CN Traveler's 20 Best Places to Go

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With a full palate featuring all colors of the rainbow, from picturesque ivory houses lining the Tangier coast to the clear turquoise waters of Okinawa, these are the 20 best places to travel according to CN Traveler. Take a look into these unique and culturally rich tourist destinations that while sometimes overlooked, are guaranteed to produce lifelong memories and Instagram-worthy pictures.

Slovenia, Tangier, South Haven, Grampians National Park, Galle, Rwanda, Okinawa, Nashville, Mokpo-si, Metz, Guyana, El Chaltén, Dubai, Dominica, Copenhagen, Canary Islands, Arctic Archipelago, Makadikadi Basin, State of Bahia, Armenia

  • Slovenia

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      Slovenia is a small yet diverse country with stunning natural beauty, including the Julian Alps and turquoise waters of Lake Bled. Its capital city, Ljubljana, offers charming architecture, colorful street art, and delicious cuisine. Visitors can also explore historic towns, like Piran on the Adriatic coast, and indulge in Slovenian wine and artisanal cheeses.

  • Tangier in Tangier, Morocco

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      Tangier's rich history, unique culture, and stunning landscapes are what make it a must-visit destination in Morocco. This city boasts charming markets, winding alleyways, and colorful architecture, as well as breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea, Strait of Gibraltar, and the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can explore the Kasbah, the old medina, and the famous Tangier American Legation museum, while also enjoying the city's vibrant nightlife and delicious local cuisine.

  • South Haven, United States

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      South Haven is a charming coastal town nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan. Known for its stunning beaches, picturesque lighthouse pier, and eclectic boutiques and restaurants, this community is a must-visit destination for travelers seeking a quintessential Midwestern experience. From hiking along the beach to sampling local craft beers, visitors will find no shortage of activities and sights to explore in this bustling Michigan gem.

  • Grampians National Park, Australia

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      Grampians National Park is a picturesque destination located in Victoria, Australia that attracts nature lovers and adventure seekers all throughout the year. The park features rugged mountain ranges, waterfalls, and panoramic viewpoints, making it a popular spot for activities such as hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. In addition, visitors can see diverse flora and fauna that are found nowhere else in the world.

  • Galle, Sri Lanka

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      Galle, based in Southern Province Sri Lanka, is an enchanting city that truly reflects the Sri Lankan culture with its charming Dutch colonial architecture and winding streets filled with colorful markets and cafes. It is undoubtedly one of the most iconic destinations in Sri Lanka, offering visitors a unique blend of history, scenic beauty and exotic experiences. Whether you're a history buff, an adventure seeker or someone looking for relaxation, Galle is a must-see destination on CN Traveler's 20 Best Places to Go.

  • Rwanda

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      Rwanda is a small but captivating country located in east-central Africa. Known for its stunning natural beauty and vibrant culture, Rwanda offers visitors a unique and unforgettable travel experience. From exploring the lush forests of the Volcanoes National Park to learning about the country's rich history and culture at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Rwanda is a must-visit destination for any traveler looking to immerse themselves in Africa's beauty and diversity.

  • Okinawa, Japan

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      Okinawa, a group of islands located in southern Japan, ranks as one of the best tourist destinations in the world. With its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, coral reefs, and rich cultural heritage, Okinawa offers an exciting experience for visitors. The island is also known for its unique blend of traditional Ryukyu culture and modern Japanese amenities.

  • Nashville, United States

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      Nashville, known as the "Music City", is a buzzing hub of music, food and culture. With its thriving live music scene, delicious Southern cuisine, and fascinating history, it offers visitors a unique experience. Highlights include visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame, exploring the trendy neighborhoods of East Nashville or the Gulch, and trying some hot chicken at Hattie B's.

  • Mokpo-si, South Korea

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      Mokpo-si, located in the heart of Jeollanam-do province in South Korea, is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. From pristine beaches to lush forests, scenic hiking trails to traditional markets and temples, this charming port city has something for everyone. The vibrant local culture, delicious cuisine, and friendly people make it one of the CN Traveler's 20 Best Places to Go.

