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The Best Colorado Ski Resorts by Abigail Wise, December 2, 2016

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More than half of Vail’s runs are marked black diamond, with plenty of blue trail in between. Where to ski, stay, and play in the top spots voted on by our readers.
In a state that’s home to 58 mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet, heavy snowfalls, and plenty of bluebirds (read: bright, sunny) days, it’s safe to call Colorado ‘Ski Country.’ From bunny hills with epic views to some of the top big-mountain runs in the country, the Centennial State has no shortage of places to ski. But these resorts are the cream of the crop, as voted on by our readers in the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Vail
Vail, Colorado, offers a little something for everyone. With excellent beginner lessons—and an epic mountain backdrop, even from the bunny hill—for both children and adults, this is a place to learn the skiing ropes. And yet more than half of Vail’s runs are marked black diamond, with plenty of blue trail in between. The varied terrain of this ski resort leaves little to be desired. Blue Sky Basin features some of the most beautiful backcountry areas in the state and the Back Bowls serve up Instagram-worthy views on every run. The town of Vail has a cute, quaint vibe, and few will tire of wandering through the streets of high-end shops and restaurants. And if you ever happen to swing by in the summertime, be sure to time your visit with the Vail International Dance Festival.

Who’s going? Vacationers looking for the perfect blend of nightlife, shopping, spa treatments, and slopes.
Stats: Lift tickets run between $103 and $149 for a one-day pass. With it, you’ll choose from a wide variety of runs, including five ski areas and nearly 200 runs at Vail Village, Back Bowls, Blue Sky Basin, China Bowl, and Golden Peak, accessible via 31 different lifts.
Where to eat and drink nearby: Tuck into a traditional European meal at the Sonnenalp’s Swiss Chalet. Or, if you have children, grab a bite at the Southwestern-inspired Bully Ranch, complete with a full kid’s menu. After dinner, move on to drinks at The Arrabelle at Vail Square’s Tavern on the Square.
Where to stay: Experience Vail’s finest at The Arrabelle at Vail Square, Sonnenalp, the Four Seasons Resort Vail, or the Sebastian-Vail.

Steamboat
Get back to the basics: There are no fur coats or designer boots here—Steamboat is for true down-to-earth mountain lovers. Once a Wild West town, this six-peak resort remains one of the few areas left in the state that hasn’t been dramatically developed. Only 14 percent of the trails are for beginners, so this is really better for intermediate and advanced athletes. Plus, with nearly 3,000 acres to explore and roughly zeroceleb sightings, when you come to Steamboat, you come to ski hard.

Who’s going? Intermediate skiers will love the slopes, 42 percent of which are blue, but as one of the largest ski areas in Colorado, there’s plenty to go around for skiers of all levels.
Stats: One-day lift tickets average between $90 and $140. Use yours to venture onto 18 lifts for 165 trails.
Where to eat and drink nearby: Grab a beer at the famous T Bar, a slope-side bar that was once a ski patrol trailer. Then, swing by Sumatera for the best Thai food in town.
Where to stay: Book a rental from Wyndham Vacation Resorts or grab a spot in a cabin at Strawberry Park Hot Springs for the opportunity to warm up in some natural hot springs after a day in the snow.
Aspen Mountain
Right in White River National Forest, Aspen Mountain is the closest ski area of four mountains near town—and also the first to be established in 1946. Once a silver mining camp, Aspen has been transformed into a high-end ski resort. Luxury spa treatments will sooth your sore muscles after a hard day in the elements, and the town itself offers a smorgasbord of fine dining options. There’s even a ski-in, ski-out champagne bar right on the mountain. (More on that later.)

