Culture & Travel

23 January 2024

Just like clockwork, National Geographic has unveiled its picks for the best travel spots in 2024. In making these selections, the focus was on insights from fellow travelers and the level of interest in these locales. In 2024, much like the previous year, a multitude of globetrotters will be hitting the road—be they travel editors, thrill-seekers, or groups—eager to explore new horizons. Here are National Geographic's top choices for the most enticing and trendy travel destinations in 2024.

Nairobi, Kenya

Who could resist an African adventure? Nairobi, one of Africa's fastest-growing cities, has caught the attention of National Geographic. The nightlife in this city, boasting a blend of cultural and natural richness, is a vibrant spectacle. For an exploration of Nairobi, consider joining a safari in Masai Mara National Park, uncovering Kenya's rich history at Nairobi National Museum, and snagging local souvenirs and jewelry at Gikomba Market.

Nairobi

Paris, France

Paris, often synonymous with romance, takes a prime spot among the must-visit cities in 2024. With iconic attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris offers a plethora of experiences. Don't miss out on the chance to savor French cuisine at noteworthy restaurants, mingle with locals at corner cafes, and wander through the colorful streets.

Montreal, Canada

As Canada's second-largest city, Montreal beckons tourists with its historical buildings, cultural heritage, and lively nightlife. There's no shortage of reasons to explore this traveler's haven. While in Montreal, pay a visit to Notre-Dame Basilica, stroll through the historic streets of Vieux-Montréal, and take a leisurely walk in Mount Royal Park. The Montreal Museum is also a great place to delve into the art and history of the country.

Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Mostar, the standout attraction in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its 16th-century bridge. Travelers come from near and far to witness this historical Ottoman masterpiece. Apart from the bridge, there's plenty to see and do in Mostar, such as visiting Kravice Waterfalls, exploring the unique architecture of Blagaj Tekke, and immersing yourself in the city's cultural and historical tapestry at Mostar Museum.

Kravice

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rooted deeply in American history, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, stands as one of the nation's oldest and culturally rich cities. Being the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence, it holds historical significance. Pennsylvania has also become a hotspot for travelers in recent times. Take a tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, view the Liberty Bell, shop at Rittenhouse Square, and make sure not to miss Independence Hall.

Manaus, Brazil

Brazil evokes images of natural beauty, vibrant festivals, and a lively atmosphere. Manaus, a Brazilian city that consistently captivates travelers, is also a favorite pick for National Geographic. Imagining yourself surrounded by the enchanting nature of the rainforest along the Amazon River feels like a dream come true. To fully experience this, embark on an Amazon River tour. Additionally, indulge in local delicacies at Mercado Adolpho Lisboa and explore Anavilhanas National Park.

Manaus

Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, stands out as a top destination for travelers, boasting a rich history, vibrant nightlife, and bustling, colorful streets. In this enchanting city, also featured on National Geographic's list, you can delve into Indonesia's past at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, revel in the lively atmosphere of Merdeka Square, and acquire handmade souvenirs at Glodok Market.

Prague, Czech Republic

One of the most captivating cities in Central Europe, Prague holds the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This alone adds to the city's allure, but, of course, there is much more to see and do here. Begin by ascending Charles Bridge for an iconic photo overlooking the city. Explore the historic Prague Castle, delve into the city's cultural and historical legacy at the Kafka Museum, and be sure not to miss the Astronomical Clock, a crucial symbol of the city.

Astronomical clock

Kangaroo Island, South Australia

The globally renowned Kangaroo Island ranks as Australia's third-largest island. A preferred destination for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers, this island captivates travelers, especially those keen on experiencing natural beauty and wildlife together. If nature photography intrigues you, a visit to this island is a must.

País Vasco, Spain

While Spain boasts popular regions, País Vasco stands out as a favorite among travelers. Recognized for its vibrant nightlife, the region offers an unforgettable experience with its delectable local cuisine. With rivers, beaches, shopping destinations, and numerous cafes and bars featuring live music, País Vasco promises a comprehensive vacation, combining natural wonders and cultural heritage.

Pais Vasco
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