The 25 Most Incredible Places on Earth: From Manchester and the Scottish Highlands to Utah and a James Bond filming location in Italy, National Geographic unveils its prestigious list…so how many have you been?
- This annual ‘Best of the World’ inventory ‘helps you jump ahead in planning for the coming year’
- The list is grouped into five categories: Family, Adventure, Culture, Nature and, new for this year, Community
- Lesser-known gems are on the list, inspiring alternatives to destinations that are now overcrowded
Wanderlust watered down? National Geographic’s list of the 25 Most Incredible Places on Earth for 2023 might just set it on fire again.
This annual ‘Best of the world‘ Inventory will ‘help you jump ahead in planning for the year ahead’ and includes destinations – from the Scottish Highlands to Utah, and from a James Bond filming location in Italy to the Dodecanese Islands in Greece – that Nat Geo’s writers and editors this year.
The list is grouped into five categories: Family, Adventure, Culture, Nature and, new for this year, Community – sites that are pioneering ecotourism.
“Best of the World” is Nat Geo’s annual love letter to the world’s most incredible places, both near and far. Nathan Klomp, editor-in-chief of National Geographic. “We couldn’t be prouder to shine a light on these 25 extraordinary places that have inspired us the most this year and that we know will define travelers’ itineraries for years to come.”
Senior Editor National Geographic Amy Alipio added: ‘We have delved deeper into places around the world that offer experiences that are unique and beneficial to both locals and travelers: locations where visitors ultimately support and sustain – not harm – the destination environment and community. We’ve also worked hard to list lesser-known gems, equally inspiring alternatives to destinations that have become overcrowded (think Choquequirao vs. Machu Picchu in Peru).’
Scroll down for a sneak peek at some of the locations that made the cut.
APPIAN WAY, ITALY: This is Europe’s old ‘superhighway’, says Nat Geo. Pictured above is the Ponte dell’Acquedotto, near the path of the Via Appia in the Italian town of Gravina in Puglia, which was featured in the James Bond film No Time to Die
UTAH: Utah’s rugged landscapes invite outdoor adventure recreation like paddleboarding along Colorado River in Moab, National Geographic says
SWITZERLAND: ‘Ride the rails to scenic mountain towns for chocolate, hiking and skiing,’ says Nat Geo. Above is Switzerland’s Train des Vignes, which offers ‘spectacular views’ over Lake Geneva as it travels between Vevey and Puidoux through the UNESCO-listed Lavaux vineyards.
AZORES: Dozens of waterfalls crash into the verdant volcanic slopes of the Azores, including Ribeira Grande on Flores Island
SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS: One of the highlights of the Highlands is the Alladale Wilderness Reserve (above), which “encompasses nearly 40 square miles of dramatic valleys, moody lochs and meandering rivers,” National Geographic says, adding: “The reserve is part launches a “rewilding” initiative that reintroduces the native flora and fauna of the Highlands
CHOQUEQUIRAO, PERU: Hidden in the Peruvian Andes, the Inca ruins of Choquequirao are only accessible on foot — for now, notes Nat Geo
DODECANIA ISLANDS, GREECE: A small white chapel sits on top of Mount Profitis Ilias on Karpathos, one of the lesser-known islands in the Greek Dodecanese archipelago. Here, says Nat Geo, ‘women-led businesses lead the way in sustainable tourism’
MANCHESTER: ‘Home to famous football teams and pop culture stars (hello Harry Styles), Manchester is also the location of the most visited public library in the UK, the circular Central Library,’ notes Nat Geo.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICAL’ 25 BEST PLACES IN THE WORLD FOR 2023, FROM SCOTLAND TO UTAH
Via Appia, Italy
Busan, South Korea
Longmen Caves, Henan Province, China
Charleston, South Carolina
Big Bend National Park, Texas
Revillagigedo National Park, Mexico
Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Trinidad and Tobago
San Francisco, California
To learn more about National Geographic’s Best of the World list, visit NatGeo.com/bestoftheworld.