Bucket List Travel: Top 10 Places In The World And Top 29 In The U.S.

Do you have a travel bucket list? These days, more people are dreaming about travel than actually traveling. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep adding places to your travel bucket list. Lonely Planet has just released its second “Ultimate Travel List,” which ranks what its editors describe as the world’s top 500 “most thrilling, memorable downright interesting places on this planet.” Let’s just say that it’s a bucket list to end all bucket lists.

In order to determine the best places around the world, Lonely Planet created a comprehensive list featuring each attraction and sight recommended by its authors in its guidebooks over the years. That was then whittled down to a shortlist, and everyone in the Lonely Planet community was then asked to vote on their top 20. Each entry ended up with a score that was used to create the definitive ranking of the world’s top 500 places, which has been released both online and as a book.

According to Piers Pickard, VP of publishing, Lonely Planet changed the way it calculated its travel bucket list in 2020 (the last Ultimate Travel List came out in 2015). “For this edition, we awarded extra points to destinations and attractions that are managing tourism sustainably,” says Pickard.

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Perfect for a moment when people are craving the outdoors more than ever, this year’s list included a number of natural locations. Nine U.S. national parks make the cut, with three in the top 20 overall list, including Yellowstone National Park (#5), Grand Canyon National Park (#13) and Yosemite National Park (#20).

U.S. cultural and art institutions were also featured, with notable entries such as The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. (#105 overall) and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (#418 overall) ranking among the world’s best places to travel.

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And the timing really couldn’t be better. “After seven months of staying at home, now’s the perfect time to start thinking about where and how to travel once normality returns,” says Pickard.

Read on for Lonely Planet’s ranking of the top 10 places around the world, followed by the top 29 places in the United States. 

Note: Should you decide to plan a trip anywhere during the coronavirus pandemic, you should check local travel restrictions for the destination you are hoping to visit and consider warnings from the State Department and CDC. Travelers should also consider risk factors like age and existing health issues before going on a trip and take precautions to keep themselves and others safe.

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Ranked: Top 10 Places Around the World

  1. Petra, Jordan: The red sandstone “lost city” that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  2. The Galápagos Islands, Ecuador: Destination that changed the course of science and is home to some of the rarest animals on the planet, from ancient tortoises to blue-footed boobies.
  3. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia: Down Under’s most sacred landmark (also known as Ayer’s Rock).
  4. Okavango Delta, Botswana: A sprawling flooded ecosystem in Africa where you can experience the best of slow travel.
  5. Yellowstone National Park, United States: The world’s largest geothermal area; home to geysers and grizzlies.
  6. Lake Bled, Slovenia: A photogenic lake that has been visited over the years by religious pilgrims and royalty.
  7. Iguazú Falls, Argentina/Brazil: A powerful waterfall that is actually made up of 275 waterfalls.
  8. Temples of Angkor, Cambodia: A sprawling series of temples in the jungle that Lonely Planet calls “a monument to human ingenuity.”
  9. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia: The world’s biggest salt flat, which becomes a giant mirrored illusion after it rains.
  10. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal: The ultimate trek to picturesque teahouses and high-altitude overlooks.
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Ranked: Top 29 Places in the U.S.

  1. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming/Montana/Idaho (#5 on the overall list)
  2. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (#13 overall)
  3. Yosemite National Park, California (#20 overall)
  4. Redwood National and State Parks, California (#49 overall)
  5. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco (#60 overall)
  6. Monument Valley, Arizona (#64 overall)
  7. Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii (#75 overall)
  8. National Museum of African American History & Culture, Washington D.C. (#105 overall)
  9. Denali, Alaska (#121 overall)
  10. French Quarter, New Orleans, (#138 overall)
  11. Death Valley, California (#149 overall)
  12. Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando (#188 overall)
  13. Empire State Building, New York City (#200 overall)
  14. Mesa Verde, Colorado (#220 overall)
  15. Taos Pueblo, New Mexico (#233 overall)
  16. The Strip, Las Vegas (#236 overall)
  17. The National Mall, Washington D.C. (#287 overall)
  18. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City (#295 overall)
  19. National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum, New York City (#316 overall)
  20. Pike Place, Seattle (#343 overall)
  21. Independence National Historic Park, Philadelphia (#376 overall)
  22. Statue of Liberty & Staten Island, New York (#387 overall)
  23. Acadia National Park, Maine (#393 overall)
  24. Art Institute of Chicago (#407 overall)
  25. Walt Disney World, Orlando (#410 overall)
  26. Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Jackson (#418 overall)
  27. Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles (#420 overall)
  28. Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts (#430 overall)
  29. Everglades, Florida (#481 overall)

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New Europe Travel Bans: Covid Red Lists, Here’s What To Know

As Covid creeps up again across Europe, many countries are reimposing travel restrictions on neighbours.

As this happens, the map of Europe is being color-coded red, green and yellow.

Travelers on high-risk red lists are being shut out, either with total travel bans or quarantines. Those on green lists meantime have a green light to travel.

But n a sign of the times, Norway for example no longer ranks any zones as green in Europe or beyond.

Hungary First In EU To Reinstate Blanket Ban Foreigners

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The most spectacular and controversial return to shutdown EU borders came with Hungary’s decision to add all countries to its red list from September 1.

Barely two months after reopening to Schengen travelers, it’s defying the bloc’s recommendations on internal borders and travel freedoms. The measures will stay in place at least until October 1. Recommended For You

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Links to government restrictions are included in the country headings. See useful details on the Reopen Europe website too.

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BELGIUM

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Belgium in early August added many parts of Romania, France and Spain to its red list. That means a total ban on non-essential travel to those places. Travelers returning must both quarantine and test on return.

  • The current red list includes Andorra, Croatia, Denmark, Hungary, Romania, many parts of Spain and France, and Scotland’s Aberdeen.

