Lonely Planet reveals the top 10 cities to visit in 2020

Oct 22 2019, 4:02 pm

Get a pen and paper ready — you’ll want to add some of these destinations to your travel bucket list.

Lonely Planet has released its ranking of the “Top 10 cities to visit in 2020.” Beautiful landscapes, gorgeous scenery, and a list of things to do didn’t make up the entire list, however.

The travel outlet explores how “sustainable travel can be a force for good for all involved” including the environments, locals, and travellers themselves.

This specific ranking looked at the best destinations and journeys that had a sustainable travel experience, meaning that factors like sustainability and environmental initiatives were also taken into account.

The top 10 cities to visit, according to Lonely Planet, are as follows:

10. Denver, USA

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Denver, Colorado (Nicholas Courtney/Shutterstock)

Denver gets the nod as one of USA’s “most charming boomtowns” with recognition for its “hip new hotels” and food halls such as Milk Market.

Not to mention, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, which moved into an Olson Kundig-designed building in the city’s Golden Triangle Creative District.

9. Dubai, UAE

Water taxi, Dubai Creek (Shutterstock)

Dubai receives praise as the city of the future. With events like the six-month-long World Expo 2020 and attractions like the soon-to-open Museum of the Future, why shouldn’t it?

Also highlighted, is Dubai’s “The World” a European-themed fantasy resort on an artificial archipelago.

8. Vancouver, Canada

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Vancouver Skyline (romakoma / Shutterstock)

Vancouver is the only Canadian city to make the listing, with a nod to its “natural playground – squeezed majestically between the blue waters of the Pacific and the forest-clad mountaintops of the North Shore.”

The city is also recognized for its environmental initiatives, as well as being the birthplace of Greenpeace in 1971.

7. Kochi, India

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Kochi, India (Shutterstock)

Lonely Planet describes Kochi as a “shining example in renewable energy” thanks in part to its fully solar-powered airport.

Within the city, visitors are encouraged to check out “boho cafes” and “intimate homestays hid away in lazy, colonial-era backstreets.”

6. La Paz, Bolivia

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La Paz, Bolivia (Shutterstock)

La Paz receives recognition for playing home to the world’s largest cable-car system. According to Lonely Planet, there were three lines in 2014, but there will be 11 in 2020.

“It’s not hard to see why an increasing number of tourists are now sticking around in La Paz before they venture further afield,” reads the ranking.

5. Bonn, Germany

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Bonn, Germany/Shutterstock

Visitors to Bonn can expect world-famous orchestras, picnic performances, and home concerts (when local musicians open their doors to the public).

The year 2020 will also see the city prepare for Beethoven’s 250th birthday.

4. Galway, Ireland

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The ranking lists Galway as Ireland’s most engaging city, with painted pubs, cafes, and no end to live music or busker performances.

3, Cairo, Egypt

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Cairo, Egypt (Shutterstock)

Cairo plays home to the world’s largest museum entirely committed to one civilization. It’s a chance to peek at some of ancient Egypt’s most prestigious treasures.

2. Washington, DC, USA

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2020 will see Washington, DC celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment — women’s voting rights. Some of the city’s most prominent museums, such as the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of Women in the Arts will host special exhibitions.

Not to mention, Washington, DC plays home to a phenomenal food scene and a stunning waterfront.

1. Salzburg, Austria

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Salzberg, Austria

In 2020, the Salzburg Festival will turn 100. Lonely Planet describes the city as one of the world’s greatest classical music shindigs and concerts, plays, readings, and all sorts of performances are expected throughout the area.