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 regions that made our list for 2023. 

2023 Best in Travel regions

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Crawick Multiverse, an amazing land art installation designed by Charles Jencks, located near Sanquhar in southern Scotland.

Alaska, USA

Halkidiki, Greece

New Mexico, USA

Nova Scotia, Canada

Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Sofia to Istanbul overnight train 

South Scotland, UK

Umbria, Italy

Western Australia

The best way to experience the entire list of the places to travel in 2023 is by going through our main Best in Travel page. 

Past winners of regions for Best in Travel 2022

Kitsune Udon from Hanazono-tei. © Said Karlsson/Lonely Planet

And if you’d like to explore some of the winners from 2022, here’s our list of previous winners for region.

Westfjords, Iceland

West Virginia

Xingshuabanna, China

Kent's Heritage Coast, UK

Puerto Rico

Shikoku, Japan

The Chilean Desert (Atacama)

The Scenic Rim (QLD, Australia)

Vancouver Island

Burgundy, France


This article was first published November 2022 and updated November 2022

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