Every year, the team at Tripadvisor combs through millions of reviews, ratings, and saves from travelers from across the world to spotlight the very best places to visit. From hidden beaches to luxurious hotels to colorful escapes, The Travelers' Choice Best of the Best for 2020 highlights astonishing, unique destinations that should be on every savvy globetrotter's radar before they become overrun with tourists.
To kick off the new decade, Tripadvisor introduced a new category—"emerging destinations," which highlights locales soon to surge in popularity. And the results are quite suprising.
Taking the top spot is the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, which boosts an impressive array of eccentric shops, quaint riverside cafes, and interesting museums. The city formerly served as the capital of Prussia until it was annexed by the Soviet Union during WWII. Its unique historical prominence and dreamy setting has made travelers curious about the small city.
Franschhoek also made the list, as it's quickly becoming South Africa's culinary capital. Nestled in the valleys of the Cape Winelands of South Africa, the village is filled with galleries, antique shops, and, of course, wineries for visitors to explore.
See what other off-the-radar places made the list below.
The Best Emerging Destinations in the World
Rugen Island, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania
Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province
La Paz, Mexico
Ile d'Oleron, Charente-Maritime
Ipswich, United Kingdom
Franschhoek, South Africa
Cala d'Or, Spain
Mirissa, Sri Lanka
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