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.

The City by the Bay offers something for everyone. Travelers love the city's iconic sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, its vibrant neighborhoods like the Mission District and Chinatown, and its outdoor offerings, such as Muir Woods National Monument, Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach. What's more, San Francisco is home to an excellent and diverse food scene, boasting everything from Michelin-starred eateries to tasty food trucks to the popular Ferry Building Marketplace food hall. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/kropic)
30. San Francisco, California San Francisco offers something for everyone. Travelers love the city’s iconic sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, its vibrant neighborhoods like the Mission District and Chinatown, and its outdoor offerings, such as Muir Woods National Monument, Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach. What’s more, San Francisco is home to an excellent and diverse food scene, boasting everything from Michelin-starred eateries to tasty food trucks to the popular Ferry Building Marketplace food hall. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/kropic) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/kropic)
29. Maldives

The epitome of luxury, the Maldives enjoy an incredibly scenic location in the Indian Ocean. The contrast of bright turquoise water against stark white sand is stunning, and this destination is a favorite spot for those looking to stay in an overwater bungalow (many of which come with a private plunge pool). This collection of islands appeals to travelers eager to rest, relax and indulge. A vacation here won't come cheap, but it will offer unique opportunities, such as dining in an underwater restaurant or enjoying a treatment at an underwater spa. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/feel4nature)
29. Maldives The Maldives are in an incredibly scenic location in the Indian Ocean. The contrast of bright turquoise water against stark white sand is stunning, and this destination is a favorite spot for those looking to stay in an overwater bungalow (many of which come with a private plunge pool). This collection of islands appeals to travelers eager to rest, relax and indulge. A vacation here won’t come cheap, but it will offer unique opportunities, such as dining in an underwater restaurant or enjoying a treatment at an underwater spa. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/feel4nature) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/feel4nature)
View of Prague castle and Charles bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
28. Prague Prague attracts millions of travelers annually – and for good reason. This beautiful city is home to impressive architectural landmarks, charming neighborhoods, friendly locals and a variety of lodging options. Spend time admiring the Old Town Square, the Prague Castle and the bizarrely designed Dancing House before sitting down for a meal and a locally brewed Pilsner. Even better, Prague is one of Europe’s more affordable destinations to visit thanks to its many free attractions and budget-friendly accommodations (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) (AP)
Cyclists pedal along Amalfi coast during the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Avellino to Mount Vesuvius, Friday, May 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
27. Amalfi Coast, Italy Italy’s Amalfi Coast beckons to both adventure travelers and relaxation seekers. The 13 cliffside towns that comprise this region offer picturesque hiking trails and several beaches to explore. You’ll also find exquisite luxury hotels sharing real estate with colorful residences framed by greenery and imposing cliffs cascading down to the cobalt Mediterranean Sea. In fact, one of the best ways to see the Amalfi Coast is on a boat tour. What’s more, you’ll discover delectable Italian fare and fresh seafood wherever you go. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/ALESSANDRO TROVATI)
Lake Louise panorama, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
26. Banff, Alberta Outdoor enthusiasts should add Banff to their bucket lists. Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park, this Canadian vacation spot offers active pursuits galore, ranging from hiking, whitewater rafting and caving to skiing, dogsledding and snowshoeing. The area also hosts cultural and musical performances throughout the year. Plus, the après-ski scene here is top-notch: Skiers and snowboarders can wind down with drinks by the fire and meet new friends after a day on the slopes. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/YayaErnst) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/YayaErnst)
