So we’ve listed some of the world’s most beautiful and visit-worthy cities, detailing what makes them so special, so you can have more information next time you’re planning a trip.
San Francisco, USA
San Francisco is an iconic city, known not only in the United States but around the world. Called the City by the Bay, San Francisco's waterfront location by the Pacific Ocean makes it one of a kind. Its historic landmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, and its unique and beautiful Victorian houses make the city a place like no other.
One of the most magical, and somewhat spooky, way to see the city is when the famous fog covers it, which happens quite often.
The mystical city of Cusco was once the capital of the glorious Inca Empire, and is, without a doubt, a place that must be visited at least once in a lifetime. Cusco sits on the beautiful Andes of Peru, and is home to fascinating ancient remains and colonial Spanish architecture.
The most jaw-dropping place to see in Cusco is the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, which you can arrange a day trip for. Also, don't miss out on the Incan Temple of the Sun, the Plaza de Armas, and San Blas.
Salzburg is one of Austria's most beautiful cities, boasting impressive Baroque architecture and wonderful nature. The city houses 27 churches, each magnificently designed and unique.
The historic fortress of Hohensalzburg, dating back to the eleventh century, is one of the largest medieval fortresseses in Europe.
The harbor city of Sydney boasts stunning views of the South Pacific Ocean that are not likely to fade from your memory any time soon. In a perfect mix of nature and culture, Sydney houses its famous sail-like design Sydney Opera House, where sea lions can often be seen basking in the sun on the steps.
You can also catch beautiful views from different points around the city, such as Bondi Beach, Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour.
If you're a fan of delicious seafood, stunning beaches and the best the Caribbean coast has to offer, head over to Cartagena, in Colombia. This port city has a history dating back to the sixteenth century, and thus has a vast array of historical sites, including the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and the Ciudad Amurallada (the Walled City).
Cartagena offers something for everybody; white sandy beaches, crystal blue waters, scrumptious food and very friendly locals.
The city of Savannah, located in the stated of Georgia, in the southern United States, is the epitome of southern charm. Savannah is Georgia's oldest city, and its historic buildings, beautiful parks, and magical cobblestone streets make this place worth a visit.
In the downtown area, you'll find the Savannah Historic District and 22 park-like squares that comprise one of the United State's largest National Historic Landmark Districts. And if you've ever seen the legendary film 'Forrest Gump', you must visit the Chippewa Square were the movie's famous park bench is located.
The beloved city of Barcelona is home to unique works of art and architecture, legendary soccer games and beautiful beaches. This famous Spanish city in the region of Catalonia is home to some of Spanish architect, Antonio Gaudi's most incredible work. Among them are La Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà and the Park Güell
Go see a show at the rand Palau de la Música Catalana, or catch a soccer game at the famous Camp Nou stadium. Just don't forget to taste de unbelievably delicious food.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Mexico is a massive country, with endless tourist attractions for all tastes. However one ifs most beautiful cities is the colorful San Miguel de Allende. Located in Mexico's central highlands, San Miguel de Allende is all red, orange and yellow, and has infinite colonial buildings that remain from the Spanish rule.
The city is well-known for its local artists and art, which can be seen splashed over every corner of this magical city. Visit the old Fabrica La Aurora, the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, El Jardín and the Instituto Allende.
San Diego, USA
Considered by many to be North America's finest city, San Diego is an extremely chilled, relaxing town on the beach with amazing views and very cool dolphin sightings. The thing about San Diego is its perfect weather, which is basically the same all year round.
Visit the harbor to soak up some history at the USS Midway or visit Balboa Park to get lost in some gorgeous green gardens.
The Middle Eastern city of Jerusalem is held as the holiest place on Earth by Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Located between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean, Jerusalem's buildings are all made of the same kind of limestone, making the city very unique.
There are countless shrines, chapels, museums, and monuments to visit, so make sure to stay for at least a week. And if you're already there, be sure to head over to the Dead Sea, which is the lowest point on the surface of the Earth, and the saltiest body of water, too.
It is not surprising that the capital city of Austria is a magnificent beauty. Full of history, culture and art, Vienna is home to some of Europe's most intellectual districts. Located on the Danube River, the city truly looks like something straight out of a fairytale.
Its majestic cathedrals, cafes and palaces, along with its nearby snow-covered mountains and marvelous views make Vienna a spectacular sight to see.