CYPRUS

  • Countries are divided in 3 categories: A (no restrictions), B (some), and C (no entry other than for citizens/residents).
  • Banned C list countries include France, Luxembourg, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro.
  • Germany, Norway, Hungary and Slovenia are among the A listers.
  • B countries must show a Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours. They include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.

CZECH REPUBLIC

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The same quarantine rule applies to Czech citizens returning from the red countries Czech Republic Ministry of Health

DENMARK

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FINLAND

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Finland too has a red, green, yellow system, updated on August 24.

  • Italy, Hungary and Slovenia are currently among the handful of welcome green countries.
  • Most other EU/Schengen countries and the U.K. fall on the yellow list, allowing onlyessential travelers including workers to visit.
  • Family members, parents, siblings, spouses and couples are among the exceptions.

HUNGARY

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  • Almost all foreign tourists are now on Hungary’s Red List for a month.
  • The government advises its citizens against travel to some 40 red list countries in Europe and overseas.
  • Those who do must self-quarantine for 14 days, or until they can show two negative tests taken with a two day interval.
  • Exemptions include transit passengers and Visgrad Group travelers (Poland, Czechia, Slovakia) with a negative Covid test taken within five days.

IRELAND

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  • The Green List just shrunk, even for Europeans. As of August 31, “normal precautions” and a green “security status rating” says the government, applies only to Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Slovakia.
  • With the EU Covid seesaw, this could change at any time. The list is constantly under review.

LATVIA

Latvias red list was super-sized in past days.

  • The list from the Latvian Centre for Disease Prevention and Controlshows red and yellow countries, with infections above the required threshold of 25 cases per 100,000.
  • Some 25 European red list countries include Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. They are classified as a “Serious threat to public health”.
  • Even those who transit these countries must quarantine on return. The state “discourages” travel to those places.

LITHUANIA

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  • The red list of countries grew on August 31, with travelers from Belarus, Italy, Slovenia and Slovakia now also facing mandatory self-isolation on arrival.
  • Norway, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Hungary and Latvia are the only EU/Schengen countries on the green list, due to less than 16 cases/100,000 in the last 14 days. face no quarantine requirement.

NETHERLANDS

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The Dutch government zones countries for Covid as Yellow (OK) and Orange (not ok, quarantine required). “Foreign travellers from countries where the health risks are similar to or lower than in the Netherlands can enter for tourism,” it says.

  • Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Malta, Romania , Spain, Monaco and various departments in France are on the orange list.

NORWAY

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Norway has a red, green, yellow Covid map. Currently no country is marked as a restriction-free green zone. Many more Europeans were added to the “high transmission” risk red list on August 29.

  • Red List: 10-day quarantine for travelers from France, Switzerland and Sweden since August 11. Now applies to most EU/Schengen arrivals–from Portugal to Poland–and to the U.K. The few exceptions include Hungary, Slovakia, Italy and Norway.
  • Yellow list countries are exempt from quarantine, but the Norwegian Institute of Public Health still classifies them as “increased risk”.
  • The government currently advises against all overseas travel.
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SLOVENIA

Slovenia too has a color-coded system with green, yellow and red lists.

  • Those in the green category like Canada and Australia can enter restriction-free.
  • Red list countries with more than 40 Covid cases per 100,000 must quarantine for 14 days.
  • The yellow list applies mostly to EU/Schengen citizens, who face no quarantine–provided they are not coming from a red destination.
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U.K.

The U.K. red list comes in the form of quarantine for a growing number of countries. The Czech Republic and Switzerland are among the latest Europeans to join others like France, Croatia and Austria who no longer enjoy a quarantine-free travel corridor with England.

Showing the nation’s quarantine policy disarray, Scotlandand Wales are imposing quarantine on Greece and Portugal–both of which remain on England and Ireland’s corridor lists.

Further Reading: More Covid Tests, No Travel Bans: EU Urges Europe To Make Common Rules

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U.K. To Allow Quarantine-Free Travel For 75 Countries: Air Bridge Idea Scrapped

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According to the Daily Telegraph, the U.K. government is about to release a list of 75 countries with whom travel will be allowed, quarantine-free, meaning that it has decided to get rid of the idea of allowing travel through ‘air bridges’.

The list is due to be published today or tomorrow and will lift the foreign office ban on non-essential travel to many countries. It is understood that these countries will include all EU destinations, all British territories, such as Bermuda and Gibraltar, and Australia and New Zealand. Turkey and Thailand are also thought to be on the list.

Travelers arriving back into the U.K. after visiting these countries will no longer have to quarantine for two weeks upon their return. The 75 countries have been decided based upon their low rates of Covid-19.The list of air bridge countries was expected 2 July, to begin 6 July, but it appears the government has scrapped the plan–deemed confusing by travel agents–in favour of quarantine-free travel.

However, whilst the U.K. is lifting quarantine on 75 destinations, U.K. arrivals in these destinations will still be subject to individual border controls and requirements.Ryanair began flying from the U.K. on 1 July to EU destinations, reporting that planes were 67% full. It seems that holidaymakers from the U.K. decided to take the risk that the quarantine would be finished upon their return, or that they would face the consequences when they returned.

Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s CEO, told The Telegraph that “it’s quite clear that British families going on holidays have decided, one, either the quarantine will be removed before they come home, or two, they will fill in the form and then just go about their normal lives.”

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Britons will be able to go on summer holidays abroad as the government prepares to announce that people travelling to certain countries will no longer be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to the UK. Ministers are poised to clear the way for trips to France, Greece and Spain after confirming the quarantine measures would be changed at Monday’s review. Officials will replace existing rules with a traffic light system that will see countries placed into green, amber and red categories based on the prevalence of coronavirus in each.
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