The 30 best places to visit in the world, ranked

US News & World Report has released its annual

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US News & World Report has released its annual “Best Vacation Destinations” for 2019 to 2020.
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Each year, US News & World Report ranks the top vacation destinations across the world with its “Best Vacation Destinations.”

Paris tops the list of best places to visit in 2019 to 2020 with its stellar cuisine, historical sites, and romantic atmosphere. New Zealand’s South Island followed close behind at second on the list, while Rome clocked in at No. 3. Three of the top five places on US News & World Report’s list are cities located in Europe, while US destinations account for six of the top 30 vacation spots worldwide.

Check out the US News & World Report’s full ranking of the world’s best places to visit below.


30. Italy’s famous Amalfi Coast is home to crystal-clear waters, beautiful beaches, and stunning cliffs.

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Positano, Italy, is perhaps the most famous town on the Amalfi Coast.
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Read more: You’ll soon be able to fly nonstop from the US to Naples, the closest international airport to Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast


29. Trips to Costa Rica are often split between adventure activities in the rainforest and relaxation on the beach. Visitors can enjoy zip-lining, canyoneering, and surfing all in one trip.

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Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna, Costa Rica.
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28. You can go snorkeling and scuba diving, and explore marine life at the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.

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Fish and colorful coral at the Great Barrier Reef.
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Read more: 14 breathtaking photos of some of the world’s best scuba diving locations


27. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a mountainous city with stunning beaches and exciting nightlife.

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The Christ the Redeemer statue overlooks the city from atop Corcovado Mountain.
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26. Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, is a cultural hub with popular tourist attractions like the Charles Bridge, the Lennon Wall, Old Town Square, and Prague Castle.

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Prague sits along the banks of the Vltava River.
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Read more: 14 photos that will make every explorer fall in love with Prague


25. A mountainous island located in the Caribbean sea, St. Lucia is a popular destination for beach dwellers and scuba divers.

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A beach village sits beneath the Pitons, two hulking volcanic spires on St. Lucia’s west coast.
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24. Santorini, Greece, is famous for its blue-topped buildings and stunning views of the surrounding Aegean Sea.

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Santorini, Greece.
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Read more: 13 photos that prove that this Greek island is the perfect honeymoon spot


23. The British Virgin Islands boast premier boating, scuba diving, and snorkeling.

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A beach cove in the British Virgin Islands.
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22. Glaciers, mountains, and icy rivers cover the gorgeous terrain of Patagonia in Argentina.

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The Andes Mountains in Patagonia.
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21. Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, is home to stunning blue lakes like the famous Lake Louise that reflects the snow-capped Canadian Rockies.

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Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.
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20. Visitors to Yellowstone National Park can take in some of the world’s most famous geysers, like Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic Spring.

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Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone National Park.
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Read more: 17 stunning photos of under-the-radar national parks that you should visit to escape crowds


19. Florence, the capital of Tuscany, Italy, is full of Renaissance art and architecture.

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The Duomo in Florence, Italy.
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18. San Francisco, California, is home to Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, and the Painted Ladies.

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San Francisco’s famous Lombard Street.
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17. As the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is one of the most popular cities to visit in Europe. Travelers can explore more than 165 canals, the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House, and Red Light District.

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A canal in Amsterdam.
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Source: Amsterdam for Visitors


16. Located off the southern coast of India, the Maldives is a stunning collection of islands clustered around coral reefs.

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The Maldives.
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15. Visitors to Sydney, Australia’s largest city, can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, watch a show at the Sydney Opera House, and chill out at Bondi Beach.

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The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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Read more: A local reveals the 50 best things to do in Sydney, Australia


14. Machu Picchu is a lost ancient Incan city located 7,972 feet above sea level in Peru’s Andes Mountains.

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Machu Picchu.
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13. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is a luxurious destination known for its modernity and architectural innovation.


12. From museums and skyscrapers galore to the quiet serenity of Central Park, New York City has five boroughs worth of activities to partake in and sites to see.

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The Empire State Building and New York City’s skyline.
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11. The seaside city of Barcelona, Spain, is the capital of Catalonia and home to famous sites like Park Güell and the Sagrada Familia.

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A view of Barcelona’s skyline from Park Guell.
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10. Yosemite National Park in California is known for its stunning cliffs, flowing waterfalls, and Giant sequoia trees.

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Yosemite.
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Read more: Once a year it looks like there’s a river of fire pouring down a cliff in Yosemite – here’s why


9. The Grand Canyon is up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep, according to the National Park Service.

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The Grand Canyon.
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8. Phuket, Thailand, has a number of gorgeous beaches along its western shores. Travelers can enjoy luxury resorts, restaurants, and spas on the mountainous island.

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Phuket, Thailand.
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7. Located in French Polynesia in the South Pacific Ocean, Bora Bora is another luxurious beach destination.

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A beach in Bora Bora.
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Read more: Take a flyover tour of Bora Bora


6. Maui is home to Hawaii’s highest peak and some of its most stunning beaches.

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Maui, Hawaii.
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5. Tourists visiting London often make sure they see Big Ben, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace.

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Big Ben in London, England.
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4. Another dreamy island in French Polynesia, Tahiti is known for its black-sand beaches and pristine waters.

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Tahiti.
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3. As Italy’s capital city, Rome strikes an idyllic balance between historical landmarks and modern offerings. You can can explore ruins from the Roman Empire, Vatican City, and Trevi Fountain.

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The Roman Colosseum.
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Read more: 10 restaurants you need to try in Rome


2. South Island, New Zealand, boasts breathtaking scenery consisting of mountains, lakes, and glaciers.

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The South Island of New Zealand.
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1. Great food, rich culture, and attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum, and Champs-Élysées are just some of the reasons why Paris took the top spot on US News & World Report’s list.

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Eiffel tower in Paris, France.
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