Top 15 Cities You Need to See in Your Lifetime

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From ancient capitals to modern cities in the Americas, Asia and beyond, there are scores of cities to see during your lifetime. However, there are 15 top cities that are a definite must-see in your travel plans. Here’s a list of 15 cities not to miss.

15. Athens, Greece

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This Greek capital is home to the magnificent Acropolis and other ancient ruins. As it rises above the city, its Parthenon temple delivers a spectacular sight. Be sure to walk the path to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. It was constructed in 161 AD and delivers a true ancient experience. There are also music and dance festivals along the path throughout the year. Throughout the city, there are plenty of restaurants serving up Greek regional classics like beef stew with sheep’s milk cheese and lamb kabobs.

14. Paris, France

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With trendy cafes, breathtaking museums and enchanting squares, Paris is one of the most romantic places on Earth. Climb the stairs of the iconic Eiffel Tower, view fabulous art collections at the Louvre Museum and stroll the grounds of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Climb to the top of the cathedral for a jaw-dropping vista of the city.

13. Jerusalem, Israel

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Enter the ancient walled city of Jerusalem to experience a true spiritual center. Visit historic landmarks like the Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, King David’s Tomb and St. Mark’s Chapel. Take a free tour of the Old City, explore biblical towns like Bethlehem, swim in the Dead Sea, stroll the streets of Old Jerusalem or visit a local kibbutz.

12. Havana, Cuba

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Step back in time along the streets of Old Havana. Enjoy the soothing sea breezes and smell of home cooking as you visit the classic cars and majestic pre-revolutionary buildings. Havana serves up a whole new experience in travel.

11. Florence, Italy

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Home of the Renaissance, Florence is filled with enchanting architecture, gorgeous cathedrals and delicious Tuscan food. View marvels like the gothic Duomo. The exterior is comprised of white, pink and green marble with amazing statues and elaborate doors. At the Giardino di Boboli, you can hang out on the park benches surrounded by cascading fountains and beautiful gardens. The Pitti Palace is a treat and surrounded by art galleries and chic boutiques with jewelry and designer clothing.

10. London, England

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The Brit city of London is one of the most-visited cities in the world. Its famous street markets, world-acclaimed museums and historic landmarks attract thousands of travelers each year. The National Gallery is the glory of the popular Trafalgar Square. Find works by masters like Renoir, Botticelli, da Vinci and Van Gogh. Hop on the renowned London Eye for a breathtaking experience and great vista of the city’s skyline.

9. Sydney, Australia

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The cosmopolitan city of Sydney is brimming with culture, nature, exquisite design and close to a pristine ocean coastline with great beaches. Iconic venues like the Belvoir St. Theater and the Sydney Opera House host a wide array of top-performances, including ballet and musicals. The city has a rich natural environment packed with relaxing leafy parks and hiking trails. View the stunning attractions along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. Navigate your way through the harbor islands on a ferry or kayak to view the historic bridge and city landmarks. If you’re in the mood for an adrenaline rush, there are many cliffs for bungy jumping.