Forbes Magazine: The 20 Best Places To Visit In 2020

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Dusk sky above reflection Canyon, Utah, USA. It's one of the best places to visit.
Lake Powell, Utah. Credit: Forbes

Forbes Magazine just dropped their selection for the 20 best places to travel to next year. Our favorite is the beautiful ski town of Bariloche, Argentina. Here’s their list:

1.  Amangiri/Lake Powell, Utah/Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Why? The island of Sicily contains some of the most remarkable sites in the world, including the legendary Valley of the Temple, where the remains of seven Doric temples stand in a breathtaking setting of almond groves and olive trees. “Sicily has an authenticity to it that has faded from many other parts of the world,” says Ashley Diamond, a luxury travel consultant with Ovation Travel Group. “Villages like Noto are famous for its Baroque architecture and limestone facades.”

Who should go? Families and couples.

Don’t miss: It’s not every day you can explore the eerie landscape of Mount Etna‚ Europe’s largest volcano and one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It’s the top European destination on this list of the best places to visit in 2020.

Top down view from Table Mountain of a cable car and the Lion's Head on the right and Atlantic Ocean in the background. It's one of the best places to visit.
Table Mountain is a popular tourist destination in Cape Town with magnificent views. Credit: Forbes

3. Cape Town, South Africa   

Why? “The warm mild climate makes Cape Town a fantastic destination,” says Limor Decter, a travel advisor and concierge at Ovation Travel Group. “The views of the ocean and the fantastic botanical gardens make this cosmopolitan city a most worthwhile place to visit all year long.”

Who should go? Cape Town appeals to families, including multigenerational ones, along with luxury travelers and adventure seekers. Nearby Stellenbosch, known for its Pinotage wine, is perfect for oenophiles.

Don’t miss: A visit to Table Mountain, which affords a terrific view of the city, the nearby Atlantic Ocean and south toward the Cape of Good Hope. Also, stroll through the lush Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. Cape Town is the highest-ranking African destination on this list of the best places to visit in 2020.

Bariloche, Argentina
Incredible skiing found in Bariloche, Argentina. Credit: SnowBrains

4. Bariloche/Patagonia, Argentina  

Why? Bariloche, the northern part of Patagonia, is famous for its scenic lakes and offers activities like hiking, biking, golf, and water sports. Ovation’s top choice is the Llao Llao, a hotel perched on a small hill, framed by lakes, woods, and the Andean peaks.

Who should go? Outdoorsy types into hiking, biking, climbing and water sports. And summer skiing.

Don’t miss: Hike the Perito Moreno glacier.

Downtown Kigali, Rwanda. It's one of the best places to visit.
Downtown Kigali, Rwanda framed by trees. Credit: Forbes

5. Kigali, Rwanda  

Why?  “Rwanda in general and Kigali as the capital gateway city have really come into their own since the genocide a generation ago,” says Judy Stein, president of The Stein Collective, an affiliate of Ovation Travel Group. Kigali is clean, safe and filled with enlightening cultural experiences from world-class modern art galleries to fashion, local crafts and even a coffee co-op run by women making the world’s best coffee.

Who should go? Adventurous, curious, eco-conscious travelers and conservationists.

Don’t miss: Two new ultra-luxe lodges have recently opened, Singita Kwitonda and One&Only’s Nyungwe House.

Koutoubia Mosque and gardem, Marrakesh. It's one of the best places to visit.
View of Koutoubia Mosque and garden in Marrakesh, Morocco. Credit: Forbes

6.  Marrakech, Morocco  

Why? Marrakech is another up-and-coming destination on the list of the 20 best places to visit in 2020. “It has one-of-a-kind experiences such as a candlelit dinner in the middle of the desert replete with camel rides, belly dancers and fire eaters,” says Susan Ganis, a travel advisor with Ovation Travel Group.

Who should visit? Travelers who are active and adventurous and interested in different cultural experiences.

Don’t miss: A private visit to Yves Saint Laurent’s home and the Majorelle Gardens.

Woman standing on balcony, looking at ornate architecture, Porto, Portugal. It's one of the best places to visit.
A woman standing on a balcony, looking at ornate architecture, Porto, Portugal. Credit: Forbes

7.  Porto/Douro Valley, Portugal

Why? Porto has great food, wine, the sights, perfect weather, and reasonable costs. “Some nice properties include The Yeatman and Maison Albar Hotels/Le Monumental, which are quick jaunts from Lisbon,” says Andrew Steinberg, a luxury travel concierge at Modern Travel, an affiliate of Ovation Travel Group.