The capital of Germany is a wonderful tourist destination. Berlin combines young, vibrant culture with majestic historical sites. Although many of these sites are a reminder of Germany's tragic history, they're still worth a visit and are important to visit. Be sure not to miss the Brandenburg Gate, the rmains of the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag Building and the Holocaust memorial.
After you've had your fill of history, head over to any of the countless, chic little neighborhoods that offer pubs, vintage stores, museums and, some of the world's wildest, most famous nightclubs.
Morocco is known for being a very culturally and historically rich country, and although there are countless places that are worth-visiting, Marrakesh is by far one of its most beautiful cities. Located in western Morocco, the city has stunning mosques, gardens, and palaces.
Being a major economic center, Marrakesh also has incredible markets filled with textile and jewelry shops, exotic foods, and more. Among its most beautiful sites are the Majorelle garden, the massive Medina and the Almoravid Koubba.
Quebec City, Canada
Quebec City is a city that makes you feel like you're in Europe. The charming little village of Tadoussac, the Viex Quebec's historic cobblestone streets and the astounding Montmorency Falls are some of the city's unique gems.
The Canadian city also has a majestic castle called Le Château Frontenac, which is definitely the best place to stay at when visiting Quebec City.
Canada is a country famous for its natural beauty, and Vancouver is one of its most beautiful cities. With glimmering bright blue waters, green lush landscapes and majestic mountains, Vancouver makes it easy for the average tourist to never want to leave.
The thing about Vancouver is that, aside from the pristine nature, it is also a vibrant seaport city with countless things to do. You can go to Stanley Park, hike in the Grouse Mountain, cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge, spend an afternoon in the English Bay or spend an afternoon getting lost in Gastown neighborhood.
Prague, Czech Republic
Divided by the Vlatva River, the gorgeous city of Prague has spooky 9th century castles, churches that are architectural marvels, bridges from the 14th century, and just an endless offer of historical sites and treasures.
The capital of the Czech Republic has great shopping and delicious beer, and if you're looking for stunning nature, just head to Petrin Hill.
Munich is the third largest city in Germany, and it is famous for its blend of modern and historic architecture. Many of the city's buildings were completely destroyed in World War II, but they were reconstructed and stand as grand landmarks in the city's beautiful landscape.
The city center is stunning, and the open square of Marienplatz is definitely worth a visit. From there you can visit the Old and New town halls, which are both quite beautiful. Marienplatz has been Munich's main square since 1158.
You may have only heard about this city through the popular series "Game of Thrones", but Dubrovnik is worth a visit for far more than just that reason. Located in the southern part of Croatia, Duborvnik's white buildings covered in terracotta roofs make this city an architectural gem.
The beautiful architecture faces the bright blue Adriatic Sea, which is a lovely resting spot after a long day of walking around the city. Take a cable car to Mount Srd for a gorgeous view, visit the Lokrum isle located nearby, or have a drink at the many cliff bars that dot a city with Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture.
The capital of Romania, and also its largest city, Bucharest boasts an interesting architectural mix of communist-era and modern buildings. Dubbed the "Paris of the East", Bucharest is known for its elegance and class, even having its own version of the Arc de Triomphe, called Arcul de Triumf.
Situated on the Dambovita River banks, Bucharest also has many historical sites to visit, including the Palace of the Parliament, which is the largest Parliament building in the world. Also, it is home to the fascinating National Museum of Contemporary Art.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil's Rio de Janeiro is home to the world-famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. And stunning beaches are just a fraction of what make this city a must on your travel list. The awe-inspiring statue of Christ the Redeemer poses above a mountain, as if watching over the city.
You will find lush mountains and streets full of life in this one-of-a-kind destination. Dance some samba and try the Caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, a beautiful city located on South Africa's southwest coast, is a paradise for nature lovers. Cape Town offers stunning beaches and lush mountains for any type of adventure. Its majestic Table Mountain is one of the most scenic places in the world.
Take in the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Point, or go for a cliff-side drive through Chapman's peak. Or, you can visit magnificent beaches like Blouberg Beach, Long Beach and Eden on the Bay.
Luxembourg is not only the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, it has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city's grandiose architecture, such as Luxembourg Castle, makes this city a must-see for culture and history lovers.
Considering its very small size, Luxembourg has a lot of museums to visit. The best to start with are the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of History and Art.
