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The Top 20 Places You Have To Visit in 2016

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Across the world, there are thousands (if not more) tourist spots you can visit to see a stunning view. Most times, people often face the dilemma of where to visit and what to look out for. However, we have compiled a list of the top 20 “must visit” places that will give you the unforgettable experience you long for;

20. Bordeaux, France

This neoclassical city and ancient wine reserve is considered to be the largest urban world heritage site as listed by UNESCO in the year 2007 and the 5th largest in France. In 2013, Bordeaux France was ranked as the second favorite city. Major events to look out for in this south-western part of France are the Bordeaux Tango Festival, Bordeaux Wine Festival, Great Lake Swimmers Show and the opening of La Cite du Vin – a special dedication to the historic viticulture of the French people. The main sites of attraction include the Porte Cailhau, Saint Andre Cathedral, Column of the Girondins, Place de la Bousre, Le Pressoir d’Argent restaurant in Le Grand Hotel, Cafe Opera in Bordeaux’s Grand Theatre, Musee d’ Aquitaine, Camel Park and the Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas. The energy of this City of Art and History is boosted by the lively community of the University of Bordeaux.

19. Malta

This Mediterranean city of inspiration and endless possibilities is quite affordable to spend a vacation and has a massive amount of history and culture. Attractive features of Malta include the lovely climate, presence of megalithic temples (Ggantija Temples and Hal Saflieni Hypogeum) and sublime beaches. Its capital city Valletta is known for its St. John’s Co-cathedral, Museum of Archaeology, Manoel Theatre and several distinctive limestone buildings which host regular plays, concerts, exhibitions and street events. You can also look out for its open air opera house, the new parliament building and the city gate. Other interesting spots include the St. John’s Cavalier Art Centre, Palazzo Falson in Mdina, the original movie set of Popeye, the Comino’s Blue Lagoon (which is half way between Malta and Gozo), the It-Tokk market in Victoria, Gozo, Citadella, Dwejra, and ta’ Pinu Sanctuary – all in Gozo. There are just so many great spots to relax; there are also beautiful hotels that offer quality hospitable services to visitors. And for the younger ones, who really want to enjoy the nightlife of the Maltese countryside, there are lots of casinos, clubs and bubbling venues just around St. Julian’s and Bugibba. When you get to Malta, you’ll realize that you’re far away from boredom.

18. The Virgin Islands

This quiet location is situated in the United States of America and is among the top-rated Caribbean tourist sites. Notable features about the Virgin Islands include the less crowded beaches, amazing holiday deals and its natives, who maintain a peaceful neighborhood. The Virgin Islands are comprised of 50 islands and cays, with the three largest tourist sites being St. Thomas (Charlotte Amalie, Frederik Lutheran Church, Blackbeard’s Castle, 99 Steps, Government House, Emancipation Garden, Magen’s Bay, Coral World Ocean Park); St. Croix (Buck Island Reef National Monument, Heritage Trail, Christiansted) and St. John (National Park, Cruz Bay, Trunk Bay Beach and Underwater Snorkel Trail). Some events to look out for include the Thanksgiving Pig Roast and a Sing-Along with the Natives (an event hosted by the Skinny Legs community), and the full moon parties that occur monthly at Miss Lucy’s. So, if you’re looking for a quiet and serene environment to spend your vacation, this is certainly the place to be.

17. Theodore Roosevelt National Park

This beautiful park is located in North Dakota. The park is named after Teddy Roosevelt. There are rolling grasslands spotted with bison close to the spectacular gold, red, and white badlands of rolling coulees. There are also lonely dirt roads which lead to the Elkhorn Ranch – roughly 35 miles to the north of Medora. This was where Roosevelt arrived in 1884 as a young American, who was ready to breed cattle and heal himself of the wounds inflicted by the tragic loss of his wife and mother. Some of the great hotels around the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (to stay in for sightseeing) are the Rough Riders Hotel, Homstay Suites and the AmericInn Lodge & Suites Medora. Other attractions to look out for include the Mesa Verde, Crater Lake, and the Grand Canyon.

