What do you want out of your next vacation? According to a recent Daily Record article, what most travelers desire from upcoming 2016 trips is a genuine cultural experience. Thanks to the accessibility of typical vacation locales like, say, Palm Beach or Paris, and due to the wealth of information available online, travelers seem to be seeking less well-known vacation spots for the sake of novel experiences and educational opportunities (and, not to mention, stunning shots of pristine landscapes).

As a global limo service serving cities from NYC to Moscow, EmpireCLS is always on the lookout for this year’s hot travel spots. Check out the top five that the Daily Record selected as 2016’s most hyped destinations, and see if any are on your list.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Across the Adriatic from the Eastern coast of Italy is a less-frequented medieval gem, the walled city of Dubrovnik. Built in the 8th century as a defense against attackers, Dubrovnik is now a 21-century oasis of natural splendor and gorgeous architecture. Along the coast, the waters of the Adriatic sparkle like sapphire, while within the city, it’s easy (and pleasant) to get lost wandering among Gothic churches as well as contemporary shops and restaurants.

Cinque Terre, Italy

In Italy, it’s hard to find a bad meal or a town that isn’t worthy of hundreds of photographs. Cinque Terre is no exception, and there’s something particularly charming about these five fishing villages’ narrow, pedestrian-only streets and pastel-colored buildings heaped together on the coastline. It’s the perfect place to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine paired with a generous glass of wine.

Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii is a classic vacation destination, especially for Americans, but the Daily Record notes that Oahu is, for some reason, overlooked—until now, that is. More travelers are drawn to Oahu, especially its North Shore, which is well-known for surfing and sport fishing. Oahu is shaping up to be Hawaii’s prime destination for travelers who want to learn about the state’s history and experience authentic island life.

Norway

Americans have long had Nordic fever, with our popular culture embracing Sweden for its literature and film and flocking to Iceland for natural sightseeing. Norway, too, is quickly becoming a favored vacation spot.  With its towering mountains, glittering glaciers, and peaceful fjords, the Northernmost country in the Scandinavian region is neck-and-neck with Iceland for natural beauty, while the country’s rich cultural history will satisfy any traveler hungry to learn about Viking history, experience the Oslo opera, or see works made by local Bergen artisans.

National Parks

Finally, you don’t have to leave the country, or even your home state, for a rich cultural experience. The Daily Record concludes its overview of this year’s best travel destinations with a note on the centennial of the National Park Service. There are over 400 sites maintained by the NPS, including the majestic Grand Canyon in Arizona and Colorado, the awe-inspiring Statue of Liberty (something to consider when reserving car service in NYC), and the humble yet fascinating Edgar Allen Poe House in Philadelphia.

We’ll be keeping an eye on whether any of these predicted locations prove to be the most talked-about spots for 2016. Keep up to date with the latest travel trends by following EmpireCLS on Twitter and Facebook.

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