Which of the UN-designated World Heritage sitesplaces like the Grand Canyon and the Great Pyramids of Egyptare being lovingly preserved, and which are being loved to death? To find out, National Geographic Traveler magazine assembled 419 experts to judge 94 of the sites for its November/December 2006 issue. (Read news story.)
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5. Guanajuato, Mexico (Pictured)
"Not too many gringos," raved one Traveler magazine panelist about Guanajuato city. Perhaps they were scared off by the steep streets of this centuries-old state capital, which rises and falls along several hillsides. The streets' recent "repaving in traditional style" helped improve Guanajuato's standing with judges (map of Guanajuato state).