52 places to go in 2014

Jan 26 2014, 08:04 IST
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SummaryWitness a city in transformation, glimpse exotic animals, explore the past and enjoy that beach before the crowds

1. Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Towns importance to Nelson Mandela, who made his first address there as a free man, will doubtless draw many visitors in the wake of his death. The country has transformed itself since Mandelas imprisonment and the world is invited to its renaissance.

2. Christchurch, New Zealand

Three years after two large earthquakes devastated central Christchurch, the city is experiencing a rebirth with creativity and wit, and is welcoming tourists back again.

3. North Coast, California

The moody bluffs of the Mendocino Coast have long been a spectacular place from which to observe marine life. The incorporation of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands gives hikers new access to a contiguous stretch of coastline, much of it previously off-limits to the public.

4. Albanian Coast

What if you could combine the rugged beauty of Croatias Dalmatian Coast with the ruins of an undiscovered Turkey, all wrapped in the easygoing nature characteristic of rural Italyat a fraction of the cost? Turns out you can, on the coast of Albania.

5. Downtown Los Angeles

Gone is the musty, lifeless, only-open-for-Kings-hockey-games reputation of downtown Los Angeles. While the museums of the city are thriving, the growing dynamism of downtown is the food scene.

6. Namibia

Namibias communal conservancy movement has been a much-heralded success: in 2013, the countrys 79 conservancies received the prestigious Gift to the Earth Award from the World Wildlife Fund.

7. Ecuador

Ecuador has over 1,600 species of birds, 4,000 kinds of orchids and one of the largest condor shelters on the planet. And there is a new way to see a good chunk of it: the recently refurbished luxury vintage train Tren Crucero.

8. Quang Binh, Vietnam

Son Doong Cave in the Quang Binh province of central Vietnam is now, for the first time, accessible to tourists. There

is also the nearby and more affordable Tu Lan Cave to explore.

9. Perth, Australia

Regional wine lists? Check. Modish new restaurants? Check. Transformation in Perth is evident on a large scale: the Riverside project is infusing the city with parks, shops and housing plazas.

10. Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Post-World-War-II reconstruction has changed the face of one of Europes largest ports, where striking, cubed architecture gives shape to the most modern skyline in the country.

11. Taiwan

This island has an easy-to-navigate public transport network that links a cosmopolitan capital with a bounty of natural and manmade wonders.

12. Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt used to land on the

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