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South Walton is National Geographic’s Pick for Best Trips in 2019

South Walton Wins in “Natural” category, ranking among the magazine’s 28 Best Places to Visit in 2019, According to National Geographic Traveler


WASHINGTON (Nov. 27, 2018) – With the publication of its annual Best Trips issue, National Geographic Traveler magazine has revealed its 28 must-see destinations and travel experiences for 2019. Together, Traveler editors and National Geographic Explorers have selected their top places to travel across four categories: Cities, Nature, Culture, and Adventure – and South Walton was selected in the Nature category.


This year’s Best Trips list highlights a globe-spanning mix of destinations, with only 4 of the winners located in the USA.

“Our Best Trips issue features 28 destinations and experiences that can inspire us, change our perspectives and connect us with cultures, places and ideas that matter in the world,” says George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor in chief. “The issue is packed with spectacular National Geographic photography and is driven by our mission to explore, conserve, respect and engage with our planet.”

“We’re incredibly proud that South Walton was selected as one of National Geographic’s best places to visit in 2019,” says Visit South Walton’s David Demarest. “Considering some of the far-flung destinations highlighted, it’s pretty special for our favorite slice of natural paradise to be held in such high-esteem on a worldwide stage.”

National Geographic’s Best Trips destinations for 2019 are:


  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Salvador, Brazil
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Matera, Italy
  • Perth, Australia
  • Mexico City, Mexico


  • Peruvian Amazon
  • Montenegro
  • Belize
  • Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
  • South Walton County, Florida
  • Fanjingshan, China
  • Tahiti, French Polynesia


  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Hoang Lien Son, Vietnam
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Bauhaus Trail, Germany
  • Oakland, California
  • Vervey, Switzerland
  • Dordogne, France


  • Greenland
  • Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico
  • Isla de los Estados, Argentina
  • Macedonia
  • Canterbury Region, New Zealand
  • Caño Cristales River, Colombia
  • Oman

The December/January 2019 issue of Traveler magazine is now available on newsstands and online at NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2019.

The Best Trips digital experience includes highlights on each destination selected for the list as well as National Geographic’s iconic photography that transports audiences to the chosen locales.

National Geographic Traveler publishes six issues per year and is the world’s most widely read travel magazine, with 18 international editions. National Geographic Travel shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content, including trip inspiration, travel news, photo galleries and more with its @NatGeoTravel community of more than 50 million people.

To learn more about each destination, visit: www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/features/best-trips-2019/.