top cities to see in your lifetime
. How could we not include Venice? From its picturesque canals and grandiose basilicas to its colorful homes and cozy wine bars, theres simply nowhere like it on Earth.
. Seville is the crown jewel of imperial Spain and visitors can delight at the citys narrow streets lined with orange blossoms, Moorish castles, and some of Spains most legendary tapas joints.
New York City USA
. Its no wonder New York is often called the Crossroads of the World. Nowhere else can you find such a mind blowing concentration of art, culture, cuisine, and business.
. Lhasa is the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism and the rugged Himalayas set against Lhasas incense filled monasteries and palaces make for one of the most unforgettable views on Earth.
Rio de Janeiro Brazil
. From the world famous Carnival to its iconic skyline, Rio de Janeiro is an experience for all five senses. The fact that its home to two of the most famous beaches on Earth doesnt hurt either
. With its prestigious museums, famous street markets, and bustling financial center, its no wonder that London is one of the worlds most visited cities. What are you waiting for? Londons calling
. Entering the medina of Marrakech is an experience youll never forget endless, maze like corridors full of vibrant souks, stunning architecture, and bubbling tagines around every corner.
. Of all the worlds great ancient cities, Petra stands in a league of its own. Set in the midst of a epic, wind swept desert, Petras monumental rock cut buildings must be seen to be believed.
. Walking through Rome is like exploring the worlds largest open air museum. Simply put, no city on Earth combines fine art, cuisine, tons and tons of ancient history quite like the Eternal City.
. Varanasi, one of Indias holiest cities, is a true experience for the senses. Seeing the sunrise as the ghats on banks the Ganges fill up with holy men, pilgrims, and locals is a sight youll never forget.
. As home of the Renaissance, Florence boasts one of the most incredible art collections on Earth, to say nothing of the gorgeous cathedrals, delicious Tuscan food, and rich, enchanting architecture.
. Exploring the streets of Old Havana is like stepping back in time to a world of majestic pre revolutionary buildings, classic cars, and the smell of home cooking mixing with the sea breeze.
. Kyoto was once the Imperial Capital of Japan and exploring its elegant tea houses, gardens, and castles is the best way to discover the true essence of traditional Japan.
. Jerusalem is a true crossroads of cultures, cuisines, and beliefs. Nowhere is this more evident than in the streets of the Old City, home to some of historys greatest persons and events.
. The City of Lights is the place to immerse yourself in breathtaking museums, enchanting squares, and tons of cafes. Its no wonder why its considered to be the most romantic place on Earth
. Beijing is Chinas historical and cultural capital and home to two of the most awe inspiring places on Earth the monumental Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China in the nearby mountains.
. Lalibela is one of Ethiopias great holy cities and is famous around the world for its unique and stunning collection of monolithic churches carved right into the rock below your feet.
. From the glories of the Alhambra to the narrow, cobblestone streets of the Albayz
. The Acropolis has a top spot on many bucket lists, but the citys sunny streets, flower lined squares, and incredible museums makes Athens much more than just ancient ruins.
. Could the worlds best sunrise be in the ancient city of Bagan? Many would say so. Just imagine the mist evaporating in the days first light, revealing a near endless plain of ancient pagodas.
. Kathmandu is, for many, the gateway to the majestic Himalayas. With its mixture of sadhus, saffron robed monks, and iconic prayer flags, it also one of the most colorful cities on Earth.
. The Vatican is a city within a city and home to the Roman Catholic Church. Even if youre just a sightseer, the columns and cupola of St. Peters Square are enough to take your breath away.
. Lisbon truly has it all sun, sea, and an enchanting and decadent atmosphere like that found amid the sunny, colorful streets of the citys Chiado and Alfama neighborhoods.
. Tokyo seems straight from the future. While this glittering metropolis of 13 million is a Mecca for shopping, foodies, and partiers, it is still home to some truly peaceful shrines and gardens.
. Yes, Istanbul
Hoi An Vietnam
. H?i An is a historic Vietnamese port whose UNESCO recognized Old City is a unique mix of Japanese, Vietnamese, and European influences. Oh, and just wait until you try the food.
