Lonely Planet has revealed its annual list of Best in Travel  with a roster of 30 top destinations recommended to visit in 2023 

You’ll find a range of destinations and experiences expertly picked to help you consider places you may have not thought of for reasons you haven’t considered. The best way to experience all of our top destinations is by heading to our main page of  Best in Travel 2023

In years past, we’ve sorted our list by the best countries, best regions and best cities to visit.  

But as travel has rebounded, we noticed people are craving more meaningful experiences and are being much more intentional with how they select the places they want to visit. With that in mind, we’ve reimagined our list, with our top destinations sorted not by country, region or city, but by the best type of trip to be had in each place.

 Whether you're looking for the best destinations to eat,  an adventurous new journey, an under-the-radar pick to unwind, or to connect to a buzzing new city, you’ll find something to fuel your wanderlust on this list. 

 Local perspectives, itineraries and recommendations are at the heart of each destination to help you imagine and plan a memorable trip. 

We understand some people might miss the way we’ve sorted them in the past. So here’s a look at the cities that made our list for 2023.

2023 Best in Travel Cities

La Farmacia Cafe in Montevideo is a cozy spot for breakfast or coffee © Mariana Grief Etchebhere/Lonely Planet

Accra, Ghana

Dresden, Germany

Fukuoka, Japan

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Lima, Peru

Manchester, UK

Marseille, France

Montevideo, Uruguay

Sydney, Australia

Past winners for Best in Travel 2022 cities

Young women rollerskating in urban area
Young women rollerskating in urban area © MoMo Productions/Getty Images

Freiburg, Germany

Atlanta, GA

Lagos, Nigeria

Nicosia/Lefkosia, Cyprus

Dublin, Ireland

Mérida, Mexico

Florence, Italy

Gyeongju, South Korea

Santa Fe, USA

This article was first published November 2022 and updated November 2022

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