Forbes' Top 50 in Travel

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Across all continents, Forbes has selected their pick for the top 50 travel destinations. Explore the gorgeous hues of Jaipur or the bustling neon glow of Seoul, relax beachside after partying all night in Ibiza or try on eclectic Harajuku fashion in Tokyo. Across our planet there is so much to see and discover, so come on seekers as we explore this awe-inspiring list of destinations.

Thera, Paro, County Kerry, Matterhorn, Las Vegas, Buenos Aires, Cinque Terre, Budapest, Beijing, Ibiza, Hawaii, Hanoi, Lisbon, Virunga National Park, Machu Picchu, Providencia, Laucala Island Resort, Seoul, Copenhagen, Cairo, Santiago, Amsterdam, Barbados, Hong Kong, Wadi Musa, Rio de Janeiro, London, Singapore, Moscow, Kruger National Park, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Antarctica, Tokyo, Havana, Waikato, Jaipur, Rome, Edinburgh, Dubrovnik

  • Thera in Thera, Greece

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      Thera, Greece, is a stunningly beautiful island in the Aegean Sea, famous for its breathtaking sunsets and unparalleled natural beauty. With its whitewashed buildings, turquoise waters, and iconic blue domes, Thera is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Greece. The island is also known for its fascinating ancient ruins, including the well-preserved city of Akrotiri, making it a perfect mix of history, culture, and natural beauty.

  • Paro, Bhutan

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      Paro, Bhutan is a charming town located in a picturesque valley, surrounded by towering mountains and lush greenery. The town is renowned for its stunning traditional architecture, serene temples and monasteries, and abundance of outdoor activities such as hiking and trekking. With its unique culture and pristine natural beauty, Paro is truly a must-visit destination for any traveler.

  • County Kerry in Ireland, Ireland

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      County Kerry, located on the southwestern coast of Ireland, is a breathtaking destination that has secured its spot on Forbes' Top 50 in Travel. It is renowned for its dramatic landscapes, pristine beaches, ancient ruins, and charming villages. Visitors can indulge in local delicacies, explore the Ring of Kerry, hike through the Killarney National Park, and experience the warm hospitality of the locals.

  • Matterhorn

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      Matterhorn is a stunning mountain peak located in the Swiss Alps, towering at an impressive height of 14,690 feet. The iconic, pyramid-shaped mountain is a popular destination for adventurous travelers, offering activities like hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. As one of Forbes' Top 50 in Travel, Matterhorn is a must-see attraction for anyone seeking breathtaking views and an unforgettable experience.

  • Las Vegas in Las Vegas, United States

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      Las Vegas is a vibrant and extravagant nightlife destination known for its world-famous casinos, restaurants, and entertainment. This buzzing desert city also boasts a plethora of luxurious resorts, high-end shopping options, and iconic attractions like the Bellagio Fountains and the High Roller Observation Wheel. Visitors can enjoy a myriad of experiences from gambling to fine dining, shows, and signature nightlife.

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina

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      Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, is well known for its rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture, and delectable cuisine. This vibrant city offers visitors a plethora of attractions, including museums, art galleries, and historical landmarks. From the iconic Casa Rosada to the charming neighborhoods of San Telmo and Palermo, Buenos Aires is a fantastic destination for travelers looking to immerse themselves in South American culture.

  • Cinque Terre, Italy

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  • Budapest in Budapest, Hungary

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      Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Europe. It's famous for its stunning architecture, thermal baths, and rich culture. Visitors can explore historical landmarks like Fisherman's Bastion or soak in the Széchenyi Thermal Baths. With its blend of old-world charm and contemporary sophistication, Budapest remains an unforgettable experience for travelers.

  • Beijing in Beijing, China

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      Beijing, China is a city of rich history and culture, boasting over 3,000 years of civilization. Visitors can explore iconic landmarks such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven, and experience the vibrant street life and delicious cuisine. With its blend of ancient traditions and modern innovations, Beijing is a must-visit destination for travelers seeking a unique and authentic experience.