Who’s going? Skiers with class and an appreciation for elegant meals and lavish spa treatments.
Stats: A day pass usually costs around $145 for 673 acres of powder, eight lifts, and 76 trails. Need we say more?
Where to eat and drink nearby: Not only can you ski in and ski out, but you’ll never be short on booze atThe Little Nell, which houses a whopping four bars on its property, serving everything from high-end wines to craft beers. The Little Nell does not disappoint on the food front, either: think truffle fries, wagyu beef, and salmon carpaccio.
Where to stay: Experience the best of Aspen at the St. Regis Aspen Resort, The Little Nell, or the Hotel Jerome. Once a silver mining camp, Aspen has since been transformed into a high-end ski resort.

Buttermilk
Buttermilk is the ideal place to perfect your big-mountain technique or learn to ski from scratch. As part of the Aspen/Snowmass area, you’ll still have access to tougher terrain, but Buttermilk primarily welcomes beginners. The resort offers lessons to both adults and children, and with 470 acres to explore, you won’t get bored on a bunny hill. Take a few lessons, perfect your technique, and gear up for the more challenging runs, accessible via the Tiehack chairlift. If the whole family is along for the ride, swing by the Hideout, a children’s ski learning center, fully equipped with a magic carpet and an indoor, interactive learning section to break up time on the slopes.

Who’s going? Skier newbies will have the most fun at Buttermilk, and it’s also a good spot to introduce kids to the sport.
Stats: Buy a $145 lift pass that’ll let you experience 44 trails over 470 acres via three chairlifts.
Where to eat and drink nearby: Head to Hefner Lounge at Aspen Meadows Resort for a snack and drink inside, or outside with a serious view. For breakfast, the resort’s Meadows Restaurant prides itself on locally and regionally sourced ingredients for both its buffet and à la carte options.
Where to stay: Your best bet is to grab a room at any of the Aspen resorts and hotels, including St. Regis Aspen Resort, The Little Nell, and Aspen Meadows Resort or the Hotel Jerome.

Beaver Creek
Looking for a high-end escape? You’ve found your town. Glide down hills and rub elbows with the who’s who of the ski world. Lindsey Vonn has been known to frequent the resort’s slopes, and Beaver Creek often hosts World Cup events. Owned by Vail Resorts, two other mountains, Arrowhead and Bachelor Gulch, also make up the Beaver Creek ski resort. Holy Cross Wilderness area, located right next to the ski terrain, creates the perfect snowy backdrop for visitors.

Who’s going? Posh skiers on vacation, and some of the best skiers in the world when the World Cup events take place.
Stats: Hit 150 runs via 25 lifts. One-day tickets average between $80 and $159, depending on the time of the season.
Where to eat and drink nearby: You’re never far from something to eat in Beaver Creek. Did we mention the escalators that will guide you from the slopes into town, cookie in hand? It’s all fine dining from there on out. Enjoy fine wines and a seasonally rotating menu at the award-winning Grouse Mountain Grill, part ofThe Pines Lodge.
Where to stay: Treat yourself at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain, The Pines Lodge Beaver Creek Resort, the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, or The Osprey at Beaver Creek.

Telluride
This mining-turned-ski town takes its winter sports seriously—and for good reason. In Telluride, the mountains are big—think 13 and 14ers (or mountains that exceed 13,000 and 14,000 feet) everywhere you look. Much of the terrain is not for the weak of heart, but about half of the ski resort’s runs do cater to intermediate and beginner levels, as well. Plus, with mountains that receive 170 inches of snow and 240 days of sunshine every year, this town is host to an abundance of sunny, clear days. Hit the slopes hard and then kick back in this 1800s mining town that still holds onto some of its historical charm.

Who’s going? The locals are mostly ski bums and artists, but Telluride is also a major tourist destination for skiers from all over the country.
Stats: You’ll pay $86-$129 for 127 trails, accessible via 18 lifts.
Where to eat and drink nearby: Enjoy dinner with a view at the Mountain Lodge, known for its chef-prepared soulful foods (elk shepherd’s pie—spelled this way on the menu—or campfire s’mores, anyone?), and after, kick back with a cocktail in the Great Room at the Inn at Lost Creek.
Where to stay: Cozy up at the Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge, The Inn at Lost Creek, Lumière Telluride, or the Madeline Hotel and Residences.

