San Francisco is one of National Geographic’s “25 Exciting Places and Experiences for 2023.”

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According to National Geographic, California is one of the most exciting places in the world.

The magazine published an annual review “25 exciting places and experiences for 2023» and San Francisco made the list.

Writers, “Nat Geo explorers” and editorial teams from around the world selected the 25 locations from 200 nominations, Amy Alipio, senior editor at National Geographic, told McClatchy News in an emailed statement.

Each location was chosen in one of five categories: culture, nature, adventure, community and family.

“We’ve compiled this final list of 25 places that are timely, wonderful and uniquely representative of the category they’re in,” Alipio said in a statement. “We are committed to a mix of locations with geographic diversity and for a wide range of travelers.”

San Francisco was recognized in the family section. National Geographic covered hiking the Crosstown Trail and visiting the Presidio Tunnel Tops to sit by the fire overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.

Among the 25 destinations, four more locations in the US were represented, incl Charleston, South Carolina; Big Bend National Park, Texas; Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Utah.


  • Opiev way, Italy
  • Busan, South Korea
  • Longmen Grottoes, Henan Province, China
  • Egypt
  • Charleston, South Carolina


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


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


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


  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • San Francisco
  • Colombia
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Switzerland

Helena Wegner is McClatchy’s real-time national reporter covering Washington state and the western region. She graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a degree in journalism. She is in Phoenix.

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