One of National Geographic’s top destinations for 2023 is just a few hours away

Here are 25 places you should put on your travel itinerary for next year

How to spend a fall weekend in, Charleston.1, Enjoy a historic walking tour.There’s so much history, rich cuisine and vibrant scenery in this historic city that it’s best explored on foot.2, Take in the views at a rooftop bar.Sitting high above the rooftops at one of America’s oldest cities presents a modern view of history by the sea.3, Eat at some of the best restaurants in the south.There are Michelin-star worthy spots, longstanding favorites and legendary Southern food joints.4, Groove to live music.Check out The Charleston Pour House, Forte Jazz Lounge, Charleston Music Hall, Tin Roof and the return of beloved Music Farm.5, Ride on down to Folly.Venture out of Charleston to this eclectic island for a chill, local vibe

With nearly all COVID-19 travel restrictions removed, areas worldwide once again await your presence. Trying to decide where to go next might be overwhelming, but National Geographic has narrowed it down for you.

In its annual list “of superlative destinations for the year ahead — places filled with wonder, rewarding to travelers of all ages, and supportive of local communities and ecosystems,” National Geographic offers 25 places to consider.

The locales are arranged in five categories: community, nature, culture, family and adventure, and one of them is just a few hours from Atlanta.

Placed under the culture umbrella, Nat Geo recommends at weekend at the International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. Slated to open January 21, the museum “will explore cultures and knowledge systems retained and adapted by Africans in the Americas, and the diverse journeys and achievements of these individuals and their descendants in South Carolina, the United States, and throughout the African Diaspora,” according to its website.

For more destinations where “history and heritage rule,” National Geographic recommends:

The 20 remaining destinations are:

Family: Inspiring journeys for all ages

  • Colombia
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • San Francisco Crosstown Trail
  • Switzerland
  • Trinidad & Tobago

Adventure: Adrenaline-pumping outdoor excursions

  • Austrian Alps
  • Choquequirao, Peru
  • New Zealand
  • Revillagigedo National Park, Mexico
  • Utah

Community: Where conservation benefits everyone

  • Alberta, Canada
  • Dodecanese Islands, Greece
  • Ghana
  • Laos
  • Milwaukee

Nature: Escapes to wild, beautiful places

  • Azores
  • Big Bend National Park, Texas
  • Botswana
  • Scottish Highlands
  • Slovenia

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