Fun Travel destinations
See Cuba before it changes. Check out the Expo in Milan. And if you’re heading to New York City to see the view from One World Trade Center’s observatory (scheduled to open late spring), take the subway to Queens and see if you can figure out why it topped Lonely Planet’s “best in the U.S.” destinations for 2015.
Several major anniversaries will also be marked by a variety of events in 2015, including 70 years since the end of World War II, the 60th anniversary of the opening of Disneyland and 10 years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.
The Milan Expo opens in May for six months and is expected to draw 20 million visitors. The Expo is the modern incarnation of the old World’s Fairs that thrilled 19th- and 20th-century guests with new products and technology. The theme of the Milan Expo is food and nutrition, and dozens of countries will be participating. The U.S. will be doing its part by sending six authentic food trucks to Italy featuring regional American and ethnic fusion menus. Milan’s famous opera house, La Scala, normally closed in the summer, will hold performances daily during the Expo.
Elsewhere in Europe: Pilsen, in the Czech Republic — home to pilsner-style beer and a Gothic cathedral — and Mons, Belgium, known for history ranging from World War I back to the ancient Romans, have been named 2015 European Capitals of Culture. And Norway made a number of “where to go in 2015” lists, thanks to its connection to Disney’s blockbuster “Frozen” film.
Singapore celebrates its golden Jubilee — 50 years since independence from Great Britain. Vietnam celebrates 70 years since independence from France and 50 years since the first U.S. combat troops arrived at Da Nang, which some historians say marked the start of the Vietnam War — even though Americans had been sent to the country in prior years.
A number of U.S. museums and historic sites will be holding exhibits and events to mark 150 years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the end of the Civil War.