If you watched the famous animated movie "Frozen", this beautiful Norwegian city will look a little familiar. Bergen is a small, picturesque city on Norway's southwestern coast; its small and friendly population of less than 300,000 people, its majestic fjords, and the sweet wooden houses make it a very special place to visit.
The city's wharf of Bryggen was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a definite must-see for any tourists. If you're in the mood for a once-in-a-lifetime sunset view, hike to the top of the Fløyen Mountain.
Italy's capital simply had to be on this list. Rome has countless sites to get lost in, not to mention an incredibly rich history. As one of the world's most famous ancient cities, Rome is home to the legendary Coliseum and the Trevi Fountain.
Aside from the lovely streets and the great food, you can take a stroll on the Spanish Steps, eat an ice cream in the Piazza Navona or eat at one of the countless rooftop restaurants and bars. f you're feeling like more of a walk, go visit Gianicolo Hill.
Although Eze is really a commune in southeastern France, many call it a 'city'. Eze is located on a hill above the Mediterranean Sea, and has a history dating back to 2000 B.C. Ancient Greek silver has been found around the area, and is now part of a collection at the British Museum.
Since the architecture in Eze is so stunning, many people call the place a village-musee (museum village). One of the little town's most gorgeous and oldest buildings is the Chapelle de la Sainte Croix.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Russia has a fascinating history, and the city of St. Petersburg holds a lot of it. Bordering with the Baltic Sea, this port city is the home of centuries old historic buildings and culture. Not to mention its stunning, incredibly detailed and ornate architecture.
Go see some of St. Petersburg's best works of art at the Hermitage Museum, the Mariinsky Theater and the State Russian Museum. Also, don't forget to visit Peterhof Palace, Catherine Palace, Saint Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.
The capital of Spain is very majestic, and certainly offers something for every type of traveler. The beautiful gardens of El Retiro park, the wide boulevards in Gran Via street, or the amazing art work at the El Prado Museum are enough to make this city worth visiting.
Go to the famous Cuesta de Moyano to buy a a rare, vintage book, or go eat tapas at any of the bars. Walk around to see the gorgeous palaces and the beautiful flowers in Jardines de Aranjuez, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finish off the day at the top of the Edificio Metrópolis, where you will see 30,000 leaves of 24-carat gold.
The brightly-colored architecture from colonial-era Spain, the famous restaurants where Ernest Hemingway ate and drank countless mojitos, and the enchanting cobblestone streets are just a tiny part of what makes Havana an unforgettable city.
The capital of Cuba, Havana has seen its fair share of history, and what were once majestic palaces are now museums. It has one of the largest opera houses in the world, offers some of the best culinary experiences you will ever have, and seems to have music within its walls. Visit the white, sandy beaches of Playas del Este beach, complete with tall palm trees and hypnotizing ocean breezes.
Portugal is a beautiful country, and Lisbon is its capital. The terracotta-roofed houses in bright pastel colors turn this hilly city into a wonderland. Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in Europe, is a history enthusiast's dream.
From the Ajuda National Palace and the Belém Tower, to the Jerónimos Monastery and the St. George's Castle, there is plenty to see in this mesmerizing city. To get a beautiful view of the city from the water, book a local boat tour and make a day of it!
Venice is truly one of a kind, and one of the most special cities in Italy. Its beautiful canals, romantic gondolas, unique Murano glass art, carnival masks, stunning architecture and beautiful bridges make it almost too good to be true.
Among the many things that shouldn't be missed are Piazza San Marco, Doge's Palace and Teatro La Fenice. And, if you have time, be sure to visit the Murano islands.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Even though Dubai is located in the Arabian Desert, it's actually world-famous for its water views. This super modern city in the United Arab Emirates is a shoppers' paradise, offering some of the world's most sought-after fashion brands. But Dubai has something for nature enthusiasts as well.
The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve has rolling dunes for visitors to get lost in, and the Dubai Miracle Garden has over 150 million flowers to delight your senses! But don't forget to see the stunning view of the city from the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.
Athens, Greece's beautiful capital, is one of the oldest cities in the world. Historical sites like the Parthenon, the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympic Zeus and many more make this city a paradise for fifth-century relic lovers.
If you're in the mood for a more current, cultural experience through the city's markets, restaurants and bars, then head over to the colorful Monastiraki neighborhood. To end the day with the most breathtaking view of the city, hike or take a cable car to Lycabettus Hill.
