The world is full of diverse destinations that are waiting to be explored. But with so many options, it can be hard to narrow down your bucket list.
That’s why U.S. News used a methodology that takes into account expert and editor analysis and reader votes to determine which destinations qualify for a spot on the list of the World’s Best Places to Visit. This year’s ranking includes sprawling European metropolises, picturesque Caribbean islands, quaint mountain towns and exquisite natural wonders that are sure to wow every type of traveler
With a world full of fascinating destinations, choosing the perfect place to vacation can present a challenge. That’s why U.S. News Travel used expert opinions, user votes, and current trends to compile this list.
Here Are The Best 10 Places To Visit In The World 2018
10. New York City
New York City hosts infinite urban adventures: You can wander through Central Park, tour the exhibits at the Met, catch a Broadway show or peruse SoHo’s stylish boutiques. And at night, admire Manhattan’s glittering skyscrapers from the top of the Empire State Building or the rooftop bar of your trendy boutique hotel.
Stunning Persian Gulf views, heart-pumping activities, and historic landmarks await in Dubai. This Middle Eastern city is filled with one-of-a-kind attractions, including the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, and the indoor Ski Dubai. But the city still holds onto its heritage, as seen in the Bastakiya Quarter and traditional gold and spice souks.
8. Grand Canyon
Measuring roughly 277 river miles long and 18 miles wide, the Grand Canyon offers plenty of outdoor activities for adventure junkies. Hike along the popular Rim and Bright Angel trails for unparalleled views of the rust-colored landscape, or cool off with a whitewater rafting excursion down the Colorado River.
Located in southern Thailand, Phuket offers something for everyone, especially budget-minded travelers. Everything from accommodations to spa treatments and boat tours come with a low price tag. For stunning scenery, check out the limestone cliffs of Phang Nga Bay and the beaches of the Phi Phi Islands. Other must-sees include Wat Chalong Temple and the Big Buddha.
6. South Island, New Zealand
Mountains, fjords, glaciers, New Zealand’s South Island brims with majestic landscapes at every turn. Indulge your inner daredevil in Queenstown, explore two of the most accessible glaciers in the world on the West Coast, sample delicious food and wine in Marlborough, or kayak your way through the glacier-carved Milford Sound.
London is a world unto itself. The eclectic neighborhoods, which house a blend of historic landmarks and modern-day attractions, can keep you occupied for days. If it’s your first time, don’t pass up a visit to the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace or the British Museum before sitting down to a classic afternoon tea.
Travel to this island – the largest in French Polynesia if you’ve been dreaming of a vacation spent lazing in a luxurious overwater bungalow. Beyond the posh resorts, Tahiti boasts black sand beaches, prime snorkeling and surfing conditions, and a bustling capital. The easiest (and cheapest) way to experience this paradise is on a cruise.
When you visit the Eternal City, prepare to cross a few must-see attractions – the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon, to name a few – off your bucket list. Additional treasures like St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel can be found in nearby Vatican City. Escape the tourist crowds with a twilight stroll through the cobblestone streets of Trastevere.
Considered by many to be a rite of passage for any American, a visit to Yellowstone will leave you in awe of nature’s power. Marvel at the kaleidoscopic waters of the Grand Prismatic Spring, catch the hourly show put on by Old Faithful, hike along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone or simply relax with a picnic at Yellowstone Lake.
Every day, the magnetic City of Light draws visitors who travel from around the globe to see iconic attractions like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Notre Dame in real life. But what travelers really fall in love with are the city’s quaint cafes, vibrant markets, trendy shopping districts and unmistakable je ne sais quoi charm.