These 16 Exotic Travel Destinations Should TOP Everyone's Travel List in 2016

RealClear Staff


Tens of millions of tourists around the world visit a country other than their own. Here are a few places where you can avoid most of them -- and still see the world!

1. Aiguille du Midi, French Alps

The Aiguille du Midi is a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif within the French Alps. It is a very popular tourist destination and can be directly accessed by cable car from Chamonix.

2. Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park is a southwest Utah nature preserve distinguished by Zion Canyon’s steep red cliffs. The Virgin River flows to the Emerald Pools, which have waterfalls and a hanging garden. Also along the river, partly through deep chasms, is Zion Narrows wading hike.

3. The Glaciers of Argentina

Who knew there were glaciers in Argentina? It's not that close to Antarctica, is it? Well, although the southern tip of Argentina is 600 miles away from Antarctica, there is indeed a  Los Glaciares National Park, a federally protected amassing of 47 glaciers in the Andes mountain range.

4. Barcelona, Spain

The largest city on the Mediterranean Sea, you've heard of it, but have you actually been there? It is one of the world' most beautiful cities. We love this view with Camp Nou, the home stadium of FC Barcelona, in the foreground.

5. Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Although the population is only 113,169 people, Mostar is the most important city in the Herzegovina region because it is its cultural capital. Mostar is situated on the Neretva River -- the stunning Stari Most bridge (above) crosses the river and connects two parts of the city.

6. Tyssedal, Norway

This village is situated near the beautiful lake of Ringedalsvatnet (above) in the municipality of Odda in Hordaland county, Norway. Oslo is nice, too!

7. Turkmenistan's 'Door to Hell'

Turkmenistan isn't the greatest destination -- its rather repressive, with human rights abuses -- but there is one cool thing: The Door to Hell. It's a natural gas field that collapsed into an underground cavern in 1971, becoming a natural gas crater. Geologists set it on fire to prevent the spread of methane gas, and it has been burning continuously since then, becoming a tourist attraction.

8. Havana, Cuba

It's all in the news lately, but travel is still a work in progress -- not every American citizen can go their just yet. But there are ways to go now, and soon it will be open to all. It might be the most colorful city in the world. 

9. Edinburgh, Scotland

Those who go to the UK and stop only at London and Dublin are missing one of the crown jewels of the region, with a carefully preserved old town.

10. The Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands is a self-governing archipelago, part of the Kingdom of Denmark. It comprises 18 rocky, volcanic islands between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean. Hikers and bird-watchers are drawn to the islands’ mountains, valleys and grassy heathland, and steep coastal cliffs that harbor thousands of seabirds. That crazy lake i the photo above? That's Lake Sørvágsvatn, more than worth a look.

11. Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

It used to be a hidden gem, now it's more like an open secret: Vietnam's capital city, the former Saigon, is a rockin' town, with a bustling night life and currently experiencing an economic boom.

12. Hawai'i (The Remote Parts)

Remember, Hawai'i, our nth state, is comprised of hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles -- that's half the length of the continental United States! Many of those places are remote and hard to get to, but the payoff is big: spectacular topography and views, and you can see a night sky as eye-popping as the one above.

13. The Jungles of Indonesia

Jungle resorts in Bali, Indonesia are a booming industry as well. Looking at this photo from Ubud, can you see why?

14. Manarola, Italy

There's Rome and Venice -- and then there's the Italian Riviera. The rugged, steep landscape is dotted with five beautiful and quaint villages, known as the Cinque Terre. One of them is Manarola (above), the second smallest of the towns. Looks inviting, doesn't it?

15. Milford Sound, New Zealand

There are two main islands that comprise the bulk of New Zealand. The northern island is more popular, where the capital of Auckland is. The southern island contains a tiny, quaint town, Christchurch, and on the very southern tip is Fiordland National Park, where Milford Sound, a breathtaking fjord is located.

16. Moreton Island, Australia

A beautiful island off the coast of Brisbane on Australia's eastern side, Moreton Island is home to the resort town of Tangalooma, known for pristine beaches, whale-watching cruises, a dolphin-feeding program, sand dunes and wreck diving. It's highlighted by the Tangalooma Wrecks (above), comprised of 15 vessels that were deliberately sunk near the coast to form a breakwall for small boats, also creating an amazing wreck dive and snorkel site in the process. 



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