Top 50 Must-Visit Destinations for 2024

Must-Visit Destinations for 2024

Lonely Planet has published its list of best destinations for 2024.  To honor the brand’s 50th anniversary, this special edition of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel offers an expanded list of 50 must-visit destinations from all around the globe.

The list includes some of the most sought after destinations of 2024 across five key categories: top countries, regions, cities, sustainable travel destinations, and best value locations. Each category features 10 destinations chosen for their topicality, unique experiences, ‘wow’ factor and ongoing commitment to sustainability and community.

There are new takes on popular destinations and some lesser-known gems ripe for exploration. Mongolia, which has been named top country, is recognized for its wide-open spaces, adventure activities, and distinctive culinary and musical culture. The top city, Nairobi, was chosen for its unique rhythms, impressive array of locally-inspired restaurants, and steady rotation of arts and culture venues. With its efforts to boost off-season travel, expand renewable energy, and bring tourism to previously overlooked destinations, Spain is recognized as the top sustainable travel destination. The Midwest, one of the USA’s most underrated regions with bustling cities and incredible food scenes, takes first prize in the best value category.

Check out the list of top destinations below and find more details here.

Top 10 Countries

  • Mongolia
  • India
  • Morocco
  • Chile
  • Benin
  • Mexico
  • Uzbekistan
  • Pakistan
  • Croatia
  • St Lucia
Trans Dinarica Cycling Route in Albania (Credit: Trans Dinarica)

Top 10 Regions

  • Western Balkans’ Trans Dinarica Cycling Route
  • Kangaroo Island, South Australia
  • Tuscany, Italy
  • Donegal, Ireland
  • País Vasco, Spain
  • Southern Thailand
  • Swahili Coast, Tanzania
  • Montana, USA
  • Saalfelden Leogang, Austria
  • Far North Scotland

Top 10 Cities

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Paris, France
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Mostar, Bosnia
  • Philadelphia, USA
  • Manaus, Brazil
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Prague, The Czech Republic
  • Izmir, Turkey
  • Kansas City, Missouri

Top 10 Most Sustainable Destinations

  • Spain
  • Patagonia, Argentina & Chile
  • Greenland
  • Wales’ trails
  • The Portuguese Way / Caminho Português de Santiago
  • Palau
  • Hokkaido, Japan
  • Ecuador
  • Baltic Trails of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
  • Eco-lodges in South Africa

Top 10 Best Value Destinations

  • The Midwest, USA
  • Poland
  • Nicaragua
  • Danube Limes, Bulgaria
  • Normandy, France
  • Egypt
  • Ikaria, Greece
  • Algeria
  • Southern Lakes & Central Otago, New Zealand
  • Night trains, Europe

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