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New York Times reveals top 10 travel destinations for 2019

Updated : January 10, 2019 04:32 PM IST

Be it a beach to relax, some adventure sports you want to try or just shop your way out, it is time to tick off those places from your travel bucket list this year. Here are the New York Times recommended 10 travel destinations around the world to visit in 2019. It's a big feature lots of people look forward to reading.

Source: The New York Times

1. Puerto Rico: A year and a half after Hurricane Maria slammed into this United States territory and other Caribbean islands with devastating force, Puerto Rico is on the rebound. While number of daily flights are below normal but tourist still flock to this Caribbean island through cruise ships. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: unsplash)
1. Puerto Rico: A year and a half after Hurricane Maria slammed into this United States territory and other Caribbean islands with devastating force, Puerto Rico is on the rebound. While number of daily flights are below normal but tourist still flock to this Caribbean island through cruise ships. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: unsplash)
2. Hampi, Karnataka, India: At the height of the Vijayanagar Empire in the 16th century, Hampi thrived as one of the largest and richest cities in the world. Its architectural legacy lives on in the southwestern state of Karnataka with over 1,000 well-preserved stone monuments, including Hindu temples, forts and palaces. The Unesco World Heritage site has been notoriously difficult to reach. Travelers can camp, go on guided archaeological tours and also try boulder climbing and enjoy the river jaunts in basket boats. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: www.karnataka.com)
2. Hampi, Karnataka, India: At the height of the Vijayanagar Empire in the 16th century, Hampi thrived as one of the largest and richest cities in the world. Its architectural legacy lives on in the southwestern state of Karnataka with over 1,000 well-preserved stone monuments, including Hindu temples, forts and palaces. The Unesco World Heritage site has been notoriously difficult to reach. Travelers can camp, go on guided archaeological tours and also try boulder climbing and enjoy the river jaunts in basket boats. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: www.karnataka.com)
3. Santa Barbara, California, US: Once known for attracting Hollywood movie stars, this Californian city has now become a foodie magnet. The acclaimed Melbourne and Manhattan chef Jesse Singh oversees Bibi Ji, an edgy Indian restaurant. The city also offers more than 30 wine tasting rooms. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: www.visitcalifornia.com)
3. Santa Barbara, California, US: Once known for attracting Hollywood movie stars, this Californian city has now become a foodie magnet. The acclaimed Melbourne and Manhattan chef Jesse Singh oversees Bibi Ji, an edgy Indian restaurant. The city also offers more than 30 wine tasting rooms. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: www.visitcalifornia.com)
4. Panama: The Pacific island is well known for its pristine water and clear sand beaches with umpteen places to relax and party along the beach. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: visitpanama.com)
4. Panama: The Pacific island is well known for its pristine water and clear sand beaches with umpteen places to relax and party along the beach. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: visitpanama.com)
5. Munich, Germany: Munich, the capital of Germany’s Bavaria region has theaters that are considered among the most creative and ambitious in Europe, with its two main companies, the Münchner Kammerspiele and the Residenztheater. But perhaps the best argument for visiting Munich is the Bavarian State Opera, which has emerged as one of the most exciting opera houses in Europe. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: http://www.germany.travel)
5. Munich, Germany: Munich, the capital of Germany’s Bavaria region has theaters that are considered among the most creative and ambitious in Europe, with its two main companies, the Münchner Kammerspiele and the Residenztheater. But perhaps the best argument for visiting Munich is the Bavarian State Opera, which has emerged as one of the most exciting opera houses in Europe. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: http://www.germany.travel)
6. Eilat, Israel: Beneath the prismatic waters of this Red Sea resort on Israel’s southern tip lies a coral reef with hundreds of varieties of neon fish, sharks and stingrays. The opening of the Ramon Airport, set in the dramatic Timna Valley and capable of handling four million international transit passengers a year, the world will finally get a direct route to reach this southern part of the country. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: Reuters)
