Top Ten Travel
National Geographic's list of top 10 travel destinations
There are numerous travel magazines, many of which of produce their
top travel destinations lists. But one of the most recognized travel magazines in the world is National
Geographic. They had recently produced a top ten list of best travel spots in the
The list was based on aesthetic appeal, cultural integrity,
environmental conditions, condition of historic structures and tourism management. Here is the list they chose,
along with some general information about each of their chosen top travel destinations and why you might want to
consider the area for your next holiday.
Top Ten Travel Destinations in
These are the top ten places to travel, according to National
Geographic. Whether you go to these top spots for a short visit or a long holiday, no doubt you will have a
wonderful and memorable holiday experience.
One of the great wonders of the world, the tall peaks of Norway
plunge down into watery canals that are one of the trademarks of Norway. There is no other scenery like
it on earth, and combined with the Old World rustic appeal of the country there is no better travel
destination. Tourists can explore the region themselves and plan their own trip, which can include every
single activity you could imagine, from fishing to hiking, sailing to sight-seeing. You could also take
advantage of one of the many travel agencies both local and international who offer planned trips to this
region, which includes cruise options as well as land based opportunities.
|Located in the Northern Norway, Lyngenfjord is a great
holiday destination, offering
excellent accommodation and Northern Lights trips and packages.
2. Cape Breton Island,
Cape Breton Island is in Eastern Canada, just off the coast of Nova
Scotia. The island offers a unique blend of Gaelic, French, and English cultures. The area is famous for its folk
music and cheap, fresh seafood as well as turn of the century style and beautiful scenery. Explore the Island
yourself or go through an established travel agency!
3. South Island, New
The South Island of New Zealand offers highly diversified
opportunities for the traditional and eco-tourist alike. The Island encompasses a wide range of ecosystems,
from ocean to mountains and everything in between. The landscape offers incredible diversity in holiday
opportunities, including kayaking, surfing, caving, and other recreational activities. The Island is
separated form the rest of New Zealand by the spectacular Southern Alps, and the isolation has allowed the
culture to evolve in relative isolation, bringing a unique blend into the modern day with the right touch of
|Located in the south-west of South Island, Queenstown
is a resort town,
known as Tahuna in Maori language. (Image by
4. Torres del Paine,
Another unique blend of mountain and coast, the Torres Del Paine
offers a huge amount of diversity to the traveler. The area includes several National Parks, and tourists can have
once-in-a-lifetime experiences in watching the yearly migration of the humpback whale in the oceans bordering the
area. The are is devoted to tourism, and there are several nationally developed services that specialize in
accommodating foreigners with maximum convenience and comfort.
This island destination, the remote province of Tasmania offers a
incredibly and unique holiday experience, which is really saying something when you consider it is a part of one of
the most uniquely biodiverse countries in the world. Tasmania offers every type of tourist attraction possible, and
its ecological niche is even more specialized than the Australian mainland. If you are on an extended travel trip, the province is only a
short ferry ride away from the rest of the country.
6. Rocky Mountain Parks,
There are four National Parks in a row in the Rocky Mountain range of
Canada, running through the two provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Combined, these parks offer some of the
best adventure and recreational sport travel opportunities in the world, along with unique scenery and incredible
biodiversity. Banff and Jasper are perhaps the best known of the parks, with Banff being a mere hour drive from the
city of Calgary. Yoho and Revelstoke also offer great opportunities for skiers and hikers.
7. Scottish Highlands, United
This site has it all in terms of cultural appeal and natural beauty.
The towering mountains offer all the recreational choices of young fold ranges. For the sightseer, there are
various opportunities. Natural attractions include the Corrieshaloch Gorge and the fabled Loch Ness, while heritage
also factors high with the area’s many castles and ancient cairns. The area offers travel opportunities at all
times of the year, from spring alpine blooms to fall foliage.
8. Kruger National Park, South
Surprisingly, this park located along the border with Mozambique is
the only African safari destination
in the top ten. This could be due to its historical origins as one of the first protected areas in Africa, and also
with its well-developed and natural tourist opportunities. Kruger National Park encompasses two
ecosystems, dry savanna in the north and open grassland in the south. There is a huge array of wildlife in the
area, including all of the African “Big Five” (rhino, elephant, leopard, lion, and Cape Buffalo), antelope,
giraffe, wild dog, and many other species of wildlife. The Park is also located in one of the more politically
stable regions of Africa, unaffected by the high
crime that embroils the rest of the country.
|Kruger National Park features two ecosystems - dry
savanna in the north
and open grassland in the south. (Image by
9. Kyoto Historic
Anyone who has watched the recently released Memoirs of a Geisha can
imagine the appeal of this area, ninth on the list. Ancient Buddhist temples, wooden townhouses, and geisha houses
bound in a modern day reflection of ancient Japanese glory. The area is abundant with detailed Japanese xeriscape
and architecture, from gardens to bridges, nobility houses and public works buildings.
10. Quebec City Historic
City Center, Canada
Quebec City is the French cultural heart of Canada, and the City
center is representative of all that the francophone culture includes. This is the only city in North America that
has preserved its colonial ramparts and also incorporates all of the old trappings of fortresses, such as bastions
and towers. The area is also considered to be a World Heritage Centre.