Fodors' 25 PLACES TO GO IN 2013: The AZORES

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Fodor's 2013 Go List encompasses great values, newly accessible destinations, buzzy hotspots, and travel-worthy events around the globe.

The Azores: This lush, volcanic archipelago is an insider's find
thanks to its slightly inconvenient location—in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about mid-way between the New York and Lisbon. Renowned for world-class whale watching, hot mineral springs, and quaint seaside towns, each of the nine islands that make up the Azores Islands has its own fascinating identity. And thanks to the Portuguese territory's off-the-beaten-path locale, prices are well within budget. Hotels and bed-and-breakfasts are cozy, and while the seafood is outstanding, it's almost impossible find an expensive restaurant on any of the islands.