6. Eilat, Israel: Beneath the prismatic waters of this Red Sea resort on Israel’s southern tip lies a coral reef with hundreds of varieties of neon fish, sharks and stingrays. The opening of the Ramon Airport, set in the dramatic Timna Valley and capable of handling four million international transit passengers a year, the world will finally get a direct route to reach this southern part of the country. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: Reuters)
7. Setouchi Islands, Japan: Japan’s ancient Setouchi region, which includes the Seto Inland Sea’s islands and coastal areas, will host the Setouchi Trienniale 2019, a major art fair held in three seasonal installments. An hour south of the “art islands” via ferry or the Shinkansen bullet train, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, one of Japan’s most visited sites, will re-open in the spring of 2019 after an eight-year, $51 million refurbishment. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: www.japan.travel/en)
7. Setouchi Islands, Japan: Japan’s ancient Setouchi region, which includes the Seto Inland Sea’s islands and coastal areas, will host the Setouchi Trienniale 2019, a major art fair held in three seasonal installments. An hour south of the “art islands” via ferry or the Shinkansen bullet train, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, one of Japan’s most visited sites, will re-open in the spring of 2019 after an eight-year, $51 million refurbishment. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: www.japan.travel/en)
8. Aalborg, Denmark: Viking long ships once glided through Aalborg’s mighty Limfjord. Today, the city is turning its most famous natural asset into an artistic one. Wildly innovative buildings have sprouted on Aalborg’s shores, including the Utzon Center, designed by Jorn Utzon, the architect of the Sydney Opera House. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: https://denmark.dk)
8. Aalborg, Denmark: Viking long ships once glided through Aalborg’s mighty Limfjord. Today, the city is turning its most famous natural asset into an artistic one. Wildly innovative buildings have sprouted on Aalborg’s shores, including the Utzon Center, designed by Jorn Utzon, the architect of the Sydney Opera House. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: https://denmark.dk)
9. The Azores, Portugal: Once the land of maritime explorers, Potugal is highly influenced by its neighbouring country Spain. Mystical green lushness, oversize volcanic craters now turned into lakes, steaming natural hot springs that puff out from the earth, blue hydrangeas by the thousands and the only coffee growers in Europe distinguish the island chain. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: Unsplash)
9. The Azores, Portugal: Once the land of maritime explorers, Potugal is highly influenced by its neighbouring country Spain. Mystical green lushness, oversize volcanic craters now turned into lakes, steaming natural hot springs that puff out from the earth, blue hydrangeas by the thousands and the only coffee growers in Europe distinguish the island chain. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: Unsplash)
10. Ontario Ice Caves, Canada: The ice caves that emerge from the winds and waves that pound the north shore of Lake Superior have always been somewhat ephemeral. But climate change has now brought an element of doubt into their future. For now, the caves are a regularly occurring feature, notably along the shoreline near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, a steel town just across the international border from a Michigan town of the same name. Made from snow and ice, the caves vary in size, shape and color. Large waves before they freeze up — on Superior they can reach upward of 20 feet — are the essential ingredient for large caverns. The wind, shifts in the ice and the effects of the sun constantly remake the formations. February is the most reliable month for a visit. Getting to the caves involves driving one of the more scenic sections of the Trans-Canada Highway. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: Reuters)
10. Ontario Ice Caves, Canada: The ice caves that emerge from the winds and waves that pound the north shore of Lake Superior have always been somewhat ephemeral. But climate change has now brought an element of doubt into their future. For now, the caves are a regularly occurring feature, notably along the shoreline near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, a steel town just across the international border from a Michigan town of the same name. Made from snow and ice, the caves vary in size, shape and color. Large waves before they freeze up — on Superior they can reach upward of 20 feet — are the essential ingredient for large caverns. The wind, shifts in the ice and the effects of the sun constantly remake the formations. February is the most reliable month for a visit. Getting to the caves involves driving one of the more scenic sections of the Trans-Canada Highway. (Source: The New York Times) (Image Source: Reuters)
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