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25. Great Barrier Reef Though the Great Barrier Reef’s coral population is diminishing, it’s still one of the most awe-inspiring destinations in the world. The region is home to more than 3,000 individual reefs and coral cays, and colorful fish like angelfish, clownfish, parrotfish and butterfly fish, in addition to various species of sharks. When you’re not exploring underwater, you can spend time relaxing on Whitehaven Beach or sailing on the turquoise Coral Sea. (ltos/iStock/Thinkstock)
The Pitons, two large peaks that are the cone remnants of long-dormant volcanos, are shown on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia July 3, 1998. The Pitons can be found on the island flag, the the local beer bears their name. (AP Photo/Scott Sady)
24. St. Lucia St. Lucia has been a longtime favorite destination for honeymooners and couples, but luxurious resorts and a romantic atmosphere aren’t the only things this Caribbean island has to offer. Visitors can hike and learn a bit of history at Pigeon Island National Landmark, or snap photos of the waterfall and flora at the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. And, of course, the beach is a big draw: St. Lucia’s top sandy spots include Reduit Beach and Anse Chastanet. (AP Photo/Scott Sady) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/SCOTT SADY)
Mount Agung volcano spews smoke in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. Gushing ash from Bali's Mount Agung volcano has dissipated into a wispy plume of steam. Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said Monday the volcano remains at its highest alert level but most of Bali is safe for tourists. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
23. Bali, Indonesia Bali provides the perfect mix of opportunities for cultural exploration and relaxation. Travelers should spend time visiting and learning about the island’s many ancient temples before heading to one of its beautiful beaches. As far as accommodations go, Bali features dozens of villas, hotels and resorts (at varying price points). To up the luxury factor, stay at a five-star resort like the Four Seasons or St. Regis and indulge in a spa treatment. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati) (AP/Firdia Lisnawati)
This undated photo shows a woman on the beach at the Lapa Rios Lodge in Costa Rica. Owner Hans Pfister says business at the lodge was hurt last year by concerns over the Zika virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, but this year Zika has faded from the headlines and Pfister says his guests are back. (Lapa Rios Lodge via AP)
22. Costa Rica Verdant rainforests, sprawling beaches, intriguing wildlife and imposing volcanoes characterize Costa Rica. Those looking to experience all of the above will want to seek out Manuel Antonio National Park, where you can begin the day sunbathing and swimming at the beach, then venture out for an afternoon hike to spot birds, iguanas, monkeys, sloths and more. Make sure to plan your visit for the dry season, from mid-December to April, to experience the most sun. (Lapa Rios Lodge via AP)
FILE - This April 3, 2009 file photo shows a general view of Road Town, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. A thriving financial services industry that evolved over the last 30 years, the British Virgin Islands has come under scrutiny like never before thanks to the leak of confidential documents from a Panama-based law firm that specializes in offshore finance. (AP Photo/Todd VanSickle, File)
21. British Virgin Islands The British Virgin Islands are an exclusive archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. Though these islands sustained damage during the 2017 hurricane season, they are bouncing back. A trip here will include plenty of outdoor fun and sun. The British Virgin Islands are home to stunning beaches, such as Cane Garden Bay, Anegada Island and Smuggler’s Cove, as well as The Baths, a unique collection of granite boulders and coves. You could book a hotel here, or you could rent out a private villa or yacht to enjoy your island vacation in style. (AP Photo/Todd VanSickle, File) (AP)
In this May 9, 2017 photo, climbing the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, offers stunning views as seen here. Found next to the Uffizi Gallery in the famed Piazza della Signoria, the Palazzo Vecchio features a foundation of Roman ruins, palatial rooms and a replica of Michelangelo's David out front. (AP Photo/Courtney Bonnell)
20. Florence, Italy With multiple museums, alluring churches and delicious cuisine, Florence woos travelers with its Italian charm. The best way to soak up this city’s atmosphere is simply by wandering along its cobblestone streets and seeing what inspires you along the way. You may be drawn to a quaint boutique, the grandiose Duomo, a gelato shop or the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge – the possibilities are endless. For incredible views of the city, take a short uphill walk to Piazzale Michelangelo. (AP Photo/Courtney Bonnell) (AP/Courtney Bonnell)
In this Oct. 29, 2017 photo, men overlook the city from the Vidigal slum, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Opening the hillside favelas to tourists seemed like a winning idea: they get breathtaking views, the slum residents could cash in, and foreign visitors would see another part of the city, but soaring violence has rekindled a concern about safety. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)
