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World’s Best Places to Visit


World’s Best Places to Visit – With a world full of fascinating travel destinations, choosing the perfect vacation spot can present a challenge.

World’s Best Places to Visit -That’s why U.S. News used expert opinions, reader votes and current trends – and evaluated sights, cultures, scenic beauty, food options and more – to compile this list of the world’s best places to visit.


World’s Best Places to Visit – Why Go To London England

The English writer Samuel Johnson famously said, “You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London.

No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

More than two centuries have passed since Johnson’s era, but his words still ring true.

Life in London is nothing short of invigorating, and travelers find that one visit isn’t enough to experience everything this two-millennia-old city has to offer.

Here, the antiquated clasps hands with the contemporary. You’ll find the historic Tower of London and the avant-garde Tate Modern.

You can catch both the Bard’s works and modern plays at Shakespeare’s Globe and its accompanying Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

And while Londoners still praise the power of tea, they now make room for Starbucks and Costa Coffees here and there, and pressed juice too.

A current leader in everything from politics and banking to fashion and music, London’s culture compass is always attuned to what’s next.

Discover it all on one of London’s best tours.

Best Hotels in London England
Shangri-La The Shard, London
Brown’s Hotel, a Rocco Forte Hotel

Best Things to Do in Londo England
Buckingham Palace
Tower of London
Houses of Parliament

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Why Go To Paris France

The City of Light draws millions of visitors every year with its unforgettable ambiance.

Of course, the divine cuisine and vast art collections deserve some of the credit as well.

The gentle River Seine rambles through the city, flanked by stately museums, centuries-old churches, and blocks of Rococo- and Neoclassic-design architecture, further enhanced by cascading trees and glowing street lamps.

Peppering the Seine’s cobbled walks and graceful bridges are impossibly chic Parisians, probably on their way to the market, cafe or cinema.

Containing world-class museums, fashion, cuisine and an atmosphere all its own, Paris is also a city of “many splendors,” as Ernest Hemingway recalled in his memoir, “A Moveable Feast.”

Visit the beloved Musée d’Orsay, shop the biggest designers on the Champs Élysées or hit the boutiques in Le Marais, take in the view atop the Eiffel Tower, or even plan a day trip to Versailles Palace.

But don’t miss out on the simple pleasure of meandering the marvelous arrondissements (districts), or snacking on street crepes either.

Best Hotels in Paris
Le Bristol Paris
Grand Hotel du Palais Royal
Ritz Paris

Best Things to Do in Paris
Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel)
Musée du Louvre
Notre-Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris)


World’s Best Places to Visit – Why Go To Rome

Rome, the city of seven hills, enjoyed a mythic beginning. Romulus and Remus – twin brothers who were nursed by a she-wolf and fathered by a war god – reportedly founded the Eternal City.

And although historians are a little skeptical about this epic entry into the world, most travelers are absolutely certain that there is something magical about Rome.

Whether it’s the mystery of nearby Vatican City or the ghosts of the Colosseum, an afternoon caffè on Piazza Navona or a piled-high plate of pasta at a trattoria, Rome is sure to enchant.

Italy’s capital city, Rome is also known for a history that dates back to the eras of Octavian, Julius Caesar and Hadrian, among others.

Left behind are structures like the Pantheon, the Roman Forum and dozens of churches, among other historic gems.

Art enthusiasts will relish the trove of art housed at the Vatican Museums, and foodies will enjoy the splendid Italian fare, not to mention the gelato.

And though its momentous past is the focus for many vacationers, Rome is also a fast-paced, modern and relevant city, with gleaming designer storefronts, sleek hotels and cutting-edge restaurants.

Best Hotels in Rome
Hotel Hassler
Hotel de Russie, a Rocco Forte Hotel
Hotel Eden

Best Things to Do in Rome
Colosseum (Colosseo)
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
St. Peter’s Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)

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Why Go To Tokyo Japan

“Animated” is perhaps the best word to describe Tokyo.

