Best Of The World For 2023

National Geographic recently released a list that was themed around travel destinations and experiences that leverage the benefits of tourism to strengthen their local communities and environments, both natural and built.

Nat Geo’s “Best of the World” list for 2023 celebrates destinations and travel experiences grouped by categories: Family, Adventure, Culture, Nature. We have the list and some thoughts on it.

New this year, is a Community category, designed to be inclusive of healing and heritage journeys, community-led conservation efforts, ways for travelers to give back, and locations doing groundbreaking work in eco-tourism, sustainability and inclusive travel. The goal is to spotlight destinations where people make places better for locals, the environment and visitors, and to showcase homegrown, rooted, locally relevant and engaged places to visit.

“Best of the World’ is Nat Geo’s annual love letter to the most incredible places in the world, both near and far,” said Nathan Lump, National Geographic’s Editor-in-Chief. “We couldn’t be prouder to shine a light on these 25 extraordinary places that most inspired us this year, and which we know will define travelers’ itineraries for years to come. From craft breweries and Asia’s top film festival in Busan, South Korea, to women-led Indigenous tourism in Alberta, Canada, and the densest leatherback turtle nesting ground in the world in Trinidad and Tobago, this year’s list reminds us that there is still so much out there to explore and experience.”  

The list was created, researched, reported and written in collaboration with National Geographic Traveler’s international editorial teams.

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, Wisconsin
Alberta, Canada

Trinidad and Tobago
San Francisco, California
Manchester, UK