19. Rio de Janeiro Those looking for a well-rounded trip to Rio de Janeiro should check out the towering Christ the Redeemer statue, explore the 340-acre Jardim Botânico, and spend some time lazing on Ipanema or Copacabana beach. (AP/Renata Brito) (AP/Renata Brito)
FILE  - In this April 1, 2010 file photo, the citadel of Machu Picchu is seen during its reopening in Cuzco, Peru. Authorities said on Wednesday, June 21 2017, that tourist access to the fabled ruins has be reorganized into two shifts, to help conservations efforts. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
18. Machu Picchu, Peru This Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru is a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Part of the fun for many travelers is conquering the four-day hike along the Inca Trail before being rewarded with the view of this sprawling UNESCO World Heritage site. If you’re not one for hiking, you can still see this impressive historical site by hopping on a train from Cusco to the mountain base. (AP/Karel Navarro) (AP/Karel Navarro)
The Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier, right top, sails into Hong Kong for a port call, Friday, July 7, 2017, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) garrison's presence in the semi-autonomous Chinese city and former British colony. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
17. Hong Kong Hong Kong is a destination that puts travelers’ senses into overdrive. The glittering skyline, the dynamic food scene, the historical sites and the family-friendly attractions are just a few reasons visitors can’t get enough of this bustling metropolis. Start your trip with a tour of the waterfront on the Star Ferry, and pencil in visits to Hong Kong Disneyland or Ocean Park amusement park if you’re traveling with kids. Meanwhile, foodies will delight in the culinary options: Dim sum, stir-fry and pineapple buns should be a few things you sample. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) (AP/Vincent Yu)
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16. Sydney The largest city in Australia offers a wealth of activities and attractions for travelers to enjoy. You can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for spectacular views (and a heart-pumping adventure), stroll through Darling Harbour and peruse the 74-acre Royal Botanic Garden. When it’s time to wind down, head to Coogee Beach to sunbathe or snorkel, or to Bondi Beach to watch the surfers shred waves. (iStock/Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/africanpix)
This undated photo provided by the Hawaii Tourism Authority shows a view of the Kapalua coastline in Maui, Hawaii. Kapalua Bay Beach is No. 1 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2018 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority via AP)
15. Maui, Hawaii With captivating beaches, several scenic golf courses and even a volcano, Maui is almost an otherworldly vacation destination. Beach bums will have plenty of sandy shoreline to choose from: Waianapanapa features jet-black sand and is framed by an emerald green jungle, Kaanapali Beach is great for snorkeling and Wailea Beach is popular with those just looking to relax and take in the views. Meanwhile, a drive along the Road to Hana is another excellent way to see all the beauty this Hawaiian island has to offer. (Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority via AP) (AP/Tor Johnson)
This Sept. 21, 2009 photo shows a view of Oia village on the island of Santorini, Greece. The Greek island of Santorini offers seaside tavernas, cliffside paths, black volcanic rocks and of course, sunshine and the Aegean.      (AP Photo/Michael Virtanen)
14. Santorini, Greece See a sunset in Santorini and you’ll know why this Greek destination is one of the world’s best places to visit. In addition to offering an exquisite evening atmosphere, Santorini boasts colorful black and red sand beaches, ancient ruins and several wineries. But the picture-perfect scenery is what draws most travelers: You’ll see cliffside whitewashed buildings that line the brilliantly blue caldera. What’s more, the luxury hotels here are some of the world’s best. (AP Photo/Michael Virtanen) (AP/Michael Virtanen)
FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2013 file photo, a view on the way to Glacier Point trail in the Yosemite National Park, Calif. After an emotionally trying week, the president is heading West to celebrate the raw beauty of America's national parks as the system nears its 100th birthday, and highlight challenges threatening it over the next 100 years, including climate change and chronic underfunding by Congress. Obama was taking his wife and daughters on a Father's Day weekend getaway to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico and Yosemite National Park in California.  (AP Photo/Tammy Webber, File)
