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World’s Coolest Design Destinations Make Us Swoon

Travel News — By spencerspellman on January 6, 2011 at 10:24 am

Travel + Leisure Magazine has a new factor for you to take into account when you consider the ‘cool factor’ of a destination – design. They scoured the world for the coolest shops, bridges, hotels, warehouses, and more. With many of these destinations off the beaten path, we’re already looking at flights.

We liked that many of ‘cool’ selections were places most travelers may not have been to, including Rotorua, New Zealand, Horitschon, Austria, and Covilhã, Portugal. Even if you’re not an architectural or historical traveler, the innovative and rare designs in these destinations are enough to spark wanderlust.

Each of the destinations included in the Travel + Leisure feature target a different type of traveler. For the wine connoisseur, there’s Arachon Winery, in Horitschon, Austria. Old tradition meets new architecture, featuring a contemporary stone archway that welcomes visitors to the vineyard. In Doha, Qatar, there’s the Souk Waqif, which is a public commons area in the city. Many locals and travelers congregate here to walk through the shops or sit down for fine food and drinks while taking in the unique designs of the public space. Since Travel + Leisure Magazine included eight destinations in the article, those are eight new places added to our bucket list.

[Photo courtesy of design_lounge]

Tags: bucket list, coolest destinations in the world, design destinations, Wine

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