. Amsterdam has one of the worlds highest qualities of life, a fact not lost on the millions of visitors charmed by its famous Red Light District and stunning Van Gogh Museum.
. Set on the banks of the Nile, Luxor is the most stunning of Egypts ancient cities. Its proximity to Karnak, Thebes, and the Valley of the Kings makes it a must for history lovers worldwide.
. Few cities have played such a pivotal role in recent history as Berlin and its legendary nightlife and vibrant restaurant scene also make it one of the most exciting cities in modern Europe.
. Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, is home to some of the Indias most spectacular palaces and gardens. Its also part of Indias famous Golden Triangle featuring the Taj Mahal in Agra and New Delhi.
. Lyon is a World Heritage city dating back to Roman times. Try visiting during the F
. Oia is the most famous town on the Greek island of Santorini and its gorgeous white and blue homes cascading down to the sea are the stuff that postcards are made of
Siem Reap Cambodia
. While most come to see the stunning ancient city of Angkor Wat, but Siem Reaps laid back bohemian backpacker vibe and tasty food make it a worthy destination on its own.
. Vienna is a majestic Imperial city full of beautiful palaces, manicured gardens, and elegant cafes. The fact that its consistently voted as one of the worlds most livable cities is just the icing on the cake.
. Besides being the main entry point for those looking to explore the Andes and Machu Picchu, the World Heritage city of Cusco is full of historic temples, monasteries, and gorgeous colonial homes.
. The colonial city of Cartagena on Colombias Caribbean coast has a history filled with explorers, pirates, and royalty, and its UNESCO recognized Old City is every bit as enchanting as youd expect.
. The ancient city of Zanzibar is one of Africas top destinations and famous for its white sand beaches and mix African, Arab, and Portuguese influences in the historic district of Stone Town.
Mexico City Mexico
. Mexico City is a delightful chaos of sights, sounds, and colors. Home to over 20 million people, the city offers beautiful colonial architecture, nearby ruins, and some seriously good food.
. Whether on vacation or during a layover, Singapore is a place that needs to be experienced. Exploring Little India is a must, but remember to save time for arguably the best street food in the entire world.
Las Vegas USA
. Sin City is a favorite among national and international visitors drawn by the citys incomparable mix of fine hotels, famous restaurants, and over the top casinos. Viva Las Vegas
. Samarkand is an ancient Silk Road city and the madrasas and mosaics of the monumental Registan square are among the worlds most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture.
. From its iconic Opera House to its famous beaches, Sydney knows how to perfectly combine the natural and the urban and leaves no doubt about its place among the greatest cities on Earth.
San Francisco California
. You didnt think wed forget San Francisco, did you? Its historic buildings, nearby natural parks, and acclaimed cuisine make it the undoubted star of the American west coast.
Mont Saint Michel France
. As over 3 million annual visitors can attest, there are few sights quite as evocative or romantic as the spire of Mont Saint Michel Abbey rising above the tranquil Normandy coast.
. The walled city of Dubrovnik is the jewel of the Adriatic and its Old City (a World Heritage Site) is one of the most picturesque areas in all of Europe. Dont get us started on the beaches
. From peaceful temples to exotic markets and rowdy nightclubs, Bangkok has something for everyone. It has become so popular, in fact, that it beat London as 2013s most visited city
Buenos Aires Argentina
. Buenos Aires is often called the Paris of South America. From the wide avenues of downtown to the colorful homes and tango clubs of Barrio La Boca, Buenos Aires is a place to savor.
. Theres one word to describe Antigua Guatemala magical. Visitors can explore the ruins of colonial churches and monasteries and dive into a bohemian cafe, all under the gaze of the three watchful volcanoes that dominate the horizon.
Prague Czech Republic
. An mix of history, stunning architecture, and hearty cuisine has made Prague one of the worlds most visited cities and a must for travelers searching for the soul of central Europe.
. The countless empires that have ruled Budapest over the years all left a trace on this city often considered to be the most beautiful in Europe. Add a rowdy nightlife scene and plenty of hot springs, and youve got a recipe for travel bliss.