SAN FRANCISCO– National Geographic unveiled its “Best of the World 2023” list on Wednesday, and San Francisco was selected as one of 25 must-visit destinations for the coming year.
Each year, NatGeo’s team of travel experts and international writers selects destinations and experiences that “leverage the benefits of tourism to strengthen their local communities and environments, both natural and built”.
“We’ve also worked hard to provide lesser-known gems on the list, equally inspiring alternatives to destinations that have become overcrowded (think Choquequirao versus Machu Picchu in Peru),” Amy Alipio, Senior Editor at National Geographic Travel.
The list is grouped by categories, and The Golden City is part of Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, Manchester and Switzerland in the Family category.
National Geographic groups the list into five categories: Familyeducational trips for all generations; Adventureexciting activities in breathtaking locations; Cultureexplorations of history and heritage; Nature, escape in wild and magnificent places; and the new Communityhealing journeys, community conservation, giving back, sustainable places and more.
Among domestic destinations, Utah is highlighted for its rugged landscape and Milwaukee is featured for its revitalized warehouse district, Historic Third Ward.
Those looking for an international adventure should consider the Greek island of Karpathos, a thriving ecotourism hub, or Egypt, with its well-preserved 4,300-year-old tomb of Khuwy.
National Geographic’s “Best of the World 2023” list
- Appian Way, Italy
- Busan, South Korea
- Longmen Grottoes, Henan Province, China
- Charleston, South Carolina
- scottish highlands
- Big Bend National Park, Texas
- New Zealand
- Choquequirao, Peru
- austrian alps
- Revillagigedo National Park, Mexico
- Dodecanese Islands, Greece
- Milwaukee, Wis.
- Alberta, Canada
- Trinidad and Tobago
- San Francisco, California
- Manchester, United Kingdom
Learn more about the “Best of the World 2023” list online at NatGeo.com/BestOfTheWorld.
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