Top travel destinations that should be on your radar for the year ahead. It’s not enough for a destination to be a nice place to visit—it’s got to be appealing to architecture and design lovers, perhaps because of an exciting new museum, a major design-themed event, an important anniversary, or just because it’s at the forefront of a burgeoning design trend. As always, we consulted trusted travel advisers, award-winning tour operators, and other industry experts to weigh in on the places that are most worth your hard-earned money and vacation time in 2020. From under-the-radar European cities and remote islands to classic destinations with new reasons to visit, these 20 places top our must-visit list for 2020.
Thanks to its designation as the 2020 World Design Capital, this city of some 200,000 people near the Belgian border will get its moment in the spotlight. Over the course of 2020, Lille will host around 50 cultural events, including six major exhibitions. A good time to go would be in the fall, when the region will host the first-ever Lille Metropole Design Week. Stay at the new Mama Shelter Lille, which opened this summer just steps from the city’s two main train stations and the Euralille business district with a colorful, quirky design by the late Jalil Amor, a protégé of Philippe Starck.