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The 13 Most Expensive Restaurants in the World!

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1/ 13

SubliMotion, Ibiza, Spain

Prepare to pick your jaw up off the floor: The 12-seat restaurant at the Hard Rock Hotel property charges a whopping €1,500 (currently $1,593.06) a head for its 20-course dinner. Michelin-starred chef Paco Roncero’s ultra-sensory experience marries food, art, and technology. Open only during the island’s summer season (June 1–October 1), the immersive eatery has a menu that changes annually. In the past, diners indulged in touches like personalized (edible) entrance tickets, a shell showing off various types of seafood cooked in their own juices, a DIY salad that guests pluck from farm tablescape—all synced to a different virtual backdrop projected onto the walls.

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Ultraviolet, Shanghai, China

Paul Pairet’s immersive eatery also errs on the side of high-tech haute cuisine: Ten diners per night gather around one table, where 20 courses are accompanied by a multi-sensory atmosphere of music, video, scents, and simulations. As if that didn’t make the 4000 RMB (about $625) experience intriguing enough, the dishes rotate frequently to ensure guests can’t be spoiled by anything they read online. – by Alamy

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Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, London

Currently led by executive chef Jocelyn Herland, the contemporary French restaurant commands a sizable fee thanks to its founders and Michelin three-star rating. A seven-course seasonal tasting menu, which currently includes fillet of cross-continental beef and black truffle braised celeriac, runs about $269 (£180) per person for dinner—and that’s on the low end, sans wine pairings.

Courtesy Restaurant Le Meurice

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Restaurant Le Meurice, Paris

Another of Alain Ducasse’s properties, this Versailles-inspired dining room oozes opulence, from the antique mirrors and crystal chandeliers to the five-course Collection menu. For $401 (€380), you’ll taste three specialties (perhaps the lobster with Jerusalem artichokes or Albufera poultry with white truffles), plus a selection of cheeses and desserts.

Courtesy Maison Pic

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Maison Pic, Drôme, France

Chef Anne-Sophie Pic holds the distinction of being one of six female chefs in the world to run a Michelin three-star kitchen, and her inventive nine-course $338 (€320) Menu Essential proves why. One bite in the culinary journey might encompass Mediterranean rouget’ in a saffron broth, while the next might feature deer marinated in sake lees.

Courtesy Masa

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Masa, New York City

Two complementary principles reign at Chef Masa Takayama’s eponymous restaurant—simplicity and the essential flavor of each ingredient. The dishes on the $450 tasting menu may be austere in presentation, but the lack of crazy flourishes is part of the appeal, especially when it comes to the parade of exotic seafood.

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7/ 13

Per Se, New York City

Even with its $310-a-head price tag, this temple of haute cuisine can be a tough reservation to score. Still, it’s worth the hassle (and cost) to experience Thomas Keller’s signature “oysters and pearls,” followed by a succession of eight impeccable dishes in which no ingredient is repeated.

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8/ 13

Aragawa, Tokyo

Luxuriously marbled wagyu—specifically, the premium Sanda variety—at this subdued venue draws meat lovers from around the world. The sticker shock can range from $284 (28,870 JPY) to $341 (34,650 JPY) if you’re ordering from the prix fixe menu.

Courtesy Kitcho

9/ 13

Kitcho, Kyoto

Sampling a meal at this Japanese restaurant means forking over around $437 (54,000 JPY) to indulge in kaiseki, a style of dining many believe to be the epitome of carefully conceived and executed Japanese fare. Third-generation chef Kunio Tokuoka delivers an elegant series of plates showcasing seasonal, local ingredients, such as abalone and butterfish, which guests savor in their own private tatami room.