  • Ibiza, Spain

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      Ibiza, a stunning Balearic Island, is an all-time gem in Forbes' Top 50 in Travel. The island is globally renowned for its breathtaking Mediterranean beaches, its lively nightlife, and sophisticated gastronomy. Ibiza is also a world-famous destination for electronic music and hosts some of the most memorable parties annually.

  • Hawaii, United States

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      Hawaii, known for its idyllic beaches and tropical climate, boasts of its unique culture, array of outdoor activities and world-famous attractions. Visitors can enjoy surfing, snorkeling, hiking, and exploring the lush scenery. With its breathtaking beauty and warm hospitality, Hawaii has been awarded a place on Forbes' Top 50 in Travel.

  • Hanoi, Vietnam

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      Hanoi is the vibrant capital of Vietnam and is a must-visit destination for those looking to explore the country's rich history and culture. Known for its picturesque temples and pagodas, bustling street markets, and delicious street food, Hanoi is a city of contrasts, with a blend of modern and traditional architecture, tranquil parks and lakes, and a thriving nightlife scene. Whether you're interested in exploring the city's ancient history, sampling the local cuisine, or simply soaking up the vibrant atmosphere, Hanoi has something for everyone.

  • Lisbon in Lisbon, Portugal

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      Lisbon, Portugal offers an enchanting blend of traditional medieval and modern European influences. This fascinating city is known for its arts and architecture, delicious local cuisine, and dynamic cultural scene. Forbes' Top 50 in Travel list includes Lisbon for its stunning coastal views, historic landmarks, and warm and welcoming locals. With endless attractions and activities to explore, visitors can experience a unique and unforgettable vacation in this vibrant city.

  • Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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      Virunga National Park is a haven for adventurers seeking a thrilling experience in the heart of Africa. Ranked among Forbes' Top 50 in Travel, this vast wilderness boasts lush rainforests, towering volcanoes, and diverse wildlife. Visitors can track rare mountain gorillas, take a hike to the Nyiragongo volcano, or simply soak in the natural beauty of one of the world's most biodiverse regions.

  • Machu Picchu in Cusco, Peru

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      As one of the world's most captivating travel destinations, Machu Picchu in Cusco Peru is a must-visit for those seeking adventure, history, and culture. Listed on Forbes' Top 50 in Travel, this ancient city of the Incas boasts stunning views of the Andes Mountains, impressive architectural marvels, and a rich cultural heritage that has fascinated travelers for centuries. With its dramatic landscape and mystical charm, Machu Picchu offers an unforgettable experience for visitors from around the world.

  • Providencia, Chile

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      Providencia is an upscale and cosmopolitan commune located in the heart of Santiago Metropolitan Region in Chile. Visitors can enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the area, which is characterized by its excellent restaurants, trendy bars, and fashionable boutiques. Providencia is also home to many cultural landmarks, including the Santa Isabel church and the Balmaceda park, which make it a must-visit for tourists exploring Santiago.

  • Laucala Island Resort, Fiji

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  • Seoul, South Korea

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      As one of Forbes' Top 50 in Travel, Seoul, South Korea is a vibrant city that seamlessly blends tradition and modernity. From its ancient palaces and temples to its futuristic architecture and bustling street markets, Seoul offers a unique experience for anyone looking to explore East Asia. Foodies will be delighted by the city's diverse culinary scene, while cultural enthusiasts will find plenty to appreciate in the museums, galleries, and performances scattered throughout the city.

  • Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark

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      Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is a must-visit destination for travelers seeking a rich blend of culture, history, and modernity. Forbes has recognized this city as one of the Top 50 in Travel, and it's not hard to see why. From the colorful buildings in Nyhavn to the iconic Little Mermaid statue, there's something for everyone in this stunning European city. With its bike-friendly streets, world-class cuisine, and impressive architecture, Copenhagen is a destination not to be missed.