Crazy about its anime,Japan’s mega city is constantly buzzing with movement – and yet, bright lights and loud signs beg you to pause, to break your motion for just one second to pray (oops, we mean pay) at the altar of consumerism.

This is a city that feeds on motion and progress.

But when you want to stop in Tokyo, the city will certainly make it worth your while.

The tech-savvy locals may whizz past the monuments and urban parks daily (except during the cherry blossom season when everyone floods the green space), but, we assure you, the museums and historical sites are world-class.

Here, there are photos to be taken, sushi to be eaten and a lot of shopping to be done.

Best Hotels in Tokyo
Imperial Hotel
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo

Best Things to Do in Tokyo
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa
Meiji Shrine


World’s Best Places to Visit – Why Go To Barcelona Spain

Barcelona contains both the authentically historic and the wildly bizarre.

From the scenic trails of the colorful Park Güell to the romantic narrow alleys of the Barri Gòtic, this city by the sea seems to attract all types – the adventurer, the romantic, the partier, the culture lover – with an almost overwhelming variety of things to do.

You could stay for a few days exploring its architectural marvels, but chances are you’ll need a whole week to explore.

And while the beach lures locals and visitors in droves, it’s the cosmopolitan city that really dazzles.

Much of the activity revolves around the Ciutat Vella (or Old City), a series of narrow streets and alleys packed with restaurants, cafes and nightclubs, and the home of Las Ramblas – the wide, tree-lined thoroughfare that’s long been the hub of the city.

Just as unmissable are Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces; the architect, famous for his distinctive Catalan art nouveau style was the brains behind the city’s wavy, whimsical creations, from Casa Milà and Casa Batlló to La Sagrada Família. Beyond Gaudí’s influential mark.

There’s an eclectic shopping scene, a slew of museums, plenty of parks and exquisite food and wine. You see why we suggest a week vacation?

To get a lay of the land, consider signing up for one of the city’s best guided tours.

Best Hotels in Barcelona
Hotel Arts Barcelona
Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection
Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona

Best Things to Do in Barcelona
La Sagrada Família (Church of the Sacred Family)
Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter)
Casa Batlló


Why Go To Sydney Australia

Sydney is both a laid-back beachside city and a thriving metropolis that boasts some of the Southern Hemisphere’s best surf, landmarks and activities.

Whether you’re looking to watch a show at the iconic Sydney Opera House, take to the waves at Bondi Beach or explore trendy areas like The Rocks and Darling Harbour, Sydney features something for everyone.

Even Sydneysiders have an ideal mix of both worlds: Fashion-forward attire combines with a relaxed coastal vibe and “no worries” attitude. It’s no wonder this vibrant city down under is a natural choice for first-time Aussie visitors.

In addition to tons of beaches and top-notch restaurants and bars, Australia’s most populous city features an array of things to do.

Thrill-seekers can participate in heart-pounding activities like a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb, while visitors looking to unwind will appreciate a relaxing day at Coogee or Manly Beach or a peaceful stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden.

There’s also plenty of seasonal Sydney festivals and events to experience, such as Sculpture by the Sea, Vivid Sydney and the Night Noodle Markets.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy a rugby match, hit up the city’s museums or lounge along the shore, Sydney’s got you covered.

Best Hotels in Sydney
Ovolo Woolloomooloo
Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay
InterContinental Sydney

Best Things to Do in Sydney
Sydney Harbour
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge


World’s Best Places to Visit – Why Go To Dubai

Dubai and Las Vegas have a lot in common.

Both cities share a love for the fantastical, with skylines that shine like beacons against barren desert backdrops.

People from all over the world flock to these shimmering oases with the same goal: to play hard.

But as a vacation spot, Dubai easily trumps ol’ Sin City thanks to its gorgeous cream-colored Persian Gulf shoreline, international culinary scene and larger-than-life attractions.

And the city’s still growing; plans are underway for something bigger and better.

At one point, it was estimated that a quarter of the world’s construction cranes could be found here. If that’s any sign, even the sky may not be able to limit Dubai’s growth. 

