Lonely Planet ranks ultimate travel destinations in new list

Many of us have been forced to rethink travel plans in the wake of Covid-19, but if you’re soothing your canceled-vacation-blues by daydreaming about future adventures, Lonely Planet’s new “Ultimate Travel List” might be just what you need.



a large waterfall over some water: Part of The Iguazu Falls seen from the Argentinian National Park


© Shutterstock
Part of The Iguazu Falls seen from the Argentinian National Park

Lonely Planet has just released the second edition of its popular “Ultimate Travel List” coffee table book, which ranks the world’s top 500 unmissable travel experiences.

The new list, collated by Lonely Planet’s team of experts, spotlights must-see and must-do experiences, from spotting wildlife on the Galapagos Islands to admiring the spectacular Iguazú Falls waterfall that spans Argentina and Brazil, to wandering the geothermal landscapes of Yellowstone National Park.



a boat sitting on top of a mountain: The Annapurna circuit trek is a hike you won't forget.


© Shutterstock
The Annapurna circuit trek is a hike you won’t forget.

The team scoured past Lonely Planet guidebooks and also reviewed each destination’s commitment to sustainability.

“The options to travel are clearly limited right now, but the list is aimed at inspiring to 2021 and beyond when travel starts recovering,” Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s vice president of experience, tells CNN Travel.



a stone building that has a canyon with Petra in the background: Jordan's ancient city of Petra is pictured empty of tourists on June 1, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. - For over two millennia the ancient city of Petra has towered majestically over the Jordanian desert. Today its famed rose-red temples hewn into the rockface lie empty and silent. (Photo by Khalil MAZRAAWI / AFP) (Photo by KHALIL MAZRAAWI/afp/AFP via Getty Images)


© KHALIL MAZRAAWI/afp/AFP via Getty Images
Jordan’s ancient city of Petra is pictured empty of tourists on June 1, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. – For over two millennia the ancient city of Petra has towered majestically over the Jordanian desert. Today its famed rose-red temples hewn into the rockface lie empty and silent. (Photo by Khalil MAZRAAWI / AFP) (Photo by KHALIL MAZRAAWI/afp/AFP via Getty Images)

“This is intended to be something that really drives people’s bucket list, not just for now, but for the future.”

Read on for Lonely Planet’s top 10, and to see which destination grabbed the top spot.

10. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

This jaw-dropping trek is a must for climbers, hikers and on-foot travelers. Traversing Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit, you’ll pass through rice paddies, yak grasslands and a snowy mountain pass named Thorung La.



a sunset over a grass field with Uluru in the background: Uluru/Ayers Rock Australia


© Shutterstock
Uluru/Ayers Rock Australia

Parts of the walk are very high altitude, including the stunning Tilicho Lake, which only adds to the appeal for thrill-seekers. According to Lonely Planet, the Annapurna Circuit is “everything a good trek should be.”



a close up of a lizard: Wildlife is one of the top attractions of the Galapagos Islands.


© Shutterstock
Wildlife is one of the top attractions of the Galapagos Islands.

9. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Visiting Salar de Uyuni, the biggest salt flat in the world, feels like you’re walking through the clouds. After rainfall, water on the lake’s salty surface creates a glossy, glass-like illusion, turning the lake into a mirror that reflects the sky above.



a body of water: Each year when the Okavango River floods with water, it transforms into a spectacular wilderness.


© Shutterstock
Each year when the Okavango River floods with water, it transforms into a spectacular wilderness.

Salar de Uyuni is also pretty impressive when it’s arid, and the surface becomes cracked with geometric patterns. Plus, when it’s dry you can visit the two lake islands, Isla Incahuasi and Isla del Pescado.



a person standing in front of a building: Buddhist monks enter the Bayon Temple at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.


© Shutterstock
Buddhist monks enter the Bayon Temple at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

8. Temples of Angkor, Cambodia

The atmospheric surrounds of Angkor, a cluster of beautiful

Read more