What is the one place on Earth that everyone should see? That, in a nutshell, is a question I asked a few months back. The results are in and the answer is
But first, some stuff to keep you reading. Er, I mean, a little background.
In last October's column, I published the Society of American Travel Writers Top 10 "most memorable, must see, once-in-a-lifetime destinations," as the society phrased it in typical hyperbolic travel writer fashion. For those of you who didn't see it, here it is again:
1. Grand Canyon, Arizona
2. Pyramids of Egypt
3. New York City
5. Great Wall of China
8. Taj Mahal, India
9. Machu Picchu, Peru
10. A visit to the land of your family's ancestors
The top draw the Grand Canyon?
In the column, I related my first experience there, in which I nearly froze and starved to death, but I was willing to let bygones be bygones. I wrote: "I think the Grand Canyon is more than grand. It's an Amazing Canyon. Phenomenal Canyon. Astonishing, Spectacular, Extraordinary Canyon. And yet I don't know that I'd list it as the number-one must-see destination in the world. Truth is, I'm at a loss to name my all-time, essential spot."
So I asked readers to recommend their own Top 10.
Responses poured in at an inundating trickle. A crack team of top statisticians then analyzed the results. Well, not a team, exactly. Not a statistician, either, for that matter. My wife, OK? In any event, they're counted.
And now they're to be revealed.