Frommer’s’ Best Places to Go List 2018 Announced

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Annual List of Best Places in the World to Travel Announced During the 60th Anniversary of the Travel Guidebook Giant.

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World-famous guidebook publisher Frommer's names the top 18 places to travel in 2018.

In conjunction with the 60th anniversary of its first publication in 1957, Frommer’s is proud to reveal its eagerly anticipated list of the best places to travel in the coming year.

Frommer’s’ 2018 honor roll, which is determined by its team of award-winning editors and writers around the globe, celebrates places that are the top choices for vacations, whether they’re enjoying a resurgence, honoring a milestone or anniversary, or simply because the moment is ripe for wider appreciation. The entire list, with rich photography, is available at Frommers.com at http://www.frommers.com/bestplaces2018.

The 18 honorees for 2018 are (in no particular order):

  • New Orleans, marking its 300th birthday with new riverfront parkland, a streetcar extension, and (of course) party after fabulous party
  • The Coffee Region, Colombia, a serene and sumptuous corner of the Andes where coffee plantations and mountain hikes beckon
  • The Lake District, England, a new UNESCO World Heritage site that merits wider fame for its glassy lakes, mossy mountains, and ancient farms
  • The Faroe Islands, Denmark’s remote Nordic archipelago, unspoiled and rugged, that’s stealing Iceland’s thunder for stark beauty
  • The Mekong River in Vietnam, which on the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive has emerged as a rich itinerary favored by the luxury river cruise operators
  • St. Helena, a lush mountainous South Atlantic island, has gained new commercial flights, opening it to the average vacationer
  • County Clare, Ireland, where crashing waves on the Loop Head Peninsula are a rugged setting for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and scenic road trips alike
  • Hamburg, Germany, as the waterfront HafenCity district revitalizes industrial areas with fresh promenades, restaurants, museums, and the performing arts
  • Nicaragua, whose world-class surf beaches and interior jungles are attracting booming numbers of new tourists
  • Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India, home of the riotously beautiful, sculpture-covered Meenakshi Temple, a fascinating spot that’s worthy of wider renown
  • Bisbee, Arizona, the former mining hub of just 6,000 that fulfills the bohemian fantasy of the perfect artist’s town
  • The Gotthard Panorama Express, Switzerland, a new scenic rail circuit that combines charming villages, Alps peaks, and the world’s longest train tunnel
  • Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, a melding of African, Indian, Asian, and European cultures that’s unlike any resort island you’ve ever visited
  • Jordan, distinguished by a newly opened 400-mile trail that’s attracting hikers who discover Jordanian hospitality by staying in local homes and Bedouin camps
  • San Antonio, Texas, where the city’s milestone tricentennial commemoration will be amplified with exhibitions, concerts, art installations, and a new public park
  • Juneau, Alaska, a storied gateway to outdoor explorations that’s undergoing a renaissance in award-winning food, public spaces, and historical attractions
  • Malta, the isle that spends 2018 in the spotlight as a European City of Culture, filling its medieval Mediterranean towns with festivals, music, and art
  • The Caribbean, where islands that were untouched by hurricanes are unfairly suffering from a tourism downturn and even damaged ones need tourist business

Media opportunities: Frommer’s editors are available for interviews in New York City, in Los Angeles, and by phone or Skype video.

About Frommer’s: Frommer's, one of the most esteemed and trusted brands in travel, has been in continuous publication since the 1957 debut of Arthur Frommer's revolutionary book Europe on $5 a Day, which changed the way the world traveled. The Frommer's collection of travel products has expanded to include nearly 100 award-winning guidebooks, a nationally syndicated radio show and a show on WABC in New York, mobile apps, and Frommers.com, which consistently ranks among the most popular sites in travel.
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