PHOTOS: World’s best places to visit

WASHINGTON — Everything from scenic national parks to island escapes are out there ready for your next vacation.

Narrowing down where to go in the world for your next vacation can be a challenge.

U.S. News & World Report released its list of the best places to visit in the world for 2018.

Check out the list in the gallery below.

If you’re looking for a little bit of everything, Paris is the place to be.

“A lot of travelers are really interested in kind of a mix of destinations and some really love national parks, some really love cities,” said Erin Shields, assistant managing editor of travel at U.S. News & World Report. “Paris really has a lot to offer any traveler. They have a great food scene, great night life, amazing museums and usually pretty decent weather year-round.”

The best places to visit in the world include:

1. Paris
2. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho
3. Rome
4. Tahiti, French Polynesia
5. London
6. South Island, New Zealand
7. Phuket, Thailand
8. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
9. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
10. New York City
11. Argentine Patagonia
12. Barcelona, Spain
13. Yosemite National Park, California
14. Santorini, Greece
15. Maui, Hawaii
16. Sydney
17. Hong Kong
18. Machu Picchu, Peru
19. Rio de Janeiro
20. Florence, Italy
21. British Virgin Islands
22. Costa Rica
23. Bali, Indonesia
24. St. Lucia
25. Great Barrier Reef
26. Banff, Alberta
27. Amalfi Coast
28. Prague
29. The Maldives
30. San Francisco

The range of places to visit gives travelers the option to pick whether they’re in the mood to explore or if they’d rather sit on a beach and relax.

“For U.S. News we really try to provide a well-rounded look at different destinations around the globe so what appeals to one traveler might not appeal to another,” Shields said. “I’m pretty sure they’ll find something that will peak their interest.”


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