Destinations and tourist attractions 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.

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Glacier Point Road takes visitors to an overlook with epic views of Yosemite Valley and Half Dome.

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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.

Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania may not have any snow for much longer.

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2020 could be the last time Kilimanjaro will see any form of glacier ice.


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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.

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Alaska’s Columbia Glacier will be smaller than ever in 2020.

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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.

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The stainless steel building covered in Arabic calligraphy has already won awards.

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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.

Glacier National Park in Montana was once home to 150 glaciers but now has fewer than 26. Soon, there may be none.

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Glacier National Park may need a name change by 2030.

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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.

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The Grand Egyptian Museum sits only about a mile from the famous pyramids in Giza.

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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.

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The 110,000-square-foot space is expected to open spring 2020.

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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.

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Maine was once part of Massachusetts.

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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.

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The park will be an extension of 2017’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” ride.

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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.