1.SHANGHAIShanghai seems poised to become mainland China’s most exciting place to be.


2. Porquerolles, FranceNever heard of this tiny island off the coast of St. Tropez? The Fondation Carmignac is about to change that when it opens a nonprofit arts venue this year featuring works by some of the 20th century’s most important artists.

Porquerolles, France

3.Buenos Aires,Argentina:It should be little surprise that Art Basel chose Buenos Aires as the first participant in its new Art Basel Cities initiative.
colorful buildings in la boca argentina

4.Bali,Indonesia:An island paradise known for its lush tropical jungles, Hindu temples, and traditional craftsmanship, Bali is set to debut a spate of new and updated resorts in the coming months. In March, Uluwatu—the village famous for its temple perched atop a cliff overlooking the sea—will get a new resort by wellness-focused brand Six Senses and the Cliff, an addition to Alila Villas Ulutawu

5.Barcelona,Spain:Despite the recent Catalan independence movement, architecture fans have several new reasons to visit Barcelona in 2018. The most exciting is the restoration of prodigal son Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Vincens, which opened to the public in November for the first time in its 130-year history.

a view of colorful, tiled buildings and the ocean in the distance

6:Dundee, Scotland:Perhaps you’ve been to Edinburgh and Glasgow, but what about Dundee? Set to open this year, the V&A Dundee will be the U.K.’s only outpost of the Victoria & Albert Museum outside of London—not to mention Scotland’s first major design museum. 
Dundee, Scotland

7:Washington, D.C:Politics aside, there are plenty of reasons to visit the nation’s capital this year. Opened last fall, the Wharf—a $2 billion, mile-long development along the Potomac—is bringing new life to the riverfront with a new hotel by InterContinental, the Anthem concert venue designed by the Rockwell Group, and more than 75 shops and restaurants.
Washington, D.C.

8:Abu Dhabi:Jean Nouvel’s eye-catching design for the Louvre Abu Dhabi made quite a splash when it opened in November, and for art and architecture fans, that might be reason enough to go. But far from slowing down, the city is kicking up into high gear, with the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi by Frank Gehry and a new Performing Arts Center by Zaha Hadid Architects planned for the coming years.

9:New Orleans:There’s never a bad time to visit the Big Easy, but 2018 is an especially good year, as the city is celebrating its tricentennial. Expect celebrations big and small, from a special edition of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival to the opening of a new beverage museum by the Sazerac company. 
New Orleans

10:Brussels:Visitors to Belgium’s capital this year will have the unique chance to see the empty Citroën factory before it becomes the Citroën Cultural Center in 2019. The project is currently the subject of an architecture competition, and the winning firm will be asked to create a $125 million Euro complex comprising a modern and contemporary art museum, an architecture center, and public spaces for events.


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