Best places to travel in 2023: National Geographic unveils list of top 25 destinations for next year

Need inspiration for your next travel destination? National Geographic has you covered.

The “Best of the World 2023” list, unveiled on Wednesday, highlights 25 must-see destinations, near and far, from craft breweries in Busan, South Korea, to the world’s densest nesting area for leatherback turtles in Trinidad and Tobago.

Silhouettes of visitors are seen as they gaze at the city skyline at an observation deck in Busan, South Korea, August 1, 2015.

SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Created in close collaboration with NatGeo’s team of travel experts and international editors, “Best of the World” delves “deeper into places around the world that offer experiences that are unique and beneficial for locals and travelers alike.” , said Amy Alipio, senior editor at National Geographic Travel.

“We’ve also worked hard to offer lesser-known gems on the list, as well as inspiring alternatives to more crowded destinations (think Choquequirao vs. Machu Picchu in Peru),” Alipio said in a statement.


Hidden in the Peruvian Andes, the Inca ruins of Choquequirao are only accessible on foot for now.

Victor Zea, National Geographic

National Geographic groups the list into five categories: familyeducational trips for all generations; adventureexciting activities in stunning locations; Cultureexplorations of history and heritage; Nature, flees to wild, beautiful places; and the newcomers communityHealing Journeys, Community Preservation, Giving Back, Sustainable Places and more.

Among inland destinations, Utah stands out for its rugged landscape, and Milwaukee is known for its revitalized warehouse district, the Historic Third Ward.


Dusk falls over Delicate Arch and other red rock formations in Arches National Park, one of Utah’s five national parks.

Chad Copeland, Nat Geo Image Collection

Those craving international adventure should consider the Greek island of Karpathos, a growing center of ecotourism, or Egypt with its well-preserved 4,300-year-old Tomb of Khuwy.

National Geographic’s “Best of the World 2023” list



Rome’s 3rd-century Arch of Drusus marks the beginning of a planned 360-mile walking route across Italy along the Appian Way.

Andrea Frazzetta, National Geographic

  • Via Appia, Italy
  • Busan, South Korea
  • Longmen Grottoes, Henan Province, China
  • Egypt
  • Charleston, South Carolina



A herd of zebras wade through the waters of the Okavango Delta in the Selinda Spillway, a channel that attracts wildlife in northern Botswana.

Beverly Joubert, Nat Geo Image Collection

  • Scottish Highlands
  • Botswana
  • Slovenia
  • Big Bend National Park, Texas
  • Azores



The resident bottlenose dolphins of Revillagigedo National Park often show curiosity towards divers.

Enric Sala, Nat Geo Image Collection

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



A small white chapel sits atop Mount Profitis Ilias on Karpathos, one of the lesser-known islands in Greece’s Dodecanese archipelago.

Ciril Jazbec, National Geographic

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



The Rigi Bahnen cog railways offer breathtaking views of Lake Lucerne as you climb Mount Rigi, known in Switzerland as the “Queen of the Mountains”.

Christian Meixner, Switzerland Tourism

  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • San Francisco, California
  • Colombia
  • Manchester, UK
  • Switzerland

Learn more about the 2023 Best of the World list online at

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