Courtesy Crissier

10/ 13

Hôtel de Ville, Crissier, Switzerland

Husband-and-wife chefs Benoît and Brigitte Violier have earned three Michelin stars for their sumptuous French-inflected cuisine. The most decadent menu option clocks in at 11 courses (390 Swiss francs, or about $380) and treats diners to dishes like watercress velouté with crab and Oscietra caviar and foie gras served three ways.

Courtesy Le Pré Catelan

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Le Pré Catelan, Paris

Most of the places on this list are here thanks to their prix fixe-only rates, but this spot has earned the distinction through its à la carte options: Mushrooms prepared with fig leaves and lardo goes for €100 (about $106), lobster l’Americaine with preserved turnips and lobster jelly asks €145 (about $154), and a tart-like lemon meringue dessert is €40 ($42).

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Michel Bras Toya, Lake Toya, Japan

It’s a tough call as to which is more stunning—the sweeping panoramic views of the volcanic caldera lake or the two-Michelin star food coming out of the kitchen. The latest version of the top-tier “discovery and nature” menu (27,000 yen or about $219) tempts with duck filet marinated in Indonesian long pepper and poached king crab in a Hojicha green tea broth.

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Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland

You know you’re in for a swanky meal when the setting is an 18th-century castle in the Swiss Alps. Using a focused set of ingredients, head chef Andreas Caminada crafts a series of six three-Michelin- star–worthy plates (249 CHF, or $244) that range from goose liver with goat cheese and sweet maize to seared trout with tarragon sauce, beets, and pea purée.

Courtesy SubliMotion

The 20 Best Hotels in Florida

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The 20 Best Hotels in Florida

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 Hilton Orlando

Set back from the fray of Disney World proper, the hotel is still only six miles from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, seven miles from Universal Studios Florida, and 11 miles from Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. With four restaurants, two pools, and a lazy river, it’s a hybrid hotel-cum-resort for anyone looking for less “Mickey.”

2/ 20

 Hyatt Regency Orlando (formerly The Peabody)

Gone are the famous ducks (still to be found at The Peabody in Memphis), but Hyatt has captured a great location across the street from the Orange County Convention Center, with seven on-site restaurants and three pools, to make this hotel one of the best in town.

3/ 20

 Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

Situated along the eastern shoreline of sleepy Key Biscayne, this island resort is as much about escaping the city as it is about enjoying the prolific on-property outlets and amenities (from a foot-in-the-sand Mexican restaurant to an excellent kids club and a colossal spa) as well as proximity to one of Florida’s natural treasures at the unspoiled Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.

4/ 20

 Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Another winner in the Orlando area, this hotel is set in the 482-acre Bonnet Creek Nature Reserve, with a three-acre river pool and waterslide. Perks include complimentary shuttle service to Disney Theme Parks and no less than 12 restaurants and lounges.

5/ 20

 W Fort Lauderdale

Currently undergoing a $55 million renovation, the W has always been one of our readers’ favorites in town. New to the property in 2017 will be an all-day Stephen Starr restaurant with ocean view sidewalk dining. As always with W, temptations are aplenty with two infinity-edge pools, hot tubs, peek-a-boo pool bottoms, cabanas, and a poolside grill & bar.

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 Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

Melding the brand’s urbanity with the town’s identity as a top yacht market and cruise port, the 192-room Ritz-Carlton resembles a glossy Art Deco ocean liner, from its curvilinear marble lobby, filigreed banisters, and velvet taupe banquettes, to the seventh-floor pool deck that gives guests a sight-line straight into the ocean. The hotel unveiled a major renovation in 2015, which saw the addition of a 29,000-square-foot oceanfront sundeck with infinity pool and private cabanas, a new spa, and a gym.

7/ 20

 Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

It’s right on the beach, with an open-air bar and “wine hours” every evening in the lobby and the hotel is also pet-friendly. Complimentary use of PUBLIC-brand bicycles and a yoga mat in every room are nice touches from the Kimpton brand. (Be aware that a no-smoking ban is strictly enforced here.)