Dublin, Ireland's stunning capital city, might have a population of over a million, but it still has a very friendly, small town energy. Complete with majestic castles, lush landscapes and fabolous pubs, Dublin is a gem on Ireland's east coast.
If you find yourself in the land of the leprechauns, be sure to visit the gorgeous St. Patrick's Cathedral, St. Stephen's Green and the Iveagh Gardens. But don't forget Trinity College and a day trip to the awesome Cliffs of Moher.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina is one of the most beautiful countries in South America, and Buenos Aires is its capital city. This dense waterfront city has colorful neighborhoods, like La Boca, beautiful architecture dating back to the 19th century and a very vibrant nightlife.
Get ready to do some walking and explore the unique buildings, and then dress yourself up for an unforgettable evening dancing tango.
It is a known fact that London is a city that must be visited at least once in a lifetime. Not only is the city rich in history, it is simply a pleasure to walk through. Iconic sites like Waterloo Bridge, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and the Big Ben are just a fraction of what the city has to offer.
For nature lovers, there are lush parks like Hyde Park, Richmond Park, Syon House and St. James' Park. Also, there are countless little neighborhoods full of art and culture to get lost in for days, including Knightsbridge, Soho, Shoreditch, Notting Hill, Wingate Road.
Imagine a city with rich, Spanish Baroque architecture and three huge volcanoes. Sounds like something from a novel, right? Well, the city of Antigua in Guatemala is exactly that. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua has a fascinating history and beautiful nature.
Among the most impressive landmarks are the Aro de Santa Catalina and the beautiful, bright-yellow Merced Church.
Hoi An, Vietnam
Vietnam is home to many incredible cities, and one of those is Hoi An. The whole city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it has the goods to back it up. Located on Vietnam's central coast, Hoi An is known for having an incredibly well-preserved Ancient Town, which is cut through by canals.
Visit the famous Japanese Bridge, which has an impressive Buddhist temple to its side. One of the most incredible thins to witness in Hoi An is the Lantern Full Moon Festival, which happens every full moon cycle. At the festival hundreds of people exchange lanterns, flowers and other 'good luck' gifts.
New York, USA
New York is truly one of the greatest cities in the world. This North American city has everything you could ever imagine: incredible food from every part of the world, stunning art, historic streets, lush nature, high-end shopping, theater shows, cinemas, architecture, and much more.
Comprised of five different boroughs, New York City is a very densely populated place. The city sits at the meeting point of the Hudson River and the Atlantic Ocean, me of its most iconic sites are the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the Rockeffeler Center, Broadway, the MOMA, the Met, the Lincoln Center, and of course, Greenwich Village.
If you're a lover of literature, Edinburgh is the place for you. The capital of Scotland is rich in history and has produced some of the world's most incredible writers, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Muriel Spark and J.K. Rowling.
The small city of Edinburgh has many sites to see, among them Arthur's Seat, the famous Edinburgh Castle, and the spookiest graveyard in the world, Greyfriars Kirkyard. The locals lovingly refer to Scotland as Auld Reekie (Old Smoky in Scots), because back in coal-burning days, people that lived in the countryside always saw a cloud of smoke over the city from afar.
Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand is one of the most stunning countries in the world, and Queenstown is one of its most beautiful cities. With the grand Southern Alps as its background, and the mysterious blue water of Lake Wkatipu, Queenstown looks like something straight out of a fairytale.
Adventure junkies will love this city, but it also has something to offer for the more quiet types, including wonderful vineyards, gardens, and a lovely drive to Glenorchy.
Zurich is a world-famous economic center, complete with beautiful architecture, colorful streets and gorgeous nature. The city sits on Lake Zurich, in northern Switzerland. If you're in the mood for some quality window shopping, head over to the Bahnhofstrasse neighborhood, and if you're feeling more into medieval history, visit Altstadt (Old Town).
For nature lovers, they should take a cruise on the Limmat River, or go hiking in some of the nearby mountains.
Canada has a few cities on this list, and Toronto should definitely be one of them. The waterfront views, the stunning green nature and a vibrant modern city center make Toronto one of Canada's most visit-worthy cities.
Visit the Cloud Gardens Conservatory, the Edwards Gardens or the Allan Gardens to soak up some beautiful nature. Another thing you can't miss when visiting Toronto is the magical ferry ride to the gorgeous Toronto Islands.