Who should go? Porto is great for couples.

Don’t miss: Hand-painted tile work called azulejos, which you can see throughout Porto.

Tel Aviv Skyline. It's one of the best places to visit.
Cityscape image of Tel Aviv, Israel during sunset. Credit: Forbes

8. Tel Aviv, Israel  

Why? Tel Aviv has become a culinary center in recent years. Check out the white Bauhaus buildings lining the wide, tree-dotted promenades.

Who should go? Families and couples. Tel Aviv is also welcoming to members of the LGBT community, according to Ovation.

Don’t miss: A walk along the beach promenade into Jaffa, an ancient port city undergoing a renaissance.

Snowy Licancabur volcano in Andes montains reflecting in the wate of Laguna Chaxa with Andean flamingos, Atacama salar, Chile. It's one of the best places to visit.
Snowy Licancabur volcano in Andes mountains reflecting in the water of Laguna Chaxa with Andean flamingos. Credit: Forbes

9. Atacama Desert, Chile   

Why? This desert, located about 8,000 feet above sea level, is often compared to Arches National Park or Canyonlands National Park in Utah. You can spend most of your time hiking and biking the surrounding mountains and canyons, bird watching, and visiting picturesque villages and ancient ruins.

Who should go? Adventure seekers and those looking to experience the otherworldly. This region is located in remote northern Chile.

Don’t miss: Visit the brilliant Chaxa Lagoon, surrounded by salt flats and inhabited by two species of flamingos. You can also go horseback riding and visit the Valley of the Moon at sunset.

General view of Dubrovnik - Fortresses Lovrijenac and Boka. It's one of the best places to visit.
The General view of Dubrovnik – Fortresses Lovrijenac and Bokar seen from south old walls at sunset. Credit: Forbes

10. Dubrovnik, Croatia   

Why? Dubrovnik is a shimmering beauty on the Dalmatian coast, say travel agents. The medieval walled city facing the Adriatic Sea is saturated with ancient history.

Who should go? Dubrovnik appeals to history and culture buffs, as well as Millennial travelers, and of course “Game of Thrones” fans.

Don’t miss: Walk the ancient city walls during sunset or ride the cable car for a panoramic view of the city.

Akihabara electric town, Tokyo. It's one of the best places to visit.
Akihabara is Tokyo’s shopping hub for electronics products. Credit: Forbes

11. Tokyo, Japan   

Why? You can explore the main sights, from ancient temples to modern pop-culture and electronic wonders, all while riding on one of the best subway systems anywhere. See a unique Buddhist wood burning ritual in one of Tokyo’s prominent temples, and then visit the biggest fish market in the world. Plus, in 2020, Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics.

Who should go? Foodies.

Don’t miss: Tokyo is home to more Michelin stars than Paris. The city has over 100,000 restaurants. You can sample tempura, teppanyaki, yakitori, ramen, kaiskei and shabu shabu.

Sunset at Clingman's dome. It's one of the best places to visit.
During a hike at Clingman’s trail I captured this beautiful sunset. Credit: Forbes

12.  Pigeon Forge, Tennessee   

Why? The mountains near Pigeon Forge are home to upscale resorts such as Blackberry Mountain. “It’s a mystical setting to relax, unplug and reconnect,” says Jill Fischbarg, a luxury travel consultant with Ovation Travel Group. “This is for the traveler who wants to be surrounded by nature.”

Who should go: Couples, babymooners, and small groups.

Don’t miss: Hiking.

Kotor Gurdic Gate and moat. It's one of the best places to visit.
Kotor, Montenegro. Credit: Forbes

13. Kotor, Montenegro   

Why? Montenegro, the Adriatic’s hidden treasure, is emerging as a desirable Mediterranean destination and will no longer be seen as the poor neighbor of Croatia. “It’s the Adriatic’s hidden treasure,” says Lauren Shook, a travel concierge for The Stein Collective. Today, Montenegro is emerging as a go-to luxury haven. Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro’s most luxurious hotel, raised the bar for hospitality in the country, And Marriott International just announced that it will bring the Ritz-Carlton brand to Montenegro in 2023.