13. Yosemite National Park, California Stretching across nearly 1,200 square miles of nature, Yosemite National Park is every outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Travelers to this national park will encounter towering waterfalls, millennia-old Sequoia trees, striking cliff faces and some of the most interesting rock formations in the United States. Hiking is the best way to enjoy a trip to Yosemite, but visitors can also go swimming in some of the park’s rivers, bike the various trails and enjoy photography walks or nature programs. (AP Photo) (AP)
In this Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 photo, both Catalan and Spanish sides are seen from the church tower at San Rafael del Rio, a small regional border-town some 207 kilometers (129 miles) south of Barcelona. Spain. The river that runs through San Rafael del Rio, a quiet rural town with a population of just over 500, provides a natural boundary between the Spanish regions of Catalonia and Valencia. Now residents are worried that the escalating conflict between Spanish and Catalan authorities will split the town in two. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)
12. Barcelona, Spain Impressive architecture and a decadent food scene are just two reasons why travelers should check out this Spanish city. Barcelona is famous for the uniquely designed La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and Casa Batlló, all by renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, and Las Ramblas, the wide thoroughfare populated with buskers, bars and restaurants. Speaking of restaurants, you’ll want to get your fill of tasty tapas and seafood in Barcelona. Other popular things to do here include hanging on the beach and cheering on the FC Barcelona fútbol team at Camp Nou Stadium. (AP/Mstyslav Chernov) (AP/Mstyslav Chernov)
11. Argentine Patagonia Cerulean lakes, turquoise-tinted glaciers, emerald trees and sapphire skies stretch as far as the eye can see in Argentine Patagonia. Adventure travelers can explore natural wonders like the growing Perito Moreno Glacier and the jagged Mount Fitz Roy. And animal lovers can’t miss a visit to Punta Tombo, home to the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in the world, in addition to other bird species. (iStock / Getty Images Plus) ((iStock / Getty Images Plus))
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10. New York City The city that never sleeps boasts an almost overwhelming number of things to do and see, and chances are each time you visit you’ll discover something new. In New York City you can see the talented actors and singers who grace Broadway’s stages, stroll above the city along the elevated High Line, wander through the sprawling Central Park and explore the numerous museums. New York City is also home to excellent food options. Taste them all on a food tour, where you can discover the city’s neighborhoods along the way. (iStock/Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/dolphinphoto)
In this Wednesday, June 6, 2018 photo, Jumeirah Palm Island luxury villas are seen by their private beaches in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A new report released Tuesday, June 12, 2018, by the Washington-based Center for Advanced Defense Studies, relying on leaked property data from the city-state, described Dubai’s real-estate market as a haven for money launderers, terror financiers and drug traffickers sanctioned by the U.S. in recent years. Officials in Dubai said they could not comment on the report. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
9. Dubai, United Arab Emirates Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, one of the world’s largest shopping centers, the Dubai Mall, and one of the only indoor ski resorts in the world, Ski Dubai. In addition to being a city of superlatives, Dubai embraces its Middle Eastern traditions. The best way to immerse yourself is to tour the Jumeirah Mosque and stroll through the gold and spice souks. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) (AP/Kamran Jebreili)
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2013, file photo, the Grand Canyon National Park is covered in the morning sunlight as seen from a helicopter near Tusayan, Ariz. Arizona officials on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, guaranteed that the Grand Canyon National Park will remain in full operation if Congress fails to pass a budget and a government shutdown ensues. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
8. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona The Grand Canyon is indeed grand, with its colorful rock formations stretching across 277 river miles. One of America’s most popular national parks (it attracts around 6 million visitors annually), the Grand Canyon offers ample opportunities for outdoor fun. Visitors can hike the rugged North Rim trails, traverse the Bright Angel Trail by mule and raft down the Colorado River, among other activities. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File) (AP/Julie Jacobson)
Pileh Lagoon in Ko Phi Phi Island - Thailand