Dubbed the Windy City, Chicago has astounding views of the grand Lake Michigan, unique gastronomy and ultramodern skyscrapers. If you're looking for the complete experience, go have some Chicago-style hot dogs or a deep-dish pizza at any of the local eateries.
Take the "L" train to see Chicago's famous neighborhood of Wrigleyville, or visit some of the city's best restaurants at Hyde Park.
Seoul, South Korea
Seoul is a city with the perfect mix of old and new, historic and modern. The ancient temples and palaces are lit with modern neon lights, creating an almost fantastical vibe. One of your first stops should be Seoul's Bukchon Hanok Village.
Among other very visit-worthy sites are the Jogyesa, a 620-year old Buddhist temple, the Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a modern shopping mall with seven levels.
Amsterdam is a world-famous tourist destination, housing history, culture, art, and beautiful nature. With its incredible canal system, and its extremely narrow, 17th century houses, this city is the grand capital of Netherlands.
Rent a bike and ride around the city, stopping to see the Rembrandt Museum, the Anne Frank house and the impressive Van Gogh Museum. If you happen to be lucky enough to visit during springtime, make sure to not miss the wondrous tulip festival.
Even though Budapest has a bitter history, it has certainly managed to rebuild and turn itself into a city that's definitely worth visiting. The capital of Hungary, Budapest has tons of sites to see, including the famous Parliament, the beautiful Chain Bridge and the ancient Buda Castle, a palace that dates back to the 13th century.
If you're in the mood for stepping into a fairytale land, visit the Neo-Gothic Fisherman's Bastion.
Italy isn't short of stunningly beautiful cities, but Florence definitely makes the top five. Nicknamed the "Athens of the Middle Ages", the city is considered by many to be the birthplace of the Renaissance.
Needless to say, Florence has art works, monuments and architecture like no other place on earth. For art lovers, the Palazzo Pitti and Uffizi Gallery are absolute must-sees. For those who like to walk around, there are countless little streets and markets to get lost it. And, of course, delicious food.
San Sebastian, Spain
San Sebastian may be a small resort town on Spain's Bay of Biscay, but it certainly feels like its own little country. Located in the beautiful mountains of the Basque Country, this historical town is like Madrid with a chilled-out coastal energy.
There is loads to explore in San Sebastian, including countless little pintxo bars with mouth-watering tapas (bite-sized dishes), lush landscapes and sandy beaches.
The city of Boston in Massachusetts, USA is one of the oldest in the country. Home to a lot of North America's history, Boston offers a 2.5 mile trail called the Freedom Trail, which you can walk through to see all of the city's sixteen historical sites.
Among the most famous are North America's first public park, the Boston Common, and the site of the notorious Boston Tea Party, the Boston Harbor.
Singapore is an island city-state located off the coast of Malaysia, and it's famous for its population melting pot, its beautifully modern architecture and its hot climate. The city's best nature areas are the Gardens by the Bay and the famous Punggol Waterway Park.
Singapore is also known for its incredible street food, which has won many culinary awards. For more fussy travelers, it also offers countless luxury restaurants with fine dining experiences.
Although Latvia might not exactly be a popular tourist destination, it really should be. Its capital city, Riga, has a a historical center so impressive that it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Riga has the world's largest collection of Art Nouveau architecture, making this city a very colorful place to walk around in. For shopping lovers, the place is a paradise, since Riga is known for its stores' particularly low prices.
City of Penang Island, Malaysia
Also known as George Town, this city is made up of Penang Island and a number of other smaller islands. The thing that makes the City of Penang Island special is the mix of Asian and colonial architecture. Be sure to visit the City Hall, St. George's Church, the High Court and Fort Cornwallis.
An interesting historic fact is that, before Malaysia got its independence from the British, George Town was declared a city by Queen Elizabeth II. That makes it the first city in Malaysia's modern history.
This huge city in China is home to over 20 million people, and it is as rich in historical sites as it is in modern attractions. It's not possible to see everything in one trip, or in ten, for that matter. But there are a few unmissable spots to visit first.
The infamous Tiananmen Square, the magical Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and of course, the Great Wall of China, are just a few of the jaw-dropping places Beijing offers.
The city of Quito, Ecuador's beautiful capital, is a cultural melting pot of European, Moorish, and Indigenous history. Located in the foothills of the magnificent Andes mountains, adventure lovers have many hikes and trails to explore.