Dubai is a city of superlatives, home to the world’s tallest tower, one of the world’s largest shopping malls, and one of the world’s largest man-made marinas… but on a smaller scale, this emirate is still tied to its days as a modest port town.

Traditional wooden abras (boats) float past motorboats on Dubai Creek, the natural sands of Jumeirah Public Beach fringe the carefully sculpted Palm Islands, and the bustling Gold and Spice Souks (marketplaces) thrive amid the larger-than-life Dubai Mall.

Despite constantly looking to the future, this city isn’t quick to let go of its past. It’s this dynamic that not only put Dubai on the tourist map but will also keep it there.

Best Hotels in Dubai
Jumeirah Al Qasr – Madinat Jumeirah
Raffles Dubai
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam – Madinat Jumeirah

Best Things to Do in Dubai
Burj Al Arab
Dubai Mall
Jumeirah Mosque


Why Go To NYC

Cool, cosmopolitan, crowded, constantly evolving.

The Big Apple blends big city splendor with small-town charm.

Amid New York’s iconic landmarks and towering skyscrapers, you’ll experience a vibrant culture permeating each of the city’s distinctive neighborhoods and boroughs.

Follow trendsetters to the East Village and Brooklyn to check out indie boutiques, iconic bakeries and trendy coffee shops.

Afterward, peruse the racks of the sleek shops lining Fifth Avenue, admire the cutting-edge art collections at the MoMA and the Met, catch a memorable show on Broadway or sit down for a meal at the latest “it” restaurant.

As the most populous city in the U.S. – set at the forefront of food, fashion and the arts – NYC requires stamina.

But don’t let the Big Apple’s frenetic sights and sounds intimidate you from soaking up its grandeur. Enlist the help of a local to help you navigate it all.

Wander through the concrete jungle and you’ll discover roaring taxis zipping down bustling blocks, fast-paced pedestrians strolling past on their way to marquee galleries and trendy cocktail bars, and Times Square‘s neon lights flickering at all hours.

And yet, the city’s twinkling lights and chaotic corners also invite you to embrace every New York minute, explore every enclave and create your own urban adventure.

There are endless ways to spend your time in the city that never sleeps, but before you leave, stop and look around – what’s here today will be transformed into something bigger and better tomorrow.

Best Hotels in New York City
The Pierre, a Taj Hotel, New York
The Plaza, A Fairmont Managed Hotel
Baccarat Hotel New York

Best Things to Do in New York City
Central Park
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Empire State Building

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World’s Best Places to Visit – Why Go To Santorini Greece

A massive volcanic eruption around 1650 B.C. forced the center of what was then a single island to implode and succumb to the sea.

Some say that this was the original home of the lost city of Atlantis, which long ago disappeared into the ocean’s depths.

Whatever remains of this mythological metropolis is now guarded by beautiful beaches and stately whitewashed homes.

Today, Santorini consists of two inhabited islands and several islets.

Most visitors spend their time on Thira (the archipelago’s largest island), which is home to Santorini’s major towns, including Fira and Oia.

Sleepy Thirassia makes for a relaxing daytrip too. And don’t count out the quieter islands: Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni are worth exploring.

Your first order of business in Santorini is to hit the colorful beaches – the black and red sands make for a memorable visit.

Next up, indulge in the archaeological delights of the impressively preserved Ancient Akrotiri or hike to Ancient Thera to see the ruins of three empires, including the Romans.

From there, catch a breathtaking view of the caldera, a brilliant turquoise pool of water that serves as the nucleus for the varied isles of this archipelago.

Some would say you only need a day to enjoy these islands’ charms (they are a popular port of call for cruise ships), but to really drink in all Santorini has to offer, you’ll need a few days to a week.

Then you’ll have plenty of time to learn there’s more to these comely dots of the Cyclades than meets the eye.

Best Hotels in Santorini
Katikies Santorini
Andronis Luxury Suites
Andronis Boutique Hotel

Best Things to Do in Santorini
Kamari Beach
Amoudi Bay
Fira to Oia Hike


Why Go To Florence Italy

This little city, tucked amid the Tuscan hills, casts a long shadow through history.

