Some destinations are iconic. Time and time again, guidebooks will tell you what spots are must-sees for those who love travel. But everyone has their own idea of where their ideal vacation will take them. So, how do you start planning your dream trip?
That's where U.S. News comes in. Using a methodology that takes into account expert analysis in combination with reader votes, we narrowed down the destinations that can be considered the World's Best Places to Visit. This year's ranking list sees cities from almost every continent and cultures from every walk of life. Despite their differences, these destinations do have a few things in common: they boast a variety of one-of-a-kind attractions, iconic sights, unique landscapes and distinct eateries.
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