For a culturally-soaked afternoon, head over to Quito's Old Town and visit the towers of the Basilica of the National Vow. Then, have lunch or a delightful coffee in the many colorful restaurants and cafes on Calle de la Ronda, which also has some great art galleries and shops!
The city of Hanoi has it all: culture, nature, food, modernity, and history. The capital of Vietnam has beautiful lakes, like the Hoan Kiem Lake, and the powerful Red River that flows close to it. Hanoi is a mixture of Chinese, French and Southeast Asian cultures, which only means it has an endless variety of things to offer tourists.
Among things you shouldn't miss when visiting this Vietnamese city are the Perfume Pagoda, the famous water puppet theater, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the Hanoi Old Quarter.
Located on the Bosphorus Strait, between Europe and Asia, the city of Istanbul is one of the best and most beautiful cities in Turkey. Istanbul is rich in history, filled with museums and architecture that dates back centuries. The Hagia Sophia, for example, which is now a museum, used to be a church, and later a mosque.
From ornate Islamic art and Christian mosaics, to Egyptian obelisks and an arena that was the heart of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul has something for every type of traveler.
The capital of Belgium, Brussels is known for its delicious food, its inspiring architecture, and of course, its history. There are countless sites to visit, among them the Grand-Place, the Royal Museums of Art and History, the Choco-Story chocolate museum, and of course, the fabulous pubs with world-famous Belgian beer.
But of course, everybody knows that you can't go to Brussels without doing a proper tour around the city's countless chocolate shops. And if you haven't had a sugar comma by then, try the famous Belgian waffles.
Belgium's northwestern port city of Bruges is a wonderful mix of cobblestone streets, stunning historic architecture and romantic canals.
Bruges's Burg Square has buildings that go as far back as the second century, and the decorated ceiling of the City Hall was created in the 14th century. The belfry and picturesque buildings in the city's Markt square date back to the 13th century.
City of Aspen in Colorado, USA
Perhaps the smallest city on this list is the ski resort town of Aspen. Located in the beautiful state of Colorado, in USA, Aspen is at the foothills of the famous Rocky Mountains. Once a mining town, Aspen is now a meeting point for society's elite, including excellent music, art and culinary events.
However, nothing compares to Aspen's most beautiful feature - the mountains. Everywhere you look, there's natural beauty to be seen, and of course, if you visit during wintertime, skiing has to be number one on your list of activities.
India is a magical place, no matter what city you visit. However, Jaipur is known as one of its most beautiful gems. Dubbed the Pink City, because of the dreamlike pink hues that cover almost every building you see, Jaipur is filled with colorful bazaars, smiling residents, and countless historical sites.
The capital of India's Rajasthan state, Jaipur is the perfect destination for architecture and history junkies. Museums, ancient palaces, forts and fairytale-like gardens make this city feel like something out of a storybook. Among the best sites to visit are the City Palace, the Hawa Mahal and the Albert Hall Museum.
Located on the Baltic Sea, Tallinn is Estonia's capital city, and although it is often overlooked, it has a lot to offer tourists. Tallinn has a rich history, and its beautiful Old Town is definitely worth a visit.
The Old Town or Historic Centre, is so well-preserved that it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Paris has a long-standing reputation for being one of the most beautiful and magical cities in the world. And it's no wonder why. The famous City of Love has the dazzling lights of the Eiffel Tower, the gorgeous Jardin des Tuileries, the historic Arc de Triomphe, and countless other sites.
Take a cruise on the Seine to see the sunset, eat scrumptious French pastries, cross the centuries-old bridges and get lost in the city's unique architecture. Don't forget to see the Palais Garnier, the Place du Trocadéro, the Panthéon and the Sacre-Coeur.
Anybody who has traveled to Japan always seems to say it is like venturing into another universe, and Tokyo is its epicenter and capital city. The surreal combination of tradition and modernity makes Tokyo a very unique destination.
Its stunningly perfect gardens, ancient temples and towers and weird dishes are just some of Tokyo's gems. If you're looking to see the city's more modern side, head over to the Harajuku neighborhood in Shibuya.
Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong is so proud of its skyscrapers (and it should be), that it lights them up every night in a unique and traditional light show. The best place to see this from is on a ferry on Victoria Harbor.
The modern Chinese city also has wonderful patches of nature, among them the Tai lam Country Park, the Dragon's Back hiking trail and the Sai Wan swimming shed.
