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Here we determine which articles are featured on the Main Page as Destination of the Month (DOTM) and Off the Beaten Path (OTBP).

Nominate

You can nominate an article you would like to see featured; just say a few words about why, and select a good time to go. Well-known and/or popular destinations should be nominated as Destination of the Month, while more obscure destinations should be nominated for Off the Beaten Path. Any destination, region, itinerary or event that passes the "What is an article?" test is eligible for DotM/OtBP.

The basic format of a nomination is as follows:

===[[Destination]]===
Great article and it's just luvvly-jubbly in the springtime. ~~~~

However, before nominating, please check that the article follows these basic guidelines:

  • The nominated article should have an article status of guide or star. This includes having at least one good picture, and listings/headers/etc. that match our manual of style.
  • The nominated article should be featured at a good time to visit.
  • The nominated article must not have been featured previously.
  • If the article has been nominated previously but failed, any objections should be addressed before nominating it again.
    • See Slush pile to check.
    • If you think a once-slushed destination is now ready to go, list it as new, but with a pointer to the slush pile entry.

Select

You can also comment on any previous nomination based on timeliness and adherence to the criteria above, just add a bullet point (*) and your signed opinion.

===[[Destination]]===
Great article and it's just luvvly-jubbly in the springtime. TravelNut 25:25, 31 Feb 2525 (EDT)
* Looks nice, but shouldn't the Do section contain more than just quilting contests? ~~~~

If an article gets several comments in favor and none against for a week or so, it's eligible to be placed in an appropriate time-slot in the queue.

Please note that the following are not considered valid reasons to oppose a nomination:

  • "I don't like it." All objections have to be based on the guidelines above: poor formatting, missing information, etc. Personal opinions, dislikes, etc do not count.
  • "Wrong time of year." Articles are supported or opposed based on their content. Timing can be worked out later.
  • "Wrong type of place." Articles are supported or opposed based on their content. Whether it's DoTM or OtBP can be worked out later.

Archive

Discussions for previously selected destinations are kept in the Archive. Discussions for nominations that didn't make the grade are in the Slush pile.

Upcoming DOTM / OTBP

Schedule

The following queue should contain about six months' worth of upcoming destinations. Note that new DotMs are rotated in on the 1st of each month, while OtBPs are changed on the 15th.

Month DOTM OTBP
February 2012 Celle? Cape Le Grand National Park?
March 2012 Hanoi? Nanao (Japan)?
April 2012 Hull? Eindhoven?
May 2012 Borobudur? Staraya Russa?
June 2012  ?  ?
July 2012  ?  ?

These are not cast in stone, and the order can be changed if, for example, an excellent guide for a timely event is found. Whenever a guide becomes a current feature, it should be removed from the list, the discussion archived, and a new month added to the end of the queue. Alternatives are OK; the whole point is to enable some discussion as needed.

Next change

The section below provides an opportunity to see what the DOTM and OTBP will look like on the Main Page. Please remember that main page real-estate is a valuable commodity, so keep the description brief and the photo small.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum-original-5.jpg

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is a fascinating blend of East and West, with Chinese influence from centuries of dominance, and French design from its colonial past. It is largely unspoiled by modern architecture of the 1970s and 80s, and is now going through a modernization that is making it a rising star in Southeast Asia. (more...)

Thistle cove.jpg

Cape Le Grand National Park is considered by many to be among the best coastal scenery in Western Australia. Secluded bays cradling white sand beaches, wave pounded headlands and imposing granite peaks are nature at its most dramatic. Many visit as a day trip from Esperance, though the excellent camping facilities make it viable to stay longer. (more...)


Nominations for Destination of the Month

Hanoi

Article status: guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: anytime
Nominated by: --188.81.101.72 06:07, 26 July 2010 (EDT)
Comment: Nice article.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum-original-5.jpg

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is a fascinating blend of East and West, with Chinese influence from centuries of dominance, and French design from its colonial past. It is largely unspoiled by modern architecture of the 1970s and 80s, and is now going through a modernization that is making it a rising star in Southeast Asia. (more...)


