The Top 50 Cities to See in Your Lifetime
For a person who is passionate about travelling, the world is a wonderland and a mystery box. It sometimes happen that we keep expanding our bucket list but we miss out some of the best places that should essentially be travelled to. The world offers endless opportunities for travelers with all kinds of interests.
Whether you are a history buff, or a romantic couple, an adventure enthusiast, a nature lover, a cultural aficionado or a wildlife lover and more, there is so much for you. It is not a problem, whether you wish to spend the night partying hard or you just wish to spend the night simply relaxing, there are places offering you everything and anything you want. The blog enlists some of such destinations that are worthy of being added in your bucket list.
Here are the top 50 cities to see in your lifetime:
Known as the crown jewel of the imperial Spain, Seville probably was founded 3000 years ago by the Greek god, Hercules. A pure delight for the visitor, the city has slim streets dotted Moorish castles, orange blossoms, and boasts of a rich history. The legendary tapas joints are real treats.
With its meandering waterways and canals, and historic buildings, Venice surely deserves a place in this list. The warm wine bars and the colorful homes give you a homely feel. The gondola ride is a unique feature.
New York City, USA
Home to several iconic structures, New York boasts of being called the ‘Crossroads of the World.’ An amazing amalgam of culture, art, business and cuisine, this city has to offer varied experiences.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Famed for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, iconic skyline and world-popular Carnival, Rio de Janeiro is a treat for all the human senses. Its location, lifestyle and architecture make it unique in comparison to other Brazilian cities.
Known to be the ‘Place of the Gods’, Lhasa is the spiritual midpoint of Tibetan Buddhism. Its serene monasteries and magnificent palaces with the rugged Himalayas in the background make for a stunning view.
Boasting of a history going back to the Romans, London today is home to vibrant street markets, busy financial spaces and impressive museums. It is one of the most popular cities in the world. Does more needs to be said?
Known to be the archeological hub of Jordon, Petra was founded as early as in 300 BC. Placed amid wind-swept desert, Petra has colossal rock-cut buildings that look daunting and amazing at the same time.
Former imperial city of western Morocco, Marrakeech has much on offering such as stunning mosques, gardens and palaces. Along with some amazing structures, the city has thriving market places that sell traditional textiles, jewelry and pottery.
One of the oldest and the holiest cities of India, Varanasi offers spirituality for the senses. Boat rides in Ganga’s placid waters during sunrise and other religious practices are sights to behold.
The expansive diverse capital city of Italy, Rome has 3000 years of art, culture and architecture to showcase, looking like an open-air museum. The ancient churches and prestigious museums are must-visits.
With some finest masterpieces in architecture and art, Florence also has some sumptuous Tuscan savories and wonderful cathedrals. The birthplace of Renaissance, this city offers several treats.
The former capital of Japan, Kyoto can best be explored through its gardens, tea-houses and castles. Showcasing the real quintessence of traditional Japan, this city also has stunning natural beauty.
The colorful Cuban capital, Havana has several old streets, classic cars and per-revolutionary structures to explore. The aroma of home-cooking fills your nostrils while you explore the city.
The intersection of beliefs, cuisines and cultures of Muslims, Christians and Jews, Jerusalem has lines of old city streets dotted with historical events. The city has some world-renowned religious sites.
With a history stretching to 3 millennia, Beijing is the historical and cultural capital of China. Home to two world-renowned structures, the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City, Beijing has several other imperial palaces and ancient sites.
The popular French capital, Paris boasts of being the global hub gastronomy, art, culture and fashion. Often referred to as the ‘City of Lights’ and the earth’s most romantic place, Paris has some mesmerizing squares, stunning museums, tranquil cafes and more.
One of the most popular holy cities of Ethiopia, Lalibela is known for having a fine collection of gigantic monolithic rock-cut churches. Their magnificence has given them a space in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The focal point of of Greek civilization for around 4000 years and the capital of modern Greece, Athens is a wonderful mixture of ancient buildings, modern nightclubs, splendid museums, floral street spaces and bright streets.
The magical Granada has much to offer from the fountains, orchards, medieval architecture and narrow streets of Alhamabra to the cobbled streets of Albayzin. The multicultural history and the rich culture are the other highlights.
The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is the gateway to the majestic Himalayas. One of the earth’s most vibrant cities, Kathmandu offers an interesting sight of saffron-clad monks and sadhus, and fluttering prayer flags. It is a riot of sights, smells and sounds.
Visit the ancient city of Bagan, to enjoy a memorable view of sunrise, probably the best in the world. Visited by devotees as well as travelers, the temples and pagodas here are marvelous and have a tranquil feel.
Home to the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican city is a treasure chest of art, religion and architecture such as Vatican museum, Laocoön and Renaissance frescoes, columns of St. Peter’s Square and the Sistine Chapel.
Japan’s lively capital, Tokyo looks like a futuristic city with all its wonderful sights for food, partying and shopping. The city also has well-maintained gardens and serene shrines for peaceful souls.
The hilly capital city of Portugal, Lisbon is a celebration of the rich airt and culture of the Portuguese. The bewitching atmosphere, the colorful streets of Alfama and Chiado, the waterways and the ancient buildings are real enchanters.
From its legendary mosques to its lively bazaars, Istanbul has much to offer to its visitors. A millennia old history along with the mix of the east and the west, the city seems intriguing and worthy of being explored.
