Photo courtesy of San Diego Tourism Authority

Photo courtesy of San Diego Tourism Authority

National Geographic Traveler magazine has named the San Diego/Tijuana binational region among the world’s top 20 travel destinations for 2016, the San Diego Tourism Authority announced.

The unranked list appears in the magazine’s December-January edition, available on newsstands Dec. 1. Tourism officials said San Diego/Tijuana is one of only four U.S. destinations on the list.

In a Tourism Authority statement, the magazine’s features editor, Amy Alipio, said the locations selected represent “what’s superlative, timely and richly authentic” among the world’s travel destinations.

The magazine highlights local restaurants including Bracero Cocina de Raiz in Little Italy and Mision 19 in Tijuana, along with cultural attractions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Tourism Authority President and CEO Joe Terzi said the recognition reflects ongoing efforts by local officials to market the binational region as a “2 Nation Vacation,” working with travel industry counterparts in Tijuana.

Published by the Washington, D.C.-based National Geographic Society, the magazine has 14 international editions with a combined readership of 8.5 million.