Best places to travel in 2022: National Geographic reveals 25 must-see destinations for next year

Want to wander? National Geographic has just released its “World’s Best 2022” listing!

These 25 travel destinations include a diverse selection of national parks, outdoor activities, multigenerational travel and more aimed at inspiring budding adventurers to discover the world and the diversity of its people.

Organized in collaboration with the international editorial teams of NatGeo Traveler, the list is divided into five categories: nature, adventure, culture, sustainability and family.

It includes American destinations like Atlanta and the east coast of Maryland, as well as distant destinations like the Western Pacific Island, Palau, and Japan’s second largest island, Hokkaido.

Some of the trips emphasize tradition, such as China’s ancient tea mountains, while others, such as Canada’s ancient Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail, are better suited for rugged adventures.

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


Must-see nature trips include tent camping under the Milky Way in northern Minnesota and spotting wildlife at Caprivi, Namibia’s “next big safari destination”.

  • Caprivi Strip, Namibia
  • Northern Minnesota, United States
  • Lake Baikal, Russia
  • Maya Forest Reserve of Belize
  • Victoria, Australia


Among NatGeo’s adventure picks is Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin, where visitors can enjoy North America’s tallest via ferrata at 12,999 feet above sea level. Annual up-to-date, the magazine has included the new Seine cycle path in France, a 260-mile-long route that connects Paris to the sea.

  • Seine cycle path, France
  • Costa Rica
  • Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Palau
  • Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, United States


Although beautiful and picturesque, Procida in the culture category is known for its active creative community and has been dubbed the “Italian capital of culture”.

  • Jingmai Mountain, Yunnan, China
  • Tin Pan Alley, London, England
  • Hokkaido, Japan
  • Procida, Italy
  • Atlanta, Georgia, United States


Mozambique recently named Chimanimani a national park, and the country is committed to revitalizing wildlife and restoring its ecosystem.

  • Ruhr Valley, Germany
  • Parque Nacional Yasuni, Ecuador
  • Lodz, poland
  • National Columbia Gorge Scenic Area, Oregon / Washington, USA
  • Chimanimani National Park, Mozambique


  • Danube cruise
  • Lycia, Turkey
  • Granada, Spain
  • Bonaire
  • Eastern Shore, Maryland, United States

To find out more about the “Best of the World 2022” list online at

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