Top 50 Places to Travel in 2024

Ålborg, Denmark

While Ålborg may not be the first place that comes to mind as an international travel hub, this hidden gem is Denmark's fourth-largest city, boasting around 120,000 residents. Scandinavian Airlines is taking notice of its charm, launching new flights from Newark Liberty International three times a week from April through October. Wander through the cobbled streets of Ålborg's old town, adorned with half-timbered houses and pastel exteriors, or explore the attractively renovated waterfront, home to the newly revamped Pier 5 Hotel. Delve into the city's vibrant cultural scene with visits to its modern art museum, architecture center, and the recently opened Regan Vest, a Cold War museum housed in a former bunker since February 2023. Ålborg serves as a gateway to North Jutland, offering access to the dramatic coastline near Skagen, a longtime haven for Danish artists, as well as the windswept dunes of Thy National Park. Notably, the region is also home to 2,000-year-old Viking ring fortresses, recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site