The World’s 30 Best Places to Visit in 2020-21 Part 22020-07-20
Using reader input and expert analysis, U.S. News identified the latest can’t-miss vacations.
For travelers who love to hike, rock climb, horseback ride and raft along scenic routes filled with wildlife, Yosemite has just what you’re looking for. Yosemite Valley features some of the world’s most impressive waterfalls, including Bridalveil Fall, Sentinel Fall and Yosemite Falls. Along with numerous thundering cascades, this California national park boasts a large population of towering sequoia trees. There are also hundreds of hiking trails, which lead to monumental rock formations life Half Dome and El Capitan, to guide you through the massive national park.
Florence is one of the world’s best places to visit
Travelers are sure to fall in love with the artistic treasures and ethereal Arno River that define this Tuscan paradise. The “birthplace of the Renaissance” features quaint streets and detailed fountains that never fail to impress. While wandering through the city, visitors should stop to shop for inexpensive Massimo leather and enjoy an authentic panini. Florence radiates a small-town feel even though some of the world’s most striking architectural and artistic masterpieces, such as the Duomo and Michelangelo’s David sculpture, call this city home. When it’s time to unwind, enjoy a glass of Chianti during sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo, where you’ll be treated to a panoramic view of Tuscany’s capital.
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A small, historic town surrounded by snow-capped peaks, Banff is a treat in every season. The streets of this Alberta town are lined with world-class restaurants, breweries and boutiques. Banff’s art galleries attract creative types, while its museums appeal to anyone itching to learn more about the wildlife and history of the region. The town is also a gateway to Banff National Park, so travelers can easily shred powder on Mount Norquay’s slopes, hike mountain trails, admire the northern lights, relax in hot springs and canoe on Moraine Lake.
Striking sunsets at Sydney Harbour’s world-famous Opera House and sweeping landscapes along the Blue Mountains are just some of the many reasons why millions of visitors vacation in Sydney each year. On top of beautiful natural scenery at Manly Beach and the Royal Botanic Garden, this city boasts legendary chefs and fresh seafood. Treat yourself to a meal and a bloody mary at the Coogee Pavilion after you conquer the 4-mile coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach (the cliffside vistas make the journey completely worthwhile).
16. Machu Picchu
One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, this Incan citadel is the ultimate bucket-list destination. Once you get to the Cusco region, you have two ways to journey to the grand site: by taking a train to Aguas Calientes and then hopping on a bus, or by devoting yourself to the four-day Inca Trail trek. No matter how you get to Machu Picchu, heart-stopping vistas at The Sun Gate, Huayana Picchu and Watchman’s Hunt await your arrival. For the best weather, plan your trip between the end of May and September. However, be sure to book tickets well in advance, as these ancient grounds only permit a limited number of people at a time.
In Dubai, visitors can soak up the shoreline views from the tallest building in the world, shred powder on one of the longest indoor ski slopes on Earth and shop at one of the largest malls. Despite new developments in this futuristic city like the Burj Al Arab hotel and the Dubai Mall, Dubai holds onto its past, too. Travelers must make time to visit the Al Bastakiya Quarter, the city’s charming historic district, as well as the spice and gold souks, where vendors flaunt their finest herbs and jewels. Beat the triple digit temperatures by visiting in winter, but be prepared to encounter crowds as you enjoy popular Jumeirah Beach.
14. Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon definitely lives up to its name: Stretching along 277 miles of the Colorado River, this iconic American landmark offers biological diversity and awe-inspiring landscapes at every turn. Start at Grand Canyon Village, the most popular entryway to the Arizona park and home of Yavapai Point, one of the best places to gaze at the canyon. From there, let the Rim Trail or the North Kaibab Trail lead you to lookout points and riverside campgrounds. The park is open year-round, and each season offers different stunning scenery. However, dry and sunny weather in spring and fall enables visitors to hike along the Grand Canyon’s many different trails and raft down the Colorado River.
13. New York City
The Big Apple’s five distinct boroughs overflow with ethnically diverse people, eateries and attractions. Let hipsters guide you down the trendy streets of SoHo, line up behind Brooklynites for a slice of award-winning pizza, follow Manhattanites into Fifth Avenue’s finest stores and give your regards to one of Broadway’s top-notch performances – the opportunities are endless. In addition to dozens of renowned museums, monumental skyscrapers and some of the world’s most celebrated restaurants, New York City offers hundreds of lodging options, from budget-friendly to splurge-worthy.
Bali is the place many people imagine when they hear the word “paradise.” Situated in the Indonesian archipelago, Bali promises pristine beaches with prime surfing conditions, white sands and exotic wildlife. However, there’s more to this little island than its idyllic stretches of coastline. Bali is home to geological wonders, lush forests and volcanoes. It also has a prominent religious culture, and tourists can admire the centuries-old Hindu temples scattered around the island. Not to mention, lively festivals are deeply rooted in Balinese culture, and if you’re lucky enough to witness one of these celebrations, you’re sure to appreciate the art and culture that make this island so magical.
With a mix of Spanish and Catalan culture, Barcelona is full of authentic flair. Travelers can admire the unique works of architectural genius Antoni Gaudí at the renowned Sagrada Família, Park Güell and Casa Batlló. Visitors should also explore the rich history built into the streets of the Gothic Quarter, stop for a cocktail at one of the bars situated along La Barceloneta beach and shop the numerous stores along Passeig de Gràcia. If you’re not already a gastronome, the sizzling patatas bravas (spicy potatoes), paella, fresh seafood and Spanish tortilla will certainly turn you into a foodie.
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