San Antonio makes National Geographic Traveler 2018 Best of the World list

San Antonio is must-see destination for 2018

By Mary Claire Patton - Digital Content Curator

National Geographic Traveler has named San Antonio as one of the must-see destinations around the world for 2018.

San Antonio, which already draws more than 34 million visitors a year, will be celebrating its milestone 300th birthday in 2018.

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“As San Antonio prepares to celebrate its Tricentennial in 2018, this incredible honor arrives at a special place in our timeline as one of the most authentic, culturally celebrated destinations in the world,” said Casandra Matej, president and CEO of Visit San Antonio.

See photos of the 21 destinations listed as must-see by National Geographic Traveler

“This National Geographic designation puts the international spotlight on a World Heritage community that contains a rich diversity of attractions, from arts to history to culinary to family fun, all complemented by the warmth and hospitality of its residents,” Matej continued.

Already home to the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas, San Antonio has also been named a Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO for its mix of culinary cultures.

Additionally, San Antonio will celebrate its 300th birthday party in 2018. The tricentennial celebration will be a year-long celebration of Alamo City culture, history, food, family and fun. 

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The full list of 2018 Best of the World destinations follows:

  1. Albania
  2. Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  3. Dublin, Ireland
  4. Friesland, Netherlands
  5. Harar, Ethiopia
  6. Jordan Trail, Jordan
  7. Jujuy Province, Argentina
  8. Labrador, Canada
  9. Madagascar
  10. Malmo, Sweden
  11. Oahu, Hawaii, USA
  12. Oaxaca, Mexico
  13. Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  14. Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
  15. San Antonio, Texas, USA
  16. Santiago, Chile
  17. Seoraksan National Park, South Korea
  18. Sydney, Australia
  19. Tbilisi, Georgia
  20. Tetouan, Morocco
  21. Vienna, Austria

National Geographic Traveler has the largest audience of any travel magazine, with more than 9.6 million readers, according to a press release.

For more information on the best trips of 2018, click here.

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