National Geographic Traveller (UK) has announced its Cool List 2019, highlighting the 19 must-see destinations for the year ahead. The hotly anticipated list of countries and cities is revealed in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of the magazine.
Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller, said: “Our team of editors, writers and industry experts have compiled the 19 destinations set to hit the headlines, with key openings, new routes and rising-star destinations firmly in the spotlight.
“The Cool List 2019 includes stellar destinations such as Pittsburgh and Guyana — now within easy reach, thanks to new flights — not to mention Eritrea, finally open to tourists after decades off-limits, and the buzzing arts scene of locations as wide-ranging as Hong Kong and West Yorkshire.”
Why West Yorkshire and why now? A major new sculpture triennial is set to open in the summer…
Main attractions: The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park have joined forces to stage the first Yorkshire Sculpture International, from June-September.
The Hepworth Wakefield will also be unveiling its Hepworth Riverside Gallery Garden, with access to the former Victorian mill buildings next door.
Elsewhere, the Calder Valley — with hippyish Hebden Bridge as its epicentre — is a burgeoning hub for restaurants and independent shops.
The Full Cool List 2019
6. San Miguel de Allende
7. West Yorkshire
8. Hong Kong