The Top 20 Destinations For 2020 (2023)

If you look hard enough, you can find something enticing about nearly every city on the map. But that’s the great thing about the 20 places on this list—the calendars are so full in these buzzing metropolises over the next 12 months that you won’t have to do much searching at all.

From one of the world’s biggest sporting events to milestone anniversaries to massive new hotel projects, these global destinations can’t wait for January to get here. If you seek travel inspiration to kick off the new decade, Forbes Travel Guide’s editors curated a wanderlust-inciting list that spans from Monterey to Macau. Read on to see which cities will have their moments in 2020.

Las Vegas

The flurry of excitement Sin City ended with in 2019—thanks to Four-Star Wynn Las Vegas’ reimagined golf course and Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry’s new International Smoke restaurant at MGM Grand—only continues once the calendar turns. From expanded meeting spaces (the Las Vegas Convention Center is adding 1.4 million square feet) to impressive new properties (Virgin Hotel Las Vegas), the city simply can’t stand still.

Plus, the NFL is bringing its draft to Vegas (April 23-25) and relocating the Raiders to the new Allegiant Stadium.

Tel Aviv

Ancient history and modern living meet in this bustling beach city along Israel’s Mediterranean coast. While no day in this urban hot spot would be complete without a few hours on the golden sands (check into The Setai, Tel Aviv for a front-row seat to sea), you’ll also want to make time for the newly opened White City Center. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus architecture movement, the museum spotlights the city’s unique look—the UNESCO-designated White City zone is home to more than 4,000 Bauhaus-style buildings, the largest such collection in the world.


Macau observes its 20th anniversary as a Special Administrative Region of China on December 20. Since Portugal transferred sovereignty in 1999, Macau has established its identity as a destination with a rich culture, luxurious hotels, world-class restaurants and lavish casinos.

But it’s looking to branch out and lure in more international visitors. Macau is more accessible than ever—unlike most of China, U.S. citizens don’t need a visa to come here, and the new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge makes it a snap to travel among the cities (though there are restrictions).

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With fresh hotels (including Grand Hyatt Nashville and The Joseph), classic stays (Five-Star The Hermitage Hotel, led by female managing director Dee Patel, will have a year-long celebration honoring the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement), new attractions (like the National Museum of African American Music) and spruced-up old favorites (Nashville Zoo will more than double in size), Music City will hit all the right notes in 2020.

U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands

Hurricane Irma devastated the region, but this cluster of Caribbean paradise is experiencing a rebirth. Two of the territories’ top hotels—The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, which reopened last November after a $100 million renovation, and Rosewood Little Dix Bay, set to debut in January—are eager to show off chic new looks and reconnect visitors with water adventures that never get old, from catamaran cruises to sailing excursions.


With its sun-drenched beaches and Blue Zone (regions where people tend to live longer than average) designation, the Hawaii of Japan should be high on your travel radar this year.

Leading up to July’s Olympic opening ceremony in Tokyo, the prefecture will play host to a two-day leg of the Games’ torch relay. Follow the flame as it travels from Naha in the north to southern city of Itoman.

Head here for your own wellness journey at classic retreats (including adults-only Hyakuna Garan and sophisticated The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa) and newly opened hideaways (Halekulani Okinawa, the first overseas outpost from the Hawaii brand) across the island chain.


In a city known for over-the-top luxury, there’s always something splashy and new. But when Dubai hosts the 2020 World Expo, it will mark the largest event to be staged in the Middle East and a first for the region. Running October 20 to April 10, the expo, expects to bring in millions of visitors to see the first Emirati opera, more than 200 food and drink spots, eye-catching architecture and art, and much more.

The city is preparing for the big event with a roster of new hotels, like the recently opened Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, the forthcoming The Royal Atlantis and Dubai’s first St. Regis.

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The world turns its collective head toward Japan’s capital for the 2020 Summer Olympics from July 24 to August 9. But even after you’ve checked out of The Peninsula Tokyo once the closing ceremony concludes, keep close eyes on the city, for it will continue its winning ways with hotel openings (including the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi, EDITION) and debuts of long-awaited attractions (Universal Studios Japan’s Super Nintendo World).