Who should go: Active travelers looking for hiking and adventure and couples seeking relaxation and privacy.

Don’t miss: Kotor, another walled Dalmatian city, offers travelers an impressive and more natural experience. It’s one of the best-preserved old towns on the Adriatic coast and is home to many churches and museums.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It's one of the best places to visit.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The marina bay. Credit: Forbes

14. Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos, Mexico

Why? “Amazing ocean views — and golf,” says Cindy Salik, a travel advisor with Ovation Travel Group. “If you love fishing or sailing on the ocean, amazing restaurants and beautiful sunsets, this is the place to be.”

Who should go: Families and couples.

Don’t miss: The golf, boat rides, and dining. Next year, two new Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton properties are opening.

Woman traveller hiking Asian rice field landscape. It's one of the best places to visit.
Woman traveler hiking in Asian rice field landscape. Backpacking vacation in the spring season. Credit: Forbes

15. Chiang Mai, Thailand 

Why? “Chiang Mai offers the perfect mix of city and adventure,” says Sylvia Lebovitch, a luxury travel consultant at Ovation Travel Group. “Highlights include exploring the culture of the hill tribes, picking up tchotchkes at the night market, and visiting elephant sanctuaries.

Who should go? Families, honeymooners, and couples.

Don’t miss: Visiting an elephant sanctuary, where you can help bathe and feed the elephants in a rescue and rehabilitation center.

Macchu Picchu. It's one of the best places to visit.
Macchu Picchu. Credit: Forbes

16. Machu Picchu/Cusco, Peru

Why? Peru offers great culture, history, nature, and food. And of course, there’s Machu Picchu. Enough said.

Who should go? History buffs, adventure seekers, culture lovers.

Don’t miss: Ascend to Machu Picchu in the early morning and tour the picturesque Spanish colonial city of Cusco.

Melbourne train staation with Melbourne city background. It's one of the best places to visit.
Melbourne train station with Melbourne city background in sunset, Australia. Credit: Forbes

17. Melbourne, Australia      

Why? It’s a cosmopolitan city known for the arts and good living. It has a much more European feel than Sydney. “Melbourne’s street art is vibrant and an ever-changing landscape, sometimes daily,” says Gina Gabbard, a senior vice president of leisure and independent advisors at Ovation Travel Group

Who should go? Art lovers and young travelers.

Don’t miss: Melbourne offers 76,000 live performances a year versus New York City’s 36,000. That’s a lot of music.

Vineyard near Mendoza. It's one of the best places to visit.
Organic vineyards near Mendoza in Argentina with Andes in the background. Credit: Forbes

18.  Mendoza, Argentina   

Why? Mendoza is in Argentina’s wine region, but it’s also known for its adventure tourism, thanks to its proximity to the Andes.

Who should go: Wine lovers and nature lovers.

Don’t miss: The Uco Valley,  located about 90 minutes from the town of Mendoza.

An aerial view, Andes valleys at central Chile at Cajon del Maipo, Santiago de Chile, amazing views over mountains and glaciers a perfect place for hiking and having some adventure on a remote place
Cajon del Maipo near Santiago de Chile. Credit: Forbes

19. Vira Vira, Chile  

Why? In the southern hemisphere spring, you can ski or snowshoe the active volcano Villarrica in the morning and then trek through one of the national forests in a sweatshirt to see the waterfalls or white water raft in the afternoon. It’s a year-round destination.

Who should go? Active families and couples. It’s peaceful but adventurous.

Don’t miss: Snowshoeing in the woods or hiking to the top of Villarrica and visiting a Mapuche Indian home.

Decorative flags for Day of the Dead. It's one of the best places to visit.
North America, Mexico, San Miguel de Allende. Credit: Forbes

20. San Miguel del Allende, Mexico  

Why? “It’s the perfect destination for well-heeled travelers looking for elegant accommodations,” says Barbara Hammer, a luxury travel advisor with Ovation Travel Group. She recommends pairing it with a visit to Mexico City to shop for art.

Who should go? Adventure seekers looking for something a bit off the grid.

Don’t miss: Must-see places include Mercado de Artesanías, a hand-crafts market, and Fábrica la Aurora, a former mill that now houses many art galleries and restaurants.

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