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It's a wide-open world, full of wonders, contrasts, heart wrenches and surprises. Travel writer Susan Spano looked back over 10-plus years of writing travel stories for the L.A. Times and chose her top 50 trips, from Sweden's Arctic Circle to the canyon lands of Utah. The complete stories appear as they did when they were published. The facts were accurate at the time of publication, but may have changed since then. If you’re planning a trip, be sure to reverify the information.