The ever popular publisher of travel guides has come out with their ‘Best of Travel 2015’ guide which lists the best of the best for the next year of travel in all sorts of categories from best budget travel to best family travel experiences. If you’ve been planning ahead for next year’s vacations here is the list of the best cities to visit in 2015 to get your imagination running wild. All cities were reportedly chosen for their “topicality, unique experiences and ‘wow’ factor”.
10. Toronto, Canada
The only Canadian city making this list, Toronto is the shining star of the province of Ontario. It’s a vibrant city and its people aren’t shy about telling you why. The city offers something for everyone with an amazing arts, culture and culinary scene, major sports teams, music, festivals and even history. One of the best things about this city is discovering its many hidden gems.
9. Chennai, India
Chennai, the ‘Gateway to South India’ is often overlooked by tourists for the more obvious major cities like Delhi and Mumbai but Chennai has come up on more than one ‘must visit’ list. Arts and culture play a significant role in the city and it’s actually home to the oldest museum and art gallery in the country. With beaches, temples and history galore, Chennai is the perfect place to experience Indian culture at its finest.
8. Vienna, Austria
Often praised for its beautiful architecture and intriguing culinary scene, Vienna enters this list in 8th place with some exciting events happening in the coming year. The incredibly popular Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Vienna in 2015 and is also celebrating its 60th anniversary, while Vienna’s iconic Ringstraße boulevard also celebrates a milestone 150th anniversary. With so many milestones, 2015 is going to be an exciting time for this European hotspot.
7. Salisbury, U.K.
Somewhat surprisingly, Salisbury is the only city in the U.K. to appear on this list, but we’re not surprised this city got the nod. It’s a place that’s been described as ‘quintessentially English’ and 2015 will be a big celebration with the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, house in the iconic Salisbury Cathedral which is a must see in itself. If you’re planning a euro-trip this coming year, make sure Salisbury is more than just a short stop on your way to Stonehenge.
6. Plovdiv, Bulgaria
One of Europe’s hidden gems, Plovdiv is a modern city with old world charm. From the remarkable ruins of the Roman theatre to countless museums and galleries, this city covers history and the arts extensively. It’s also said to have a nightlife scene that rivals the capital city of Sofia. Plovdiv is also set to be the European Capital of Culture for 2019 so over the next few years we’re sure to see this city’s popularity skyrocket.
5. Valletta, Malta
2015 marks the 450th anniversary of the Great Siege of Malta so celebrations of this ancient city’s history will be at the forefront over the coming year. Of course the city is still a sight to behold regardless of these celebrations with its artfully restored 17th century buildings including an open-air theatre. Every vista in this tiny capital is worthy of a postcard making it a respectable addition to your own must visit list.
4. Zermatt, Switzerland
There’s one mountain synonymous with Zermatt and the Swiss Alps overall and that is Matterhorn. In 2015, this famous peak celebrates 150 years since the first ascent. This southern Swiss city draws countless hikers, mountaineers and skiers from across the globe but even if you’re not the outdoorsy type Zermatt’s beautiful views of the Alps are more than worth the trip on their own.
3. Milan, Italy
This Italian city is most recognized for lavish extravagance, wealth and high end Italian fashion, but in 2015 that all takes a back seat as the city holds Expo 2015. The next world’s fair will be taking over Milan with a theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” which is sure to focus on food of all varieties. The world’s fair has been credited with introducing such items as hamburgers, ice cream cones and cotton candy to the world so make the trip to Milan find out what we’ll be eating in 50 years!
2. El Chaltén, Argentina
Argentina’s newest city celebrates its 30th birthday in 2015. El Chaltén has quickly become the trekking capital of the country as it sits surrounded by the ice and snow covered Monte Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. While still more of a town (or even a village) than a city, as more and more tourists add Argentina to their South American travels, we know this destination is bound to take off.
1. Washington, D.C., USA
The only American city to make this list comes in at first place and while we’re sure the controversial debates are on-going, we think Lonely Planet was on the money with this pick. Chosen for its many recognized museums and monuments, including the famous Smithsonian, this American city is quite possibly one of the most historically significant in the country. It’s a city that’s been on the rise for years and now boasts amazing nightlife, including a vibrant LGBTQ scene and incredible culinary offerings. To top it off, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln so history will be at the forefront over the coming year.