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- The Grand Egyptian Museum is set to open in Giza, Egypt, next year, and will be the second-largest museum in the world.
- Glacier National Park in Montana was once home to 150 glaciers but now has fewer than 26. Soon, it may have none.
- Maine is celebrating its bicentennial in 2020 with a series of events and festivals.
- A “Game of Thrones” studio tour will open in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in spring 2020.
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Sometimes we take travel for granted, filing away at buckets lists with no sense of urgency.
But some spots are better visited sooner rather than later.
From brand-new attractions opening next year to places that may disappear for good sooner than you might think, here are 12 places that you should visit in 2020.
California’s Glacier Point Road will close for repairs for the duration of the 2021 visitor season, and part of 2022.
Yosemite National Park officials plan to close Glacier Point Road for all of the 2021 visitor season, and for part of 2022.
The road takes visitors to an overlook with epic views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and Yosemite Falls, and is a favorite among those who don’t want to do the almost eight-hour hike from the valley. If you’re one of them, better head to Yosemite sooner rather than later.
Cuba may get even tougher for Americans to visit.
The Travel Channel advises visiting Cuba in 2020 “while you still can.” Under the Trump administration, 2019 saw new restrictions on travel from America to Cuba, such as the rollback of the popular “people-to-people” visa as well as a cruise ship ban, making visiting the country a lot more difficult.
Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania may not have any snow for much longer.
Hiking Kilimanjaro may change irrevocably, and sooner than you might think. If you want to hike the famous Tanzanian mountain and get classic photos of its snow-capped peak, you should go there ASAP.
According to the Telegraph, more than 85% of its ice cover has already disappeared, with many predicting that 2020 could be the last time Africa’s highest mountain will see any form of glacier ice.
Alaska’s Columbia Glacier is shrinking rapidly.
Alaska’s Columbia Glacier is shrinking so rapidly that scientists predict that it will be just 26 miles long by 2020, a fraction of its former grandeur of 41 miles when it was first documented in 1794.
Dubai is holding the Middle East’s first world expo, the Expo 2020 Dubai, and opening a futuristic new museum.
Besides an anticipated 25 million visitors descending on Dubai over the six-month course of the expo, the Museum of the Future, which is set to open in 2020, is sure to become a huge attraction.
The eye-shaped stainless steel building (which has already won awards despite not being open yet) will explore technologies and inventions that will shape the future, as well as challenges it will bring.
Venice, Italy, has long been sinking — but it also just experienced its worst flooding in more than 50 years.
Venice is sinking, subjected to overtourism, and experiencing recurring floods. This trifecta is only speeding up the damage inflicted on the medieval city’s architecture and infrastructure, which could make it uninhabitable sooner than previously expected.
Glacier National Park in Montana was once home to 150 glaciers but now has fewer than 26. Soon, there may be none.
The park’s ice sheets shrank by more than a third between 1966 and 2015, according to The New York Times, and some studies predict that Glacier National Park could have no glaciers left by 2030.
The Grand Egyptian Museum is set to open in Giza, Egypt, next year, and will be the world’s largest museum dedicated to a single civilization.
Besides being the world’s second-largest museum once it opens, the Grand Egyptian Museum will also be the largest dedicated to a single civilization.
The $1.1 billion, 5.2 million-square-foot museum, which sits only about a mile from the famous pyramids, was announced back in 1992, and will explore the wonders of ancient Egypt with over 100,000 artifacts.
A “Game of Thrones” studio tour will open in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in spring 2020.
Come 2020, “Game of Thrones” fans will be able to visit a 110,000-square-foot” interactive exhibition of the show’s sets, costumes, weapons, and other props,” according to The New York Times.
Maine is celebrating its bicentennial in 2020.
Maine, once part of Massachusetts, became independent 200 years ago, and is celebrating its bicentennial in 2020 with festivals, parades, and events across the state. There’s the Statehood Weekend on March 15, the Bicentennial Parade on May 16, the Tall Ships Festival from July 3 to July 20, and the Innovation Expo from October 10 to October 12, among other things.
In March 2020, Disneyland will see the addition of “Avengers Campus,” a new Marvel-themed land.
Set to open in summer 2020, the park will be an extension of 2017’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” ride and will include, among other things, an “Avengers” training ground, a “Spider-Man”-themed ride, and an “Ant-Man and the Wasp”-themed restaurant.
Barcelona, Spain, is limiting the number of tourists that are allowed to visit.
Barcelona has long been struggling with overtourism, and its mayor promised earlier this year to allow fewer cruise ships into its port and to limit the expansion of its airport, all in an effort to cut down on visitors. While we don’t want to encourage overtourism, it might be a good idea to visit before more limits are imposed.