National Geographic: Best Trips for 2020 revealed

Asturias, Spain
Asturias, Spain makes the influential travel list this year ( / MarquesPhotography)

National Geographic has this week revealed its annual Best Trips list featuring a range of destinations from around the world.

The list, featuring 25 must-see destinations and travel experiences for 2020, features 17 that were nominated, researched, reported and written about in collaboration with National Geographic Traveler magazine’s international editorial teams.

Broken down into four categories – Culture, City, Nature, and Adventure – there are a number of familiar destinations included.

Praised for its cuisine, the Asturias region in Spain has been included in the Culture category alongside a number of destinations including Guizhou Province (China) and Maya in Guatemala.

In the City category are a wealth of different cities from across the world ranging from Philadelphia in the USA to Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Notably, the only UK entry is Wales Way, included in the Adventure category.

Celebrating its centennial year in 2019 since first being designated as a National Park, the Grand Canyon also makes National Geographic’s 2020 list.

Check out National Geographic’s Best Trips 2020 Destinations below:


Asturias, Spain

Guizhou Province, China

Gobekli Tepe, Turkey

Maya, Guatemala

Mendoza Province, Argentina

Abu Simbel, Egypt


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Telc, Czechia

Fort Kochi, Kerala, India

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Parma, Italy

Puebla, Mexico

Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon in Arizona makes the list, featuring in the Nature Category ( / Sean Pavone)


Magdalen Islands, Quebec, Canada

Kalahari Desert, Southern Africa

Bialowieza Forest, Belarus/Poland

National Blue Trail, Hungary

Canary Islands, Spain


Grand Canyon, Arizona


Tasmania, Australia

Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Austria

Wales Way, United Kingdom

Tohoku, Japan

Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

Zakouma National Park, Chad

“Best trips is our annual list of where to go, what to know and how to see the world in the year ahead,” says George Stone, Executive Editor, Travel.

“The list features 25 timely and global destinations and experiences that make for a year of transformative travels.”

“To build the list we worked with National Geographic editors around the world as well as photographers, writers, explorers and, of course, passionate travelers to report on the essential sites to see and places to be in 2020.”

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