Top travel destinations in the world: National Geographic has just published its list of the 25 must-see destinations of 2020. The list features places from around the world and is part of the magazine’s efforts to promote more sustainable tourism.
Its choices take into account a number of factors, including cultural engagement, diversity, value, accessibility, and community benefits. Divided into four categories, the list offers suggestions for travelers with a focus on culture, urban life, nature or adventure.
The sites were selected in collaboration with 17 National Geographic Traveler editorial teams around the world. Find out which places are on the list. Some of the photos below were provided by National Geographic.
Table Of Contents
- 1 Here are the top travel destinations in the world
- 1.1 1. Zakouma National Park, Chad
- 1.2 2. Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
- 1.3 3. Tohoku Region, Japan
- 1.4 4. Wales Way, United Kingdom
- 1.5 5. Grossglockner Alpine High Route, Austria
- 1.6 6. Tasmania, Australia
- 1.7 7. Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
- 1.8 8. Maldives
- 1.9 9. Canary Islands, Spain
- 1.10 10- Blue Trail, Hungary
- 1.11 11. Forêt de Białowieża, Biélorussie/Pologne
- 1.12 12. Kalahari Desert, Southern Africa
- 1.13 13. Magdalen Islands, Canada
- 1.14 14. Puebla, Mexico
- 1.15 15. Parma, Italy
- 1.16 16. Mostar, Bosnie-Herzégovine
- 1.17 17. Fort Kochi, India
- 2 18. Telč, Czech Republic
Here are the top travel destinations in the world
1. Zakouma National Park, Chad
This park is located south of the Sahara Desert and is known for its lively wildlife. After taking drastic measures to prevent elephant poaching, only 24 elephants have been illegally hunted in the park in the last 10 years. The elephant population in the area has increased for the first time in years.
Antelopes, hartebeests, giraffes, buffaloes, and rhinos are also found here.
2. Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
Located in eastern Russia, the Kamchatka Peninsula consists of two mountain ranges, with 127 volcanoes, 22 of which are still active. There are also geysers, hot springs, and numerous rivers and swamps. The region is known for its harsh winters and cool, wet summers. It is inhabited by the indigenous Korak, Chukchi, and Kamchatka populations.
3. Tohoku Region, Japan
The Tohoku region of Japan is known for its mountains, hot springs, and lakes, but also for its very cold winters. It is less than three hours by train from Tokyo, which will host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
4. Wales Way, United Kingdom
The Wales Way consists of three national routes that take travelers across the country, each route offering a different experience. The North Wales Way follows the ancient trade route along with North Wales, while the Cambrian Way winds through the mountainous regions. Finally, the Coastal Way winds its way up the west coast of Wales, around Cardigan Bay and several seaside towns.
5. Grossglockner Alpine High Route, Austria
Situated between alpine pastures and meadows, the High Alpine Road (named after the country’s highest peak, the Grossglockner, which is over 3,650 meters high) offers a beautiful walk through the Austrian Alps.
6. Tasmania, Australia
The island of Tasmania, currently one of Australia’s most popular travel destinations, is rich in history and culture. You can find beautiful beaches along the coast and the mountains while driving a few hours inland. Hobart, its capital, is known for its lively art scene with the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), which combines art and architecture. The museum also has a vineyard and a star restaurant.
7. Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
It is one of the most famous parks in the United States: the Grand Canyon offers a magnificent spectacle of eroded rocks and all the beautiful colors that accompany them.
Located in the Indian Ocean, this beautiful island offers white sandy beaches and a rich heritage that combines Indian, Sri Lankan, Arab and North African culture. The state has also been a forerunner in the fight against climate change since 1987.
9. Canary Islands, Spain
This archipelago is a popular tourist destination. Its volcanic lands grow bananas, oranges, coffee, sugar cane, and dates. There are two groups of islands: the western islands consisting of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, La Palma, La Gomera, and Ferro, and the eastern islands Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, and six smaller islets.
10- Blue Trail, Hungary
This popular hiking destination attracts adventurers from all over the world. It became famous after filming a documentary on the trail in 1979.
11. Forêt de Białowieża, Biélorussie/Pologne
Located on the border between Poland and Belarus, this magnificent forest is known for its biodiversity and is home to the largest population of bison in Europe. The forest covers 141,884 hectares. National Geographic calls it “one of the last true wild places in Europe“.
12. Kalahari Desert, Southern Africa
Ce désert s’étend sur le Botswana, la Namibie et l’Afrique du Sud. On y trouve plus de 400 espèces différentes de plantes, et c’est le berceau de lions, léopards, guépards, oryx gazelles, suricates, et plus encore. Il abrite également la plus grande antilope d’Afrique, l’éland du Cap.
13. Magdalen Islands, Canada
The Magdalen Islands are made up of eight individual islands. Each one has its own culture and unique adventures. Adorable harp seal pups can also be found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off the coast of the archipelago.
14. Puebla, Mexico
The fourth largest city in Mexico, Puebla is known for its 350 churches and exceptional architecture. The church of Santo Domingo (in the photo above) is known for its beautiful baroque structures covered in gold. It also stands out for its authenticity, standing out from other Mexican regions, which are more frequented by tourists.
15. Parma, Italy
This city is known for its gastronomy, especially cheese and prosciutto. The area is also home to a number of museums and historic cathedrals, such as Parma Cathedral. It has even been named “Italian Capital of Culture for 2020“.
16. Mostar, Bosnie-Herzégovine
This Eastern European destination is known for its old stone buildings and paved roads. There is also a charming bridge over the Neretva River. A version of the 16th century Stari Most (Old Bridge), rebuilt in 2004.
17. Fort Kochi, India
Known as the first European settlement in India, Fort Kochi is a mixture of many cultures. The Chinese fishing net exhibition (see above) is one of the most famous historical sites in the area.
18. Telč, Czech Republic
While the original town was burnt down in 1530, the reconstructed area has now become one of the most beautiful destinations in the Czech Republic. Its historic center has even been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is also a castle, with fine examples of Renaissance architecture.
19. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Also known as “The City of Brotherly Love.” Philadelphia is known for its historical and cultural ties to the founding of the United States. And you may have heard that its Cheese Steaks weren’t too bad, either.
20. Abu Simbel, Egypt
This archaeological site is home to two temples built by Ramses II. Four statues of the king of Egypt can be seen at the front of the temple. Nearby is another temple dedicated to Nefertari. Built to serve the worship of the goddess of heaven, Hathor.
21. Province of Mendoza, Argentina
The province, located in the high peaks of the Andes Cordillera, has three wine-growing regions and some century-old vineyards.
22. Maya Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala
At the end of 2018, a recent survey of the region revealed more than 60,000 previously unknown structures in the area, indicating that the Mayan civilization was much larger than previously thought. Before the discovery, it was said to have spread from southern Mexico to Guatemala and Belize.
23. Göbekli Tepe, Turkey
This city is home to what is believed to be one of the oldest temples in the world – the Göbekli Tepe Temple. Believed to be over 11,000 years old.
24. Guizhou Province, China
CNN reported that Guizhou province was one of the fastest-growing provinces in China. It is also home to the longest cave in Asia and is home to one of the country’s most popular alcohols, Moutai.
25. Asturias, Spain
The Principality of Asturias is located along a rugged coastline and offers a magnificent view of the sandy beaches. It is also known for its fauna, such as wolves and wild boars that roam the area. The region has not seen much tourist activity in the past, making it an ideal place to escape and escape the crowds.