13 of Our Favorite Travel Reads From 2017


Dawn After the Tempests

The novelist Edwidge Danticat reflects on the devastation from Hurricanes Irma and Maria to many Caribbean islands whose economies rely on tourism.


The Alhambra in Granada, Spain.CreditDaniel Rodrigues for The New York Times

In Spain, Secrets and a Possible Betrayal

It was summer in Granada, and I told myself I was in love, the novelist Alexander Chee writes. That wouldn’t last.


Harriet Tubman’s Path to Freedom

How one woman transformed the marshy, wooded Chesapeake Bay region, first a gateway through which slave traders brought Africans, into a route to liberation.


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Mourning in Paris

Paris is a good place to mourn. I would say this even if my uncle Richard hadn’t lived there, but all the more so that he had.


Heading down the road in Tallahassee, Florida’s surprisingly quiet capital.CreditPhil Sears for The New York Times

Finding My Florida

It’s a much-mocked place — but also many states in one. All of them can be fascinating and, yes, sometimes weird.


The Old Town Square in Plock, Poland. Before the Nazi occupation, the city had a thriving Jewish community.CreditAndreas Meichsner for The New York Times

From Poland to Lithuania: A Writer’s Search for Her Jewish Past

From the Jewish districts of historic cities to small, out-of-the-way towns once known as shtetls, the author finds remnants of the past at every turn.


A slough on the Mississippi River in Greenville.CreditRobert Rausch for The New York Times

Along the Mississippi

The Great River Road, the byway that runs next to the Mississippi River, was the organizing principle of a road trip that took a family through the history of this land.


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On Love, Motorcycles and the Art of Being a Passenger

One summer, the novelist Joyce Maynard and the man who would become her husband embarked on an unlikely journey through the heart of New England.


Vancouver Island’s Sombrio Beach, near the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, can be reached by a scenic path from the parking area.CreditRobert Leon for The New York Times

Vancouver Island, Through an Artist’s Eyes

Revered in British Columbia, little known in the U.S., the artist Emily Carr, born in Victoria in 1871, may be from another era, but amid environmental concerns, her words and images resonate.


Vineyards striped with other cultivated crops are common in Gascony, “the other South of France.”CreditAndy Haslam for The New York Times

Is Gascony the Most Delicious Corner of France?

Even a week or so spent eating and drinking your way around this rural area of southwestern France is enough to spark a lifelong love affair.


A busy street in Bangkok, where moments of pure chance can flick a switch and change the direction of your internal electrical circuit.CreditDavid Terrazas for The New York Times

My Bangkok: City of Spirits

In a city filled with haunted sites, ghosts are woven into the fabric of daily life.


A statue by Rubin Eynon titled “Gallos,” the Cornish word for power, stands sentinel at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall. King Arthur and his sword Excalibur come to mind.CreditAndy Haslam for The New York Times

The Weird, Mystic Pull of Southwest England

The area is a place of pilgrimage for late-model would-be knights of the Round Table, as well as mystical seekers of many stripes.


Campus Martius Park in Detroit, a downtown space that has become a magnet for pedestrians and events.CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times.

Detroit: The Most Exciting City in America?

How a 21st-century Detroit navigates the dangers of regeneration is a particularly poignant question on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit race riots.



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