There are already a host of reasons to visit Scotland’s capital, from the Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle to the famous Festival Fringe. Next year promises to bring even more excitement as the evolving city debuts new attractions like the three-story Johnnie Walker Experience (part museum, event space and whiskey shop) and the massive Edinburgh St. James mixed-use complex.

To accommodate festival-goers and Scotch-seekers, the city also is unveiling new luxury accommodations (100 Princes Street) to add to Edinburgh’s stellar lineup of high-end stays (which include The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel and Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh—The Caledonian).


Following a string of wildfires, this resilient Wine Country enclave is open for business. The area’s picturesque vineyards, delightful restaurants and gorgeous galleries offer all the elegance of Napa without the crowds.

While wine tasting is certainly a highlight (don’t miss Copain Wines or The Donum Estate), Sonoma County also offers year-round entertainment: the Sonoma International Film Festival takes place March 25-29, while the Sonoma Speed Festival unfolds May 28-31. There are also charming spots, like chateau-style Hotel Les Mars in Healdsburg, and sumptuous new retreats (including MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa) to rest your head after the fun.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia recently launched tourist visas for the first time, hoping to draw more than 100 million visitors by 2030. They’ll come for Diriyah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s being reimagined into a cultural and entertainment powerhouse with a slew of restaurants, hotels (including an Aman property), museums, a golf course, a Formula E racetrack and a 15,000-seat arena (full disclosure: FTG’s vice chairman is overseeing the project).

The city eagerly anticipates the tourism spike, with established properties like Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre and The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh at the ready.

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The Eternal City celebrated the 500th anniversary of Da Vinci’s death in 2019, and 2020 will honor that of Raphael. The Renaissance painter will be featured in a Scuderie del Quirinale exhibit (March 5-June 14, 2020) that will include a 1504-06 self-portrait and Madonna of the Goldfinch. More of his works are on view in the Vatican Museum’s Raphael Rooms.

For artistic accommodations, try Villa Spalletti Trivelli, a regal former home of a count and countess, or Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, a hotel dripping in opulence.

Kohler, Wisconsin

You’ve likely never heard of this small town an hour north of Milwaukee. But you will, once the Ryder Cup tees off here in 2020. The Pete Dye-designed Whistling Straits will become the first public course to host the competition since 1991.

Even if you aren’t a golf fan, this destination warrants a visit—it’s home to The American Club and Kohler Waters Spa, Wisconsin’s only Five-Star hotel and spa, respectively. (Both come from Kohler Co., which ensures their top-of-the-line bathrooms and spa facilities.) For a more secluded getaway, try the hotel’s new standalone cabins, where everything from a gourmet brat fry to spa treatments comes to you.

Monterey, California

If the awe-inspiring scenery in Big Little Lies didn’t prompt you to visit this coastal beauty, then use Monterey’s 250th anniversary as an excuse. Embark on one of the best road trips in the U.S. through the region and make stop-offs for innovative Five-Star cuisine at Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel, historical walking tours, golfing at famed Pebble Beach and relaxing in Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa’s newly renovated spa—including soaking in the Spa Suite’s side-by-side tubs, which overlook Monterey Bay.


A wave of activity pushes Thailand’s capital to the top of our itinerary. It was named a UNESCO Creative City in October; hot new hotels are popping up (including Capella Bangkok, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River and The Orient Express—the first property from the luxury train brand); favorite stays are getting a refresh (the iconic Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok unveiled a made-over River Wing in November, the biggest renovation in its history); and there’s always news on the food scene (Supanniga Eating Room’s recently opened outpost in the hip Charoenkrung area features Bangkok’s first rosé bar).

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

It’s easy to fall for SMA. Spanish colonial buildings awash in hues of terra cotta, salmon and ochre line cobblestone streets; the Mercado de Artesanías keeps the city’s artistic spirit intact; and wandering mariachi bands provide a live soundtrack.

