The world is home to a whole lot of jaw-dropping places to visit and architectural sights to see. Of course, pinpointing all of them in just one list could take a lifetime, but these breathtaking destinations are definitely worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list and you can count yourself lucky if you are able to visit even a third of them. Begin your travel around the world today with these 24 amazing cities.
It's little wonder London is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year. The capital city of Great Britain is a vibrant art and entertainment center with a rich history and also offers one of the planet's greatest concentrations of cultural attractions. From royal palaces and museums to luxurious shopping malls and several historical landmarks, you could spend endless days exploring all that London has to offer without ever running out of unique things to see and do. As an added bonus, many of these popular places to visit are free.
This cosmopolitan and international city is said to be home to a thousand and one delights! Located on the stunning shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland's second-largest city offers an assortment of unmissable experiences in a one-of-a-kind natural setting. It is a fantastic place to wander around whether it's a trip to the heart of the famous birthplace of fine watchmaking, savouring the delights of fine dining or soaking up the buzz of the international districts, you can be sure of a magical experience. Nature lovers can also cruise through the River Rhone, enjoying the magnificent sights while beautiful mountains form a stunning backdrop. Simply put, Geneva will leave you starstruck.
This mythical city is the largest metropolis of the African continent and the Arab world. With a rich history that spans centuries, Cairo boasts some of the finest Islamic architecture in the world, earning the name - “city of a thousand minarets”. The beautiful bubbling city is also in close proximity to the ancient Egyptian towns of Giza and Memphis, so the most popular things to do often include day-trips to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx as well as the older Saqqara Pyramids. Other famous tourist attractions include the 187-metre tall Cairo Tower, the medieval Citadel, the tranquil Al-Azhar park, and the Khan El-Khalili Market.
The sprawling city of Moscow is a vibrant mixture of historical and contemporary sights -- from the Kremlin and the Red Square to tours in the outskirts of the city, there is definitely something for everyone. You can shop around, engage in various cultural activities in the capital of music and theatre, or simply be captivated by the grandeur that is Moscow. As one of the most lively European destinations, Russia’s capital has existed for more than 800 years and has enough to keep you busy for months, hopping from magnificent palaces, monasteries, and museums to eye-popping cathedrals, parks, and galleries.
An ultramodern luxury city in the Middle East, Dubai is a glorious sight to behold. Whether you’re overlooking the city from the top of the majestic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, or dining in the fantastic underwater restaurants of the Burj Al Arab, this amazing city delivers an exquisite experience of a lifetime. If you are just there to gawk at mass luxury, then you will have a field day spotting expensive supercars, exotic animals, and ridiculously photogenic natural sites ranging from vast deserts to mesmerizing marinas. Expect to be dazzled every step of the way in this lively city.
Amongst the many beautiful beach destinations to visit in the world, Maldives retains its allure, thanks to its exotic islands, enthralling blue seas, magnificent reefs, shiny-sandy beaches, and a variety of water sports. It is a place that would make you feel both quiescent and exuberant as it offers an awesome mix of leisure sightseeing, gazing at white-sand beaches and crystalline lagoons, before jumping in for some snorkeling and island hopping. Studded with lush water villas and endless palm groves swaying in rhythm with the cool breeze, this postcard-perfect paradise is ideal for anyone looking to have the ultimate beach experience.
Shrouded in amazing snow Peak Mountains and shadowy forests, Bhutan is the last great Himalayan kingdom in the world. It boasts a long list of forts, monasteries, Buddhist relics, trekking spots, and shopping areas, but is more famous for its stunning array of scenic landscapes, comprising panoramic valleys, Himalayan trek routes, and abundance of rare fauna and flora. Reputed to be the last Shangri La, this magnificent country is the world’s only carbon negative country and the government ensures that it stays that way. A visit here offers a breath of fresh air, making it one of the best places to visit for an unperturbed and rejuvenating holiday.
Not many cities can overthrow London as the world's most popular travel destination, but Bangkok did so effortlessly in 2016. As one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Asia, Bangkok is bursting to the seams with awe-inspiring temples and palaces, vibrant nightlife, extensive canals, bustling local markets, and vast shopping complexes, such that every visitor has something to look forward to seeing and doing. It is also rich in history and culture with a unique ambiance that is both overwhelming and exhilarating. Deciding on which attractions should make the cut for a typical visit is no easy task, but be prepared for an experience unlike any other.
Known all over the world as a glamorous city and a top choice for luxury shopping, Hong Kong has an energy about it that is hard to describe, yet fascinating in every sense. This city-state offers a lot more than top landmarks, sightseeing venues, and culinary excellence, as it has another side as well, where you'll find lush mountains, hiking trails, dazzling beaches, islands, and traditional fishing villages. Furthermore, Hong Kong enjoys superb transportation options, which are quite inexpensive for any big city standards, so getting around the city and the surrounding areas is a breeze.
The Japanese capital city of Tokyo is a booming, energetic and incredible destination and as far as largest cities in the world go, it is definitely a cut above the rest. A visit here is like stepping into an alternate reality full of towering skyscrapers as if grasping into the future, blinding neon lights and jaw-dropping sci-fi streets. In one of the most populated cities in the world, you’ll be able to tour temples, attend symphony orchestras, dine on countless culinary delights, and shop in some of the biggest and most unusual malls on earth.
The beautiful capital of the Sunshine State, Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia and has no shortage of major attractions to visit and explore. Winding along the Brisbane River, South Bank blends historic buildings with modern elegance through its world-class galleries, live music gigs, and botanic gardens. The mild, subtropical climate together with the relaxed yet sophisticated culture put this city on top of many travelers’ bucket lists, while residents also appreciate the many free attractions and kid-friendly adventures. Further afield, explorers are treated to waterfalls, lookouts and mountains to hike, while beach lovers can head on to Moreton Island to feed wild dolphins and snorkel around an old shipwreck.
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