Historic Destinations RatedIn our fifth annual destination-stewardship survey, we look at how well 109 historic destinations are withstanding mass tourism, neglect, and wrecking balls—as well as the more subtle threat of overplaying the past, where a place ends up embalmed as a lifeless museum or Disneyfied into a cute parody of its true heritage.
Destination Scorecard: IslandsThe world's most appealing destinations—islands—are the ones most prone to tourism overkill. Our 522 experts voted on which ones avoid the danger, which are succumbing to it, and which hang in the balance.
World Heritage Destinations RatedIn 1973, the U.S. was the first country to sign the World Heritage Convention. The idea was for global recognition to encourage protection of the world's great natural sites. UNESCO administers the program and the World Heritage List for sites that are protected and of "outstanding universal value." At the time, tourism traffic wasn't even part of the equation. It is now.
Destination Scorecard: National ParksU.S. and Canadian parks today face modern pressures inside and outside their borders—pollution, budget cuts, development, soaring visitation, ecological decline. Traveler's expert panelists grade the condition of park destinations, including the gateway towns you visit on the way in and out.