North Korea's troubled present and its tightly controlled borders make it a difficult and unlikely destination for even the most intrepid travelers. Independent travel is not possible, with all visitors taken around the country by guides from the Ministry of Tourism. However, North Korea has been reaching out to tourists in recent years, talking up its heritage, from the ruins at Kaesong to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the Pyongyang Mausoleum where founder Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il lie perpetually in state. The spectacular Heaven Lake, on the Chinese border, is a natural wonder to match anything else in Asia.
It’s the most happening of cities, a place where over 200 languages are spoken and millions flock each year to see its world-famous sights. New York draws visitors in like nowhere else. The crowded streets of Manhattan are the stuff of legend. First timers will want to head to the top of the Empire State Building and stand beneath the glare of the lights of Times Square. But there’s so much more to see and do, whether it’s catching an Off-Broadway play, checking out world class art at MoMA or shopping the streets of SoHo. Brooklyn’s hip neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Fort Greene offer a more relaxed vibe, while the food in Queens’ Chinatown is worth the long subway ride.