The UNESCO World Heritage Site list was established to protect important landmarks around the world. It’s made some places—like the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon, and Easter Island—even more popular, though. But some of these spots have managed to remain under-the-radar, at least for the moment. You should visit them now, before everyone else catches on.
Lunenburg: Follow the coast of New England north into Canada to go sea kayaking, find a seal colony, walk along a beach bordered by pine trees, sample vodka and rum at a distillery, and eat at one of the country’s best restaurants in Nova Scotia.
Samodães: Visit the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, taste wine made with Touriga Francesa and Tinta Barroca grapes, and relax in a renovated manor house in Portugal’s Douro Valley.
Samarkand: Finally travel to Central Asia to explore an ancient city, historic forts, the remnants of old mosques, fascinating tombs, and a long-established market in Uzbekistan.
Orhei: See what UNESCO is considering adding to its protected list when you go off the beaten path, visit a compound that includes an open-air museum and ecclesiastical sites, and find a hillside winery at Moldova’s most important historic site.