  • Metz, France

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      Metz, located in the Grand Est region of France, is a charming city known for its stunning Gothic architecture, picturesque squares, and vibrant cultural scene. Visitors can explore the magnificent Saint-Etienne Cathedral, the impressive Pompidou-Metz contemporary art museum, and take a stroll through the charming streets of the old town. With its rich history, beautiful scenery, and welcoming locals, Metz is a must-see destination for anyone traveling to France.

  • Guyana

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      Guyana is a South American gem that offers a plethora of opportunities for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. With its rich biodiversity, sprawling rainforests, and pristine waterfalls, there is no shortage of activities to enjoy, from jungle trekking and birdwatching to river cruises and spotting endangered species. This emerging travel destination boasts friendly locals, delicious cuisine, and a vibrant culture that can't be missed.

  • El Chaltén, Argentina

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      El Chaltén is a nature lover’s paradise, nestled in the Andes Mountains of Argentina’s Santa Cruz Province. This small town offers world-renowned hiking trails, including the challenging Fitz Roy Circuit and the laid-back Laguna Torre. With stunning views of snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and crystal-clear lakes, El Chaltén is a must-visit destination for adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Dubai in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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      Dubai is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that offers a unique blend of traditional Arabic culture and modern luxury. Known for its stunning skyline and world-class attractions such as the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, and Palm Jumeirah, visitors can indulge in gourmet dining, high-end shopping, and desert adventures. With a rich history, intriguing souks, and stunning beaches, Dubai is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a luxurious and unforgettable travel experience.

  • Dominica

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      Dominica is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Known as the "Nature Island of the Caribbean," it boasts pristine rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and hot springs. Visitors can also indulge in snorkeling, scuba diving, and hiking the iconic Waitukubuli National Trail, making Dominica a hidden gem in the Caribbean.

  • Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark

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      Welcome to Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark and one of CN Traveler's 20 Best Places to Go in 2021. This city is a blend of old-world charm and modern-day living, with sleek architecture and stunning parks. Don't miss out on the Tivoli Gardens, the Little Mermaid statue, and the historic Nyhavn Canal. Copenhagen also offers a thriving food and shopping scene, making it a must-see destination in Europe.

  • Canary Islands, Spain

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      The Canary Islands are a group of seven exotic islands located off the coast of North Africa. Known for their beautiful beaches, warm weather, and volcanic landscapes, the islands are a popular destination for outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, and surfing. Visitors can also enjoy the unique culture and cuisine of the Canarian people, who have a rich history and diverse traditions that reflect their African and Spanish heritage.

  • Arctic Archipelago, Canada

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      Arctic Archipelago is an otherworldly wonderland situated in Nunavut, Canada. It's part of the vast and remote wilderness of the Canadian Arctic and is comprised of over 36,000 islands. The archipelago is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts with its abundance of animal species. For those seeking adventure and seclusion in a pristine, breathtaking natural environment, Arctic Archipelago is undoubtedly one of the best places to go.

  • Makadikadi Basin, Botswana

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      Makadikadi Basin is a spectacular destination, located in the heart of Central District in Botswana, that has been featured as one of CN Traveler's 20 Best Places to Go. This vast salt flat is home to diverse wildlife species, such as lions, zebras, and meerkats, and offers visitors the chance to witness one of the world's most significant wildebeest migrations. The basin's distinct landscape, peaceful atmosphere, and unique cultural experiences make it an ideal place for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

  • State of Bahia, Brazil

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      State of Bahia is a unique destination on CN Traveler's 20 Best Places to Go that offers a diverse mix of Afro-Brazilian culture, tropical beaches, historic architecture, and delicious cuisine. This state is known for its Carnival celebrations, vibrant music scene, and colorful street art. Visitors can explore the charming colonial towns, go hiking in mountainous landscapes, and enjoy the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Armenia

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      Armenia is a country of historical significance and natural beauty. CN Traveler's 20 Best Places to Go lists the ancient city of Yerevan, with its rich culture and welcoming locals, as well as the majestic Mount Ararat, which offers stunning views and a glimpse into the country's religious heritage. Visitors can also explore the monasteries and churches that dot the landscape, or take a hike through the lush forests of Dilijan National Park.