Best Places to Go in 2019

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Frommer’s, the most trusted name in travel guidebooks, is proud to reveal its eagerly anticipated list. Determined by a team of award-winning editors and writers around the globe, the 2019 Frommer’s honor roll celebrates destinations reaching major milestones, opening important new attractions, overcoming obstacles, or emerging as overlooked spots due for discovery.

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The 19 honorees for 2019 (in no particular order):

  • Memphis, TennesseeThe birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll is throwing itself a 200th birthday party
  • Collioure, FranceA less snooty, less crowded alternative to the French Riviera
  • ZimbabweA new degree of political stability provides access to Victoria Falls and one of the largest herds of elephants left in Africa
  • Parintins, BrazilSet on an island in the middle of the Amazon River and home to a raucous three-day folk celebration
  • The Austral Islands of French Polynesia: New airlift makes this idyllic island chain finally affordable
  • Nagasaki, Japan: A rejuvenated city with new UNESCO World Heritage Sites of formerly secret Christian churches
  • The Mealy Mountains: A pristine wilderness area the size of Jamaica is part of Canada’snewest national park
  • BulgariaMedieval architecture, Black Sea beaches, and in 2019 Plovdiv celebrates the arts as a European Capital of Culture
  • EgyptComing back from years of political unrest
  • UluruAustralia: Sandstone landmark sacred to Aboriginal peoples debuts authentic new tours and an official ban on climbing
  • SingaporeCelebrating bicentennial and stardom in Crazy Rich Asians
  • HollywoodCalifornia: Finally getting an important movie museum
  • NormandyFranceMarking the 75th anniversary of World War II’s D-Day landings
  • VirginiaAn important anniversary and a yearlong cultural program examining the early colony’s impact on today’s America
  • Portugal’s Estrada Nacional 2: Portugal’s answer to Route 66
  • Washington State’s Olympic National ParkA perennially overlooked patch of moss-grown coastal wilderness
  • Matera, ItalyAn ancient city built of caves that will take center stage as a European Capital of Culture
  • New York StateOpening new attractions and commemorating a slew of important milestones
  • Space—no, travelers can’t launch into orbit just yet, but Florida’s Space Coast will look back on 50 years since the moon landing, and twin Star Wars lands will debut at Disney parks in California and Orlando

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