Top 100 Cities to See Before You Die

Looking for the ultimate list of cities to see before you die? We took a company wide poll and put together a list of the top 100 cities to see before you die, let us know in the comments section below how many you’ve been to! The first half of the list is presented below.

 To see the next portion of our list (50-1) click here. 

 

I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all. Michelangelo

 

100. Krakow, Poland

To start our list, the number 100 city to see before you die is Krakow. Visit the Wrawel Castle constructed in the 1300’s and visit the beautiful and colorful Tatra Mountains.

 

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Krakow is one of my favorite places on earth. It is a medieval city full of young people. A wonderful, striking combination.Jonathan Carroll

 

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99. Luxor, Egypt

Take a leisurely cruise down the world’s longest river, the River Nile. Be sure to stop by the famous tombs and temples such as the Karnak Temple Complex, the Temple of Hatshepsut and even the burial grounds of King Tut in the Valley of the Kings.

 

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98. Taipei, Taiwan

Visit one of the world’s tallest and most beautiful towers, the Taipei 101. After, visit the National Palace Museum, an antique museum home to almost 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts and artwork.

 

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97. Cambridge, United Kingdom

See some wonderful showcases of art or watch some fine performances in drama at Cambridge. The city is a university town located  just north of London, with a very distinct feel. If you’re in London, don’t forget to visit Cambridge and its university – which consistently ranks as one of the best in the world.

 

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96. Cusco, Peru

Cusco is well known for being the capital of the Inca Empire, as well as for having an amazing colonial architecture and rich historical background. If that’s not enough, the city is conveniently located right on the Inca trail, that leads you to the Machu Picchu – one of the most famous and spectacular displays of ruins in the world.

 

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95. Boston, USA

One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston was home to many key events during the American Revolution. Today the city is considered a world leader in innovation for a variety of reasons, and it remains one of the most livable cities in the world.

 

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94. Seoul, South Korea

Visit the beautiful district of Bukchon and walk along the tiny streets and view the old traditional Korean houses. While you’re there, visit the temple of Bongeunsa. This landmark in Gangnam is located right in the middle of Seoul and makes for a fabulous view of the city.

 

 

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93. Puebla, Mexico

The capital and largest city in the state of Puebla; it is the 4th largest city in Mexico. Due to its history and architectural styles, ranging from Renaissance to Mexican Baroque, the city was named a World Heritage site in 1987.

 

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92. Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Founded as a Viking settlement in the 9th century, today Dublin is the capital of Ireland. Dublin has more green space per-square-kilometer than any other European capital city, with 97% of city residents living within 300 meters of a park area.

 

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91. Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal is home to some of the most beautiful architecture in the world and no city exhibits that better than Lisbon home to structures such as the Belem Tower and the Mafro national palace.

 

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90. Antigua, Guatemala

Take a hike up the Pacaya volcano or visit the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal. Antigua is by far one of our favorite cities in Central America.

 

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89. Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale, which has been used as a spa since the second century, is in the inland of southeastern Turkey. The closest major city is Denizli, but we felt Pamukkale needed to make the list.

 

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88. Oaxaca, Mexico

Wander the streets of Oaxaca, and soak up the wonderful atmosphere of this Mexican city. Be sure to check out the famous archaeological sites including Monte Alban, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

 

87. Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba is surrounded by valleys, formed up by three main mountain groups. It is known for the colonial buildings in the center as well as for the beautiful hills in the backdrop.

 

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86. Stockholm, Sweden

You may have known that Stockholm is the capital of Sweden but did you know that the city is made up of 14 islands? Over the 30% of the city is made up of waterways with another 30% made up of green space.

 

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85. Monte Carlo, Monaco

A government district, Monte Carlo is a part of the tiny city state of Monaco. While not officially a city, we had to add it to our list – Be sure to try your luck at the Grand Casino.

 

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84. Beirut, Lebanon

By far the largest city in Lebanon, Beirut survived a rough history and has developed an friendly atmosphere. Soak up the sun at a beach club, bet on an Arabian thoroughbred, or take a hot air balloon over the city.

 

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83. Marrakech, Morroco

Come visit its star attraction the labyrinth Medina (Old city) and wander through this breath taking ancient city maze. Also visit the Koutoubia Mosque one of the cities most treasured landmarks built in 1162; it stands at 70 meters tall.

 

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82. Zakopane, Poland

Located in the southern tip of Poland, Zakopane sits in the Tatra mountains. The skiing, climbing, and hiking are all highlights.

 

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81. Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato is a beautiful mountain colonial town. Many tourists and locals consider this city to be the most beautiful in Mexico. The city has a network of underground tunnels that serve as roads making this place really unique.

 

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80. Bogota, Colombia

After years of political instability, Colombia has opened its doors to tourists, and for good reason. The country is safe and has so much to offer visitors. Take the cable car up Monserrate to get the full view of this amazing city.

 

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79. Ubud, Indonesia

Explore your artsy side and visit two of the cities most highly regarded art museums, the Neka art museum and the Agung Rai museum of art. Also go down to the Pura Saraswati, a wonderful small temple surrounded by lotus ponds.

 

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78. Melaka, Malaysia

Take a cruise on the Malaka river or get a 360 degree view of the city in the Menara Taming Sari.

 

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77. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city is nestled in a valley, and has a unique old town with cobbled streets and Oriental style shops that feel a world away from Europe. After being ravaged by a terrible war, Sarajevo looks almost unrecognizable today. The difference in the pictures below is from 1993-2013.

 

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76. Anchorage, United States

The largest city in Alaska, Anchorage is a port city with lots of adventure at the edges. View the wildlife (black and brown bears, moose, migratory birds), enjoy the hiking/biking, or check out some cross-country skiing.

