World’s Best Places to Visit
To help you choose where to go on your next vacation, tourist deck pulled together a list of popular destinations based on the recommendations of trusted travel experts and used the opinions of thousands of travelers to narrow the scope. Our list of the “World’s Best Places to Visit” represents our readers’ favorite vacation spots, which range from big cities, such as Paris and New York, to beach getaways like Maui and Puerto Rico. We hope these recommendations can help point you towards your next vacation destination. Please vote for your favorite places below to help us determine next year’s best places to visit.
Paris: Why Go: Year after year, the magnetic City of Lights draws travelers to its Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Notre Dame. But what keeps travelers enchanted is Paris’ alluring cafes, vibrant markets and trendy shopping districts. And we can’t discount Paris’ je ne sais quoi charm that’s unexplainable but also unmistakeable.
Barcelona : Why Go: Renowned for its legendary fútbol team, Barcelona boasts much more than athletic talent. Touring the city is a feast for the eyes: Visitors walk past medieval architecture in the Barri Gòtic and Gaudi’s innovative creations at Parc Güell and the Sagrada Familia. Plus, Las Ramblas buzzes at all hours.
London: Why Go: London is a world unto itself. With eclectic neighborhoods and a mix of historical landmarks and modern-day attractions, the city can keep you occupied for days (if not years). That said, you should visit the Tower of London and the British Museum. If you have extra time, explore Portobello Road and Borough Market
Maui: Why Go: Maui — one of the most beloved of all the Hawaiian Islands — lives up to its superlatives with exotic beaches (like Kaihalulu), palatial resorts (like the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea) and lush terrain (as seen in the Iao Valley State Park). Plus, superb restaurants and historic sites abound.
New York City: Why Go: New York City hosts infinite urban adventures. Wander through Central Park or tour the exhibits at the Met. Afterward, catch a Broadway show or peruse SoHo’s stylish boutiques. And at night, sit down at a trendy restaurant or admire Manhattan’s glittering skyscrapers from the top of the Empire State Building.
San Francisco: Why Go: Gourmet eateries, funky boutiques and laid-back vibes are just some of San Fran’s charms. Areas like Nob Hill and The Castro offer unique experiences for every traveler. Famed spots, like Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz, are must-see attractions, too. And, of course, the city’s crowning architectural achievement — the Golden Gate Bridge — is unforgettable.
Puerto Rico: Why Go: Pick a vacation experience you’re looking for, and Puerto Rico can oblige. To meander along cobbled streets and admire historic sites like El Morro, explore Old San Juan. Prefer miles of soft, white sand? Consider the bioluminescent bays of Culebra and Vieques. Seeking a vibrant night scene? Visit the Isla Verde or Santurce neighborhoods of San Juan.
Sydney: Why Go: This world-class metropolis offers more than just a dizzying array of landmarks (e.g., the opera house and the Sydney Harbour Bridge). Sydney features a host of beaches (Coogee and Bondi, for starters) that draw locals and tourists alike. Also, in its rivalry with Melbourne, Sydney wins the weather battle with its warm, sunny climate.