The Ten Best Cities to Visit
10. Las Vegas, USA
There is no other city in the world which has quite the same reputation that Vegas has. Las Vegas has defined itself as the ultimate entertainment town, where its okay to be as crazy as you want. There are casinos, theaters, magic shows, circus acts, and of course Wayne Newton. Las Vegas is all sorts of fun rolled into one classy package.
9. Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong is a rich and vibrant city where Western Culture meets Eastern. One of the most important financial cities in the world is also home to a flourishing nightlife and is considered perhaps the greatest city to go to for high dining and cuisine. Not to mention it is often considered to have the greatest skyline in the world.
8. Beijing, China
Beijing is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world seeping in history and significance. Not only are there the classic attractions like the Forbidden City and Temple of the Heavens, but with the Olympics now past, the city has been rejuvenated with all kinds of modern architecture as well. And of course, perhaps the best reason to visit this city is its close proximity to possibly the greatest man-made structure in history the Great Wall of China.
7. Kyoto, Japan
While modern Japan is flourishing in Tokyo, old Japan is still alive and well in Kyoto, the country’s cultural capital. Kyoto has 17 UNESCO world heritage sites! This includes the Kiyomizu-dera and the Golden Pavilion. For a taste of historic and majestic Japan, you need go no further than Kyoto.
6. Venice, Italy
There is truly no city like Venice. I mean, come on! Its a city on water! An actual city on water! Sure it may be crowded with tourists, but Venice is truly scenic with boats and gondolas drifting through the Grand Canal, under the Rialto Bridge, waving to onlookers from St. Mark’s Square while passing the Doges palace. Venice is unique and is a city that must be seen to be believed.
5. London, England
London has a life all its own. There is something there for everyone, whether you like theater, shopping, sports, or historic sites. London has it all. You would be hard pressed to run out of things to do with the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Greenwich observatory, Buckingham palace, Hyde park, etc. London’s charm shines through with its homey pubs, thriving nightlife, and even its familiar underground “tube”. The Tower Bridge and Big Ben light up the skyline alone the Thames so that no one can mistake the great and wonderful city of London.
4. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
This may be a controversial pick because of the heavy violence and dire social issues contained in Rio, yet I put it in because it is a list of cities to visit, not to live. And Rio is the only city in the world to have two World Wonders (one from the 7 man made wonders and 1 from the 7 natural wonders). Christ the Redeemer watches over the city’s incredible and unique coastline. And don’t forget the world famous Copacabana beach. Visit during Carnivale and this city will definitely earn its #4 place on this list.
3. Jerusalem, Israel
This may seem like an odd addition to the list, but hear me out. Jerusalem is one of the oldest and most important cities in the world. For anyone whose spirituality is based in western religion, visiting Jerusalem is sure to have a profound impact. To many people, historic sites such as the Dome of the Rock and the Wailing Wall have much, much more meaning than simply sights to see. The walls and streets of Jerusalem literally glow in the evenings (because of the limestone), but also shines with religious significance for Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike.
2. New York City, USA
If there was to be a capital city of the world declared, chances are it would be New York. The Big Apple is a city all its own. Much like London, there is very little you can’t do in New York. Its theater district is thriving, its fashion scene it the top of the line, its sports culture is passionate. As for sight-seeing, New York has endless attractions, the foremost being the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. New York is a city which truly has its own lifeblood.
1. Rome, Italy
Rome: the Eternal City. Why is Rome the greatest city to visit? Many reasons. First of all you have the lively, bustling culture of Italian life around you, not to mention to incredible Italian cooking, but you also have a city overflowing with history. The Colosseum is every bit as impressive as it should be, the Forum is a reminder of the great Empire of old, the Pantheon still amazingly intact. And don’t forget the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Ostia Antica, and many other attractions.
And then there is Vatican City, which is almost enough to put Rome as first on the list on its own. St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the most amazing feats of architecture I have ever seen. Everything about it is incredible fro the massive front doors to the works of the all-time great artists inside (including Michelangelo’s Pieta). And of course the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s fantastic artwork.
Rome is one of the most important cities in world history and is still perhaps the the most impressive city to see, for all of the reasons above and more. Visit Rome once and you will be aching to return.