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To see more of SMA, visit a bar with a view, like Rosewood San Miguel de Allende’s Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar, which overlooks the city—or Atrio or Quince, both of which put you up close to the skyline star, Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel. But the best way to take in the city’s splendor is from Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende’s new hot-air balloon.


No Time To Die, the 25th installment in the James Bond movie franchise, premieres in April. Some of the film’s scenes were shot in Jamaica, an island that Bond creator Ian Fleming called his seasonal home for nearly two decades. Retrace his steps (or those of 007) in Montego Bay by kicking your feet up on Half Moon Jamaica’s gorgeous grounds or trying something shaken not stirred at Round Hill Hotel and Villas’ Seaside Terrace.

Another reason to visit: March will see the debut of Eclipse at Half Moon, a hotel-within-a-hotel with 57 accommodations, two restaurants, three bars, a Fern Tree – A Salamander Spa, an infinity-edge pool and a private beachfront with a natural swimming cove.


A trip to this magical chain of Indian Ocean atolls is always a good idea. But in the new year, the Maldives’ sparkling blue waters make an even bigger splash with exciting renovations (COMO Cocoa Island, Maldives), smashing debuts (Capella Maldives) and new wellness offerings from established resorts (The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort’s Visiting Practitioners Series) that we can’t wait to experience.

St. Petersburg, Russia

This romantic Russian city is a picturesque introduction to the country with its colorful buildings, regal architecture and myriad museums—and in recent years, its flourishing modern nightlife. Russia’s cultural capital is primed to show its underrated sporty side in 2020 when it plays host to the country’s inaugural Ironman triathlon (taking place July 19) and four matches of soccer’s Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Euro Cup in June.

Check into Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg so that in between matches the property can arrange VIP access to the State Hermitage Museum or a behind-the-scenes tour of Mikhailovsky Theatre, where you can watch ballet dancers and opera singers prepping for a performance.

Cape Town

With its photogenic Winelands, ever-evolving art scene and influx of high-end hotels (including Taj Cape Town, The Silo), the Mother City should be high on your bucket list. The upcoming year will provide a prime opportunity to visit as United Airlines begins non-stop service from Newark to the South African capital, promising to shave up to eight hours off travel time.

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What is the number 1 tourist destination in the world 2020? ›

TOP20 The World's Most Visited Countries 2020

France is the most visited country in the world with a record breaking 89,4 million visitors in 2019. Spain has a new record - 83,7 milion visitprs in 2019 and tourist spending increased by 2.9% and reached a total of 92.3 billion euros.

What is the best country to visit 2022? ›

Our expert-chosen list of Top 10 Countries is packed with must-see destinations, places, and amazing adventures guaranteed to inspire.
  • Cook Islands. ...
  • Norway. ...
  • Mauritius. ...
  • Belize. ...
  • Slovenia. ...
  • Anguilla. ...
  • Oman. ...
  • Nepal.

What is the most visited city in the world 2022? ›

Total International Visitors per year: 22.78 million

Bangkok city! The most visited city in the world.

What are the top 3 destinations? ›

These are Tripadvisor's highest-rated, most-loved overall places for 2022:
  • Cancún, Mexico.
  • Bali, Indonesia.
  • Crete, Greece.
  • Rome, Italy.
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
  • Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Paris, France.
  • Hurghada, Egypt.
Jan 19, 2022

What is the top 10 most visited country in the world? ›

Top 10 Most Visited Countries in the World
  • France: 89 Million Visitors. ...
  • Spain: 84 Million Visitors. ...
  • United States: 79 Million Visitors. ...
  • China: 66 Million Visitors. ...
  • Italy: 65 Million Visitors. ...
  • Turkey: 51 Million Visitors. ...
  • Mexico: 45 Million Visitors. ...
  • Thailand: 39.7 Million Visitors.
Oct 3, 2022

What is the most beautiful country in the world? ›

  • New Zealand. #1 in Scenic. #11 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Greece. #2 in Scenic. #25 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Italy. #3 in Scenic. #14 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Switzerland. #4 in Scenic. #1 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Spain. #5 in Scenic. #16 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Norway. #6 in Scenic. ...
  • Australia. #7 in Scenic. ...
  • Ireland. #8 in Scenic.