 

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75. Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart, one of the greatest composers of all time. The city is proud of its musical history, and the surrounding mountains make it all the more enchanting. Be sure to see the salt-mines when you visit.

 

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74. Cartagena, Colombia

Located on the Northern coast, Cartagena is a premier destination for US travelers. The city is full of history, see Bolivar Square and some of the famous architecture surrounding the city.

 

 

73. Ljubljana, Slovenia

A charming city, Ljubljana is full or artists, museums, and galleries. Stroll through this underrated city and enjoy friendliness of the Slovenian people.

 

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72. Hamilton, Bermuda

Go down to the Southampton beach and enjoy the crystal blue waters. If you’re looking for a beach vacation, Bermuda is an excellent choice.

 

 

71. Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv is a rapidly growing city with a booming population, energy, and lots to do. The beach scene is top notch.

 

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70. Portland, United States

Voted one of the weirdest cities in the world, Portland has a unique feel throughout. Get your weird on and head to Oregon for some beautiful scenery.

 

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69. Singapore

Just sit back and relax on the worlds largest observation wheel. Standing at 165 meters tall the Singapore Flyer is sure to be a highpoint of your trip. Also take a trip to the Marina bay built in 2010 and is home to many of the cities major attractions such as the Waterfront Promenade, ArtScience Museum and The Float at Marina Bay.

 

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68. Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich is the largest city and Switzerland, and offers many activities to adventure seekers. Go skiing, take the Polybahn (a 19th century funicular) up the steep hill for a gorgeous view, or take a 45 minute train ride to see the largest waterfall in Europe, the Rhine Falls.

 

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67. Venice, Italy

Another member of our Most Romantic Cities List, Venice has to be experienced, especially by those who love the water. The canals are unique and charming; enjoy the city as you float through it.

 

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Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go. Truman Capote

 

66. Yangon, Myanmar

Visit the Sakura tower and just wait for the sun to set at this breathtaking view.

 

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65. Oslo, Norway

Founded in 1000 AD, the city is the economic and governmental center of Norway. Oslo was ranked number one in terms of quality of life among European large cities in the European Cities of the Future 2012 report by fDi Magazine.

 

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64. Bordeaux, France

Better get your wine glass ready, because there is no better place to enjoy a glass. With recent regeneration the city is beautiful and ready for visitors.

 

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63. Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is the  land of tourists  and is a very easy city to get around. First visit Koh San Road which is filled with bargains, great food and cheap beer (preferably a Chang beer, you’ll understand once you get it) before walking down the street to the Golden Temple. You must also remember to go to the  Chatuchak Weekend Market because it is one of the biggest markets in all of Asia. Even if you aren’t into shopping, the pet section will blow your mind!

 

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62. Siena, Italy

Also known as Medieval Tuscany, is a city with great architecture and few motor bikes. It is the perfect destination to explore on foot because of the ban of motor bikes in 1966. This city was also featured in the James Bond Movie, “Quantum of Solace”.  Whether you are James Bond fan or just a food fan, Siena is for you.

 

 

61. Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Take a boat down the beautiful tributaries of the Mekong  which is inclosed by the jungle on each side or take a dark journey through the Cu Chi tunnels where Viet Cong spent weeks at a time during the war.

 

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60. Salamanca, Spain

Also known at the ‘golden city,’ it has gorgeous rich architect and is one of the most spectacular Renaissance cities in Europe. The Cathedrals both old and new are celebrations of Renaissance and Gothic Styles. As well as this city thrives in food and culture so be prepared for delicious food and a wonderful cultural experience.

 

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59. Lucerne, Switzerland

A small city in the heart of Switzerland, Lucerne is a great base from which to explore Mount Rigi and Rutli Meadow. The major landmark of Lucerne is the Chapel Bridge, but for adventure seekers we highly recommend trying the Paragliding.

 

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58. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende is a small colonial town in the Bajio mountains of central Mexico, about 170 miles northwest of Mexico City. Explore the buildings, walking randomly along its streets and exploring some of the facades and architecture that have made San Miguel famous.

 

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57. Victoria, Canada

Victoria, British Columbia has a very old feel that will take you back. Horse and carriages comb the streets of the downtown, and the main harbor has street performers in abundance. Don’t forget to visit Butchart Gardens if you’re a nature lover.

 

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56. Lima, Peru

Lima is the largest city in Peru and has something for everyone. From some of the best fine dining, to amazing surfing (and no worries of sharks!), to expensive shopping or bargain shopping or just looking to relax on the beach or taking a tour of old ruins.

 

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55. Auckland, New Zealand

Zipline through tremendous mountains or take on some of the best sailing in this New Zealand tourist hotspot.

 

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54. Amsterdam, Netherlands

We highly recommend seeing this beautiful city the way the locals do – by bicycle. Tour the famous canals and enjoy all the sights and sounds of this unique city.

 

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53. Copenhagen, Denmark

This “friendly old girl of a town” has a large metropolis, yet the feel is still intimate. There is a large music scene to be explored, and be sure to check out the shopping and nightlife – both are first class.

 

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52. Quito, Ecuador

The capital of Ecuador, Quito sits at an elevation of 2,800 meters above sea level. The historic city center has one of the largest, best preserved historic centers in the Americas.

 

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51. San Diego, United States

San Diego is home to the best zoo in the world, and has arguably one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. Bonus: enjoy the sunshine and 72 degree weather virtually all year long.

 

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Originally from Vancouver Canada, Justin has been traveling the world extensively for the past decade. He's conquered the tallest bungee jump in the world (Bloukrans Bridge, South Africa), sky-dived in Miami, white-water rafted the Pacuare River in Costa Rica, chased the Northern Lights by dog sled in Northern Norway, and game trekked in the Masai Mara.
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