25 Best Destinations in the World To Visit in 2022
|National Geographic reveals its top best destinations for 2022 - Northern Minnesota -- where camp under the Milky Way in Voyegeurs National Park -- is one of the picks. For more of National Geographic's Best of the World list|
Forget Covid 19 pandemic, people begin to travel across the globe, National Geographic reaveals the top 25 destinations to visit in the new year of 2022.
In its 2022 full list, National Geographic selected 25 best destinations to visit. These are spread across five categories: nature, adventure, culture, sustainability and family - from hiking up the Rocky Mountains to witnessing sustainability in Chimanimani, Mozambique.
Here is the full list of National Geographic's Best Destinations in the World for 2022
1.Jingmai Mountain, Yunnan, China
2.Tin Pan Alley, London
1.Ruhr Valley, Germany
2.Parque Nacional Yasuni, Ecuador
4.National Columbia Gorge Scenic Area, Oregon/Washington
5.Chimanimani National Park, Mozambique
|Mozambique recently named Chimanimani a national park, and the country has committed to revitalizing wildlife and restoring its ecosystem|
1.Caprivi Strip, Namibia
3.Lake Baikal, Russia
4.Belize Maya Forest Reserve
1.Seine River Bike Trail, France
3.Nepisiguit Mi'gmaq Trail, New Brunswick, Canada
5.Arapahoe Basin, Colorado
1.Danube River Cruise
5.Eastern Shore, Maryland
Discover The Top 25 Best Destinations in the World in 2022
These 25 travel destinations include a diverse selection of national parks, outdoor activities, multigenerational journeys and more aimed at inspiring wannabe venturers to experience the world and the diversity of people within it.
|View of the fishing village Marina Corricella in Procida at first evening light, seen from the Belvedere dei Cannoni. Photograph by Antonio Politano|
In culture, while beautiful and picturesque, the culture category's Procida is known for its active creative community and has been dubbed the "Italian capital of culture."
It includes American destinations like Atlanta and Maryland's Eastern Shore, along with far-off locations like the western Pacific island Palau and Japan's second-largest island Hokkaido.
|This image shows elephants from Caprivi Strip in Mudumu National Park, Namibia. Radek Borovka, Alamy Stock Photo, via National Geographic|
Some of the journeys emphasize tradition, like China's ancient tea mountains, while others, like Canada's ancient Nepisiguit Mi'gmaq Trail, are more suitable for rugged adventures.
In culture, Procida, a little island off the coast of Naples, is an Italian Capital of Culture for 2022, while London's legendary music hub Tin Pan Alley has had a recent resurgence, with the opening of three new music venues.
For Sustainability, National Geographic's picks include Ecuador's Yasuni National Park, a biosphere reserve in the Amazon which is currently under threat -- just last week parts of the forest were cleared for an oil road and pipelines.
|Best Destination 2022 - Fly-in trips provide stunning aerial views of the myriad waterways that make up Namibia's Four Rivers region and the greater Okavango Delta area./Joe Yogerst/CNN|
The ancient waters of Lake Baikal, known as Russia's "Sacred Sea," are bigger than all the Great Lakes of North American combined, and it makes up close to a quarter of our planet's freshwater reserves.
Adventure seekers are recommended to try the new 420-kilometer-long La Seine à Vélo bike route which runs from Paris to the Normandy sea. Or if hiking is more your thing, there's the 147-kilometer-long Sentier Nepisiguit Mi'gmaq wilderness trail in New Brunswick, Canada. It follows the Nepisiguit River from Daly Point's Nature Reserve to Mount Carleton Provincial Park.
Among NatGeo's adventure selections is Colorado's Arapahoe Basin, where visitors can enjoy North America's highest via ferrata at 12,999 feet above sea level. And in keeping its annual list fresh, the magazine included France's new Seine River Bike Trail, a 260-mile-long route that connects Paris to the sea.
|This angle shows the Danube River in Budapest at twilight. lupengyu, Getty Images, via National Geographic|
For family trips with loved ones, National Geographic's picks include Turkey's sweeping southwest coastline, a lesser known Mediterranean delight which was known in ancient times as Lycia. Sailing is the perfect way to explore its secluded bays and coves.
Drive the Great Ocean Road - Victoria, Australia
Green shoots of regeneration are popping up across Australia, where the 2019-2020 bushfires burned some 72,000 square miles of land. The disasters led to the deaths of nearly three dozen people and more than a billion animals.
Playing its own role in these rejuvenation efforts, Wildlife Wonders, in Victoria’s Otways region, is a new wildlife sanctuary tucked away off the Great Ocean Road amid lush ancient forest and waterfalls. It’s the brainchild of Brian Massey, the landscape designer of New Zealand’s Hobbiton movie set tours. Massey, along with botanists, scientists, zoologists, and environmental specialists, has crafted a sinuous wooden path that winds through the refuge and blends seamlessly into the landscape.
*Find out more about the "Best of the World 2022" list online at NatGeo.com/BestOfTheWorld.
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