What is the best country to live in? ›

  • Sweden. #1 in Quality of Life. #5 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Denmark. #2 in Quality of Life. #10 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Canada. #3 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Switzerland. #4 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Norway. #5 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Finland. #6 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Germany. #7 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Netherlands. #8 in Quality of Life.

What country turns to 2022 first? ›

This is our guide to learn which places will celebrate first and last. The Pacific island of Tonga will be the first place to ring in 2022, at 10 am GMT on 31 December. The island will lead the world through New Year's celebrations that will follow all over the world.

What is the most popular travel destination? ›

Here are the 10 countries with the most tourism:
  • France - 89,400,000.
  • Spain - 83,700,000.
  • United States - 79,300,000.
  • China - 65,700,000.
  • Italy - 64,500,000.
  • Turkey - 51,200,000.
  • Mexico - 45,000,000.
  • Thailand - 39,800,000.

What is the best place in America? ›

From coastlines to big cities, the United States is made up of so many diverse destinations that it's hard to decide which places deserve the distinction of the best in America.
Best Places to Visit in the USA
  • Grand Canyon.
  • Yellowstone.
  • Yosemite.
  • Maui.
  • Glacier National Park.
  • Zion National Park.
  • Honolulu - Oahu.
  • Kauai.

What are the top 10 most visited? ›

20 Most-Visited Countries in the World
  1. France. Capital: Paris. Population: 67.39 million.
  2. Spain. Capital: Madrid. Population: 47.35 million. ...
  3. United States. Capital: Washington, D.C. Population: 329.5 million. ...
  4. China. Capital: Beijing. ...
  5. Italy. Capital: Rome. ...
  6. Turkey. Capital: Ankara. ...
  7. Mexico. Capital: Mexico City. ...
  8. Germany. Capital: Berlin. ...
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What are two popular tourist destinations? ›

25 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in the World
  • Eiffel Tower, Paris. Spring flowers in front of the Eiffel Tower. ...
  • The Colosseum, Rome. The Colosseum. ...
  • Statue of Liberty, New York City. Statue of Liberty. ...
  • Machu Picchu, Peru. ...
  • The Acropolis, Athens. ...
  • The Taj Mahal, India. ...
  • Pyramids of Giza, Egypt. ...
  • Great Wall of China.
Feb 15, 2022

Who is the famous country in the world? ›

MAP: The Most Popular Countries In The World To Visit
RankCountryAnnual Visitors
2United States62,700,000
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Feb 26, 2014

What is the least visited country? ›

Nauru. Nauru is the least visited country on the planet. * And (unless you're Australia - we'll get to that), you've probably never heard of it. It's the world's smallest island nation, and the world's 3rd smallest country.

Which country has beautiful girls? ›

Turkey always grabs first position whenever you talk about the most beautiful women in the world. Enjoying strong association with various historical cultures and ancient empires, the country has produced some really photogenic ladies with immaculate natural beauty.

Which country is the richest? ›

Luxembourg is the world's richest country and the world's largest banking centre. More than 200 banks and 1,000 investment funds operate in the capital. The high performance of Luxembourg is partly due to the fact that citizens of neighbouring countries work in the duchy: France, Germany and Belgium.

Which country has the best food? ›

These are the top countries viewed as having great food by global survey respondents.
  • Italy. #1 in Has great food. ...
  • Mexico. #2 in Has great food. ...
  • Spain. #3 in Has great food. ...
  • Greece. #4 in Has great food. ...
  • Thailand. #5 in Has great food. ...
  • France. ...
  • Turkey. ...
  • India.

Which country is easiest to live? ›

Here are some of the easiest countries to immigrate to:
  • New Zealand.
  • Australia.
  • Spain.
  • Paraguay.
  • Germany.
  • Montenegro.
  • Czechia.
  • Thailand.

What country is in 2023? ›

Which Country Celebrates New Year 2023 First? Part of Brazil and South Georgia/Sandwich Is. The times can be changed to any time zone by clicking on the icon in the first column.

