The New York Times just released their hotly anticipated list of 52 Places to Go for 2019, highlighting the top places to travel this year based on what’s new and exciting in each area. The list is full of places that should be on everyone’s travel radar in the coming months, including familiar favorites and several rising stars. Here, we’re highlighting 10 locations with our picks for where to stay when you get there.
In recent years, Chongli has proven itself as a proper winter sports destination, and in 2022, Beijing and surrounding cities, including Chongli, will host the Winter Olympic Games. Snow-loving families will love a stay at the Holiday Inn Resort Zhangjiakou Chongli, just a short drive from the nearest ski park. A high-speed train between Beijing and Chongli is expected to open this year.
Vietnam’s third largest city is often referred to as the “Miami of Vietnam” thanks to its sophisticated dining and nightlife options and miles and miles of beautiful beaches. Take in the luxury at the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, which features its own private beach and endless ocean views.
As Qatar prepares to host the 2022 Men’s World Cup, the capital city of Doha is preparing to welcome new visitors with new attractions and architectural marvels like the Qatar National Library, two new stadiums, and the new National Museum of Qatar. The Crowne Plaza Doha – Business Park will put you near the new museum as well as popular attractions like the Museum of Islamic Arts.
All eyes are on Houston this year as the city continues to recover from 2017’s Hurricane Harvey. New additions to the city include four food halls, the renovated Menil Collection museum, a restoration of the Apollo Mission Center and a new campus for the Holocaust Museum. Enjoy a stay at the Hotel Indigo Houston at the Galleria, next door to the famous Houston shopping district.
Las Vegas, Nevada
There’s always something new in Sin City, and this year, Las Vegas is welcoming a highly anticipated residency from Lady Gaga, a new location of the popular Eataly restaurant, and a new zipline (the first to open on the strip). Guests at the Venetian will have even more fresh things to experience at its three new craft cocktail bars: Dorsey, Rosina and Electra.
Foodies and soccer fans won’t want to miss Lyon, as the city will be hosting both the International City of Gastronomy celebration and the Women’s World Cup in 2019. And you can stay close to all the action when the brand-new InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu opens near the banks of the famous Rhone River this summer.
New York, New York
New York City is anticipating a number of new attractions and big events this year: a new cultural arts center called The Shed is opening near Hudson Yards, the Museum of Modern Arts is completing a $400 million expansion, and the World Pride celebration will take place in June to honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. To stay near the action, check out the EVEN Hotel New York – Times Square South or Kimpton Muse Hotel, just blocks away from Hudson Yards and MoMA, respectively.
Perth is located on Australia’s west coast, and with new developments like Yagan Square, Raine Square and Optus Stadium, the long trip out there is worthwhile. Recent changes in the city’s liquor laws gave way a booming drinking and dining scene. Soak up all Perth has to offer when you stay at the Crowne Plaza Perth, adjacent to Langley Park and the Swan River and near many attractions.
Situated at the foothills of the Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria’s second largest city is home to a bustling art scene that earned the city its designation as the 2019 European Cultural Capital. While in town, stay at the Holiday Inn Plovdiv, located within walking distance of historic Old Town and the Knyaz Alexander I shopping district.
Tahiti’s remote location in the south Pacific makes it the perfect place to disconnect, and new flight options from Frenchbee and Air Tahiti Nui have increased accessibility to French Polynesia. Once you land, make your way to InterContinental Resort Tahiti – Faa’a, where the swim-up bar at the infinity pool gives you happy hour with a view.