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Florida City Lands On Forbes List Of Top Travel Spots In 2023

The world is slowly but surely getting back on its feet after the pandemic, and 2023 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for travel. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or a mix of both, there’s something for everyone.

Choosing the perfect travel destination is a daunting task, akin to picking your favorite song or meal. With so many options, your preferences can change at any moment. To make your decision easier, Forbes Advisor has compiled a list of the top 50 destinations for 2023. Editors said this list ranges from “quick weekend getaway options, to trekking out to some of the most remote parts of the Earth.”

Out of the 50 destinations, 11 from the US made the list. The United States is a vast and diverse country, with offerings for every type of traveler. Whether you’re looking for urban excitement, beautiful beaches, natural wonders, or a taste of American history, there’s no shortage of destinations to choose from. With as many places there are to visit, it’s pretty cool that Forbes has placed a city here in Florida on the the list of their best places to travel in 2023.

International destinations make up the most of the top 50, which makes sense. Our world is SO big. My travel bucket list seems to keep growing and growing, and now this list has given me some new ideas. I need to get packing!

Best Places To Travel In 2023:

  • Armenia

    Armenia is home to the Caucasus Mountains and Lake Sevan, as well as the Temple of Garni and the Monastery of Haghpat. Nature lovers can hike the 535 miles of the Transcaucasian Trail.

    Places To Visit - Armenia

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  • Athens, Georgia

    Many people know Athens as the home of the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Other things to enjoy are the Georgia Museum of Art, the State Botanical Garden and Bear Hollow Zoo.

    Mississippi v Georgia

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  • Baku, Azerbaijan

    Baku is dubbed the Dubai of the Caucasus Mountains and is also home to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, a Formula One circuit.

    F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan

    (Photo by Will Taylor-Medhurst/Getty Images)

  • Bansko, Bulgaria

    Bansko is home to the stunning Pirin National Park, which offers opportunities for hiking, skiing and mountain climbing in Pirin Mountains.

    Bansko Ski Resort Draws Foreign Tourists

    (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • Botswana

    From the Kalahari Desert to the Okavango Delta, there is something for everyone in Botswana. It is also one of the best safari destinations in Africa.

    An African Safari

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  • Bucharest, Romania

    Bucharest is the capital city that offers great restaurants like Caru’ Cu bere, rich history with the Palace of the Parliament and castles in Sinaia.

    University Place in Bucharest, Romania

    (Photo by Harvey Meston/Getty Images)

  • Canary Islands, Spain

    The seven Canary Islands offer snorkeling, hiking, black sand beaches, volcanoes and laurel forests.

    The Abama Open de Canarias Pro - Am

    (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)



  • Carcassonne, France

    If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring ancient castles, this is the place for you.

    Carcassonne, France

    (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Český Krumlov, Czechia

    Český Krumlov is home to a 14th-century castle surrounded by the Blansko Forest and Šumava National Park.

    Cesky Krumlov Becomes Major Tourist Attraction

    (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • Chattanooga, Tennessee

    Chattanooga is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on the Tennessee River blending outdoor activities, art, history and a vibrant restaurant scene.

    IRONMAN Chattanooga

    (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

  • Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Located about an hour south of Denver, Colorado Springs is home to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, and also Garden of the Gods, a natural red rock formation where you can hike, horseback ride, bike and climb.

    Marija Goes to Denver

  • Corsica

    Corsica is a French island in the Mediterranean, which is known as “L’île de beauté,” a French phrase for “The island of beauty.”

    Corsican View

    (Photo by Kenneth Rittener/Getty Images)

  • Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

    Surrounded by the Dolomitic Alps, Cortina d’Ampezzo is the perfect location for all four seasons of the year.

    Places To Visit - Cortina D'Ampezzo

    (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

  • Curaçao

    Along with Aruba and Bonaire, Curaçao makes up the last third of the ABC Islands great for scuba diving, colorful buildings and vibrant murals.

    Dutch Royals Visit Curacao

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  • Cyprus

    Cyprus is the island of cats. Not only locals but tourists too take care of the kitties with feeding and water stations at restaurants, hotels or along the road. While snorkeling or diving you can discover sea turtles as well.

    Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open - Previews

    (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

  • Edinburgh, Scotland

    Edinburgh is home to the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile, as well as The Edinburgh Fringe, one of the greatest arts and culture festivals in the world.

    UK In Fourth Week Of Coronavirus Lockdown As Death Toll Exceeds 10,000

    (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Encinitas, California

    Encinitas is a surfer’s haven about 25 miles north of San Diego home to Grandview Beach for surfing and Moonlight beach for sunsets.

    Surfers At Cardiff-By-The-Sea

    (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

  • El Palmar de Vejer, Spain

    El Palmar de Vejer has views that sound like a dream- pink-washed sunsets, scintillating swells and starry skies.

    Cadiz Beaches Close Due To Crowds

    (Photo by Juan Carlos Toro/Getty Images)

  • Erding, Germany

    Erding is home to the world’s largest brewery of wheat beers, ERDINGER Weissbräu and also the largest thermal spa in the world.

    Lufthansa Celebrates Oktoberfest

    (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)



  • Florianópolis, Brazil

    Florianópolis, also known as “Floripa”, has a city center for those who want to eat well and party hard. Also enjoy surfing, windsurfing, boating, paddleboarding, hiking and more at Lagoa da Conceição.

    IRONMAN Florianopolis

    (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

  • Gaiman, Argentina

    Gaiman is famous for their tea houses offering the traditional fare with a local twist.

    Despite Price Rises The British Love Of A Cup Of Tea Endures

    (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • Hocking Hills, Ohio

    Ohio’s Hocking Hills region is full of waterfalls, cliffs, recessed caves and trails taking you to Ash Cave and Old Man’s Cave.

    People Enjoy Weather in Great Falls National Park

    (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

  • Izmir, Turkey

    Located at the far west end of Turkey, you’ll find a mix of culture, religion and history, like the Izmir Clock Tower (Saat Kulesi).

    Turkey's Ephesus Continues To Draw Visitors As Tourism Industry Recovers

    (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

  • Kanab, Utah

    Kanab is just a 35-minute drive to Zion and an hour and 20 minutes to Bryce Canyon. The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park is only 30-minutes east where you can explore Utah’s slot canyons like Buckskin Gulch or the balanced rock formations at The Toadstools.

    Views Of Bryce Canyon National Park

    (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Ljubljana, Slovenia

    The city’s best feature is its access to nature as much of Slovenia is covered by the alps.

    Slovenia's Pedal Power And Ongoing Anti-Government Pandemic Protests

    (Photo by Matic Zorman/Getty Images)

  • Lübeck, Germany

    Lübeck is a small town with perfectly preserved medieval and Gothic architecture.

    The Buddenbrooks - Photocall

    (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • Madeira

    Madeira is known for its popular Levadas, the Monte Palace Madeira and the Madeira Botanic Gardens.

    Madeira Island Open BPI - Round Four

    (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

  • Malta

    With an average 12 hours of sunshine daily, Malta is a popular resort destination, but beyond the beaches, you’ll find ancient walled cities, multiple fortresses and neolithic subterranean temples.

    Malta - General Imagery

    (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • Marathon, Florida

    Marathon is made up of 13 small islands in the middle of the Florida Keys and known for world-class fishing and water sports.

    Florida Begins Long Recovery After Hurricane Irma Plows Through State

    (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • Mauritania

    Mauritania offers a very unique experience with a ride on the iron ore train, also known as the “Train des Mines.”

    FITUR Tourism Fair 2021

    (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

  • Mauritius

    Mauritius is an island paradise known for its stunning sunsets, crystal clear waters and picturesque beaches.

    AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open - Day One

    (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

    Atletico Nacional v Deportes Tolima - Liga Aguila I

    (Photo by Gabriel Aponte/Vizzor Image/Getty Images)

  • Medellín, Colombia

    Medellín, the “city of eternal spring,” offers an expansive list of luxury hotels, fine dining and amazing coffee culture.

    New Study Links Coffee Consumption To Reduction In Liver Disease

    (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)

  • Molde, Norway

    The must-see attraction in Molde is the Atlantic Road that connects the western fjord islands from Molde to Kristiansund.

