As travel continues to be restricted around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic, the list is designed to “provide an optimistic dose of escapism” and help travellers plan future itineraries.
Destinations are divided into five categories: Sustainability, Nature and Wildlife, Adventure, Culture and History, and Family Travel.
The UK gets several inclusions across the list, with Coventry named in the Culture and History category, the England Coast Path awarded in the Family Travel section, and Scotland crowned in Nature and Wildlife.
The nearly complete England Coast Path will be the world’s longest seafront walking trail.
“Coronavirus may well have scuppered many of our travel plans in 2020, but it hasn’t quashed our desire to see the world,” said Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK).
“And while we dream of distant shores and warmer climes, this list recognises the extraordinary destinations we can look forward to visiting when the time comes.
“Ahead of a new year – with the hope of a return to travel – we’re excited to share these 35 places, which will feature prominently on our future itineraries.”
Here’s the list in full:
Denver, Colorado, US
Nature and Wildlife
Isle Royale, Michigan, US
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Lord Howe Island, Australia
Svaneti Region, Georgia
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
The Carian Trail, Turkey
Culture and History
Pueblo Nations, New Mexico, US
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain
Gyeongju, South Korea
Tulsa, Oklahoma, US
Tonglu, Zhejiang Province, China
England Coast Path
Space Coast, Florida, US
Indigenous British Columbia, Canada