16. Mozambique

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The capital city is Maputo. Mozambique is known for its tranquil coast, this feature continues to draw the attention of different kinds of travelers looking for surfing opportunities and post-safari snorkel. Once in Mozambique, you shouldn’t miss out on the Island of Mozambique, Quirimbas Islands, Benguerra Island, Bazaruto Archipelago, Lake Malawi, Maputo Special Reserve and Cahora Bassa Dam. Other must visit attraction sites include the historic Inhambane settlement and the Barra Beach. The people of Mozambique are accommodating and your visiting experience is guaranteed to be nothing short of incredible.

15. Toronto

Toronto is the largest city in Canada, that’s known for its diverse culture and overwhelming points of interest. Important attractions to look out for include the Queens Quay on the Ontario Lake; it’s one of the biggest urban revitalization projects in North America. Features include new street cars, bikes, promenades that are full of public art, and pedestrian paths. The Entertainment District is Toronto’s most vibrant neighborhood (just like that of New York’s Broadway) known for its latest musicals and performing arts, as well as lovely bars and coffee shops. Other top-rated, interesting sites include the CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Rogers Centre, Art gallery of Ontario, Casa Loma, Toronto Zoo, St. Lawrence Market, Ripley’s Aquarium, Distiller District, Toronto Islands, Ontario Science Centre and the City Hall. This city has become much easier to visit, as well as navigate with the advent of an efficient subway system.

14. Abu Dhabi

This city is located in the United Arab Emirates and is renowned for its hotels with stunning designs, new museums and a greening desert. Louvre Abu Dhabi is expected to be a popular site of tourist attraction, it’s a done lacework that filters light rays into the structure, and architects call it “the rain of light”. There are also many hotel openings scheduled for the year 2016, this includes the Four Seasons Hotel situated in the Central Business District which has 200 rooms. As well as, the opening of the Edition Hotel on the Marina in Abu Dhabi.

13. Skane

The Swedish region of Skane is known for its exquisite cuisine. The capital city Malmo has interesting yet, casual spots which include Bord 13 and Bastard. Important sites of attraction in Sweden include the mushroom forests, the wooden houses painted red and the unique coastlines. Fresh sea foods are served on the shore by Horte Brygga during summer. The Talldungen country hotel and restaurant has a bakery and beautiful scenery, it is known for its 25-seat Daniel Berlin Krog. Natives of the city make their own snus from harvested tobacco, and their chefs serve freshly cooked veggies and mouth watering delicacies.

12. Vinales

Cuba is a popular tourist attraction site, especially to Americans. The city of Vinales is a lush valley of unique outcrops of limestone, mogotes, red earth and tobacco fields. This valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can take a tour of the valley by riding a horse or bike, and simply follow the paths that cross this unique tourist site. There are guides to help you navigate around the valley as well. Explore the mogote climbing spots, or take a trip to the tobacco farm and find out how the finest cigars in the world are made.

11. Park City Mountain Resort

Located in Utah, and if you are a fan of skiing, this city is a must visit for you. The resort has been enlarged due to the merging of the adjacent Canyons resort with the Park City Mountain resort. This makes it the largest ski resort in North America. The territory makes this skiing resort much more exhilarating and appealing for visitors. Currently, it is a 7,300 acre ski resort. It’s definitely on my list of must visit cities for 2016.

10. Cesme

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Cesme is located in Turkey. It’s known for an Aegean region which grows a huge food scene. Distinguishing features include the artichoke fields, olive groves, and beautiful vineyards. Cesme is gradually becoming a more popular culinary spot due to the opening of restaurants such as Alancha. Autumn outings of olive harvest are organized by Tas Otel in the Greek village of Alacati. Tastings at wineries are arranged by the vineyard Urla Bagevi and the boutique Hotel.

9. Road of the Seven Lakes

This must-see city is located in Argentina. It is a newly paved road to vistas. Four-wheel vehicles are no longer necessary; this road makes it easy to cycle down this unique 66-Mile route, which includes stunning scenery. Interesting features that are notable include the national parks, azure lakes, forested valleys, abundant waterfalls and snow-capped mountains. There are excellent hotels and suitable campgrounds along the road. Taking a trip along this road is truly an experience of a lifetime.

