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Hanoi, Vietnam

Known for being inexpensive with a wealth of culture and history, and less visited than Bangkok, Hanoi is a favorite destination that takes visitors by surprise – and keeps them coming back for more discoveries. And as the city becomes a top destination for conventions and conferences, it’s easier than ever to navigate the city while still being able to soak in the history of the Old Quarter and the traditional street food that has foodies swooning. There’s also plenty of opportunity to get out of the city and explore the incredible countryside, from Halong Bay to the rice fields
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The first UNESCO World Heritage City in the United States is gearing up for a fantastic 2016, making it tops on our list of favorite destinations for the coming year. The One Liberty Observation Deck opened in late 2015 for a great view over the City of Brotherly Love. Summer will see both the Democratic National Convention and the 200th anniversary of the African American Episcopal Church, both of which will bring visitors and excitement. The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation will host major international art exhibitions, and live music will take center stage now that Philadelphia
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California

Bigger than Germany and Switzerland combined, the state of California stretches from Mexico to Oregon, from the Pacific Ocean to the desert of Death Valley. With 840 miles of coastline and more “bucket-list” activities than you could do in a lifetime, it’s a destination that lures visitors from far and wife. While major cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego and iconic destinations like Big Sur and Napa Valley continue to lure visitors, there are so many more places to explore off the proverbial beaten path. Head north of San Francisco to Mendocino for rugged beaches and laid-back
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Juneau, Alaska

Alaska has become more accessible to non-cruisers as flight routes open up and people start to take RV/road trips through the great American wilderness. That means you can experience ziplining, whale watching, and trekking on your own time, instead of rushing to get back to port! And you can use Juneau as a base from which to head out by seaplane, helicopter or less exotic modes of transportation to explore the stunning natural beauty of the largest state in the Union.
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San Sebastian, Spain

This coastal Spanish city goes by two names – San Sebastián in Spanish and Donostia in the Basque language. It’s got an enviable position on the gorgeous Bay of Biscay on the northern coast of the country, not far from the French border, and it’s a European Capital of Culture for 2016. Despite the small size of the town, San Sebastián has established itself as a cultural and culinary hub in Spain, and the Capital of Culture designation gives the town an opportunity to show off. There are special events scheduled throughout the year, so check with the tourism office
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Slovenia

Throwing off stiff competition, the Slovenian capital city of Ljubljana celebrates its title of European Green Capital in 2016 and is using the award to further its intention of being a zero-waste city by 2025 – it is the first European capital to announce such a plan. Pint-sized Ljubljana has spent the last decade implementing a range of urban green measures, introducing free electric cabs and the building up of an impressive public-transport network. It has morphed from a car-centric city to a pristine one with extensive pedestrian and cycling networks; the magical Old Town is now closed to traffic
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Busan, South Korea

Seoul gets almost all the attention in South Korea, but there’s much more to the country. Busan is South Korea’s second-largest city, and as it’s also on the southeastern coast it’s also an important port city. One of the huge new Royal Caribbean cruise ships recently began sailing from Shanghai to Busan, and there is regular ferry service to and from Japan. The city is known for its beaches, parks, temples, and excellent shopping. It’s also home to some of the biggest hot spring resorts in all of Korea. But although Busan is certainly a tourist destination for Westerners, it’s
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