This one would benefit a lot with a map, but it does look good. ChubbyWimbus 23:49, 16 August 2010 (EDT)
I delayed it until September for September because its a better travel time and maybe some further improvement takes place. jan 15:10, 23 February 2011 (EST)
Tentative support - The get in by plane section seems excessive. It has great potential as most of the listings are complete. Needs a map and some tidying up. - Cardboardbird 10:33, 31 May 2011 (EDT)
Don't yet support. Here are some things that I think should be considered: (1) The list of hotels is very long and may be unreliable, as there have been problems with touts in this article. The entries also need to be thoroughly edited for unnecessary location information, etc. (2) As a very large city, perhaps Hanoi should be districtified, though I have never been there and don't volunteer to do this, myself. (3) A map would be great, as Cardboardbird mentioned.
This is a good guide article and has nice photos, but I'd like to see some more polishing before it gets featured on the front page. Ikan Kekek 03:01, 8 August 2011 (EDT)
  • Support. The big list of airlines need tidying up, and we might need to fill out some of those embassies, but for the rest it looks good. I don't know about districtification though. --globe-trotter 23:45, 3 September 2011 (EDT)
  • Support. Lead photo was uninspiring, so I have added one which will look better when the article is featured. Airlines need tidying up a bit, and the whole article probably needs districting, but none of that should hold up featuring it here.--burmesedays 21:37, 8 September 2011 (EDT)

Borobudur

Article status: Star (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: anytime, but best April to November
Nominated by: --Burmesedays 22:13, 8 July 2011 (EDT)
Comment: One of the world's great monuments and a long standing quality guide. Ready to go at anytime I think.

Borobudur Stupa Merapi.jpg

Borobudur is a Buddhist stupa and temple complex in Central Java, Indonesia dating from the 8th century. This is one of world's truly great ancient monuments - the single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth. Few who visit fail to be taken by the both the scale of place, and the remarkable attention to detail that went into the construction. Set as it is in the heart of the verdant Kedu Plain, the backdrop of mighty active volcanoes only enhances the sense of awe and drama. (more...)


  • Support I'd like to go there someday. ChubbyWimbus 04:38, 11 July 2011 (EDT)
  • I have been doing a lot of work on this article, with the aim of getting it to a Star nomination (a Star monument would be cool!). All of that should only help with getting it up as a DoTM. --Burmesedays 12:06, 18 August 2011 (EDT)
  • Support, great article. --globe-trotter 11:40, 1 September 2011 (EDT)
  • Support. Very nicely organized and illustrated article. -- Ryan • (talk) • 01:38, 28 September 2011 (EDT)
  • Support - Well worth featuring - Cardboardbird 21:03, 1 November 2011 (EDT)

Hull

Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: anytime, might be best to avoid winter
Nominated by: --burmesedays 11:43, 4 September 2011 (EDT)
Comment: User:Gnomy96 did a wonderful job on this article last year. It is great to see a city article dominated by the important bits (See and Do) rather than by Eat and Sleep. Hull is an extremely good example of a British city with an interesting urban history, but one which even Brits would seldom consider visiting! Needs a basic copy edit, but that's easy and I will do.

River Hull.jpg

Hull is a quintessential northern English city, and one which has undergone a transformation in recent years. Situated on the Humber Estuary in Yorkshire, the town has some very interesting historical sites, a fascinating museum district, and a multitude of places to eat, drink and sleep. (more...)


  • Support. We do have to remove some photos, as there are too many, and enlarge the ones left. I also think some of the listings could be alphabetized. --globe-trotter 12:45, 4 September 2011 (EDT)
  • Have done a lot of copy editing and removed some pictures. Would be great if someone else could weigh-in. This is a really, really good article which just needs some final polishing. --burmesedays 09:17, 5 September 2011 (EDT)
  • Have now listingfied all of the Eat, Drink and Sleep listings. I think the article looks great and is ready for featuring. --burmesedays 09:47, 11 September 2011 (EDT)
  • Support. - Very thorough article and some beautiful photos. - Cardboardbird 18:56, 18 December 2011 (EST)

Nominations for Off the Beaten Path

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Article status: guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: anytime
Nominated by: --Tiagox2 12:33, 5 January 2011 (EST)
Comment: Great article for a little known destination.

Swain's lock.jpg

Stretching 184.5 miles along the Potomac River between Washington, D.C. and Cumberland, Maryland, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park preserves remains of America's colorful canal era. For nearly a century, the C&O Canal was the lifeline for communities and businesses along the Potomac, as coal, lumber, grain, and other agricultural products gently floated down the canal to market. This magnificent water highway linked the rapidly growing west to the east and played an important role in the growth and development of the country. (more...)


