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The World’s 50 Most Beautiful Cities

by InnsCape

The multitude of blogs, websites, and social media accounts dedicated expressly to travel means that we now have a seemingly infinite number of resources to help us decide where to book our next vacation. Having the world at our fingertips is undoubtedly a great thing, but it can also make the final choice seem pretty far out of reach.

To help you decide what’s worth using that precious PTO for, Canada-based travel agency FlightNetwork asked more than 1000 travel experts—professional writers, recreational bloggers, travel agencies, and more—to share their insights on which cities around the globe are quite simply the best.

Though the resulting list is called the world’s 50 “most beautiful” cities, it’s “beauty” in a much broader sense than just visual appeal. If you delve into some of the individual entries in FlightNetwork’s guide, you’ll come to find that history, culture, food, entertainment, and other elements have significantly factored into the experts’ assessments of each city.

And, according to these experts (and probably everyone else in the world), Paris really does have it all, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Versailles, and wine so fine it might ruin you for all other beverages.

New York was the runner-up, because apparently not even the grimy subway rats can dull the sparkle of the City That Never Sleeps. While it might not boast the same snow-capped mountain peaks of Vancouver or the radiant beaches of Barcelona, the sheer quantity and variety of activities The Big Apple has to offer make it a must-visit—maybe more than once.

“You could visit hundreds of times and still discover new things on every trip. It has it all,” David Jagger, reporter for Bradford, England’s Telegraph & Argustold FlightNetwork.

The rest of the top 10 was mostly filled up by other cities that you probably expected to see on this list, like London, Venice, and Rome. Having said that, if you’re a “road less traveled” type of person, there are plenty of offbeat options for you, too. Colombia’s Cartagena, number 44, is a beachgoer’s paradise—complete with a breathtaking cathedral and castle—and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more charming waterfront town than Bruges, Belgium, number 26 on the list.

Scroll on to see the full top 50, and read more about each city in FlightNetwork’s guide here.

  1. Paris, France
  2. New York, New York
  3. London, England
  4. Venice, Italy
  5. Vancouver, Canada
  6. Barcelona, Spain
  7. Cape Town, South Africa
  8. San Francisco, California
  9. Sydney, Australia
  10. Rome, Italy
  11. Singapore, Singapore
  12. Lisbon, Portugal
  13. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  14. Prague, Czech Republic
  15. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  16. Budapest, Hungary
  17. Istanbul, Turkey
  18. Tokyo, Japan
  19. Vienna, Austria
  20. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  21. Toronto, Canada
  22. San Diego, California
  23. Quebec City, Canada
  24. Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  25. Chicago, Illinois
  26. Bruges, Belgium
  27. Madrid, Spain
  28. Havana, Cuba
  29. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  30. Jerusalem, Israel
  31. Edinburgh, Scotland
  32. Quito, Ecuador
  33. Zurich, Switzerland
  34. Cusco, Peru
  35. St. Petersburg, Russia
  36. Berlin, Germany
  37. Hanoi, Vietnam
  38. Queenstown, New Zealand
  39. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  40. Seoul, South Korea
  41. Dubrovnik, Croatia
  42. San Sebastian, Spain
  43. Bangkok, Thailand
  44. Cartagena, Colombia
  45. Dublin, Ireland
  46. Marrakesh, Morocco
  47. Bergen, Norway
  48. Jaipur, India
  49. Beijing, China
  50. Athens, Greece

Originally published on Mental Floss – http://bit.ly/2sob5me

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