Which country is not in 2022 yet? ›

Burma - Now known as Myanmar. Catalonia - An autonomous region of Spain. Ceylon - Now known as Sri Lanka. Champa - Located in what is now Vietnam.

Which country will last be in 2022? ›

The newest nation in the world as of early 2022 is South Sudan, which split from Sudan in 2011.

What is the safest country to visit in 2022? ›

The Leaders in Safety, Health and Peace
  1. Iceland. Iceland ranks first, four paces ahead of where it fell on the list for 2021. ...
  2. New Zealand. New Zealand takes second place. ...
  3. Canada. Canada was ranked first on the list for 2021 and, in traveler feedback, remained the “top safety pick” for 2022. ...
  4. Sweden. ...
  5. Japan.
Apr 18, 2022

Where do you want to travel to in 2022? ›

So if you're wondering where to travel in 2022, this list will help you discover a destination you didn't know you needed.
  • Botswana. ...
  • Slovenia. ...
  • Tuscany, Italy. ...
  • Burgundy, France. ...
  • Japan. ...
  • The Winelands, South Africa. ...
  • Bali, Indonesia. ...
  • The Atlas Mountains, Morocco.

What is the cheapest country to visit 2022? ›

These are the cheapest countries to visit in 2022:
  • ETHIOPIA. Many people are unaware of the incredible countries in Africa. ...
  • MOROCCO. One of the best destinations to travel on a budget is Morocco. ...
  • ARGENTINA. ...
  • BOLIVIA. ...
  • CUBA. ...
  • PERU. ...
  • CAMBODIA. ...
Dec 27, 2021

Where is the safest place on earth? ›

Iceland is the safest place to live on Earth, according to the 2022 Global Peace Index, where it ranked number one for the 13th year in a row.

What is the safest country for girls? ›

Ireland scored the highest among nearly all of the factors Bounce analyzed in its study. The country ranked at the top for having laws in place to protect women from violence and its people's attitudes toward violence against women.

Where is the safest place to travel alone? ›

Here is our list of the safest countries around the world for solo travellers to visit.
The Safest Destinations for Solo Travellers
  • Iceland. ...
  • New Zealand. ...
  • Portugal. ...
  • Austria. ...
  • Denmark. ...
  • Canada. ...
  • Singapore. ...
  • Slovenia.
Aug 19, 2019

Where should I travel in summer 2022? ›

This guide will cover 15 of the best destinations for summer 2022 travel!
  • Tulum, Mexico. ...
  • Los Angeles, California. ...
  • Cape Town, South Africa. ...
  • Sydney, Australia. ...
  • Madrid, Spain. ...
  • French Polynesia. ...
  • Hell, Norway. ...
  • Hawaii.

Which country is best value for money? ›

10 best and cheapest countries to live in
  1. Vietnam. For those wanting to live and work in an exotic place, but not pay a fortune, Vietnam is any budget travelers dream. ...
  2. Costa Rica. ...
  3. Bulgaria. ...
  4. Mexico. ...
  5. South Africa. ...
  6. China. ...
  7. South Korea. ...
  8. Thailand.
Mar 15, 2022

Which is the cheapest beautiful country in the world? ›

Thailand is one of the cheapest countries to visit on a budget. It's beautiful, well set up for travel, and incredibly affordable. Visitors can see everything from jungles to temples, white beaches, and striking blue water.

Which country is most expensive to travel? ›

Switzerland. One of the most expensive European nations, Switzerland is the land of Richie Richs and tops the list! A country so stunning and naturally beautiful, Switzerland is all about luxury resorts, high-cost transport and food.

What are the 10 youngest countries? ›

Top 10 Youngest Countries in the World (2021):
  • South Sudan - 2011-07-09.
  • Kosovo (still awaiting full recognition) - 2008-02-17.
  • Serbia - 2006-07-05.
  • Montenegro - 2006-06-03.
  • East Timor - 2002-05-20.
  • Palau - 1994-10-01.
  • Eritrea - 1993-05-20.
  • Slovakia - 1993-01-01 (tie)


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