Four North Wales attractions have been included on Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List ranking the best 500 experiences in the world.
It includes outdoor adventures on the Welsh Coast Path and Snowdonia to enriching cultural attractions such as Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway and Portmeirion.
The UK has stormed the rankings with 34 entries on the ultimate traveller’s bucket list making it home to more must-see experiences than any other country in the world.
The leading global travel authority’s bestselling coffee table book is the definitive wish-list of the 500 most thrilling, memorable and interesting travel experiences in the world – ranked in order of brilliance.
A spokesperson said: “We’ve all got a list of places that we want to see for ourselves: places friends have enthused about, places we’ve read about, dreamed about. This is our list.”
According to Lonely Planet, the experiences and destinations are “a mix of knock-out new openings, sights that have upped their game, or places more relevant to the way we travel now.”
Almost half of the dream recommendations outdoors or wildlife experiences reflect the growing desire from travellers to experience the natural world.
The UK provides a mix of open-air experiences and cultural highlights, which is reflected in the recognition of so many of Wales’ beloved attractions.
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The Wales Coast Path, which traces the entire coastline, is not only top of the Welsh experiences, it is the highest ranking new UK entry to the rankings, straight in at No.82.
The seven Welsh places include:
* Wales Coast Path (ranked number 82)
* Brecon Beacons (ranked number 153)
* Snowdonia (ranked number 161)
* Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway (ranked number 369)
* St David’s Cathedral (ranked number 396)
* St Fagan’s National History Museum (ranked number 437)
* Portmeirion (ranked number 476)