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These Are The Top 5 Cities To Visit In 2024 According To Travel And Leisure

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This upcoming year is bringing to the forefront travel trends that go beyond enjoying the world’s most famous (and, consequently, overcrowded) hotspots.

With that said, there’s no reason why those looking for a unique, authentic travel experience should steer away from big cities altogether – and that’s exactly what Travel and Leisure proved in its highly-anticipated “The 50 Best Places To Travel In 2024” list.

Woman going to the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Thai Royal Dusit Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

Among the stunning beaches, cultural centers, and culinary havens, there were 5 sizeable cities that were ranked among the best of the best, and, spoiler alert – three of them might be just a short drive away.

5. Kansas City

Kansas City, a tourism gem hidden in the heart of the American Midwest, is currently undergoing what can only be described as a renaissance that positions it among the most dynamic and inviting destinations of 2023.

downtown Kansas city

Between its rich jazz heritage and inviting culinary scene, there’s much more to Kansas than what meets the eye.

The historic 18th and Vine District, in particular, is a must-see, offering some of the area’s most iconic sights and paying homage to the city’s long musical legacy.

18th and Vine in Kansas City, Missouri

Visitors looking to take in the local street art and creativity will fall in love with the Crossroads Arts District, whereas foodies can indulge in Kansas’ burgeoning food culture that focuses on farm-to-table dining and innovative culinary concepts.

4. Istanbul

A lot has been written about Istanbul and its many, many attractions these past months – after all, the Turkish hotspot has seen a meteoric rise in popularity, experiencing one of the best tourism years to date.

There’s a reason modern-day travelers can’t seem to get enough of Istanbul.

aerial view of Istanbul

The city that straddles two continents boasts the most harmonious blend of Eastern and Western cultures, making visitors feel at ease while also keeping them guessing on what’s coming next.

Walking through the winding streets, you’ll still feel an echo of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires that once reigned the area (and most neighboring nations, too).

closed gate leading to former Ottoman Dolmabahce Palace, or Dolmabahce Sarayi

Now, you can also re-live Istanbul’s fascinating history through its iconic landmarks, including the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar.

3. Fort Worth

Though often overshadowed by its larger Texan counterparts, Fort Worth has asserted itself as one of the state’s most unique destinations.

The city invites travelers to explore its historic Stockyards district, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the iconic Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

Fort Worth Stockyards sign

However, don’t let Fort Worth’s quintessential southern feel fool you – here, you’ll also get to immerse yourself in the city’s modern art scene, vibrant nightlife, and larger-than-life cuisine.

If you're planning your Fort Worth itinerary as we speak, don’t forget to add must-see attractions like the Kimbell Art Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth to your list.

Fort Worth cowboy hat statue

2. Cleveland

There’s yet another U.S. city that made it to Travel and Leisure’s long-awaited list, and this one’s the proud runner-up.

Cleveland is a city that’s as fascinating and attraction-filled as it is underrated, though that seems to be changing now.

Cleveland, Ohio, USA skyline on the Cuyahoga River in autumn

Nestled on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is shedding its Rust Belt image and emerging as the cultural and culinary hotspot of the Midwest, featuring a revitalized waterfront with the most picturesque setting for leisurely strolls and waterfront dining.

City trippers will have to search for a way to properly split their time between the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the famous Museum of Natural History, just to name a few.

1. Bangkok

Thailand’s vibrant capital continues to fascinate travelers from all over the world, and Americans are no exception.

In 2024, the city is projected to continue to captivate its millions of admirers through its intoxicating blend of traditional Thai charm and cutting-edge innovation. 

Wat Ratchanatdaram Temple in Bangkok thailand

From the ornate temples and palaces that pay homage to the region’s (and country’s) rich history to the sleek skyscrapers and bustling street markets that symbolize its contemporary spirit, Bangkok is a haven for tourists of all ages and backgrounds.

Foodies, however, might be that much more tempted to visit the Thai capital.

Between the many food stalls and Michelin-starred restaurants, all serving the type of food you’ll keep dreaming about for years to come, the culinary scene here is nothing short of remarkable.

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