7. Phuket, Thailand Phuket attracts travelers looking for a taste of exotic Thailand. The Andaman Sea’s aquamarine-tinted water provides a striking contrast to the stark white sand beaches and emerald jungles that line the coast. Travelers to Phuket will want to spend plenty of time on the beach but should also set aside some time to explore the area’s flavorful culinary scene, tour its impressive Buddhist temples and sail or snorkel on a boat tour. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/EPasqualli) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/EPasqualli)
This April 12, 2014 photo shows the iconic Mitre Peak in the Fiordland National Park in Milford Sound, New Zealand. Visitors can get an up-close view of the entire fiord on a day/overnight cruise or kayak tour.  (AP Photo/Carey J. Williams)
6. South Island, New Zealand It’s the breathtaking natural landscape that woos adventurers to New Zealand’s South Island, where outdoor opportunities abound. Visitors can explore the area’s glaciers via helicopter, watch for wildlife like whales and penguins, tour the region’s wineries and stargaze on top of Mount Cook. The island’s many lakes and parks also invite travelers to kayak, sail, hike and bike to soak up every bit of New Zealand nature. (AP Photo/Carey J. Williams) (AP)
FILE - This Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 file photo, shows a view of central London's skyline by the river Thames. Hungerford Bridge, foreground, Big Ben's clock tower and Houses of Parliament, left. The Metropolitan Police said Monday April 2, 2018, the homicide rate in London has increased each month so far this year as the British capital suffers from an increase in knife-related crime. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
5. London Home to a wealth of cultural and historical institutions, family-friendly attractions and festivals, plus a lively nightlife scene, London appeals to travelers young and old. Must-see attractions include the British Museum and Buckingham Palace, as well as iconic sights like the London Eye, the Tower Bridge and Big Ben. The city also features efficient and affordable public transit options, such as buses and the Tube, and there are a plethora of accommodations to choose from, ranging from vacation rentals to high-end hotels. As for dining, don’t leave London without enjoying a curry or fish and chips with a pint at a pub. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File) (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)
This July 9, 2016 photo shows a flight arriving over the Aitutaki lagoon in the South Pacific's Cook Islands group. A handful of islets inside a reef, Aitutaki is a dream-perfect tropical paradise, minus the crowds and prices, only two flights away from Los Angeles, Sydney, New Zealand and Tahiti. (Giovanna Dell'Orto via AP)
4. Tahiti, French Polynesia Tranquil Tahiti offers a little bit of everything. This island nation in French Polynesia is home to incredible beaches, stunning natural wonders like waterfalls, and interesting museums that teach visitors about the history of Tahiti. What’s more, there are plenty of hotel options on this island, including luxe five-star resorts and no-frills, budget-friendly options. (Giovanna Dell’Orto via AP) (AP)
In this photo taken on April 8, 2018 tourists visit the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. One can hardly see the treasures of Rome's top attractions these days without bumping arms with the hordes of tourists. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
3. Rome Delicious food (pizza, pasta, gelato, you name it), rich coffee and excellent wine are a few reasons why travelers love Rome. However, food and drink aren’t the only things this city has to offer. You’ll find major highlights of art and history, from the Galleria Borghese to the Colosseum. Meanwhile, nearby city-state Vatican City is home to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Rome is also easy to reach from other destinations within Europe, and there are direct flights here from many other parts of the world (including the U.S.). (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) (AP/Virginia Mayo)
Yellowstone, Norris Geyser Basin
2. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho Travelers will be enchanted by the stimulating colors of Yellowstone. The Grand Prismatic Spring’s waters are reminiscent of a rainbow, Yellowstone Lake is a deep blue and framed by green trees and snow-capped mountains and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone’s rocky landscape is a mix of red and gold. In addition to offering incredible scenery, Yellowstone grants visitors the chance to see all sorts of wildlife (such as bears, bison, elk and otters), and there are hiking opportunities for abilities of all levels. (AP Photo/Beth Harpaz, File) (AP/Beth Harpaz)