Bangkok has a famous reputation for being one of the best tourism destinations in the world, and for good reason. This crazy Thai city has ornate temples, breathtaking palaces, beautiful beaches, and probably the best street food in the world.
Spend a day getting lost in the delicious smells and sights of the Chatuchak Market, or head over to the Grand Palace for some history. If you're feeling adventurous, visit the famous Damnoen floating market on the city's river.
If you ever wanted to escape to an island with your significant other, the Greek island of Santorini may just be perfect for you. With absolutely breathtaking views (especially of the sunset), and many charming side streets to explore, Santorini is a great location to simply relax and embark on an adventure at ease.
This Greek island is very popular as a romantic getaway for couples, but it truly is for everyone. And, it’s a place that is absolutely stunning day or night.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Part ancient history, part modern metropolis, you’ll fall in love with this Israeli city for its diversity. Tel Aviv allows its residents and visitors many scenic options; whether you want to relax along the Mediterranean Sea, have a drink at a trendy nightclub.
Try some international cuisine at a restaurant downtown, or explore the Bauhaus architecture peppered throughout the neighborhoods. There are many sides to Tel Aviv which is probably why it attracts people from all over the world.
Muscat, Oman may not be on the top of many travel wish lists, but it really should be! This underrated city is filled with natural beauty. Though many people may consider Dubai to be the top, glamorous, Middle Eastern location, Muscat has been considered the more authentic experience.
Along with its beautiful scenery and architecture, there are a variety of markets to explore that reflect the local, Omani heritage as well as the locals themselves, who will give you a taste of Middle Eastern hospitality. In the end, you’ll most appreciate Oman for being far less commercialized (and even Westernized) than Dubai.
If you are looking for a place that truly captures the quiet rest of the countryside, Derbyshire, England should be your next destination. This region of the English countryside is lush and green and is also home to the beautiful Peak District.
The Peak District is a National Park that is known for its incredible valleys, moors, rivers, and wildlife. Derbyshire is the perfect place for those looking to find solace in nature or to step inside the pages of their favorite Jane Austen novel.
Located in Western Scotland, Glencoe represents the heart of the majestic, Scottish highlands. Movie fans may recognize the brooding scenery from films like "Skyfall" and "Harry Potter."
Glencoe allows you to see Scotland in its rugged, unpolished beauty with its hiking trails and there are a handful of accommodations in the area. But, if you really want to up your adventure, there are also designated camping spots for those who want to be closer to nature.
People often associate islands with warmer climates, but northern countries can have them too. Depending on what time of year it is, these islands located in northern, Norway, can look like tropical islands at first glance.
Lofoten, which has a rich, Viking history, is a combination of charming fishing villages, epic fjords, and hills, and even beaches filled with sand. Be sure to bring your camera and get ready to capture some of the most beautiful scenery that you may ever see.
With its abundance of beaches, exotic flowers, and beautiful weather, Hawaii had to be on this list. Kailua, Hawaii is known for, well, being rather unknown. This beautiful island is not as crowded as the larger, more commercialized ones like Oahu or Kauai.
Enjoy a little more solitude as you explore Kailua’s beaches, hiking trails, and local shops. If you want to see more outside of this island, you can kayak over to the Mokuleia islands (known as “the Mokes”) for a fresh perspective.
It may look like a scene from another planet but Meteora, Greece is just the place to rediscover the surprises of the Mediterannean. Located in central Greece, Meteora (which means “suspended in air”) is full of lush green slopes and elevated monasteries. Meteora was established by monks who lived in this region during the 11th century.
Along with seeing the monasteries, hiking, and viewing captivating sunsets, you can stay in the nearby town, Kalambaka, which will meet your tourist needs of trying local food, shopping, and lodging.
Swakopmund is a coastal town in the African country of Namibia. Visitors will notice a German influence as the area was colonized in 1892 by German, South West Africa.
This unique city has plenty of coastlines to take in as well as an aquarium and a museum if you want to learn more about local history. If Namibia is on your list, you need to check out Swakopmund.
For those who are looking for another Croatian destination, Split is a lovely alternative. This coastal city (which is also the country’s capital) is home to beautiful beaches, islands, and fresh seafood.
In Split, you can also check out the ancient, Roman palace of Emperor Diocletian and the rich, ancient history surrounding the area. And, if you want to get out of town, you can hike in the Marjan Forest Park, located at the top of Split. There is so much to see in the stunning, baltic city.
