Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The 53 Places to Go in 2008

From a NYT article I saw today. The 53 Places to Go in 2008
From Laos to Lisbon, the travel choices for global nomads have never been more varied.
We should be able to hit a couple of these, no?

A few personal notes from the list:
  • WHAT?!?!? - Detroit is #40?
  • Puerto Vallarta is listed as #12... trying to get people to go there with us in February
  • Lisbon is #2 (been there, done that)
  • Libya is #10 – totally want to go there
  • Prague is #14 (and still part of my central European to do list... Do again anyway - it was AWESOME the first time I went)
  • Malaga is #45 (been there, done that)
  • Buenos Aires @ #27... Might need to do that one this year. We're due for a Latin / South American trip
  • Munich is #17 (been there done that also, and like Prague, it's still part of my central European 'do it again' list)
  • Mazatlan is #24... really? I wasn't impressed. But, I'm not impressed with Detroit either, and I never did really venture away more than 5 blocks from our Mzt hotel
  • Others I can check off: San Francisco (#39), San Diego (#44), New York City (#53), London (#47), Las Vegas (#50)

I complain about going to Detroit for Christmas (leaving next Thursday in fact), but at least I can check it off the list... again. I had to reprint their review. Looks like they're into the hotels & investment... Don't see much of that from the 'burbs. Just lots of strip malls and crazy-ass make-a-right-to-go-left turns.


Historically crime-ridden Detroit may not spring to mind as a hot tourist spot, but don't tell that to the city's bullish hoteliers. Newcomers include the MGM Grand Detroit (, the MotorCity Casino Hotel ( in an old Wonder Bread factory and the historic Book Cadillac Hotel, being transformed into a Westin ( Plus, the Detroit Institute of Arts ( just reopened after a $158 million renovation.

They didn't mention the burned out buildings, smoke stacks, 1-degree weather and that all the bars are in strip malls...

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