Tuc­son tops list of North Amer­i­can places to visit

The Tribune (SLO) (Sunday) - - Living - BY JACKIE BUR­RELL East Bay Times

Fodor’s, the travel site, has just re­leased its “Go List,” a col­lec­tion of 52 top des­ti­na­tions around the world. They’ve also re­leased a “No List” – the top places to avoid in 2019. That’s an in­trigu­ing one, as well.

It’s a di­verse list, with every­thing from down­town Los An­ge­les and Mon­treal to Bears Ears Na­tional Mon­u­ment, the Nile River and Aus­tralia’s sa­cred Uluru. And they’ve paid spe­cial at­ten­tion to re­gions, such as Puerto Rico, where nat­u­ral dis­as­ters in­flicted such dev­as­ta­tion last year. Puerto Rico, Key West and St. Martin all made the list.

“The beauty of the world is im­mea­sur­able, while its dis­as­ters teach us pow­er­ful lessons about na­ture and about our­selves,” says Fodors.com ed­i­to­rial di­rec­tor Jeremy Tarr, in the an­nounce­ment. “This year’s lists cel­e­brate travel’s ethos of cu­rios­ity, open-mind­ed­ness and won­der that makes us alive and in touch with our world.”

One of the na­tion’s new­est na­tional mon­u­ments, Utah’s Bear Ears, is among the baker’s dozen of top North Amer­i­can des­ti­na­tion, cho­sen for its rugged beauty, cul­tural his­tory and sa­cred mean- ing for the Navajo, Hopi and other tribes. New Or­leans’ col­or­ful By­wa­ter, in the Ninth Ward, is in­cluded, along with Tuc­son and its vivid adobes, Sono­ran Desert land­scapes and arts scene. And Key West, which has re­bounded from its pum­mel­ing last sum­mer by Hur­ri­cane Irma, is a sunny, idyl­lic travel dream once more.

Here’s Fodor’s list of the 13 top North Amer­i­can des­ti­na­tions. Find the full Go List, plus ar­ti­cles, ho­tel and travel rec­om­men­da­tions, pho­to­graphs and more at fodors.com. Tuc­son, Ari­zona By­wa­ter Dis­trict, New Or­leans, Louisiana De­troit, Michi­gan Down­town Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia

Key West, Florida Hawaii Wood­stock/Bethel, New York

Rapid City, South Dakota

Nashville, Ten­nessee Big Bend Na­tional Park, Texas

Bear Ears, Utah Mon­treal, Canada Nu­navut, Canada

Visit Tuc­son

The Mis­sion San Xavier del Bac is one of the rea­sons to visit Tuc­son, Ariz. Fodor’s named the city one of its 13 places to visit in North Amer­ica for 2019.

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