  • Cairo in Cairo, Egypt

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      Cairo, the capital city of Egypt, is a cultural hub that boasts ancient monuments, bustling markets, and a vibrant nightlife. The Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, are a must-visit attraction that offer a glimpse into the country's rich history. Cairo's cuisine is also acclaimed, with traditional dishes like koshari and foul served in local eateries.

  • Santiago, Chile

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  • Amsterdam in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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      Amsterdam is a city that is steeped in rich history and culture while being at the forefront of innovation and sustainability. It is known for its picturesque canals, world-class museums, vibrant nightlife, and diverse culinary scene. Whether you're interested in exploring the city's artistic heritage, indulging in some retail therapy or simply enjoying a relaxing stroll through its picturesque streets, there's something for everyone in Amsterdam.

  • Barbados

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      Barbados, a Caribbean island nation, boasts of pristine white-sand beaches, turquoise blue waters, and a rich cultural heritage. With its well-preserved colonial architecture, mouth-watering cuisine, and warm hospitality, it is no surprise that it has made it to Forbes' Top 50 in Travel. Explore the underwater world, relax on the beach, or indulge in some retail therapy, Barbados has something for everyone.

  • Hong Kong

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      Hong Kong is a dynamic city that perfectly blends ancient traditions and modern advancements. This bustling metropolis is a melting pot of cultures, offering visitors a rich culinary scene, fascinating street markets, and stunning views of Victoria Harbour. Forbes' Top 50 in Travel recognizes the city's vibrant energy and highlights its many attractions, making it a must-see destination for any traveler.

  • Wadi Musa, Jordan

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      Wadi Musa, located in the Ma'an Governorate of Jordan, is a must-visit destination for tourists seeking a glimpse of ancient history and architecture. Forbes' Top 50 in Travel has recognized this area as an unbeatable travel spot thanks to its incredible views, iconic rose-colored sandstone cliffs, and the breathtaking Lost City of Petra, one of the New7Wonders of the World. From exploring the antiquities of Petra to hiking through the stunning desert landscape, Wadi Musa has something for everyone to enjoy.

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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      Rio de Janeiro, nestled in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a vibrant city that perfectly blends stunning beaches, towering mountains, and iconic landmarks such as Christ the Redeemer statue. Visitors can immerse themselves in the city's rich culture by exploring its lively neighborhoods or indulge in its exhilarating nightlife scene. As one of Forbes' Top 50 destinations in travel, Rio de Janeiro delivers a memorable vacation experience.

  • London in London, England

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      Welcome to London, the bustling capital of England and a must-see destination for any traveler. This city boasts historic landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London, world-renowned museums like the British Museum and the National Gallery, and a thriving food and nightlife scene. Whether you're looking to explore history, culture, or modern city life, London has something for everyone.

  • Singapore

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      Singapore is a vibrant city-state located in Southeast Asia, known for its impeccable cleanliness, striking futuristic architecture, and thrilling food scene. Visitors can explore the diverse neighborhoods, indulge in traditional cuisine, stroll through the beautiful gardens and parks, and enjoy the attractions, such as the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, and Sentosa Island. Singapore is one of the top destinations in Forbes' Top 50 in Travel.

  • Moscow

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      Moscow, the capital of Russia, is a vibrant and fascinating city with a rich history and culture. Visitors can explore iconic landmarks such as the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral or indulge in world-class shopping and fine dining. Moscow is also home to renowned museums and theaters, making it a must-see destination for any traveler.

  • Kruger National Park, South Africa

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      Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa and famed for its exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities. Visitors have the chance to see the "Big Five" animals, including lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, and rhinos, as well as numerous other species such as giraffes, zebras, and hippos. With a range of accommodation options available, including luxury lodges and campsites, Kruger National Park is a must-visit destination for any wildlife enthusiast.

