OKC named to Travel + Leisure's Top 50 Destinations in 2020

Published Tuesday, December 10, 2019
by Staff Reports

Meredith Corporation's Travel + Leisure announced yesterday the 50 Best Places to Travel in 2020, the annual list of the most anticipated places to visit in the year ahead, according to the editors of Travel + Leisure. Now available on TravelandLeisure.com, this year’s global list includes seven destinations across the United States, including Oklahoma City, with MAPS 3 projects like the streetcar, convention center and Scissortail Park, the Omni hotel and new arts venues (including Chamber members Factory Obscura and Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center) cited as catalysts for OKC's inclusion on the list.

"Travel + Leisure's annual list of Best Places to Travel is the ultimate resource for singling out the go-to vacation spots for the new year," said Jacqui Gifford, Editor in Chief of Travel + Leisure. "Whether you’re exploring new locations or seeing your favorite places in a new light, the destinations on our list are some of the most compelling across the globe right now. Each of this year’s picks offers fresh reasons to visit in 2020, from hotel openings and intriguing new adventures to innovative culinary scenes and enhancements in transportation that make them more accessible than before. This list is a welcome reminder of all the things that inspire us to travel in the first place."

To narrow each year’s list to just 50 places, Travel + Leisure's editors pool their up-to-the-minute industry knowledge and consult trusted travel experts, from writers around the globe to the brand's A-list travel advisors. The editors identify the places that are at the forefront of the global conversation and also consider perennial favorites that are reinventing themselves in exciting ways.

The Travel + Leisure 50 Best Places to Travel in 2020 are as follows:


Beijing, China

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kyoto, Japan


Songyang County, China

Sri Lanka

Rajasthan, India

Taiwan’s Mountains


Brisbane, Australia

North Island, New Zealand




The Douro River, Portugal

Klitmøller, Denmark

Lille, France

Manchester, U.K.

North Macedonia

Paros, Greece

Rijeka, Croatia

Rome's EUR District

Tbilisi, Georgia


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Caesarea, Israel

Doha, Qatar


Durban, South Africa





Asheville, North Carolina

Baja Sur’s East Cape, Mexico


Big Island, Hawaii


California’s Central Coast



Jalisco, Mexico

New Brunswick, Canada

Oklahoma City

St. Bart's

The Great Lakes

Turks & Caicos


Arequipa, Peru

Chilean Lakes District

Costa Rica


Maldonado Department, Uruguay

Quito, Ecuador

Share your 2019 travel plans with Travel + Leisure editors on social media using #TLBestPlaces. Follow Travel + Leisure on Twitter: @TravelLeisure; Instagram: @TravelandLeisure; Pinterest: @TravelLeisure; and Facebook: Facebook.com/travelandleisure.

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