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
You can meander through Central Park, view the exhibits at the Met, see a Broadway musical, or explore SoHo’s chic stores in New York City. At night, enjoy Manhattan’s gleaming skyscrapers from the top of the Empire State Building or your contemporary boutique hotel’s rooftop bar.
In Dubai, you’ll find breathtaking vistas of the Persian Gulf, adrenaline-pumping activities, and historic landmarks. The Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, and the indoor Ski Dubai are just a few of the unique attractions in this Middle Eastern city. However, the city retains its legacy, as evidenced by the Bastakiya Quarter and historic gold and spice souks.
8. Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon, which is approximately 277 river miles long and 18 miles broad, provides lots of outdoor activities for thrill seekers. Hike the famous Rim and Bright Angel paths for breathtaking views of the rust-colored scenery, or cool down with a whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River.
Phuket, located in southern Thailand, has something for everyone, especially budget-conscious vacationers. Everything from lodgings to spa treatments and boat cruises is inexpensive. The limestone cliffs of Phang Nga Bay and the beaches of the Phi Phi Islands offer breathtaking beauty. Wat Chalong Temple and the Big Buddha are both must-sees.
6. South Island, New Zealand
Mountains, fjords, and glaciers abound on New Zealand’s South Island, which is brimming with breathtaking scenery at every turn. In Queenstown, indulge your inner daredevil, discover two of the world’s most accessible glaciers on the West Coast, experience exquisite food and wine in Marlborough, or kayak through the glacier-carved Milford Sound.
London is in a league of its own. The varied neighbourhoods, which are home to a mix of historic buildings and modern-day activities, can keep you busy for days. If you’re visiting for the first time, don’t miss out on seeing the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, or the British Museum before sitting down for a traditional afternoon tea.
If you’ve been fantasizing about relaxing in a magnificent overwater bungalow, come visit this island — the largest in French Polynesia. Aside from the opulent resorts, Tahiti has black sand beaches, excellent snorkeling and surfing, and a lively capital. A cruise is the most convenient (and least expensive) way to enjoy this paradise.
When visiting the Eternal City, be prepared to cross a few must-see attractions off your list, such as the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon, to mention a few. In adjacent Vatican City, you’ll find other marvels like St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Take a twilight stroll through Trastevere’s cobblestone streets to avoid the tourist crowds.
A journey to Yellowstone, considered by many to be a rite of passage for any American, will leave you in awe of nature’s might. Marvel at the Grand Prismatic Spring’s colorful waters, see Old Faithful’s hourly spectacle, stroll along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, or simply relax with a picnic at Yellowstone Lake.
Every day, the captivating City of Light attracts visitors from all over the world who come to view iconic monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Notre Dame in person. But it’s the city’s tiny cafes, busy markets, chic shopping districts, and undeniable je ne sais quoi charm that draws visitors in.