Hot Spots

The 2007 It List

by Ondine Cohane

What makes a destination "hot"? It's a combination of ingredients, sometimes easy to decipher—new hotels opening, shiny architectural icons being unveiled, a mega-event luring new visitors. But it can be more ineffable, the whisperings of the tastemakers and mavericks for whom getting there before the tipping point is a matter of pride. To travel on the cutting edge, you often need the scoop on the relative unknowns (the West African nation of Gabon, for instance). But perhaps all you have to do is glance at the front page (Beijing, and China in general, keeps grabbing headlines), or even just head to one of those perennials that keep reinventing themselves (Miami molts again!). Or, well, don't think about it at all. Just read our "It" list of the places you'll be hearing about—and, with any luck, visiting—in 2007.

(Want to see what we said last year? Click here.)

Published January 2007

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