  • Los Angeles, United States

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      Los Angeles is a vibrant city located in Southern California that boasts incredible weather, world-renowned cuisine, rich culture, and limitless entertainment options. Home to Hollywood, Universal Studios, and the famous Venice Beach, visitors can immerse themselves in the city's movie industry, explore iconic landmarks, and enjoy leisurely outdoor activities. Whether you're in search of the ultimate shopping experience, the best theme park rides, or simply to relax on one of its many pristine beaches, Los Angeles is sure to exceed your expectations.

  • Vancouver in Vancouver, Canada

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      Vancouver, an idyllic Canadian city and Forbes' Top 50 destination, boasts stunning landscapes, diverse culture, and spectacular cuisine. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean in Stanley Park or indulge in delicious Japanese cuisine in the city's Chinatown. Vancouver is a perfect blend of urban life and natural beauty, making it a must-see location for anyone visiting British Columbia.

  • Antarctica

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      Antarctica, the fifth largest continent, is a must-visit destination for nature lovers who seek to immerse themselves in the Earth's last frontier. Visitors can witness mesmerizing landscapes, glaciers, and unique wildlife including penguins, seals and whales. Antarctica offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a life-changing adventure, ranging from kayaking, hiking, and camping among the majestic beauty of this polar region.

  • Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan

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      As one of Forbes' Top 50 travel destinations, Tokyo, Japan offers visitors a vibrant blend of traditional and modern culture. From the colorful bustling streets of Shinjuku to the serene beauty of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo is a feast for the senses. Unforgettable culinary experiences, world-famous shopping districts, and iconic landmarks like the Tokyo Tower make this city a must-see destination.

  • Havana in Havana, Cuba

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      Havana, Cuba is a charming and vibrant city that boasts colorful buildings, cobblestone streets, and a rich history. Visitors can explore the city's numerous museums, restaurants, and lively music scene, or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere in one of the many charming squares or parks. With a welcoming and friendly culture, Havana is an ideal destination for travelers seeking an authentic and unique experience.

  • Waikato, New Zealand

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      Waikato is a lush and scenic region in New Zealand, offering endless opportunities for nature lovers, adrenaline junkies, and history buffs alike. Visitors can explore the stunning Waitomo Caves, go on a Hobbiton movie set tour, hike the beautiful trails of Mount Maunganui, or indulge in some traditional Maori culture. With its natural beauty and rich history, Waikato is a must-visit destination for anyone planning a trip to New Zealand.

  • Jaipur, India

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      Jaipur, the land of royals, is a magnificent city in Rajasthan, India, that offers a mix of old-world charm and modern-day luxuries. It boasts of stunning architectural marvels, such as the Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar, and City Palace, that are a must-visit for any traveler. With its bustling markets, museums, and delectable cuisine, Jaipur is a city that captivates your heart and soul.

  • Rome in Rome, Italy

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      Rome, the historical capital of Italy, is known for its architectural wonders, including the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Vatican Museums. With delicious food, striking art, and breathtaking landscapes, travelers can experience a perfect balance of ancient and modern culture. In addition, the ancient ruins and museums offer visitors to discover Rome's rich history while exploring the city's cobblestone streets.

  • Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland

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      Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and a must-visit for any traveler. Its historic old town and striking castle will transport you back in time. Walk along the Royal Mile or hike up Arthur's Seat for stunning views of the city. Don't forget to indulge in the local whisky and explore the city's vibrant dining scene.

  • Dubrovnik in Dubrovnik, Croatia

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      Dubrovnik, located at the Adriatic Sea, isn't just a beautiful, historic city but also a popular Mediterranean holiday destination. The breathtaking Old Town, featuring remarkable marble streets, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, and monuments surrounded by charming walls and stunning cliffs, is considered Dubrovnik's prime attraction. Forbes ranked Dubrovnik as one of the top 50 holiday destinations, making it an absolute must-visit for travelers who enjoy history, culture, and natural beauty.