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Life lists naturally stir up debates. For every Angkor Wat fan, another prefers Petra. After deliberating with our correspondents and taste-makers over the most memorable experiences, we’ve narrowed our list to 101 places. How many have you visited?

Photo: Troy House

United States and Canada

• Big Island, HI: Get a lomilomi massage at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
• Big Sur, CA: Stop along the Pacific Coast Highway at Redwood Grill
• British Columbia: Heli-ski over the Bugaboo Mountains
• Charleston, SC: Stroll the city’s private gardens
• Chicago: Tour architectural landmarks
• Churchill, Manitoba: Get face-to-face with polar bears
• Houston: Admire art at the Rothko Chapel
• Jackson Hole, WY: Go fly-fishing
• Las Vegas: Drive a Ferrari at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
• Los Angeles: Spend a night out celeb-spotting
• Maine: Devour the ultimate lobster roll at Clam Shack
• Miami: Learn to salsa at Hoy Como Ayer
• Montreal: Take a comfort food tour
• Na Pali coast, Kauai: Hike the Kalalau Trail
• Napa Valley, CA: Eat and play like a local
• New Orleans: Hear jazz at Preservation Hall
• New York City: Start a perfect day at MoMA and Casa Lever
• Salmon River, ID: Go whitewater rafting on the Middle Fork
• San Francisco: Slurp oysters at Hog Island Oyster Bar
• Sedona, AZ: Get a Reiki energy healing treatment at Mii Amo
• Utah: Drive from the San Juan Inn through Monument Valley
• Washington, D.C.: Immerse yourself in the Freer Gallery’s Peacock Room
• Yosemite National Park: Visit the sequoias in Mariposa Grove

Europe

• Amsterdam: Explore the canals by night in a saloon boat
• Athens: View the Parthenon from the Grande Bretagne Hotel rooftop
• Barcelona: Go on a tapas crawl
• Belle-Île, France: Enjoy oysters at Le Bistrot du Port
• Berlin: Tap into the underground nightlife scene
• Budapest: Stay at the restored Four Seasons Gresham Palace
• Copenhagen: Browse contemporary design shops
• Florence: Tour the Vasari Corridor at the Uffizi
• Galway, Ireland: Pair oysters with Guinness at Moran’s Oyster Cottage
• Iceland: Marvel at the Northern Lights
• Isle of Skye, Scotland: Go for whisky tastings at Tallisker distillery
• Istanbul: Wander the Grand Bazaar
• London: Start with breakfast at the cabmen’s shelter on Pont Street
• Madrid: Visit the Black Paintings room at the Museo del Prado
• Moscow: Tour the Diamond Vaults within the Kremlin
• Paris: Snack on bread from Du Pain et Des Idees
• Peloponnese, Greece: Stay at the ultra-luxe Amanzoe
• Prague: Explore Prague’s historic center
• Rome: Buy a gelato at San Crispino
• Santorini, Greece: Lounge at Red Beach
• Sicily: See the mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale
• Siena, Italy: Attend the medieval-era Palio horse race
• Spain: Take an architecture-themed drive from Bilbao to Granada
• Stockholm: Visit the Vasa Museum
• Venice: Shop for glassware at L’Angolo del Passat
• Versailles, France: Explore Andre Le Notre’s gardens at Versailles
• Vienna: Attend a concert at the Musikverein

The Caribbean and the Bahamas

• British Virgin Islands: Hop the beach bars in a chartered sailboat
• Harbour Island, Bahamas: Walk the Pink Sand Beach
• St. Bart’s: Go to Shell Beach
• Turks & Caicos: Get an ayurveda-inspired treatment at Parrot CayTurks• Vieques, Puerto Rico: Float in the bioluminescent Mosquito Bay

Mexico and Central and South America

• Amazon cruise: Take an intimate river cruise
• Atacama Desert, Chile: Hike the salt flats and volcanoes
• Buenos Aires: Try a tango class
• Easter Island: See the mysterious statues
• Galápagos Islands: Spot Darwin’s finches and other wildlife
• Iguazú Falls, Brazil: Stay at Hotel das Cataratas by the thundering falls
• Machu Picchu: Enter the citadel as the Incas did through Sun Gate
• Mayan sites: Take an archaeologist-led tour
• Mexico City: See Diego Rivera’s murals at the Palacio Nacional
• Oaxaca, Mexico: Enjoy Slow Food dishes at La Biznaga
• Patagonia, Argentina: Admire the Perito Moreno Glacier
• Rio de Janeiro: Go on a helicopter ride over the city
• Salvador de Bahia, Brazil: Take in the festival atmosphere of Old Town

Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, and Antarctica

• Antarctica: Visit penguin rookeries
• Fiji: Stay at a private island resort
• Kimberley Coastline, Australia: Look forbreaching humpback whales
• Milford Sound, New Zealand: Explore the fjord by ferry
• Papua New Guinea: Meet villagers and watch ceremonies
• Sydney: People-watch at Bondi Beach

Asia

• Angkor, Cambodia: Ditch the crowds at Preah Kahn temple
• Bali, Indonesia: Get a lulur scrub at Amanusa
• Beijing: Explore by foot, bicycle, and rickshaw
• Fatehpur Sikri, India: Admire the former Moghul capital
• Hanoi, Vietnam: Stroll around Hoan Kiem LakeAsia
• Hong Kong: Soak in views from rooftop hotel bars
• Huangzhou, China: Dine at visionary restaurant Dragon Wel
• Koh Samui, Thailand: Get a treatment at Kamalaya wellness retreat
• Kyoto, Japan: Visit Tawaraya, a 300-year-old ryokan
• Rajasthan, India: Sleep on a sand dune under the stars
• Singapore: Eat at Maxwell Road Hawker Center
• Sri Lanka: Sample beaches and colonial architecture
• Sumba Island, Indonesia: Go to surf camp at Nihiwatu
• Tokyo: See the tuna auction at Tsukiji Fish Market
• Yangtze River, China: Cruise from Beijing to Shanghai

Africa and the Middle East

• Cape Town: Savor Constantia, a wine region within city limits
• Dubai: Go over-the-top with a stay at One&Only The Palm resort
• Egypt: Take a Nile cruise
• Fez, Morocco: Step back in time in the ancient walled medina
• Jerusalem: Visit the Holocaust museum at Yad Vashem
• Kenya: Stay among the Masai at Campi Ya Kanzi
• Knysna, South Africa: Eat oysters at 34 South restaurant
• Namibia: Go on a desert safari along the Skeleton Coast
• Oman: Stay at the Six Senses Zighy Bay
• Petra, Jordan: Marvel at the ancient hard-carved site
• Serengeti: Learn to take wildlife photography on safari
• Seychelles: Lounge on Anse Source d’Argent beach

Any other places that you think should be on the list? Share in the comment section below!

Let’s continue to shine, Everyone!

~DHSI

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Travel + Leisure Staff
November 2012
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