From the natural beauty of Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay to breathtaking architecture in an old Croatian city, AD surveys the best places to travel courtesy of a leading cultural institution.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization maintains the World Heritage List—an index of sites worldwide that boast universal values and meet one of ten criteria. Some sites “represent a masterpiece of human genius,” some testify to lost civilizations, while others feature inspiring natural beauty. In recent years, UNESCO has expanded the catalog to include more examples from traditional cultures worldwide. By maintaining the list, the U.N. draws attention to that which we value as people living in a variety of cultures and ecosystems over a long arc of time. The World Heritage List is also a credible travel resource.