National Geographic has published its annual list of recommended places to visit. In 2019, the list consisting of the 28 the best. 4 directions are located in the United States. This is the city of Oakland (California) and Kansas City (Missouri), a Florida County Walton (South part) and reserve Bisti/NeHa-Zin (New Mexico).
Editors from National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic Explorer selected the best places to travel in 4 categories: “Cities”, “Nature”, “Culture” and “Adventures”. The full list looks like this:
-Cities: Dakar, Senegal; El Salvador, Brazil; Kansas city, Missouri; Toronto, Canada; Matera, Italy; Perth, Australia; Mexico city, Mexico.
-Nature: Peruvian Amazon; Montenegro; Belize; Gorongosa national Park, Mozambique; South Walton County, Florida; Fanjingshan or mountain, Fanjing, China; Tahiti, French Polynesia.
-Culture: Cairo, Egypt; Hoang Lian Son, Vietnam; Galway, Ireland; Bauhaus Museum, Germany; Oakland, California; Vevey, Switzerland; Dordogne, France.
-Adventure: Greenland ;Bisti / De-Na-Zine, New Mexico; Estados or Isla de los Estados, Argentina; Macedonia; Canterbury, New Zealand; river Caño Cristales, Colombia Oman.
Category “City: Kansas Сity, Missouri
The largest city in the Central United States, founded at the confluence of two rivers (Missouri and Kansas) in the 1850s. Many people come here or on a barbecue, or on the famous jazz festival, but immediately fall in love with its appearance and atmosphere, transferring in the era of 18-19 centuries. In the сity you can find an incredible number of historical buildings and hotels, museums, retro clubs, as well as boulevards and fountains.
In the Central business district — Downtown-the city authorities have tried modern buildings not to destroy the historical spirit of the city, so many beautiful historical buildings in the style of urban Renaissance quite harmoniously coexist skyscrapers of metal and glass.
National Geographic recommends to stay at an iconic location in the city of 21c Museum Hotel Kansas City 219 Ninth St. where you can not only relax, but also a tasty snack in the renovated bar-restaurant, ride on the free tram RideKC, be sure to look into the Historic Jazz District at the intersection of 18th and Vine St., make purchases in the River Market…
And if you go West of Downtown, you get to West bottoms, where empty industrial historic buildings have turned into cool cafes and clubs. No matter where you go to Kansas Сity, you will feel the history of the city on every corner.
Category “Nature”: South Walton County, Florida
Explore the diversity of marine life everyone can of the coast of South Walton. Here in Graуton Beach State Park this summer opened the first permanent underwater Museum in the United States (Underwater Museum of Art). With the help of various sculptures placed on the bottom of the Bay, the founders of the Museum want to create artificial reefs that will not only protect the coastal area from red tides and storms, but also become an ideal habitat for a variety of species of marine animals.
Category “Culture”: Oakland, California
Oakland can boast not only that here grew Jack London, but also the fact that the city is home to the largest number of different language groups: there are now 125 languages. Such an incredible diversity of cultures influenced all spheres (cooking, art, etc.) and turned the city into a vibrant, innovative and incredibly welcoming community.
The city has long been home to creative personalities from all over the world, and you can enjoy the atmospheric events all year round. In January it is Restaurant Week, in February — Black Joy Parade, in May — Art Month, in September — Pride Parade and Festival. In addition, tourists from all over the world in the summer season beckon numerous festivals. Have you been here before?
Category “Adventure”: Besti/De- Na-Zin, New Mexico
Reserve Bisti / De Na-Zin will make everyone set foot on this earth feel like the only living creature for several kilometers . If you do not follow the paved path, you can easily get lost among the rock formations. And this is not surprising: the rocky soil, a lot of canyons, ravines in combination with incredible color landscapes, which were created for thousands of years by mother nature, make this area in the North-West of new Mexico really secluded. But how this nature is beautiful!