Hoboken, NJ (PRWEB) December 20, 2007
Each year, members of Frommer's editorial staff put their heads together to choose those places around the world that are worthy of a traveler's attention. Each destination is selected for what it has to offer - big city fun, rural relaxation, the opportunity to test your mental and physical mettle, or simply the fact that it often falls under the radar and deserves a little attention. For more information about each destination, visit http://www.frommers.com.
This year, we've selected the following 13 places (in no particular order):
Pittsburgh turns 250 next year, and visitors will notice that Steel City USA has traded its blast furnaces for a more modern cityscape -- one with a booming local and international arts scene. Throughout the year, Pittsburgh will celebrate its semiquincentennial with theatrical and balletic performaces, sporting events, the Pittsburgh Biennial, Carnegie International arts fairs, and more.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Now in its 3rd year post-Katrina, New Orleans is a vital destination for travelers who want to put their money to good use and experience a city that may become very different in the next few years.
The American Whiskey Trail
This route, which begins at Mount Vernon, Virginia, and winds through Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and New York, marks the sites of the early Whiskey Rebellion in Pennsylvania, as well as taverns, distilleries, and other spirited sites.
Exit Zero on the Garden State Parkway, New Jersey
Take the last exit on the Parkway to charming boardwalk towns like Cape May, Ocean City, and Wildwood. Cape May's laid-back Victorian charm is minutes (and generations) away from Wildwood's go-go '50s-style architecture.
The arts scene has been remodeled--check out the titanium-clad wing at the Denver Art Museum designed by Daniel Libeskind, the new ecologically-efficient building for the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the state-of-the-art opera house in the Denver Center for Performing Arts.
Jimi Hendrix, Orson Welles, and other notables spent time in this Atlantic coastal town, which is located about an hour from Marrakech and a UNESCO World Heritage City. Avid windsurfers have known about the city for years, but more and more travelers are making the trip.
Once an industrial city, Cardiff has reinvented itself and is now a thriving cosmopolitan center with an ancient Welsh heart. Anchoring the city is Cardiff Castle, a 2,000-year-old castle built upon Roman ruins turned Norman stronghold turned Victorian fancy.
This Caribbean island is perfect for both low-key vacationers (no wet T-shirt contest here!) and active travelers, who will enjoy hair-raising trips on winding roads, snorkeling and diving in protected reefs, scaling St. Lucia's signature twin pitons, and ziplining through lush rainforests.
Built on the ruins of a major Incan city, Quito was the first city to earn its place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But it's the town's stark contrasts that make it worthy of note--five-hundred year-old churches sit alongside modern buildings brimming with restaurants and nightlife.
Most hotels and restaurants are modernized, but you'll see more horse-drawn carts than cars once you're out of the cities. Sibiu, an almost perfectly-preserved 12th-century town, was the 2007 European Capital of Culture, and the painted monasteries along the border with Ukraine are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Seoul, South Korea
After decades spent reclaiming its identity, Seoul is now a cultural and economic powerhouse experiencing unprecedented growth. Past and present coexist with ancient palaces, city gates, and shrines nestled in amongst modern skyscrapers.
Bras d'Or Lakes, Nova Scotia
Located in the centre of Cape Breton Island, Bras d'Or Lakes is home to marinas and yacht clubs, small towns rich in the cultural history of their French and Scottish settlers, and long stretches of undeveloped shoreline.
Slipped in between Hawaii and the Philippines, Kosrae is an island of unspoiled beauty. Frommer's South Pacific author Bill Goodwin describes it as "the way the islands used to be," adding that it may easily be one of the most beautiful islands in the world.
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