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The 25 most unmissable destinations in 2023 according to National Geographic


Here is a ranking that might interest you if you plan to organize a big trip in the coming months. The National Geographic site has just published its list of the most beautiful destinations for 2023.

“The hope is that 2023 will not only be the year that marks the great return to travel but also that it will be the year where we rediscover the fact of being amazed”, explained Amy Alipio, editor in the head of National Geographic Travel. The documentary channel published its list of the best destinations in the world on its website on Wednesday, October 26. For this edition, which lists 25 “must-see places” that will count in 2023, the destinations have been classified into five categories, placed under the sign of respect: family, adventure, culture, and nature. And for the first time, the outlet has added a category called “community”, which includes “places that do innovative work in ecotourism ., sustainability and inclusive travel,” the press release read.

2023 list of the best destinations in the world

In this section, a wide variety of destinations are listed, starting with Ghana, the main point of departure for slave ships to America from the 17th century and a significant place in the history of African-Americans in West Africa, Alberta in Canada, an example of “Indigenous tourism, led by women, which allows travelers to discover the stories and ways of life of the Indians of North America”, says Amy Alipio. , for its high-speed rail that makes the country accessible to travellers, and the Greek island of Karpathos, for its sustainable tourism and female leadership.

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Family, culture, adventure and nature

South Korea

In the family section, you can find educational trips for all generations. In culture, you might be inspired by places to explore history and heritage, like Busan, South Korea, which offers many craft breweries and the “best film festival in Asia,” according to the outlet.

travel familly

If you are more of a thrill seeker, the Adventure category includes exciting activities to be carried out in breathtaking locations. Here you will find the Austrian Alps, New Zealand and the Inca site of Choquequirao, Peru. In the Nature section, you will have everything to get away from it all by taking in a big bowl of wild and majestic nature, like the great parks of the American West, which avoid overtourism or Slovenia, “a long-time leader in terms of sustainable tourism” with its cycle paths and wine tours.

Austrian Alps

The ranking is “National Geographic’s annual declaration of love to the world’s most incredible places, both near and far,” said National Geographic editor Nathan Lump, quoted in the statement. These 25 places are the ones that “have inspired us the most this year and which we know will define travelers’ itineraries for years to come”. Because “there are still so many things to explore and experience”, he adds.

2023 list of the best destinations in the world

most unmissable destinations


  • Appian Way, Italy
  • Busan, South Korea
  • Longmen Grottoes, Henan Province, China
  • Egypt
  • Charleston, South Carolina
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  • Highlands of Scotland
  • Botswana
  • Slovenia
  • Big Bend National Park, Texas
  • Azores


  • New Zealand
  • Choquequirao, Pérou
  • Utah
  • Austrian alps
  • Revillagigedo National Park, Mexico


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


  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • San Francisco Crosstown Trail, Californie
  • Colombia
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Swiss


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