This list was first published in the National Geographic book The World's Best Cities.Trogir, CroatiaTake an afternoon stroll with gelato in hand through the medieval maze of streets.
Today this place, once eager to become more citified, has grown comfortable with its simple livability, its state leadership in green energy, its proximity to astonishing natural beauty, and its Appalachian cultural and musical roots. There was a time when I could not wait to leave Knoxville; today I would love to return there to live. From creative lighting and green spaces to “living buildings” and the repurposing of once abandoned structures, we’re making our cities work harder for us and, in the process, reshaping them to better accommodate our evolving lifestyles. Look for Nat Geo Travel’s new book, World’s Best Cities, which celebrates 220 great destinations—from Portland and Paris to Miami and Mumbai.
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Sprinkled throughout the book are “Best of the Best” and “In the Know” sidebars that share interesting tidbits, tips, can’t-miss spots and insights from an insider’s perspective. The book also includes nearly two dozen “Best of the World” top-10 lists, profiling the best destinations for everything from romantic getaways and mountains to climb to volunteer animal rescue and unusual scuba-diving sites. An evocative journey around the world, WORLD’S BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCES is the ultimate book for avid adventurers and armchair travelers alike. Glittering seascapes provide both the backdrop and the beat of these waterfront urban meccas.
This list was first published in the book The World's Best Cities.There’s plenty of room for beach bathing in this modern Israeli city on the Mediterranean. From its picturesque perch on the Baltic, this is one of the most intact medieval towns in Europe.

With Irish folk music floating from seafront bars, Newfoundland’s largest city feels more like Dublin.
While surfers hit Pacific Beach for some of the best wave riding this side of Maui, others wander the boardwalk, stopping at shacks for fresh fish tacos. This historic port city has long served as a crossroads between continents, a case made by its stunning new Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, a giant box covered with latticework. Western Australia’s largest city sits on the edge of the continent, taking full advantage of its Indian Ocean roost. Laid-back Brizzie offers the best of both worlds: a sophisticated global city with easy access to beaches, rain forests, and even the world’s first koala preserve. The continent’s busiest seaport blends African and Indian cultures and influences in its beaches, restaurants, and spectacular seaside promenades. Russia’s remote window to the Far East is home to the country’s Pacific Fleet, which visitors can see while walking along Golden Horn Bay.
This lively but laid-back city boasts both top-end galleries and waterfront lobster shacks. Blessed with stunning nature and an easygoing pace of life, this immaculately preserved Adriatic fort may just be a perfect microcosm of Croatia.Mocambique, MozambiqueThe UNESCO World Heritage site may be tiny, but it has a big history. It was about to host the World’s Fair in an attempt to increase its global profile, still smarting from the Wall Street Journal’s dismissive opinion of it as a “scruffy little city on the Tennessee River.” Which it was. Today’s hotbeds of innovation and imagination, cities in the future also will be easier, more nurturing places to live and work. We're on the front lines of travel that illuminates, celebrates, and preserves irreplaceable places—and we're taking you along for the ride. A great surf town is the nearly magical sum of consistent waves, inviting accommodations, friendly locals, fun nightlife, delicious food, and plenty of activities should the ocean go flat.
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It’s the perfect way for readers to rekindle their most favorite travel memories or to find that dream-trip destination. Visitors love to wander Old Town and explore Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, an interactive maritime museum with ships and a submarine to explore.
But when icebergs float into the harbor and whales spout offshore, the city struts its own frontier personality.
It’s also the terminus for the famed Trans-Siberia Railway, which links it to distant Moscow, more than 5,000 miles (8,047 km) away.
But perhaps nothing speaks to its nautical heritage more than the postcard-ready Portland Head Light, authorized by George Washington. Our cities increasingly are reflecting the architecture and aspirations of tomorrow in their buildings, street life, social connectivity, technologies, transportation systems—even how they welcome and entertain travelers. It’s important to take note of how cities are changing—and how the changes might change us. The world’s best surf towns, picked not necessarily because they are home to the best waves, but because the sum of their parts makes them inviting for locals and visitors alike. The bustling hub of commerce and politics, Male has seen its population double to 105,000 in 20 years.Key West, FloridaRelaxed and eccentric, this enclave is the epitome of an island city’s do-as-it-pleases independent spirit. 30, 2012; $40 hardcover), with a foreword by actor, director and travel writer Andrew McCarthy, showcases some of the most transformative places on Earth, from Bhutan to Bermuda, from the Sahara to the Stockholm Archipelago, and suggests unique, intriguing ways to experience them. Tin-roofed conch houses and fairy-tale mansions share the palm-fringed streets where Tennessee Williams once strolled and bars where Ernest Hemingway drank.Mexicaltitan, MexicoThis tiny island of tile-roof houses, navigable only by boat during the summer rainy season, has been called Mexico’s Venice. In addition to spectacular northern lights views, it’s called the “Paris of the North” for its fashionable denizens, while the city center boasts an impressive number of charming old wood houses.Lindau, GermanyFloating in the cobalt Lake Constance, Lindau boasts centuries-old streets and beautifully aged gables that soar into the sky. The best way to enter is as seafaring merchants once did—through the harbor with its iconic Bavarian lion statue.Santa Cruz del Islote, ColombiaThis Caribbean outpost—not Manhattan—is believed to be the most densely populated island in the world.

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