Top 10 Travel Destinations to Explore in 2023

Top 10 Travel Destinations

The world is slowly opening up again, and it’s time to start dreaming about your next adventure.

Whether you’re a foodie, a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or a beach lover, there is something for everyone in our list of the top 10 travel destinations to explore in 2023.

From quiet beach escapes to bustling city adventures, here are the places to tick off your travel list in 2023.

Alexandria, Virginia: A City Rich in Culture

Virginia’s Alexandria is a city that effortlessly combines history, culture, and modernity. Its cobblestone streets, proximity to the vineyards of northern Virginia, and its effort to confront its own history make it a must-visit destination.

New exhibitions at the Freedom House Museum honor the enslaved people who were forcibly brought here. The African American Heritage Trail, which opened in 2020, follows the Potomac River and traces nearly 200 years of history.

Stay at the elegant Morrison House Old Town Alexandria, Autograph Collection, which was recently voted one of the best city hotels in the continental U.S. in T+L’s 2022 World’s Best Awards.

Cairo and the Nile: A Journey into the Past

Egypt’s capital, Cairo, and the Nile offer a journey back in time. After more than a decade of construction, the Grand Egyptian Museum is set to finally open its doors in 2023.

Luxurious new ships like the Viking Osiris and the opulent Sphinx from Uniworld Boutique River Cruises have started sailing the Nile. A refresh of the hotel scene is also underway with the arrival of the Mandarin Oriental in Cairo in 2024.

Nevada’s “City”: An Artistic Wonder

City, a monumental open-air sculpture in Nevada, is a testament to the power of art. Made from dirt, rock, and concrete, this awe-inspiring installation is the single largest contemporary artwork in the world.

The sculpture is set within the 704,000-acre Basin and Range National Monument, created in 2015. This remote preserve offers endless opportunities for hiking, climbing, camping, and cycling.

Havana, Cuba: A Blend of Old and New

Despite the ever-changing travel restrictions, Cuba’s capital, Havana, remains a popular destination. The city is a blend of old-world charm and modern progressiveness, and a testament to the resilience and creativity of its people.

The city’s vibrant streets are filled with music, color, and life. For those ready to take to the vibrant streets of Havana, a visa is required but can be handled on the day of travel at the airport check-in desk or from a tour provider.

Tangier, Morocco: A Bohemian Paradise

Morocco’s northern city, Tangier, is a bohemian paradise. Its rich history and vibrant culture have attracted artists, writers, and free spirits for decades.

Newcomers to the city include the Museum of Contemporary Art, housed in the renovated 17th-century Kasbah prison, and the Fairmont Tazi Palace Tangier, set on a refurbished century-old estate near the old city.

Lakes Region, Turkey: A Natural Wonder

Turkey’s Lakes Region is an unspoiled natural wonder. The region’s tectonic lakes, created by ancient earthquakes, and its many ancient Greek and Roman archaeological sites make it a must-visit destination for nature and history lovers.

Staying at cozy places like Eskiciler Konaği, a renovated century-old mansion near Lake Eğirdir, or Aliya Konak, a seasonal farm stay on a working lavender operation in Isparta, will make your visit even more memorable.

The United Kingdom: A Blend of History and Modernity

The United Kingdom is a blend of history, culture, and modernity. From historic cities to beautiful countryside, the UK offers a wide range of experiences for every type of traveler.

Scotland’s first rewilding center, Dundreggan, plans to open a visitor’s center by the end of 2023. Meanwhile, the new Two Toms Trail in Lancashire covers 25 miles and features some of England’s most stunning scenery.

Venice, Italy: A Timeless Beauty

Venice, Italy, is a city of timeless beauty. Its canals, bridges, and grand architecture make it one of the most romantic cities in the world.

The city made headlines in 2022 for its day-trip entrance fee, which takes effect in January 2023. But with attractions like the Venice Architecture Biennale running from May 20, 2023, to Nov. 26, 2023, and the Procuratie Vecchie, a 16th-century building along St. Mark’s Square, Venice offers plenty of reasons for a longer stay.

Mallorca, Spain: A Mediterranean Paradise

Mallorca, Spain, is a Mediterranean paradise. Its beautiful beaches, charming towns, and vibrant food and wine scene make it a perfect destination for a relaxing vacation.

The island has seen a surge of development recently, with new arrivals rediscovering local chefs like Santi Taura and the pleasures of strolling the cobbled streets of Valldemossa. If you’re looking to stay out of the hubbub of Palma, make Castell Son Claret your home base.

Cairo, Egypt, and the Nile: A Journey Back in Time

Egypt’s capital, Cairo, and the Nile offer a journey into the past. The Grand Egyptian Museum, set to finally open its doors in 2023, is a must-see attraction.

Luxurious new ships like the Viking Osiris and the opulent Sphinx from Uniworld Boutique River Cruises have started sailing the Nile. A refresh of the hotel scene is also underway with the arrival of the Mandarin Oriental in Cairo in 2024.

Whether you’re in the mood for a beach escape, a city adventure, or a trip back in time, 2023 has something for every traveler. So start planning, pack your bags, and get ready to explore the world!