, it attracted a lot of investments (more than $50 million) to build a new 7,3000-acre resort and improve the overall experience of skiers. If you enjoy skiing, this should be your primary destination in the U.S., period.
9. Hangzhou, China
I call this next place on our list a perfect combination of ancient history and latest technologies. Until the city became known as the headquarters of e-commerce giant Alibaba, it was mainly known for ancient painters and poets and tea plantations. A number of hotels and tourist attractions has been opened in the recent years and you can easily find them using an app developed recently to satisfy the growing tourist demand.
10. Dublin, Ireland
This is one the most interesting destinations in Europe because of the abundance of historic sites and public art places. For example, the city has the National Concert Hall where you could listen to the best classic music and the National Gallery of Ireland that reveals a rich history of the country. If you are interested in something more interactive, the Guinness Storehouse in St James’s Gate is the place that offers an immersive brand experience and rooftop.
11. Pyeongchang, South Korea
Another ski-and-snowboard destination that will cause quite a boom in the global winter sports radar. The city has been selected as the host for the 2018 Winter Olympics, so it has been developing like crazy: many new hotels, restaurants, and ski resorts have been opened by local businesses and more are on the way. Check the website of the Olympics to see what the city has prepared for you.
12. Kansai, Japan
The last destination on the list is an ancient area that has been popular for several reasons. First, the beauty of Japanese nature that helps to relax and find some inner calm. Second, the city has recently opened a hot spring resort Amanemu, which has already attracted a lot of international travelers. Third, Kansai’s hospitality industry is already booming because of the G7 summit that was held last year.
Use the list for travel ideas and let me know which one you prefer!