The powerful message "Maintenant On Agit" ("Now We Act") is projected on the Eiffel Tower on the eve of International Women's Day to honor women's rights and promote the French equivalent of the Time's Up movement in Paris, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Launched by the Foundation of Women, the movement aims to raise funds for associations helping women pursue cases before justice, "so that no woman ever again has to say #MeToo." (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
1. Paris Paris is the pinnacle of art, history, culture and tourism. The City of Light is home to the expansive Louvre art museum, the magical Eiffel Tower and the charming Champs-Élysées lined with high-end stores and boutiques. Quaint cafes and patisseries rub elbows with both casual eateries and Michelin-starred restaurants in a city where the food scene is second to none. What’s more, Paris plays host to dozens of fun festivals throughout the year. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) (AP/Francois Mori)
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The City by the Bay offers something for everyone. Travelers love the city's iconic sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, its vibrant neighborhoods like the Mission District and Chinatown, and its outdoor offerings, such as Muir Woods National Monument, Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach. What's more, San Francisco is home to an excellent and diverse food scene, boasting everything from Michelin-starred eateries to tasty food trucks to the popular Ferry Building Marketplace food hall. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/kropic)
29. Maldives

The epitome of luxury, the Maldives enjoy an incredibly scenic location in the Indian Ocean. The contrast of bright turquoise water against stark white sand is stunning, and this destination is a favorite spot for those looking to stay in an overwater bungalow (many of which come with a private plunge pool). This collection of islands appeals to travelers eager to rest, relax and indulge. A vacation here won't come cheap, but it will offer unique opportunities, such as dining in an underwater restaurant or enjoying a treatment at an underwater spa. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/feel4nature)
View of Prague castle and Charles bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Cyclists pedal along Amalfi coast during the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Avellino to Mount Vesuvius, Friday, May 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
Lake Louise panorama, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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The Pitons, two large peaks that are the cone remnants of long-dormant volcanos, are shown on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia July 3, 1998. The Pitons can be found on the island flag, the the local beer bears their name. (AP Photo/Scott Sady)
Mount Agung volcano spews smoke in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. Gushing ash from Bali's Mount Agung volcano has dissipated into a wispy plume of steam. Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said Monday the volcano remains at its highest alert level but most of Bali is safe for tourists. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
This undated photo shows a woman on the beach at the Lapa Rios Lodge in Costa Rica. Owner Hans Pfister says business at the lodge was hurt last year by concerns over the Zika virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, but this year Zika has faded from the headlines and Pfister says his guests are back. (Lapa Rios Lodge via AP)
FILE - This April 3, 2009 file photo shows a general view of Road Town, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. A thriving financial services industry that evolved over the last 30 years, the British Virgin Islands has come under scrutiny like never before thanks to the leak of confidential documents from a Panama-based law firm that specializes in offshore finance. (AP Photo/Todd VanSickle, File)
In this May 9, 2017 photo, climbing the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, offers stunning views as seen here. Found next to the Uffizi Gallery in the famed Piazza della Signoria, the Palazzo Vecchio features a foundation of Roman ruins, palatial rooms and a replica of Michelangelo's David out front. (AP Photo/Courtney Bonnell)
In this Oct. 29, 2017 photo, men overlook the city from the Vidigal slum, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Opening the hillside favelas to tourists seemed like a winning idea: they get breathtaking views, the slum residents could cash in, and foreign visitors would see another part of the city, but soaring violence has rekindled a concern about safety. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)
FILE  - In this April 1, 2010 file photo, the citadel of Machu Picchu is seen during its reopening in Cuzco, Peru. Authorities said on Wednesday, June 21 2017, that tourist access to the fabled ruins has be reorganized into two shifts, to help conservations efforts. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
The Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier, right top, sails into Hong Kong for a port call, Friday, July 7, 2017, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) garrison's presence in the semi-autonomous Chinese city and former British colony. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
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This undated photo provided by the Hawaii Tourism Authority shows a view of the Kapalua coastline in Maui, Hawaii. Kapalua Bay Beach is No. 1 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2018 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority via AP)
This Sept. 21, 2009 photo shows a view of Oia village on the island of Santorini, Greece. The Greek island of Santorini offers seaside tavernas, cliffside paths, black volcanic rocks and of course, sunshine and the Aegean.      (AP Photo/Michael Virtanen)
FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2013 file photo, a view on the way to Glacier Point trail in the Yosemite National Park, Calif. After an emotionally trying week, the president is heading West to celebrate the raw beauty of America's national parks as the system nears its 100th birthday, and highlight challenges threatening it over the next 100 years, including climate change and chronic underfunding by Congress. Obama was taking his wife and daughters on a Father's Day weekend getaway to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico and Yosemite National Park in California.  (AP Photo/Tammy Webber, File)
In this Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 photo, both Catalan and Spanish sides are seen from the church tower at San Rafael del Rio, a small regional border-town some 207 kilometers (129 miles) south of Barcelona. Spain. The river that runs through San Rafael del Rio, a quiet rural town with a population of just over 500, provides a natural boundary between the Spanish regions of Catalonia and Valencia. Now residents are worried that the escalating conflict between Spanish and Catalan authorities will split the town in two. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)
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In this Wednesday, June 6, 2018 photo, Jumeirah Palm Island luxury villas are seen by their private beaches in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A new report released Tuesday, June 12, 2018, by the Washington-based Center for Advanced Defense Studies, relying on leaked property data from the city-state, described Dubai’s real-estate market as a haven for money launderers, terror financiers and drug traffickers sanctioned by the U.S. in recent years. Officials in Dubai said they could not comment on the report. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2013, file photo, the Grand Canyon National Park is covered in the morning sunlight as seen from a helicopter near Tusayan, Ariz. Arizona officials on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, guaranteed that the Grand Canyon National Park will remain in full operation if Congress fails to pass a budget and a government shutdown ensues. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
Pileh Lagoon in Ko Phi Phi Island - Thailand
This April 12, 2014 photo shows the iconic Mitre Peak in the Fiordland National Park in Milford Sound, New Zealand. Visitors can get an up-close view of the entire fiord on a day/overnight cruise or kayak tour.  (AP Photo/Carey J. Williams)
FILE - This Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 file photo, shows a view of central London's skyline by the river Thames. Hungerford Bridge, foreground, Big Ben's clock tower and Houses of Parliament, left. The Metropolitan Police said Monday April 2, 2018, the homicide rate in London has increased each month so far this year as the British capital suffers from an increase in knife-related crime. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
This July 9, 2016 photo shows a flight arriving over the Aitutaki lagoon in the South Pacific's Cook Islands group. A handful of islets inside a reef, Aitutaki is a dream-perfect tropical paradise, minus the crowds and prices, only two flights away from Los Angeles, Sydney, New Zealand and Tahiti. (Giovanna Dell'Orto via AP)
In this photo taken on April 8, 2018 tourists visit the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. One can hardly see the treasures of Rome's top attractions these days without bumping arms with the hordes of tourists. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
Yellowstone, Norris Geyser Basin
The powerful message "Maintenant On Agit" ("Now We Act") is projected on the Eiffel Tower on the eve of International Women's Day to honor women's rights and promote the French equivalent of the Time's Up movement in Paris, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Launched by the Foundation of Women, the movement aims to raise funds for associations helping women pursue cases before justice, "so that no woman ever again has to say #MeToo." (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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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