The wellspring of the Renaissance, Firenze (or Florence) sheltered the powerful Medici family and inspired artists like Michelangelo (David) and Brunelleschi (the Duomo).

If it weren’t for the fashionable Italians and chic shops lining Via Tornabuoni, you might think you had traveled back in time to the 14th century.

But Renaissance art is not the only reason to come: You also visit Florence for its gorgeous sunsets, its Italian cooking and its romantic charm.

Make the most of your time in the city by letting a local show you around on one of Florence’s best tours.

Best Hotels in Florence
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
The St. Regis Florence
Portrait Firenze

Best Things to Do in Florence
Piazza della Signoria
Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore)
Ponte Vecchio

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World’s Best Places to Visit – Why Go To Rio de Janeiro

Known as the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City), this glimmering Brazilian metropolis has certainly earned its title.

Resting at the mouth of a bay harbor, the city is lined with white-sand beaches and surrounded by staggered green mountains covered in a lush tropical forest, Rio de Janeiro boasts dramatic views from nearly every angle.

From the slopes of Corcovado Mountain, you’ll admire the striking 124-foot-tall Christ the Redeemer, who overlooks Rio’s pristine beaches.

And from the shores of Copacabana and Ipanema, you’ll marvel over the picture-perfect backdrop that has charmed Cariocas (native Brazilians born in Rio de Janeiro) and visitors alike for more than 500 years.

But there’s much more to Rio than scenic vistas, tropical forests and cerulean seas.

Here, diversity, exuberance and a laid-back attitude dominate the city’s character.

Stroll along Avenida Atlântica in Copa, and you’ll find a city brimming with bikini-clad beachgoers.

The city is also known for its love of sport. From Maracanã Stadium (home of the 2014 World Cup finals and the 2016 Olympic Games) to beach volley at Flamengo Park (known as Aterro do Flamengo), the city is alive with activity.

At night, you’ll hear the energizing beats of samba pulsating through the city streets in Lapa

And if you visit in February — just in time for Carnival — you’ll witness Brazil’s vibrant parades and heaving blocos (street parties) that draw revelers from across the globe. 

Rio de Janeiro isn’t without its share of problems, although most violent crime occurs on the outskirts of the tourist areas.

In general, low-income urban areas, known as favelas, should be avoided due to gang-related violence.

However, Vidigal, a favela near to Rio’s affluent neighborhood Leblon, is a popular tourist spot and is widely considered safe (you will have to go through Vidigal to reach the entrance to the very popular Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers) hike, which dozens of tourists do daily, often without a guide).

Visitors should consult the U.S. Department of State’s website for the most up-to-date travel advisories.

Best Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
Santa Teresa Hotel RJ MGallery by Sofitel
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

Best Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro
Christ the Redeemer
Tijuca National Park
Jardim Botânico


Why Go To Amsterdam

Don’t believe everything you hear about Amsterdam.

Yes, this Netherlands city takes a lax look at women beckoning business in the red-light district and “coffee shops” selling an unorthodox type of herb to a toking clientele, but these descriptions only scratch the surface.

At some point, during an excellent Indonesian meal, a twilight canal-side rambling or a shopping excursion through the boutiques of Nine Little Streets, you’ll realize – as many travelers have before you – that there’s much more to Amsterdam than you might’ve thought.

And although the city’s loose laws on vice seem to attract a college-age, male-dominant crowd, Amsterdam is also ideal as a romantic getaway for two or an educational excursion with the kids.

With attractions that range from biking along a maze of canals to remembering the Holocaust through the eyes of Anne Frank; from exploring the swirling Expressionism of Vincent van Gogh to lazing in the expansive Vondelpark, Amsterdam suits a variety of traveler tastes.

Best Hotels in Amsterdam
De L’Europe Amsterdam
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
Pulitzer Amsterdam

Best Things to Do in Amsterdam
Canal Ring

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