    Molde FK v VfB Stuttgart - UEFA Europa League

    (Photo by Thomas Rasmus Skaug/EuroFootball/Getty Images)

  • Moorea, French Polynesia

    Moorea is less expensive than Bora Bora with plenty of activities: ATV tours, hiking, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling.

    Popataia Bay

    (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)

  • Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia

    At the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, you’ll enjoy hiking, fishing and photography with lots of wildlife including turtles, woodpeckers and alligators.

    Brandenburg's Waterways Lure Canoe Enthusiasts

    (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

  • Page, Arizona

    Page is located on the southern shore of Lake Powell and a great base for those looking to visit the Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon.

    Lake Powell At Historic Low Levels In Drought-Stricken West

    (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


  • Porto, Portugal

    You can expect great food, even better wine and affordable prices.

    Travel Destination: Porto, Portugal

    (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • Punta del Diablo, Uruguay

    Punta del Diablo is a quiet fisherman village in the winter and a bustling beach town in the summer.


  • Qatar

    Now that the World Cup is over and the crowds have left the area, enjoy a range of desert and water activities, as well as culture and arts.

    Views Of Qatar

    (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

  • Riverhead, NY

    Riverhead is an historic town on the North Shore of Long Island and home to the Long Island Aquarium with one of the largest coral reefs in the world.

    New York's Long Island Enters Phase 4 Re-Opening From COVID-19 Closures

    (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • Rotorua, New Zealand

    Rotorua is the adventure capital of New Zealand’s North Island, with activities like whitewater rafting, bungee jumping and a one-of-a-kind pedal-powered “Shweeb Racer.”

    Tarawera Trail Run

    (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)



  • São Miguel, Azores

    São Miguel offers popular hikes to Sete Cidades and Miradouro da Lagoa do Fogo and hot springs to explore including Poca da Dona Beija and Caldeira Velha.

    Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2016

    (Photo by Dean Treml/Red Bull via Getty Images)

  • Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia only recently opened up tourism, so you’ll have the chance to explore everything from the ancient city of Riyadh and the breathtaking Al-Ula desert.

    Daily Life As Reforms Signal A New Era In Saudi Arabia

    (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • Sète, France

    Sète is home to boat jousting, a sport dating back at least 400 years and teams train all year to compete for the pride of their villages every summer.

    Gerard Depardieu Presents New Vintage Wines

    (Photo by Pascal Parrot/Getty Images)

  • Seychelles

    The Seychelles are a great alternative to those who want to visit the Maldives but want more to do. Enjoy the beaches, go for a rum tasting at Takamaka distillery, visit a vanilla farm and the Victoria Botanical Gardens.

    MCB Tour Championship: Seychelles - Day Two

    (Photo by Phil Inglis/Getty Images)

  • Skopje, Macedonia

    Skopje is a charming city that blends a myriad of cultures, fascinating history, great food and of course, gorgeous natural scenery. Be sure to check out Matka Canyon or take the cable car up to the top of Mount Vodno.

    Macedonia Nears a Name-Change Referendum

    (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

  • St. Albans, West Virginia

    St. Albans is about a half hour drive from the state capital of Charleston. Whether you want to get out and enjoy nature or stay in town and explore the restaurant scene, it’s great for a relaxing getaway.

    Skyline of West Virginia capital where task force trys to solve sniper deaths.

    (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • Tasmania, Australia

    In Tasmania, you’ll find breathtaking scenery with beaches, forest, mountains and plenty of unique wildlife.

    Taronga Zoo Hold Baby Tasmanian Devil Paternity Test

    (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

  • Torres Strait Islands, Australia

    The Torres Strait Islands are a group of islands in the Torres Strait, between the northern tip of Australia and Papua New Guinea known for their rich cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty.

    General Views From Torres Strait Islands

    (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Vancouver Island

    Vancouver Island has the most temperate weather in Canada and one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet with its rugged shorelines and ancient rainforests.

    Vancouver, BC Scenics

    (Photo by Robert Giroux/Getty Images)

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