Houston – The Place to Go?

Houston, TX

The New York Times announces “The 46 Places to Go in 2013

Now this is not just a list of interesting spots.  Oh, no.  This is a list of “THE” places you must visit, and because the places have been precisely and lovingly vetted and curated, there are exactly 46 of them.

Not 50 places, because any hack can throw together a list with a nice round number like that.  By choosing 46 locations, it lends an air of precision and perfection to the crafting of the list.

So check this out… At #7, out of all the places in the world, is Houston (yes, that Houston… Texas.)  Right after Rio, Marseille, Nicaragua, Accra (Ghana), Bhutan, and Amsterdam.  (“What’s in Houston?  Culture and food.”)

And the reason that their choice of Houston is interesting is that it was #1 in our list of the top 20 Coolest Cities in the U.S., which we did with Forbes in July 2012.

I also included Houston in our list of the Top Ten Winter Getaways which we produced for Hilton Worldwide in January 2012.

It’s always nice to see The Grey Lady confirming my work.

Here’s the complete list of the New York Times Places to Go in 2013.

  1. Rio de Janeiro
  2. Marseille
  3. Nicaragua
  4. Accra (Ghana)
  5. Bhutan
  6. Amsterdam
  7. Houston, Texas
  8. Rossland, British Columbia
  9. New Dehli
  10. Istanbul
  11. Singapore
  12. Montenegro
  13. White Salmon River, Washington
  14. Hvar, Croatia
  15. Mongolia
  16. The Big Island, Hawaii
  17. Philippines
  18. Vernazza, Italy
  19. The Kimberley, Australia
  20. Ningxia, China
  21. The Adirondacks, New York
  22. Oslo
  23. Constantia, South Africa
  24. Lithuania
  25. Burgos, Spain
  26. Lens, France
  27. Changbaishan, China
  28. Porto, Portugal
  29. Puerto Rico
  30. Koh Phangan, Thailand
  31. Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka
  32. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  33. Bangkok
  34. The Jeseniky, Czech Republic
  35. Waiheke, New Zealand
  36. Yucatan, Mexico
  37. Charlevoix, Quebec
  38. Pecs, Hungary
  39. Republic of Congo
  40. Ireland
  41. Getaria, Spain
  42. Mergui Islands, Myanmar
  43. The Falkland Islands
  44. Washington, DC
  45. Casablanca
  46. Paris


4 Replies to “Houston – The Place to Go?”

    1. William,
      Tough to say what this was based on. Perhaps their mission was just to be different.
      #13 on the list is the White Salmon River, WA, near where I live. Yes, a dam was removed to allow salmon to spawn again, but it’s now pretty much the same as the rest of the terrain here in the Northwest (which is to say, wild and beautiful.) There are about 200 nearby places that us locals would choose to visit first.
      But hey, their list makes us think about places which we wouldn’t ordinarily consider, and that’s a good thing.
      Best, Bert

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