Rocky Mountain National Park
A young elk drinks from a pond in Rocky Mountain National Park in this file photo (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post file)

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the best tourist destinations in the world, according to a new list released Thursday by National Geographic Traveler magazine.

The Colorado park was among 20 destinations on the 2014 Best of the World List as the top places to visit next year, the magazine announced.

Editor in chief Keith Bellows said the list was chosen by the magazine's global experts, along with a bonus pick by readers.

The other top picks:

Alentejo, Portugal

Arbil, Iraq

Bolaven Plateau, Laos

Cacao Trail, Ecuador

Cape Verde

Cathar Country, France

Cordoba, Argentina

Derawan Islands, Indonesia*


John Muir Trail, Scotland


Nahanni Nat'l Park, Canada

New Orleans

Northern Territory, Australia

Nyungwe Nat'l Park, Rwanda

Puglia, Italy

Ranthambore Nat'l Park, India

Riga, Latvia

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sochi, Russia*Readers' choice