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These Are the Top 25 Travel Destinations of 2023, According to 'National Geographic'

Time to start planning your travels.

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These Are the Top 25 Travel Destinations of 2023, According to 'National Geographic'

Time to start planning your travels.

It’s time to start planning for your travels next year – National Geographic has unveiled its list of the top 25 destinations of 2023.

The full list is divided into five categories, each focusing on different aspects of the locations — culture, nature, adventure, community and family — to cater to different traveling styles. National Geographic Travel‘s senior editor Amy Alipio shared that the list was created with the hopes of 2023 rediscovering not only the joy of travel, but also the beauty of wonder. “Because when you are awed by something, you treat it with respect. And that spirit is something we want to encourage with this,” she said.

The list spotlights a wide range of destinations, including those that are committed to ecotourism, sustainability and inclusive travel. Standouts include Ghana, a place for exploring Black heritage and discovering fashion in Accra, as well as Switzerland, loved for its chocolate along with hiking and skiing courses. Trinidad & Tobago is spotlighted for being home to leatherback turtles, while New Zealand is praised for its adventure-focused sites including bungee jumping.

In the U.S., the list features San Francisco, California; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Big Bend National Park, Texas; and Charleston, South Carolina.

See the full list down below and head over to National Geographic to read more about each destination.

National Geographic’s Best of the World 2023 list:

CULTURE

Appian Way, Italy
Busan, South Korea
Longmen Grottoes, Henan Province, China
Egypt
Charleston, South Carolina

NATURE

Scottish Highlands
Botswana
Slovenia
Big Bend National Park, Texas
Azores

ADVENTURE

New Zealand
Choquequirao, Peru
Utah
Austrian Alps
Revillagigedo National Park, Mexico

COMMUNITY

Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Alberta, Canada
Laos
Ghana

FAMILY

Trinidad & Tobago
San Francisco Crosstown Trail, California
Colombia
Manchester, United Kingdom
Switzerland

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