Back in January, the New York Times released their annual “45 Places to Go” list for 2012“. The article suggests several destinations that I have on my list as well as a few surprises, like Oakland, CA and Chattanooga, TN.   Of the suggestions this year,  I’d love to get to Tanzania to see the Great Migration as well as to Chilean Patagonia.  I also had no idea that the “original” Panama Canal will soon be completely updated and that “…for those who want to see the waterway as it was originally designed, now is the time.” Anyway, some good Sunday thought for where your miles and points can take you this year.   What’s your ultimate destination for 2012?

1. Panama
2. Helsinki, Finland
3. Myanmar
4. London
5. Oakland, Calif.
6. Tokyo
7. Tanzania
8. Chilean Patagonia
9. Lhasa, Tibet
10. Havana, Cuba
11. Moscow
12. Glasgow
13. Puebla, Mexico
14. San Diego
15. Halong Bay, Vietnam
16. Florence, Italy
17. St. Vincent
18. Moganshan, China
19. Birmingham, England
20. Space
21. Kerala, India
22. Paraty, Brazil
23. Koh Rong, Cambodia
24. Vienna
25. Chattanooga, Tenn.
26. Dakhla, Morocco
27. Maldives
28. Malacca, Malaysia
29. The Algarve
30. Tahoe, Calif.
31. Wales
32. Antarctica
33. Uganda
34. Ukraine
35. Samana Peninsula, Dominican Republic
36. Dubrovnik, Croatia
37. Chiloe Island, Chile
38. Jordan
39. Crans-Montana, Switzerland
40. Montpellier, France
41. Nosara, Costa Rica
42. South Korea
43. Lodz, Poland
44. Dalarna, Sweden
45. Portovenere, Italy

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Mike May 6, 2012 - 7:26 pm

Got the Tix and Hotel reserved.

Can’t wait.

adam May 6, 2012 - 7:27 pm

@ Mike congrats! One of my favorite trips.

Lack May 6, 2012 - 7:37 pm

Myanmar thanks to their great currency.

MDAccount May 6, 2012 - 8:26 pm

Having lived in Oakland, I can’t imagine why it’s on the list. Don’t get me wrong — it’s a good place to live, with parks, restaurants, etc. but I don’t think it offers tourists anything special — esp. with San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma competing for valuable tourist time. That said, if you come, don’t miss the fried chicken sandwich with jalapeño coleslaw at Bakesale Betty’s — it’s the best sandwich in the Bay Area!

matt May 6, 2012 - 10:33 pm

It’s tough to go wrong with a large list that isn’t claiming any sort of exclusivity. They’re all good options, and I or others I know are planning to visit several of them.

Jenny May 7, 2012 - 1:22 am

I live in California and I’m so surprised that Oakland, CA is #5! There is nothing to see in Oakland. This list loses all credibility because of this.

SotheFwhat May 11, 2012 - 9:30 pm

Chattanooga is a great place to take kids. Lots to do for families there.


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