If you love to travel, you've probably read about many of the world's unbelievable cities. There are so many to choose from--each offering must-see attractions, unique culture, and wonderful people--that there's simply no time or money to see them all! And even worse, how could you decide where to start?
Relax and let us take care of the research. We've compiled a list of the world's top 15 cities to visit. Time to start making travel plans...
Once the beating heart of the powerful Roman empire--and widely considered the epicenter of the world for centuries--Rome’s star forever shines bright as one of the most important and unique cities on Earth. Rome was nicknamed the “Eternal City” over 2,000 years ago by the Roman poet Tibullus, and that name couldn’t be more perfect today.
A visit to the Italian capital might begin with a stroll through Central Rome, where you’ll admire the illustrious Trevi Fountain and the timeless Pantheon, or take a break on the Spanish Steps. From there you can explore the world-renowned Colosseum and the Roman Forum, or venture below ground to the ghostly catacombs, all before people watching while enjoying a heavenly Italian meal in the Trastevere neighborhood. Rome isn’t just the Roman Empire, however, it’s also home to the Catholic Church. You’ll be startled by the perfection of Vatican City; from the brilliance of the Sistine Chapel to the exceptional craftsmanship of St. Peter’s Basilica, and from the stunning detail in the Vatican Museum to the perfectly manicured Vatican Gardens. Visiting Rome is like stepping into the past, so pick up some gelato and prepare yourself for an adventure that dates back to before the days Christ.
4. Cape Town
Perfectly nestled between the iconic Table Mountain plateau and the pristine aquamarine waters of Table Bay, surrounded by bountiful flora and fauna, and rich in history and culture, sits the majestic city of Cape Town--known by many as the Mother City.
Cape Town has it all. From the natural wonder of the surrounding mountains and penguin-filled beaches, to famous vineyards, delectable food, and vibrant nightlife, you’ll be swept off your feet by the South African metropolis. And for those eager to learn about South Africa’s troubled past, a visit to Robben Island--where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for almost 3 decades--is a must-see. It’s likely that you came to Cape Town on your way to a safari retreat, but you might soon realize that you’ll need to plan a return trip to take in all the city has to offer.
Ahh Paris… the City of Love. Paris is a timeless classic rich in culture, exquisite cuisine, invaluable art, and a magnetic sense of style. Paris will never disappoint you, it will lure you in like a siren’s song and immerse you in its 2,000 year old wonder. Visiting the French capital will be like stepping into a dream, a dream you’ll never want to wake up from.
Paris is regularly ranked as one of the most visited cities in the world, with millions of tourists traveling to the city every year to discover all it has to offer. Although you might come to Paris eager to climb the Eiffel Tower, take a selfie next to the Arc De Triomphe, tour the Louvre and Notre Dame, or explore the catacombs, it’s the little things that will make you fall in love with the city. A leisurely stroll down Paris’s beautiful cobblestone streets, or an afternoon spent people-watching at a café, might be all you’ll ever need to hold a special place in your heart for the French capital.
2. New York
Although New York is a city with a thousand nicknames, none is more fitting than the Capital of the World. A cultural melting pot, New York is filled with visitors from around the globe who converge to enjoy the city’s famous attractions, top-class restaurants, world famous museums, high-end shopping, and seemingly infinite entertainment options. There are so many things to do in New York—regardless of taste, age, or budget—that it’s easy to understand why people say the city never sleeps.
You’ll need more than one trip (or at least one looong trip) to get a true taste of New York City. Your first time will likely be spent visiting famous sites like the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, 9/11 Memorial, Bronx Zoo, Times Square, Broadway, and Central Park. But oh there is so much more! The unique and distinctive neighborhoods will charm you, the relentless energy of the city will engulf you, and the delicious food will have you craving for more. Once you visit New York City, you might never want to leave…
Crazy in the best of ways, Tokyo is the world’s most unique and fascinating city. The Japanese capital will seduce you the second you step inside it, gracefully bringing together the ancient tradition of the past with the modern advancement of the present. Set the mood for an unforgettable trip with a peaceful walk through one of Tokyo’s perfectly manicured gardens, stopping to see the cherry blossoms at Ueno Park or Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
Tokyo has it all, from food to culture, and from nightlife to mind-boggling technology, you’ll be enchanted at every turn. Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or just hungry, Tokyo’s cuisine will exceed even your wildest expectations. Kick off your day with breakfast sushi at the Tsujiji Fish Market and then indulge in the city’s seemingly infinite supply of mouth-watering ramen, tempura, teriyaki... and more delicious sushi. Take in Japanese culture with a visit to the majestic Sensoji Temple and Imperial Palace, and experience one of the country’s greatest traditions by attending a Sumo wrestling match. Interested in shopping? Prepare yourself for a wild experience at Akihabara Electric Town where you’ll find products you never imagined existed, or head to Ginza where you can shop the world’s finest designer brands. And when you’re ready to party, the karaoke and techno scenes will keep you out until the late hours of the night. Tokyo is unlike any city in the world; no matter how well traveled you are, you’ll be instantly enamored with the Japanese capital.