Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Best Cities to travel to in 2020
The world is almost marching towards the end of 2019 (at the time of writing), with that being said Lonely Planet has announced its top cities that every traveler should visit in 2020.
The majority of the list will give you a new travel experience as most of them are not popular. Keep reading and decide which city you are going to travel to next year.
10. Denver, Colorado
Denver is widely known as the “The Mile High City” because it is exactly located one mile above sea level. Denver is well known for its culture and activities.
Things to do in Denver;
- Elitch Gardens – a theme park for everyone.
- Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.
- Denver Botanic Gardens.
- the 16th Street Mall
- Denver City Park
- Denver Zoo
Denver was named as the cheapest city to visit in Winter by Kayak with deals starting at $196.
Considered as Las Vegas of the Middle East, Dubai has cities built in the middle of the desert. But don’t except casinos here since you will be mesmerized with the architecture and how good this city is.
Things to do in Dubai:
- Visit the World’s Tallest Building – Burj Khalifa
- Explore the World’s largest flower garden – Dubai Miracle circle.
- Museum of Illusions.
- The Flying Cup.
- The Outlet Village.
- Dubai Marina
“stirring alchemy of profound traditions and ambitious futuristic vision wrapped into starkly evocative desert splendor.”
– Lonely Planet
8. Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver is a city that is located between sea and mountain, which makes it convenient and creates a must-see metropolis. The best way to explore the city is by walking.
Things to do in Vancouver:
- Granville Island Public Market.
- Grouse Mountain.
“Explorable neighborhoods, drink-and-dine delights and memorable cultural and outdoor activities framed by striking natural vistas – there’s a superfluity of reasons to fall for this ocean-fringed metropolis,”
7. Kochi, India
Kochi, situated in the southwest of India, is described as a place where “China and India collide”. This city is culture-packed and consists of mosques, Dutch houses, and English villages.
Things to do in Kochi:
- Paradesi Synagogue
- the Chinese fishing nets
- Hill Palace Museum
- Princess Street
- David Hall
“It’s a delightful place to explore, laze in arty cafes and relax at some of India’s finest homestays and heritage hotels,”
6. La Paz, Bolivia
La Paz is a busy city filled with people, markets and cars. If you look up, you can see a cable car system that acts as the city’s subway. Residents take the aerial subway line from the mountains into the valley.
Things to do in La Paz:
- Experiencing Cable Car ride
- Mercado de las Brujas
- Museo Nacional del Arte
- Iglesia de San Francisco
- La Paz Cemetery
“A mad carnival of jostling pedestrians, honking, diesel-spewing minivans, street marches, and cavalcades of vendors, La Paz surrounds you: you’ll love it, you’ll hate it, but you can’t ignore it,”
5. Bonn, Germany
Bonn, Germany, is known as the birthplace of composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven was a German composer and pianist, well known for his period for creating masterpieces.
Things to do in Bonn:
- Visit the birthplace of Ludwig Van Beethoven
“Expect a big line-up of special events in 2020 – Beethoven’s 250th birthday,”
4. Galway, Ireland
Galway, sitting on the west coast of Ireland, is a city known for its stone streets, small shops, bright pubs, and its famous oysters.
Things to do in Galway:
- Galway City Museum
- the Spanish Arch
- Galway Market
- the historic Eyre Square
“While it’s steeped in history, the city buzzes with a contemporary vibe, thanks in part to students, who make up around a fifth of the population,”
3. Cairo, Egypt
Pyramids have an immense standard in human history. Cairo is a vintage city, it is also the capital of Egypt. Cairo is described as “chaos at its most magnificent, infuriating and beautiful,”
Things to do in Cairo:
- the Pyramids of Giza
- Museum of Islamic Art
- the Al-Azhar Mosque
- Khan Al Khalili
Lonely Planet describes Cairo as a trip to Cairo is no other experience.
“Your nerves will jangle, your snot will run black from the smog and touts will hound you at every turn, but it’s a small price to pay to tap into the energy of the place Egyptians call Umm Ad Dunya – the Mother of the World,”
2. Washington, DC
As the presidential elections are so near for the United States, the capital Washington, DC will have more eyes on it in 2020. Washington, DC houses important monuments, museums, and relics of American history.
Things to do in Washington, DC:
- the National Museum of Natural History
- National Museum of African American History
- the Washington Monument
- the Kennedy Center
- the National Archives
“Washington DC’s renaissance is in full bloom with a revitalized waterfront, iconic museums, and monuments and sustainability efforts making the city look greener than ever,”
1. Salzburg, Austria
Coming in at number one, and it is the #1 travel city of Lonely Planet 2020 is Salzburg, Austria. Salzburg, Austria, is known for two reasons. First, composer Mozart called the city home over 250 years ago, and secondly, “The Sound of Music” was set and filmed in the European city.
Things to do in Salzburg:
- Schloss Hellbrunn
- Festung Hohensalzburg
- the Salzburg Museum
“Everywhere you go, the scenery, the skyline, the music, and the history send your spirits soaring higher than Julie Andrews’ octave-leaping vocals,”
Therefore, those were the top 10 cities that Lonely Planet announced to travel to in 2020. Have you decided which city impressed you the most? Do you know any better city that would have / should have been on the list? Let us know in the comments section.