With over 50,000 user-created worlds, there is just so much to see in VRChat. However, there is no in-world directory, and you have to rely on using keyword search to find worlds to explore, which admittedly is not ideal. What’s really needed is some sort of directory broken down by category (something I am surprised has not been added to VRChat yet).
However, VRChat user CatRazor has created a very useful Discord server called VRChat Maps, which is described as follows:
CatRazor here, I made this place to sort out the maps of VRChat into categories in case someone is looking for something specific. These maps are personally picked out by me, I believe these maps are worth a visit and you will not regret it!
#adventure-maps – Maps with an objective, such as escape rooms, boss battles and etc.
#club-and-dance-maps – Dance to your heart’s content!
#exploration-maps – Maps where you can enjoy beautiful sights and seek out secrets.
#festive-maps – Maps to celebrate the holidays!
#game-maps – PVP/Game maps.
#hang-out-maps – Usually small maps where you can enjoy conversations with friends.
#horror-maps – As the name entails, not for the faint of heart.
#sleep-maps – Good places for sleepy time, make sure you use a private world for these to not be woken up.
#unique-concept-maps – Maps designed to show off cool mechanics.
For example, here is the entry for the Stair Hall world, found in the #unique-concept-maps channel. Basically, it’s a snapshot of the entry under the Worlds menu:
The world itself, Stair Hall, is a maddening maze of procedurally-generated staircases leading up and down as far as the eye can see, with your goal being to reach an elusive prize in a glass cabinet.
The only problem with this directory of cool places to visit is that it is in Discord, outside your VR headset! So you’ll have to go back and forth in order to use it. Either that, or use the VRChat Maps Discord first, in order to draw up a list of some interesting places to see, noting down the keywords to search under Worlds, then go in-world to explore.
Other ways to find cool worlds to explore are to check out the #world-showcase channel on the VRChat Community Discord, or the #favorite-worlds channel on the VRChat Events Discord. There’s also a Showcase forum on the VRCat user discussion forums for people to share worlds.
UPDATE Nov. 12th: A commenter on the VRChat subReddit told me about The World of VRChat, a website directory for VRChat worlds that I did not know about before. The website is in Japanese, but if you turn on Google auto-translate, it works well. Thank you, Warhorse07!