Dazzling skylines, lush gardens, tree-lined boulevards, and any kind of water view is what people think of when it comes to a beautiful city. Read on to see which cities are considered the most beautiful in the world.
Buenos Aires — Argentina
One of the most photographed spots in the Argentinian capital is Plaza de Mayo, a gorgeous public square, lined with historic buildings, including the presidential palace. The city is also known for its wide tree-lined avenues, street art, tango shows in the La Boca neighborhood, and Recoleta Cemetery, where Evita is buried.
Dubrovnik — Croatia
This stunningly beautiful walled city on the Adriatic Sea has medieval roots, so it’s little wonder it doubled as King’s Landing in Game of Thrones. Wander its cobbled streets, explore historic monasteries and Renaissance churches, dine in outdoor cafes, and kick back on beaches like Banje, just outside the town walls.
Vancouver — Canada
Vancouver is a gorgeous coastal city surrounded by water and mountains. Down by the harbor, you’ll marvel at the array of sailboats, ferries, cruise ships — even seaplanes — vying for space on the water. There’s also Stanley Park, trendy Gastown, shop-lined Robson Street, and some of the best sushi this side of Tokyo.
Santa Fe — New Mexico
Santa Fe is famous for its adobe architecture, art galleries, and museums (the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is a must), not to mention its delicious Southwestern cuisine. The city also has a growing farm-to-table scene and countless spots for margaritas. Plus, its high desert landscape, especially scenic at sunset, is perfect for hiking.
Rio de Janeiro — Brazil
During the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro showed the world its singular beauty. Insta-worthy attractions include the Christ the Redeemer statue, perched high on a hilltop, and bullet-shaped Sugarloaf Mountain on Guanabara Bay. And, of course, you can’t talk about Rio without mentioning iconic Copacabana Beach.
Copenhagen — Denmark
It’s easy to fall in love with Copenhagen, one of the world’s most postcard-perfect cities. Its prettiest street is Nyhavn, lined with brightly colored historic buildings on one side and a canal on the other, and Amalienborg Palace, the royal family’s residence, is nearby. The best way to get around is by bicycle, just like the locals.
New York — New York
The Big Apple is famous for its skyline, with iconic buildings like the Empire State and Chrysler, but many may not know that NYC has lesser-known sights that are just as beautiful, including the waterfront promenade in Brooklyn Heights and the 19th-century brownstones in the Greenwich Village Historic District. Plus, it has some of the best restaurants on the planet
Istanbul — Turkey
Istanbul is one of the world’s most intoxicating cities. It sits on two continents, Europe and Asia, and it was also the former capital of three great civilizations: Byzantine, Roman, and Ottoman. It’s a mix of east and west, old and new, and it’s where you’ll find ancient mosques and bazaarsalongside trendy hotels and cocktail bars on the Bosphorus.
San Miguel de Allende — Mexico
The beauty of San Miguel de Allende, a Spanish colonial city in Mexico’s hilly interior, has long attracted American and Canadian expats. They, like all visitors, fall for its cobbled streets, tree-lined El Jardin square, craft markets, and architecturally-rich buildings like the Parroquia, the massive 17th-century cathedral.
San Francisco — California
As one of the prettiest cities on the planet, you’re never far from jaw-dropping views while in San Francisco. Whether it’s the Golden Gate Bridge shimmering in the bay, a cable car descending a steep hill, or seaside tableaus along its peers, plan on taking a lot of photos! Plus, it’s the gateway to the wineries of Napa Valley.