Hmm... I imagine the article is complete, but it seems very short and I definitely feel like the maps have muscled out the pictures and overall appeal of the article, although I'm sure they would be very useful for someone actually using this trail. There are only 3 things listed to see along the whole trail (typical of an American trail) but no pictures of any of them. ChubbyWimbus 23:34, 9 January 2011 (EST)
Are those maps ok? They follow the usual WT style and look suspiciously like copyrighted images. The image info says it's sourced from the U.S. National Park Service, uploaded by the the esteemed [User:Peterfitzgerald] so perhaps they are kosher. I feel the writing is quite good but the See section would be sharper with actual listings for the places of interest. Also agree there needs to be more listings. Are there any particularly interesting sections, big rocks or old buildings of note? The Get In section should have By bus/car headings. It could be a good feature with a bit of input from someone who knows the area - Cardboardbird 09:17, 17 March 2011 (EDT)
I'll see what I can do with that see section. And all NPS maps are created by U.S. federal government employees in an official work capacity, which under U.S. laws happily makes them Public Domain. I like to spruce them up and convert them to more of a WT style (example), but man is that a painstaking conversion job! At least in Inkscape, maybe someone with Illustrator could find an easier way.
I might try splitting that map and putting a southern section and northern section side by side in the middle of the article, forcing text either above it or below. That would probably make the formatting a lot easier to read (for people with narrow displays or who have not disabled the right ad column), and would allow for more pics of a beautiful place. --Peter Talk 20:49, 3 June 2011 (EDT)

Canyonlands National Park

Article status: guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: best in spring and autumn
Nominated by: --Tiagox2 12:35, 11 January 2011 (EST)
Comment: Don't now if it should be an OtBP or a DotM, but it is very complete and would be a good feature.

5088-canyonlands-green-river-canyons RJ.jpg

Canyonlands National Park is home to some of the most scenic and remote landscapes in the United States. Located within a massive canyon system at the confluence of the Colorado and Green Rivers, the park offers incredible opportunities for hiking, backpacking, biking, photographing, camping, and exploring canyons, arches, and rock formations found nowhere else. (more...)


I'll need to take a longer look over the article to judge the completeness, but it's very OtBP. --Peter Talk 17:47, 11 January 2011 (EST)
Needs work - The article is quite comprehensive but it would really benefit from maps, though showing all those trails will get messy. Even if the map only showed the major access roads with the look outs and hiking trail heads marked. Obviously the See/Do listings don't have addresses, but without maps it makes it difficult for a traveller to find them, therefore making this a very incomplete guide (and I'd question if it then qualifies for guide status). The OSM map seems to have the main dirt roads and some of the trails, but it would take someone with a good knowledge of the area to put the maps together. Unfortunately, that's not me. - Cardboardbird 04:16, 29 May 2011 (EDT)
It's a national park; there ought to be government (meaning public domain) maps available we could scan or import. LtPowers 13:44, 29 May 2011 (EDT)
Yep, several PD maps here. Even with no knowledge of the park, we ought to be able to knock together a decent enough WT style map from those. I might give it a go myself. --Burmesedays 11:38, 7 July 2011 (EDT)
In addition to a map the air tours and 4x4 tour look somewhat questionable to me - they should probably all be moved to the Moab article and a note added that flight tours or 4x4 tours can be arranged in Moab. Otherwise this seems pretty solid, although as the article history will show I might be a bit biased. -- Ryan • (talk) • 12:35, 10 July 2011 (EDT)
  • Support. We're running short on candidates, and aside from the already-mentioned lack of a map this article seems fairly complete to me. I've done some cleanup, although I'm still not convinced the flight tours are appropriate, but there doesn't seem to be anything that would prevent this article from being featured. -- Ryan • (talk) • 21:30, 4 February 2012 (EST)

Nanao (Japan)

Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: anytime, might be best to avoid winter
Nominated by: Peterfitzgerald (talk
Comment: User talk:Craigeditswiki put a ton of great work into this over the years, and I think it's a fine article worthy of a OtBP feature.

Nanao From Joyama.JPG

Nanao (七尾) is the largest city in the Noto Peninsula, the northern part of Ishikawa, Japan. This quiet city has few tourist attractions, but offers several amazing views of nature as well as an honest glimpse into the simple country life of Japan. The hot spring town of Wakura Onsen is within Nanao city limits. (more...)


