Downtown Nashville
Downtown Nashville

Did you expect this? Like many others, you may be surprised but Nashville is the newly crowned world’s top destination of the year according to a poll conducted by Travel + Leisure, a travel magazine. The Music city as it’s nicknamed, polled 15.8% of the votes overwhelming many popular domestic and foreign world destinations like Adelaide, Cuba, New Orleans, Paris, Rome, Cape Town and Greece.

Nashville is undergoing massive transformation to establish itself as a viable tourist powerhouse and is all out to challenge traditional tourist spots as evidenced by the ongoing construction of luxurious hotels and resorts to accommodate the rising influx of tourists. In the 2013 summer, the city opened the doors to its mega convention and business center meant to host international conferences, business meetings, and seminars. This means that in addition to adventure travelers, the city will continue to cash in from the influx of business travelers, food and music travelers, and alike. Over the years, the city has also regained prominence as the regional center of culture and commerce. Additionally, Nashville’s booming nightlife is also attracting a significant number of young people from the neighboring cities and states.

The Parthenon in Nashville's Centennial Park is a full-scale reconstruction of the original Greek Parthenon.
The Parthenon in Nashville’s Centennial Park is a full-scale reconstruction of the original Greek Parthenon.

The major attraction to Nashville are the food events that offers pleasant foodie packages. The Food, Cocktail and Wine culinary have emphasized its flourishing Music City food scene. Plenty of restaurants dot the city including the now famous Biscuit Love which takes inspiration from a local food truck, the Le Sel a brainchild of the innovators of Catbird Seat. Food tourists come here to test their taste buds by trying out a variety of Nashville’s staple foods like the hot chicken, Benedicts, omelets, the mouthwatering barbecue, etc.

Back to the world’s top destination rankings, Charleston in South Carolina came in at the second place probably due to the abundance of historical tourist attractions that have for a long time been well preserved in this Atlantic coast city. The most visited landmarks in Charlestown include Fort Sumter, Charleston Museum, the Old Slave market, and dozens of other historical places of worship.

Cuba ranked as the third top destination for 2016
Cuba ranked as the third top destination for 2016

Readers also highlighted Cuba which came third. The Caribbean island is nicknamed The Pearl of the Antilles due to its captivating landscape. It made the top three probably due to the improved U.S – Cuba relations that will see millions of American tourists visit the Caribbean island every year. Top Cuban destinations include the Old Havana town, Morro Castle, Che Guevara Mausoleum, La Cabana and the Acuario Nacional de Cuba. Readers also ranked other destinations which they encourage you to visit this year and these are the southern Greek islands, Naples and the nearby ancient towns like Pompeii, and Sicily, South Korea, China, and Peru.

The year 2016 presents you with marvelous travel bargains like never before. It has been earmarked as the year of adventure travel and you shouldn’t miss out on having the utmost fun. Remember that it’s never too late to take the first step. It all starts with planning, if you can’t make it to the top-ranked destinations, at least start exploring within your own state and slowly you’ll develop the urge to adventure beyond your state’s boundaries. The world’s opportunities are limitless and timeless.

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