Amsterdam, Netherlands’ capital, known for offering one of the highest qualities of life in the world, is a charmer. The city that carries on the legacy of the 17th century Golden Age, is also popular for intricate canal system, artistic heritage and narrow houses with gabled fronts.
Hội An, Vietnam
The graceful historic town of Hội An is a delightful Vietnamese port housing the UNESCO world heritage site of Old City that is an amalgam of Japanese, Vietnamese, and European sensibilities. And, the sumptuous food cannot be ignored.
Lying on the eastern banks of River Nile, Luxor is an amazing ancient city of Egypt, erected on the site of ancient Thebes. A popular destination of history-lovers, Luxor is quite close to other popular sites like Karnak, and the Valley of the Kings and Queens.
Fondly called the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, boasts of housing some of the most stunning palaces and gardens in India. A part of the very popular ‘Golden Triangle’, along with Agra and Delhi, Jaipur is a showcase of Rajputana grandeur.
The German capital of Berlin is known for its important role in modern history, its chirpy restaurants and fabulous nightlife. One of Europe’s most exciting cities, it is dotted with captivating attractions.
Lying on the confluence of River Rhône and River Saône, Lyon is a delightful World Heritage city dating back to Roman ages. Explore the illuminated streets during Fête des Lumières along with visiting the cathedrals, legendary museums and lush gardens.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
The resort town of Siem Reap is the gateway to the ruins of Angkor Wat and is a popular destination of Cambodia for its lip-smacking food and relaxed bohemian-backpacker feel. This place is filled with abundant serenity.
A traditional settlement in the northern region of Santorini, Oia is known for its attractive white and blue homes, which look like they are cascading down towards the sea. Also known as Apano Meria or Anomeria, the place has been blessed with picture-perfect natural beauty.
The beautiful imperial city of Austria, Vienna boasts of stylish cafes, charming palaces and well-maintained gardens. Voted as one of the world’s most livable cities, it has both historic and modern buildings.
Settled on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, the colonial city of Cartegena is filled with history of pirates, explorers and the royalty. Also housing UNESCO-recognized Old City, Cartagena is a modern port city.
Once capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco in Peru is the entry point to the Andes and Machu Picchu, the World Heritage city of Cusco. The city is dotted with historic temples, monasteries, archeological remains and striking Spanish colonial houses.
Meandering lanes, present minarets, carved doorways and 19th century landmarks are the highlighting features of the ancient city of Zanzibar, one of the top destinations of Africa. Known for its white sandy pristine beaches, it has a combination of African, Arab, and Portuguese influences at the historic Stone Town.
The stunning island city-state of Singapore is one of the world’s most-visited destinations, offering a myriad of memorable sights and sounds. Do not miss relishing the tasty street food and exploring Little India. It is equally popular amidst leisure and corporate visitors.
Mexico City, Mexico
An amusing mélange of interesting sights, sounds, and colors, Mexico City is home to more than 20 million people. Good food and lovely colonial structures are added bonus. The city is dotted with several stunning sights.
Las Vegas, USA
Famous for its round the clock casinos, vivacious energy and matchless entertainment options, the resort town of Las Vegas is also termed as Sin City. Its extravagant casinos, luxury hotels and fine dine restaurant allure national as well as international visitors.
Famed for its harbor-fronted Opera House and buzzing beaches, Sydney is capital of New South Wales and is one of the largest cities of Australia. The city is an ideal mélange of natural wonders and urban delights.
Located on the ancient Silk Route, Samarkand is quite popular for its breathtaking mosques and mausoleums on Registan square, some of the best examples of Islamic architecture. Samarkand is one of the greatest cities of Central Asia.
San Francisco, California
Natural parks, historic structures and celebrated cuisine, San Francisco is a popular destination of the American west coast. Legendary Golden Gate Bridge, hilly landscape, cable car, year-round fog, and flamboyant Victorian houses are some of the other enchanters.
Called the ‘Jewel of the Adriatic’, the walled city of Dubrovnik has been blessed with stunning beaches. A world heritage site, its Old City is one of Europe’s most attractive places. It also has some of the best-preserved palaces, turned into museums.
Mont Saint Michel, France
The charming island commune of Mont Saint Michel receives as many as 3 million visitors on an annual basis. The place is equally popular amid family vacationers and honeymooning couples. This stunning island offers some of the best sights in the whole of France.
Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok is a heady mix of exotic markets, vibrant streets, serene worship places and notorious nightclubs. One of the world’s most-visited cities, this place has some lovely palaces, and authentic canals and beaches too.
Been under the rule of several empires, each leaving its own mark, made Budapest one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Abundant hot springs and boisterous nightlife are some of the highlights of the Hungarian capital city.
Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
The small city of Antigua Guatemala, bounded by volcanoes, has some wonderful Spanish colonial structures. Visit the remains of colonial churches and monasteries, explore the bohemian cafe, and have an unforgettable vacation.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The huge cosmopolitan city of Argentina, Buenos Aires is also referred to as the ‘Paris of South America’. Explore its lovely attractions, from the wide streets of downtown to the vibrant houses and buzzing tango clubs of Barrio La Boca. The place has the perfect recipe for a memorable vacation.
Prague, Czech Republic
Nicknamed the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’ Prague is a blend of rich historical past, spectacular architecture, and scrumptious cuisine. One of the world’s most-visited cities and Czech Republic’s capital, Prague carries the soul of central Europe.
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