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.
The oldest, biggest, and most beautiful city in Australia lies amid a seductive intermingling of land and sea. Sydney has something special to offer every visitor, from the iconic Opera House and the sublime Bondi Beach to the marvelous Taronga Zoo, magnificent national parks, extraordinary heritage and much more. You can also explore the city’s fabled history in the cobbled laneways and historic buildings of the Rocks and excellent museums. Broad sandy beaches and scenic cruises make Sydney the perfect holiday destination for travelers looking for an exciting mix of fun and adventure on both sand and sea.
Tucked away in the South Pacific, Tuvalu is a picture-perfect and off-the-beaten-track destination sitting about halfway between Hawaii and Australia. It is a collection of nine stunning islands boasting amazing beaches and expansive natural beauty dotting the enticing blue Pacific Ocean. What Tuvalu lacks in architectural splendor, it more than makes up for in open, palm tree-fringed beaches and an underwater world like no other. Visit the Funafuti Marine Park for an unforgettable experience swimming with tropical fish and turtles in the lagoon with glimpses of WWII relics strewn about in the water, providing an encapsulating glimpse into Tuvalu’s past
Known as the "City of Sails," Auckland is one of the most beautiful and photo-ready cities in the world. Featuring sandy beaches, shimmering islands, soaring mountain peaks, waterfalls, and wildlife reserves, the city also has some mesmerizing cruising options as well as some exhilarating adventure sports that will be a highlight of your visit. Auckland is also a colorful kaleidoscope of magnificent high-rise buildings, fascinating historical museums, and public art galleries that are some of the finest in New Zealand. No matter what you’re here for, Auckland is sure to keep you spellbound and leave you with many lasting memories.
Hands down the most celebrated island in the South Pacific, Bora Bora conjures images of relaxing in overwater villas looking over the beautiful waters of the Pacific with the waves gently crashing on your deck. Its beauty is unrivaled and its fame is unwavering through the years. It is the perfect romantic setting as confirmed by the local tourism board, which stated that 90% of visitors to Bora Bora came for their honeymoon. Still, it is the ultimate destination for relaxation, local culture, and underwater adventures, and this small island offers innumerable ways to achieve them and keep you forever enamored.
Alaska is brimming with breathtaking sights that you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the world - crystalline blue glacier ice, the northern lights dancing overhead, whale watching cruises, fascinating museums, and hikes through the pristine wilderness to name just a few. While there are a number of captivating tourist attractions in the major centers, the towns in Alaska are perhaps more accurately used as jumping-off points for exploring the wilds, such as Denali and Kenai Fjords national parks where adventurous travelers can get a true bird's eye view from a helicopter or a small plane, or power through the rapids in kayaks.
With gorgeous snow-covered mountain backdrops, urban beaches, thriving art, and fancy music scenes, Vancouver is a city that is both cosmopolitan and outdoorsy at the same time. Thanks to its temperate climate and abundance of rainfall, this beautiful city has its fair share of lush outdoor spaces and beloved outdoor attractions, enough to provide you with an experience of a lifetime. The city also offers delicious international cuisines, fantastic shopping opportunities, cutting-edge art and marvelous architecture, while hiking, skiing, fishing and boating await on the outskirts. Could any traveler or adventurer ask for anything more in Canada?
The “Valley of the Sun” as it is popularly called attracts sun-lovers and those looking to escape the snows of winter, thanks to its warm, dry climate. While here, visitors can satisfy their wanderlust in the abundant arts and cultural attractions, historic neighborhoods, and an outstanding selection of resorts and hotels. People who visit to enjoy the outdoors are treated to an array of exciting activities, including golfing, biking, and mountain hiking. Each part of town offers a unique experience so be sure to take advantage of them during your stay, whether it is shopping in Scottsdale, partying in Tempe or checking out the museums in downtown Phoenix.
The Galapagos Islands are on this list for good reason -- imagine swimming among sharks and sea lions, or walking alongside giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies and other curious endemic animals, all in one of the most unique landscapes on earth. This remote archipelago may well be the most famous wildlife-watching destination in the world and is so enchanting that UNESCO declared them Natural Heritage of Humanity in 1978. It’s almost impossible to exaggerate the sheer spectacle of stark lava formations, cactus forests, and turquoise bays that provided inspiration for the Charles Darwin’s ground-breaking theory of natural selection. There really is no other place like it in the world.
As the most populated metropolis in the United States, New York City can come across as intimidating to first timers. The “city that never sleeps” is a nexus of culture, art, architecture, history and entertainment with famous sites at every turn and hardly ever enough time to see them all. Some visitors come to enjoy the magical Broadway shows; others come with the sole purpose of shopping to their heart's’ content; and many come simply to see the famous sights: the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, One World Observatory and historic neighborhoods. One thing is for certain - there are an endless array of things to see and do in New York.
While it is justifiably renowned around the world for it's fine powdery sand beaches and brilliant turquoise bays, Barbados is an island that has it all. There’s always something happening here whether day or night and you are pretty much free to indulge your passions and enjoy whatever ’floats your boat’. Barbados deliver a winning combination of the familiar and exotic, from intellectually inclined heritages to a smashing nightlife full of music, dance, culture and epicurean extravagance. The beach is open 24-7, but if you’d rather chill in your hotel, keep an eye out as you may also spot green monkeys in the hotel garden.
Among all the Latin American cities, Buenos Aires boasts some of the most European and specifically Parisian architecture. No wonder it is the most visited city in South America. Elegant yet always bustling, Buenos Aires encapsulates the very essence of Argentina and is the perfect place to enjoy boutique shopping, opera watching, and tango dancing. It's also a city with a very lively nightlife fine dining scene, except the famous steak and red wine can be savoured here at a fraction of the price compared to other cities like Paris, New York, or London. There’s much to see and do, but watching a football match while sipping an espresso is an excellent way to start your visit.
The island of South Georgia is a British overseas territory and one of the first gateways to Antarctica. It is an island chain located in the southern Atlantic Ocean, north of Antarctica. Thanks to this unique position, there are still parts of South Georgia not covered in snow or ice, so visitors have the chance to witness its unique sights. There is no facility for air travel here so visitors can only come in by sea on large ice breaking vessels, yachts, and cruise ships. Many travelers come to see its distinct flora and fauna and to explore the oasis of life.
Stunning beaches, green mountains and an interesting mix of African and Portuguese culture are what make Praia a great travel destination. The city is located in the southern end of Santiago Island and boasts good weather year round so visitors are welcome at anytime. Since Cape Verde is an archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean, expect more of seaside related adventures during your visit to Praia. There are also some interesting sights and landmarks like the Sucupira Market, Sé Cathedral ruins, and Quintal da Música, an open-air restaurant where you can find daily music outdoors. You can enter the city by air or by sea.
There you have it. A trip to any of these fantastic destinations is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories, but also gives you an appreciation of other cultures and culinary delights from around the world. Why not get started today?