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Posted: Jul 13, 2016 11:58:35 am

LonelyPlanet, Travel+Leisure and CNN’s Top Destinations for 2016

Have you visited the nearest wildlife or amusement park? Your local hotel does not excite you anymore? Or, are you simply looking for your next adventure? Consider these incredible destinations from our favorite sites:

LonelyPlanet’s Best In Travel 2016

Botswana - Democratic, progressive, enlightened – but above all, invigoratingly wild. The story of Botswana’s journey from poverty to become one of Africa’s most stable, thriving societies is inspirational; the country celebrates 50 years of independence in 2016 and there’s a lot for it to shout about, not least the way it has balanced economic growth with protecting its natural riches. Prepare for a severe case of slack-jawed-with-awe syndrome when you visit.

Japan - It might be number two in this year’s rankings, but it’s always number one for travelers in search of an otherworldly experience. Nowhere else on earth exemplifies that dog-eared ‘modern yet ancient’ cliché like the land of the rising sun. Tokyo’s successful bid to host the Olympics in 2020 has raised the temperature of a feverish city amid a blur of new development, but beyond the suburbs Japan remains as elegant and enticing as its graceful wooden temples.

USA - The 'best idea' America ever had turns 100 next year – the National Park Service, which oversees the country’s 59 national parks and hundreds of historic landmarks, celebrates a centenary of safeguarding Yosemite, Yellowstone, Badlands, Zion, and the rest. So lace up your hiking boots and set foot in the miraculously well-managed 340,000 sq km network of surreal and spectacular landscapes it defends, from earth-rending canyons to alligator-infested swamplands to belching geysers. It’s a national triumph.

Checkout the full list here.

Best Places to Travel in 2016 by Travel+Leisure

Mie Prefecture, Japan - Intriguing developments are under way in Mie Prefecture, a four-hour ride from Tokyo on the bullet train, which until now had mostly lured domestic travelers. The area’s draws: the Ise-Shima National Park, on the coastline; the pearl-producing oysters; the richly marbled Matsusaka beef; and sacred, ᴜɴᴇsᴄᴏ-protected Shinto pilgrimage sites.

Seattle, Washington - This year Seattle is not going to let Portland, its little sister three hours south, get all the foodie-destination credit. One culinary neighborhood to watch is Capitol Hill. The most in-demand tables there include Lionhead, a Sichuan-inspired spot by Jerry Traunfeld (former chef at the Herbfarm), and Soi, a husband-and-wife team serving Thai food from the Isaan region. Don’t miss the new Capitol Hill Hot Cakes—though it sounds like a brunch destination, it's actually a "molten chocolate cakery" nighttime spot that also has soft-serve you can top with potato chips and roast-your-own marshmallows for s'mores.

Liège, Belgium - Once a blue-collar paradise for coal miners and steelworkers, Liège is the surprising new destination for art and food this summer. The Boverie art museum opens in May, showcasing the best of Belgian art and working in conjunction with the Louvre to curate a huge exhibition of international greats like Renoir, Manet, van Gogh, and more.

Checkout the full list here.

CNN’s Top Up-And-Coming Destinations

Madagascar - Undeveloped and raw, Madagascar has 8,000 species of animals found nowhere else on the planet. Aside from wildlife, highlights include Avenue of the Baobabs -- home to stunning 1,000-year-old trees.

North Cascades National Park – While Yosemite and Yellowstone pull in millions of visitors annually, other U.S. national parks remain largely unexplored. That includes stunning North Cascades National Park in Washington State, which attracted just 24,000 visitors in 2014.

Gabon – Though Gabon travel isn't easy, rewards are high. The former French colony, home to the gorgeous mandrill, has escaped the strife afflicting some of West Africa and is betting its future on green travel. In fact, 10 percent of the country's mass is national park land.

Check out the full list.
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Posted: Aug 26, 2016 7:03:32 am

I'm from LA. I heard the beaches in the Philippines are awesome. Can anybody give me tips on which ones to visit? TIA.
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