National Geographic Unveils 2022 World’s Best List

As restrictions on international travel are lifted and the world slowly emerges from the pandemic, National Geographic has unveiled its annual list of the 25 must-see destinations for next year.

What is happening:

  • With the return of travel, National Geographic is rethinking what it means to be a traveler and the impact of those choices. What remains unchanged is the organization’s commitment to the travel stories that illuminate our beautiful world and the diversity of the communities and people that make it up.
  • Framed by five categories – Nature, Adventure, Culture, Sustainability and Family – the 2022 list selections honor national parks and wildlife, outdoor activities and experiences, green travel and destinations that do it well, and multigenerational destinations and travel.
  • From the “Next Big Safari Destination” of Caprivi, Namibia, to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on the east coast of Maryland, to the ancient tea mountains and traditions of Yunnan, China, this year’s list is a reminder that it there is a lot to inspire. we.
  • Additionally, this year’s list celebrates the 50th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, with 10 World Heritage sites.
  • The list was created, researched, reported and written in collaboration with National Geographic Traveler’s international editorial teams, who serve millions of readers through their magazines and websites in more than a dozen offices around the world.

What they say :

  • George Stone, editor of National Geographic Travel, said: “While the pandemic has stalled many of our travel plans for nearly two years, our appetite for impactful new travel has only grown. In many ways, the pandemic has provided travelers and communities around the world with a time to reflect and come together on how we explore the world. With this year’s list, Nat Geo takes a look at what’s different, new and inspiring, from the new Seine cycle path in France to Chimanimani National Park, a new national park in Mozambique that signals the country’s environmental commitment. We are delighted to share these 25 extraordinary places that will define our next itineraries.

  • The “Best of the World 2022” list is available online now at, where readers will be transported to each destination through spectacular photographs and reports.
  • Additionally, on Instagram, Nat Geo invites social media users to share photos of places they consider “the best in the world” and tag them #BestOfTheWorldChallenge.
  • Starting December 3, National Geographic’s @natgeoyourshot account will feature team favorites.

National Geographic’s “World’s Best 2022” list:


  • Jingmai Mountain, Yunnan, China (nominated by National Geographic Traveler China) *
  • Tin Pan Alley, London, England
  • Hokkaido, Japan *
  • Procida, Italy
  • Atlanta, Georgia, United States


  • Ruhr Valley, Germany (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Germany)
  • Parque Nacional Yasuni, Ecuador (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Latin America) *
  • Łódź, Poland (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Poland) *
  • National Columbia Gorge Scenic Area, Oregon / Washington, USA
  • Chimanimani National Park, Mozambique


  • Caprivi Strip, Namibia (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Italy)
  • Northern Minnesota, United States
  • Lake Baikal, Russia (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Russia) *
  • Maya Forest Reserve of Belize
  • Victoria, Australia (nominated by National Geographic Traveler UK)


  • Seine cycle path, France (nominated by National Geographic Traveler France)
  • Costa Rica (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Korea)
  • Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Palau (nominated by National Geographic Traveler India) *
  • Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, United States


  • Danube Cruise (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Romania) *
  • Lycia, Turkey (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Turkey) *
  • Granada, Spain (nominated by Viajes National Geographic) *
  • Bonaire (nominated by National Geographic Traveler Netherlands) *
  • Eastern Shore, Maryland, United States

* Sites designated by UNESCO: the asterisk indicates the status designated by UNESCO for this destination; 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.