National Geographic Best Trips for 2019 Includes South Walton Florida!

South Walton, Florida is on the Best Trips in 2019 list from National Geographic Traveler magazine.

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, and South Walton County, Florida is on the list. Traveler editors and National Geographic Explorers selected their top places to travel across four categories: Cities, Nature, Culture, and Adventure. South Walton, Florida was selected in the Nature category due to its proactive approach to protecting its shores and marine life.

South Walton was one of only four destinations in the United States to be selected for the 2019 list!

“This is a tremendous honor for our beautiful part of the world to be included in such an auspicious list!” said 30A founder Mike Ragsdale. In choosing our area, the magazine mentioned the accessible artificial reef systems which are creating flourishing habitats for marine life right off our shores. The nation’s first permanent Underwater Museum of Art is also found here.

“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,” said George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor in chief.

National Geographic Traveler Best Trips destinations for 2019 include:


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


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

To see the full list of Best Trips 2019, visit:

National Geographic Traveler is the world’s most widely read travel magazine, with 18 international editions. National Geographic Traveler 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.

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