Alaska may not hold the same vacation appeal as some warmer spots, but that’s because this place has an appeal all its own. In Anchorage, you can adventure into the Chugach mountains as well as discover the history of native Alaskans.
There is also a rich pioneer and mining history in Anchorage for tourists to find but if you want more nature outings, you can also go kayaking, canoeing or cycling along the coastal trail. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife!
The Maldives is a top honeymoon spot but this beautiful place isn’t just for newlyweds. Male is the capital of the Maldives and is the largest city here. Male is also an Islamic city so you will want to make sure to dress more modestly when you are not relaxing by the pool.
Aside from gazing at the incredible water here, you can get a taste of the local culture by checking out the local fish market, art gallery, and museum.
Exotic, mysterious, and filled to the brim with ancient history, Egypt holds much intrigue for its visitors. Alexandria, the second-largest city in Egypt, houses the great lighthouse, one of the wonders of the world. Another site not to miss is the Bibliotheca Alexandria (or the modern version of the Library of Alexandria).
If you want even more of a historical immersion you can visit the Royal Jewelry Museum, Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, and the Roman Amphitheatre. Among the other places to explore in Alexandria, you can take a break from ancient history and walk in the beautiful gardens of Montazah Park.
In Mudgee, Australia, you will find an adventure apart from the red sand outback. Mudgee has a number of guesthouses where tourists can relax in the Australian countryside.
Additionally, Mudgee has a handful of wineries where you can taste the regional wines and if you want to see more of the area, you can visit the Blue Mountains or a waterfront getaway called The Basin.
St. Ives, Cornwall, England
At first, it may look like a tropical island but St. Ives is actually located in Cornwall, England. In this scenic, coastal town you can catch some waves at Porthmeor Beach after some lessons from the St. Ives Surf School.
You can also visit the local shops, restaurants, and bars in the surrounding charming town. And, if you want a unique place to stay, you can book a few nights at the Treehouse on the Lake, a quaint house located 20 feet above the forest floor.
Another beautiful location in the Middle East, Amman, Jordan is well worth a visit. This city is rich in culture and fascinating sites to visit. Just in this city, you can visit the Temple of Hercules at the Amman Citadel, which dates back to Roman times as well as the Byzantine Basilica and Umayyad Palace among other historical sites.
To really immerse yourself in the local culture, you can walk along Rainbow Street, which really comes to life on Thursday nights as locals begin their weekend. If you’re looking to experience Amman at a more relaxed pace, you can unwind at one of the nearby spas near the Dead Sea.
Puerto de la Cruz, Canary Islands, Spain
You may have never heard of Puerto de la Cruz, but you will want to add this beautiful city to your travel list. Located on Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, Puerto de la Cruz is a tantalizing escape for those who are thirsting for island life.
While you are in Puerto de la Cruz, you will find a variety of restaurants as well as an outdoor market, all the while taking in incredible island views. The city is known for its beaches and nightlife but if you are craving milder diversions, you can also visit the nearby zoo (Loro Parque) or the botanical gardens.
Like Dubai, Doha holds a similar futuristic elegance but is slightly lower on the tourism radar. In Doha, you will find the past and the future blended beautifully together.
Notably, you will find many types of cuisine in the city including Qatari, Filipino, American, Chinese, Nepalese, and Mexican food (among others). For a really exotic experience, you can observe the regional pastime of camel racing and falconry. And later, before you leave, you’ll want to stop by one of the tax-free malls to buy some gifts to take back home.
Shoalhaven is located on the Eastern coast of Australia and has activities to suit nearly everyone. You can surf, hike, dive, go fishing and visit Seven Mile Beach if you prefer the outdoors.
And, if you prefer to stay indoors, you can visit Jim Wild’s oyster farm or a handful of local boutique wineries to take in the flavors of Shoalhaven.
Dunedin, New Zealand
New Zealand is known to have some of the most wildly beautiful landscapes on earth and Dunedin is no exception. Dunedin has a rich Scottish heritage that you will see in sites like the Larnach Castle.
Explore the charming and artsy neighborhood of Port Chalmers and don’t miss the coastal views at Tunnel Beach and at the lighthouse found in Taiaroa Head. The Royal Albatross Centre, found in the same region, also has a wildlife reserve where you can spot one of these unique birds.