The year’s Best Trips 2019 list is relevant, surprising and inspiring, highlighting a mix of destinations from the Peruvian Amazon to Kansas City, Missouri.
In its annual Best Trips 2019 issue, National Geographic Traveler magazine reveals its 28 must-see destinations and travel experiences for 2019. Together, Traveler editors and National Geographic Explorers have selected their top places to travel across four categories: Cities, Nature, Culture, and Adventure.
The year’s Best Trips 2019 list is relevant, surprising and inspiring, highlighting a globe-spanning mix of destinations from the Peruvian Amazon to Kansas City, Missouri.
“Our issue features 28 destinations and experiences that can inspire us, change our perspectives and connect us with cultures, places and ideas that matter in the world,” says George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor in chief. “It is driven by our mission to explore, conserve, respect and engage with our planet.”
Nat Geo’s destinations for Best Trips 2019 are:
Find your groove in Salvador, Brazil, where plazas are stages for capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian blend of martial arts and dance.
Kansas City, Missouri
Revel in the revival.
Exploring Toronto’s urban wilderness by kayak offers unobstructed views of the downtown skyline.
Matera’s storied rocks are on a roll. The Sassi (“the stones”) di Matera, a honeycomb of more than 1,000 cave dwellings condemned and cleared in the 1950s due to squalid living conditions, buzzes with new activity.
Visit the world’s most remote major city.
Mexico City, Mexico
Taste original flavors where corn is king.
Welcome to the jungle!
The Balkans’ largest lake, Skadar, is the winding centerpiece of Lake Skadar National Park in Montenegro.
One of the most biodiverse reefs on the planet, the Belize barrier reef is home to several rare and threatened species, such as the red-footed booby, West Indian manatee, and loggerhead turtle.
Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
Recent conservation efforts in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park include reintroduction of African wild dogs.
South Walton County, Florida
Northwest Florida’s South Walton County has four state parks and 26 miles of sandy beaches.
Tahiti, French Polynesia
Crystalline waters make French Polynesia a dream destination for surfers, boaters, and divers.
See the solar eclipse on July 2, 2019, that will pass directly over the Tuamotu Archipelago, completely darkening the sky for about three and a half minutes.
Early 2019 sees the opening of the 5.2-million-square-foot Grand Egyptian Museum. Located on the Giza Plateau, it cost more than a billion dollars to build and is billed as the world’s largest museum devoted to a single civilization.
Hoang Lien Son, Vietnam
Hike routes in and around Hoang Lien Son National Park and the adjacent Muong Hoa Valley, then enjoy homestays among the Hmong, Red Dao, Tay, Giay, and other ethnic minority groups.
Named a 2018 European Region of Gastronomy, Ireland’s fourth largest city is European Capital of Culture for 20120. Through 2019, new community heritage and arts projects will be rolling out in conventional and unexpected venues (beaches, fields, remote villages, and rivers) across Galway city and county.
Bauhaus Trail, Germany
With revitalized Jack London Square and Temescal Alley, Oakland is basking in a newfound share of Bay Area spotlight.
Alpine peaks and pristine Lake Geneva form a stunning backdrop for terraced vineyards in Switzerland’s Lavaux region. Drink to a once-in-a-generation festival – held five times a century, the Fête des Vignerons is a celebration of the Lavaux region’s rich wine growing culture, traditions, and of course wines.
The world’s largest island celebrates 10 years of self-rule in 2019. Roughly 80 percent of the island is covered by the Greenland ice sheet. Go sea kayaking among towering icebergs. Climb the solid rock walls of south Greenland’s fjords. Witness northern lights in remote Northeast Greenland’s National Park.
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico
New Mexico’s remote Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness shelters a nature-made gallery of surreal rock formations.
Isla de los Estados, Argentina
Nicknamed the “End of the World,” Argentina’s Isla de los Estados is an island-wide nature preserve.
Soaring peaks, deep gorges, and waterfalls grace the country’s three national parks: Galicica, Mavrovo, and Pelister. Kayak the Lake Ohrid, one of Europe’s oldest and deepest lakes, and take flight over the Pelagonia Valley from Macedonia’s paragliding hub and highest town, Krusevo at 4,429 feet.
Canterbury Region, New Zealand
Caño Cristales River, Colombia
Riverbed aquatic plants give Colombia’s Caño Cristales River a rainbow glow from July through November.
Explore the Hajar mountains, go deep into the twisting gorges of Wadi an Nakhur, enjoy the Gulf of Oman beaches or the endless red dunes of the Rub al Khali.