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The Places You Must See in 2016
Are you thinking of traveling somewhere new and different this year? We have a list of some interesting and unique destinations to consider for 2016.
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The relationship between Cuba and the U.S. has changed for the better, and that means more tourists will start to make their way to this tropical island. Try to visit now before the country loses some of its character and charm.
Don’t miss: The Unesco World Heritage site of Old Havana, Ernest Hemingway’s home, and traditional cigar factories in Havana. Also, check out the cultural sites of Trinidad and the beaches in Varadero.
Best time to go: December through May
2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the German Reinheitsgebot (Beer Purity Law). The 1516 legislation dictated how Bavarian beer could be made, thus ensuring its exceptional quality for all time. Fittingly, Bavaria will be host to some exceptional celebrations throughout the year. Most notably, Munich’s Oktoberfest, which is held September 17-October 3.
Don’t miss: The gardens and museums of Munich. A trip down the “Romantic Road” to see fairy-tale castles, medieval towns, towering cathedrals, beautiful forests, and stunning mountain vistas.
Best time to go: Winter and spring are best for low tourist seasons
Kakadu National Park, Australia
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in the Northern Territory, a couple hours’ drive east of the city of Darwin. Notably, scenes from the film “Crocodile Dundee” were filmed here and helped shape many foreigners idea of the country in general. If you want to experience the Australian outback for yourself, this park is a must-see.
Don’t miss: Jim Jim falls, The ancient rock art at Nourlangie.
Best time to go: May through October
This isolated, Buddhist kingdom nestled in the Himalayas is an ideal locale to experience a truly unique way of life. Bhutan is the only country in the world that measures “Gross National Happiness” (GNH). The index measures people’s quality of life, and makes sure that “material and spiritual development happen together.” To visit Bhutan, you must use an approved tour company and follow official travel guidelines.
Don’t miss: Taktsang Palphug Monastery, a Buddhist sacred site built into the side of a cliff. The peaks and valleys of the Himalayas.
Best time to go: March through April, September through October
Fez has long been living in the shadow of its showier sister, Marrakesh. That is beginning to change now, however, with an influx of luxury hotels, city-wide restoration projects, and the arrival of new restaurants, shops, and museums. Fez is one of the largest car-free urban areas in the world and houses artisans practicing centuries-old handcrafting traditions.
Don’t miss: Three cities in one – medieval Fez el-Bali (Old Fez), thirteenth-century Fez el-Djedid (New Fez), and the twentieth-century Ville Nouveau, built by the French. In Old Fez, visit the Terrase des Tanneurs to see how the leather has been tanned and dyed since medieval times.
Best time to go: September through April