Lonely Planet released their annual Best in Travel lists this week. Among the list of best countries and best regions to travel to, the lists include the Top Ten Cities to Visit in 2022. We’ve featured the amazing cities from the list that Americans can visit. (spoiler alert: there’s one U.S. city on the list!).
Not in any particular order, here are the top cities to visit in 2022 according to Lonely Planet.
While best known as an arts and culture haven in Europe, Florence is also a great city to visit for travelers on all budgets. In Florence you can find everything from fine dining to affordable cafes where they can enjoy a cappuccino al banco (stand up cappuccino) for 1-2 euro. Try a cooking class, visit the Boboli Gardens and walk up the Piazzale Michelangelo to get away from the crowds and enjoy panoramic views of the city.
Freiburg is a university city in the southwest of Germany, just by the border with France. It’s a relatively safe place to visit and offers a temperate climate year-round. Travelers can also take amazing day trips to the Black Forest (great skiing opportunities in the winter) and visit authentic and traditional German villages.
Gyeongju, South Korea
Ever heard of Gyeongju? This little city along Korea’s southeast coast was the capital of the Silla Dynasty, from 57 BC to 935 AD. Visitors can explore grottoes, temples and the Royal Tomb and other unique sites that you’ll only find in this part of Korea. It’s easy to get here by train or bus from Seoul, and it’s just an hour away from Busan. If you want to take a trip here during spring, the cherry blossoms in Gyeongju are beautiful.
The only American city on the Best in Travel List for 2022 is Atlanta, Georgia. There have been lots of improvements with the city’s accessibility over the past ten years, and as a result, the areas of Atlanta’s downtown core and surrounding neighborhoods are very walkable.
With daily highs between 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit from January to April, you can explore Atlanta’s beautiful parks, museums and other attractions during the warm winter and spring days. Lots of Atlanta’s main attractions can also be easily accessed by public transportation.
The city of Dublin made the Lonely Planet’s top ten list this year based on its authentic and ethical tourism practices. According to the travel group, Dublin is an ideal travel destination because of its “approach to ethical tourism, its flourishing independent artisan shopping scene, and plans to pedestrianise parts of the centre to create a renewed sense of community.”
With direct flights available from many east coast cities in the U.S., can you see a trip to Ireland’s friendly capital city this winter?
Nicosia is the capital city of the Republic of Cyprus. Nicosia is more of a destination for culture and history seekers than beach goers. Explore the Venetian Walls in the Old City, museums, art galleries and so much more in the charming city center. Make sure to try a Cypriot coffee at a local place where you can relax and take in the city’s laid back lifestyle.
One of the most livable cities in Mexico, Merida offers a laid-back lifestyle that keeps visitors (and Mexicans) coming back for more. Merida is an extremely flat city and it’s easy to get around the city center and explore the historic architecture and other sights.
Sample Yucatan dishes like sopa de lima and papadzules and head to one of the city’s many picturesque rooftops for sunset cocktails. It’s time to plan your trip to Merida over the winter months, as the temperatures rise in March to May to over 95 degrees on most days.
The world is just getting to know Lagos. As Nigeria’s booming capital city it’s also the most populated city in all of Africa, home to over 20 million people. Lagos is becoming more accessible for tourists and there are lots of beautiful beaches and islands to visit if you get outside of the city center.
Auckland, New Zealand
Known as the “city of sails”, Auckland in New Zealand’s North Island offers a mix of culture and nature escapes all in one visit. The downtown area is very walkable, and there are good walking tours that will take visitors to the top sights in town. Take a day trip to Waiheke Island, which is a gorgeous wine county just a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland.
Taiwan’s largest city is filled with amazing things to do. Spend your days at temples, museums and historic neighborhoods to get to know Taipei a little better. Walk up to Elephant Hill for panoramic views of the city for sunset and indulge in a bowl of lu rou fan (Taiwanese braised pork rice) afterwards at a local night market. If you take a longer winter trip here, you can spend some time exploring the gorgeous hot springs nearby which are easily accessed by train or bus.
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