8. Hangzhou

This ancient city is located in China. It is renowned for its state-of-the-art museums. Back in the days, this city was renowned for its ancient painters and poets, but now it is home to the world’s booming e-commerce company “Alibaba”, in the year 2016, it will be the first Chinese city to host the G20 summit. The city is also opening new buildings, which include the Shangri-La hotel of 417-rooms, which is the brand’s second in this city, and the Folk Art Museum designed by Kuma Kengo. As a suitable guide to help tourists navigate, an English travel app has been developed by the city.

7. Korcula Island

This island is located in Croatia, also known as the Croatian Dalmatian Coast. A large part of the island is spotted with pebble beaches and blue-collar fishing villages. You can choose to travel through thick woodlands and olive groves, take a trip to the island’s charming wineries to sample Korcula’s signature white wine “Grk” – a bitter and earthy taste. This taste is thought to represent the island’s less fashionable early days. Celebrity couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé took a trip to this beautiful island in the year 2011, and ever since it has been a popular tourist attraction site.

6. Virunga National Park

This is a must visit location for nature-lovers. Virunga National Park is located in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This park is also know for Mount Nyiragongo volcano. It is an amazing location with luxury accommodation as well, including bungalows in Mikeno lounge. These bungalows allow visitors to see chimpanzees and baboons.

5. Copenhagen

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Apart from being Denmark’s Capital, Copenhagen is also the largest city in the country with nautical vibes, thriving arts and culture, and exclusive food domains (in terms of cutting-edge restaurants) that are set to expand through 2016 and beyond. The top attraction sites include the Palaces of Christiansborg and Rosenborg, Amalienborg Castle, Tivoli Gardens, National Museum and Gallery, Nyhavn Harbor, Rundetarn, Stroget Shopping Mile, Town Hall Square and the Little Mermaid. Some of the city’s recent developments include the Dokk1 – a cultural centre and the largest public library in Scandinavia.

4. Michigan

This amazing city lies in the Great Lakes Region of the United States and offers a lot to be admired by visitors. Some of these beautiful sites include the Grand Rapids, Kitch-iti-kipi Spring, Mackinac Island, Ann, Copper and Benton Arbors, Ludington, Traverse City, Kalamazoo, Yankee Springs, Bay City, Isle Royale, St. Ignace and Grand Haven.

3. Switzerland

Do you know that Switzerland has more than just banks? From the gracious Alps to the numerous lakes, this lively city has got it all! Some of the best attractions to behold include the Zytglogge and Munster Gothic Cathedral in Bern; Chapel Bridge, Water Tower and Dying Lion in Lucerne; the Lake Geneva and its green city; Lugano; Jungfrau Region; Zermatt; Zurich; Lausanne and the Interlaken.

2. Washington

This list can’t be complete without mentioning Washington – an astonishing place that’s intersected by broad avenues and with a great number of activities to engage in. Some of the sites to see include the Capitol Hill, White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National Gallery of Art, Georgetown Historic District, National Air and Space Museum, National Mall and Veterans Memorials, Smithsonian Institute, National Zoological Park, Newseum, Washington National Cathedral and the International Spy Museum – an interactive place for those who fancy the likes of James Bond!

1. Czech Republic

Although, it’s a small nation and the last on this list, it’s not the least in terms of being one of the top favorite tourist spots. It’s a place with awesome architectural design, a highly rated public transit system, sumptuous foods and a bubbling nightlife in stylish bars that won’t disappoint you as a visitor. Main sites to visit include the Bohemian Paradise, Prague’s Castle and Charles Bridge, Brno’s Cathedral of St. Peter & Paul, Podyji National Park, Ceskky Krumlov Castle, the Bone Collectors, Clementinum and Strahov Monastery, Colonnades and Spas of Karlovy Vary, Kutna Hora, Konopiste Chateau and the Hluboka Castle.