  • Support I love the dekayama image. If we can make it with these features until then, perhaps slot this in for next May? ChubbyWimbus 04:31, 11 July 2011 (EDT)
  • Support, lovely article. --globe-trotter 00:26, 4 September 2011 (EDT)
  • Support, Nice article. Pictures could be bigger. - Cardboardbird 10:18, 5 September 2011 (EDT)


Staraya Russa

Article status: Star (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: best May to August
Nominated by: --Peter Talk 16:08, 12 July 2011 (EDT)
Comment: This little gem of a small town literary destination is likely to be our first Russian star, and would be an interesting showcase for a month. I'll try and find a photo that's a little "catchier" in small form for a feature, though.

Voskresensky Sobor.jpg

Staraya Russa is a small, historic town in the center of Novgorod Oblast, long famous domestically for its balneological mineral waters resort, but much more famous among international travelers as Dostoevsky's summer retreat, and the basis for the fictional town of Skotoprigonievsk in The Brothers Karamazov. (more...)



  • Support: the description is complete and — as usual — superior to the Russian version. Atsirlin 18:24, 12 July 2011 (EDT)
  • Strong support. Superb little article - exactly what we should be showcasing. --Burmesedays 22:31, 19 July 2011 (EDT)
  • Support - Very interesting destination and a really well written and presented article. I concur fully with Burmesedays' sentiments. - Cardboardbird 11:33, 22 August 2011 (EDT)
  • Support, obviously. In which months could this best be featured? --globe-trotter 11:57, 1 September 2011 (EDT)
That's a good question. There is no climate information in the two region articles of which this town is a part.--burmesedays 10:56, 4 September 2011 (EDT)
In Russia the best time of the year is pretty much always summer–fall, and in some ways winter, but this is best known as a summer retreat. --Peter Talk 21:40, 10 September 2011 (EDT)
  • Support. Nicely done, very complete article. -- Ryan • (talk) • 01:38, 28 September 2011 (EDT)


Eindhoven

Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: best April-October
Nominated by: globe-trotter 01:14, 4 September 2011 (EDT)
Comment: Fifth-largest city of the Netherlands, nicely developed by Justme. I placed it under OtBP, as it is not often visited by tourists (even Dutch tourists!). But it's one of the country's largest cities, so DOTM could also be done.

EindhovenLightTower.jpg

Eindhoven is dominated by industrial development as the city's history is inextricably linked to electronics giant Philips, and to a lesser degree, DAF. Although those industries have mostly disappeared, they have left the city a rich industrial heritage and a lot of museums. In addition, over the past decade the city has become the so-called capital of Dutch design. (more...)


  • Support, with a few comments. The Get out section is a bit odd. The directions to Schipol should really be in Get in, and I don't like all those red links. Get around needed sub-sections and I have just added those. Also, I think even Eindhoven's biggest fan would not call it an especially interesting city? But I guess that should not stop us featuring it.--burmesedays 11:23, 4 September 2011 (EDT)
  • Comment. I moved the Schiphol info to the Get in section, so that's fixed. I'm not sure I'm against red links, red links stimulate article creation. And about your statement that Eindhoven is not interesting, people from Eindhoven would definitely disagree with that ( to say the least :D ). But while I agree Eindhoven is not for everyone, and its modernist outlook makes it hard to love, I think the article makes a good case why and for who Eindhoven is an interesting visit (mostly for those into industrial heritage and design). There's more to the Netherlands than windmills and historic town centers :-) --globe-trotter 12:02, 4 September 2011 (EDT)
Indeed, there's also clogs and tulips :=).--burmesedays 12:05, 4 September 2011 (EDT)

Cape Le Grand National Park

Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Oct-Mar
Nominated by: Cardboardbird 11:22, 17 December 2011 (EST)
Comment: National Park in south of Western Australia with some very beautiful coastal scenery and interesting flora/fauna. And hey, it's not in Asia.

Thistle cove.jpg

Cape Le Grand National Park is considered by many to be among the best coastal scenery in Western Australia. Secluded bays cradling white sand beaches, wave pounded headlands and imposing granite peaks are nature at its most dramatic. Many visit as a day trip from Esperance, though the excellent camping facilities make it viable to stay longer. (more...)


  • Comment: This one is scheduled to be featured in week or so yet the nomination has not been any discussion. Surely it would be against the spirit if not the policy to have it go through without consensus. Anyone care to comment? - Cardboardbird 09:19, 5 February 2012 (EST)

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