The Ultimate Places to Visit in 2019 Revealed by National Geographic

Need some inspiration for your Christmas and New Year holiday? Here is the list of best trips of 2019 by National Geographic. For sure you cannot visit all of them in 2019 or even in your life time, but at least you can enjoy the following stunning images taken by some of the world’s best photographers.

Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico: Hidden in the remote desert is a nature-made gallery of surreal rock formations on the eastern edge of the Navajo Nation reservation. National Geographic Traveler said the vast landscape will make you feel as though ‘you are the only living organism for miles’

Belize: Belize has one of the most biodiverse reefs on the earth and it is home to several rare and threatened species. You can see the country’s incredible 407-foot-deep sinkhole (pictured) – Blue Hole – from the air if you book a helicopter tour.

Montenegro: The big draw here is Europe’s deepest gorge, Tara River Canyon, and the Balkans’ largest lake, Skadar (pictured), which is in Skadar National Park.

Fanjingshan, China: Hiking up Fanjingshan peak is described as ‘climbing through a sea of clouds’ by National Geographic Traveler. Pictured is the Red Clouds Golden Summit, one of three different summits on the mountain, which is now a Unesco World Heritage site.

Dordogne, France: The region is described as a place to ‘live the fairy tale’. And no wonder. Just look at the 12th century Château de Castelnaud in the image above.

Galway, Ireland: The pretty cobbled streets of the Irish city of Galway. Pictured is the city’s car-free William Street.

French Polynesia: The crystal clear waters there make it a dream destination for surfers, boaters and divers. It says it’s a ‘mosaic of moods spread across 118 small islands and atolls (67 inhabited).

Greenland: Polar bears are regularly spotted swimming in the Arctic Sea around Greenland. National Geographic Traveler says visitors to the country will ‘learn the true meaning of epic’

Caño Cristales River, Colombia: Between July and November aquatic plants on the bed of the Caño Cristales River transform the water into a riot of colour. National Geographic Traveler says: ‘Swimming there can feel like finding the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow’.

Canterbury Region, New Zealand: This area has some of the country’s most untouched and visually stunning terrain.  Pictured are colourful Russell lupins lining a riverbank.

Peruvian Amazon: The Amazon Rainforest covers more than half of Peru and has one of the densest concentrations of ocelots, pictured, in the world. They have jungles, cloud forests, flooded forests, vast swamps, waterfalls, jungle ruins, creepy isolated mountain peaks, and even the world’s largest documented thermal river – the Boiling River of the Amazon.

Perth, Australia: The arches of Elizabeth Quay Bridge frame the city of Perth, which National Geographic Traveler describes as the ‘world’s most remote major city’

Mexico City: The Mexican capital makes National Geographic Traveler’s list thanks to its food scene. The experts say it is where visitors can ‘taste original flavours where corn is king’. Pictured is the opulent Palacio de Bellas Artes, a prominent cultural centre.

Macedonia: It may not have a coast but Macedonia need not feel it’s missing out, because it’s ridiculously rich in mountains and lakes. Pictured are parachutists over the Pelagonia Valley near Krusevo.

Isla de los Estados, Argentina: Isla de los Estados is an island-wide nature preserve dubbed as the ‘End of the World’. This is one of the few places in the world where one can truly feel the adventure.

Full List of Best Trips of 2019


Dakar, Senegal

Salvador, Brazil

Kansas City, Missouri

Toronto, Canada

Matera, Italy

Perth, Australia

Mexico City, Mexico


Peruvian Amazon



Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique

South Walton County, Florida

Fanjingshan, China

Tahiti, French Polynesia 


Cairo, Egypt

Hoang Lien Son, Vietnam

Galway, Ireland

Bauhaus Trail, Germany

Oakland, California

Vevey, Switzerland

Dordogne, France



Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico

Isla de los Estados, Argentina


Canterbury Region, New Zealand

Caño Cristales River, Colombia


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