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9 Destinations to Visit in 2012

For travelers, it's the eternal question: Where will you go this year? To help you decide, we've rounded up nine amazing hot spots to visit in 2012, both far-flung and close to home. Some destinations are returning to the limelight after years off the tourist map; others are celebrating special anniversaries or hosting world-class events you won't want to miss. Click on any image to start browsing -- and dreaming of your next trip.

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--written by Sarah Schlichter