Procida, view of the fishing village Marina Corricella at first evening light, seen from the Belvedere dei Cannoni. The concentration of beauty and picturesque, colours and architecture of Marina Corricella is so iconic that it was used a few years ago by Apple and Microsoft to show the chromatic rendering of their new mobile phones and tablets. But behind the postcard, the stage of planetary fame, there is a living island, an active, creative community, which has been designated the “Italian capital of culture” for 2022. Photo by Antonio Politano.

As international travel restrictions lift and the world slowly emerges from the pandemic, National Geographic today has revealed its annual list of the 25 must-see destinations for the next year. Profiling inspiring places, communities and experiences, this year’s list comes at a big moment. The pandemic has transformed when, where and how we see the world. With the return of travel, National Geographic is rethinking what it means to be a traveler and the impact of those choices. What remains unchanged is the organization’s commitment to travel stories that illuminate our beautiful world and the diversity of communities and people within it.

Framed by five categories—Nature, Adventure, Culture, Sustainability and Family—selections on the 2022 list honor national parks and wildlife, outdoor activities and experience, green travel and destinations going it right, and multigenerational destinations and journeys. From the “next great safari destination” of Caprivi, Namibia, to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, to the ancient tea mountains and traditions of Yunnan, China, this year’s list is a reminder that there is much out there to inspire us. Moreover, this year’s list celebrates the 50th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, with 10 World Heritage-designated sites featured.

“While the pandemic stalled many of our travel plans for nearly two years, our appetite for new and impactful journeys has only grown. In many ways, the pandemic provided a moment for travelers and communities around the world to reflect and regroup on how we explore the world,” says George Stone, executive editor of National Geographic Travel. “With this year’s list, Nat Geo takes a look at what’s different, new, and inspiring—from the new Seine River bike trail in France to Chimanimani National Park, a new national park in Mozambique that signals the country’s environmental commitment. We’re excited to share these 25 extraordinary places that will define our upcoming itineraries.”

The list was created, researched, reported and written in collaboration with National Geographic Traveler’s international editorial teams, which serve millions of readers through their magazines and websites in more than a dozen offices around the world.

The “Best of the World 2022” list is available online now at NatGeo.com/BestOfTheWorld, where readers will be transported to each destination through spectacular photography and reporting. Additionally, on Instagram, Nat Geo is inviting social media users to share photos of places they consider to be the “best of the world” and tag them #BestOfTheWorldChallenge. Beginning Dec. 3, National Geographic’s @natgeoyourshot account will feature the team’s favorites.

National Geographic’s “Best of the World 2022” list:

CULTURE
Jingmai Mountain, Yunnan, China (nominated by National Geographic Traveler China)*
Tin Pan Alley, London, England
Hokkaido, Japan*
Procida, Italy
Atlanta, Georgia, United States

SUSTAINABILITY
Ruhr Valley, Germany (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Germany)
Parque Nacional Yasuni, Ecuador (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Latin America)*
Łódź, Poland (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Poland)*
National Columbia Gorge Scenic Area, Oregon/Washington, United States
Chimanimani National Park, Mozambique

NATURE
Caprivi Strip, Namibia (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Italy)
Northern Minnesota, United States
Lake Baikal, Russia (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Russia)*
Belize Maya Forest Reserve
Victoria, Australia (nominated by National Geographic Traveller U.K.)

ADVENTURE
Seine River Bike Trail, France (nominated by National Geographic Traveler France)
Costa Rica (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Korea)
Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail, New Brunswick, Canada
Palau (nominated by National Geographic Traveller India)*
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, United States

FAMILY
Danube River Cruise (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Romania)*
Lycia, Turkey (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Turkey)*
Granada, Spain (nominated by Viajes National Geographic)*
Bonaire (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Netherlands)*
Eastern Shore, Maryland, United States

For more of National Geographic’s Best of the World list, visit NatGeo.com/BestoftheWorld

*UNESCO designated sites: Asterisk denotes UNESCO-designated status for this destination; 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.

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