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 Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

It’s right on the beach, with an open-air bar and “wine hours” every evening in the lobby and the hotel is also pet-friendly. Complimentary use of PUBLIC-brand bicycles and a yoga mat in every room are nice touches from the Kimpton brand. (Be aware that a no-smoking ban is strictly enforced here.)

8/ 20

 The Brazilian Court Hotel, Palm Beach

Home to a tropical courtyard with color splashes of scarlet, yellow, green, and orange, this 1926 landmark, which now houses the famous Café Boulud, offers a secluded retreat within walking distance of Worth Avenue. Gary Cooper, Howard Hughes, polar explorer Lincoln Ellsworth, and Joseph Pulitzer all slept here. Plus, there’s on onsite Frédéric Fekkai Salon and Spa.

9/ 20

 Edgewater Beach Hotel, Naples

An all-suite, intimate resort located along seven miles of pristine beach, the hotel has been going strong for over thirty years. A complimentary shuttle to downtown means that you needn’t have a car here.

Courtesy Edgewater Beach Hotel

10/ 20

 Loews Don Cesar Hotel, St. Pete Beach

This pink palace, opened at the height of the Gatsby Era in 1928, has two heated pools and the Maritana Grille for dining on delicious seafood. Rooms here reflect the colors of the Gulf, with soft blues and tan accents throughout.

11/ 20

 The Pearl Hotel, Rosemary Beach

The Pearl is the perfect choice for couples, especially techies: In-room iPads come loaded with the Intelity ICE app, so guests can book dinner reservations, concierge offerings, or room service themselves. But the Pearl isn’t too sophisticated for a few down-home touches, such as chocolate-chip cookies and cake truffles at turndown. Fun fact: The white-sand beaches contain quartz fragments dating back 20,000 years to the last Ice Age.

12/ 20

 The Chesterfield Palm Beach

Built in 1926 in the style of a European bed and breakfast, this boutique pastel-peach landmark coddles the old-fashioned way, with sherry, freshly baked cookies, and discreet, attentive service. Forgot that last-minute gift? For a nominal fee each way, with 30 minutes’ notice, hop in the hotel’s chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce for outings within a five-mile radius of the property.

13/ 20

 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa

Not for the faint of heart, this Hard Rock contains the world’s sixth-largest casino with over 5,000 slot machines and 110 gaming tables. Multiple shops, bars, lounges, and restaurants include the acclaimed Council Oaks Steaks & Seafood and chef Marc Murphy’s Mediterranean cuisine at Grey Salt. The hotel is currently undergoing further expansion which will introduce a smoke-free gambling area and heliport.

14/ 20

 Epicurean Hotel, Tampa

There’s a reason food-and-wine-loving folk flock to this hotel. Rooms include stocked wine racks, there’s a wine store on the property (run by the legendary Bern Steak House across the street), a patisserie, an Epicurean Theatre for cooking demos and classes, and a “living wall” of herbs, which make frequent appearances in the hotel’s cocktails, food, and spa treatments. Even the treatments at the Evangeline spa have a distinct, culinary theme: Try the Honey & Wine wrap, or Cabernet Massage.

15/ 20

 The Gates Hotel Key West

Highlights include Rum Row—the hotel’s lively pool, bar, and lounge with locally-sourced nibbles as well as a permanently parked food truck and The Blind Pig, which serves “Conch fusion” small bites and tapas. Opened in 2015, this is Key West in a different vein and includes special, guest-only tours of the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery and Rodriguez Cigars. Bicycle and scooter rentals are available to reach downtown, or there is a complimentary shuttle.

16/ 20

 Ritz-Carlton, Naples

This U-shaped resort with two orange Mediterranean-style towers overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and is near the Naples Zoo. Antiques and artwork embellish interiors, as do Waterford chandeliers and Asian carpets. The resort’s daily interactive environmental programs for children include nature walks, microscope time in the kid-size lab, and field trips. Rooms in buttercream and light green have dark-wood furniture. Nibble on fresh nigiri rolls at the Sushi Bar or opt for Gumbo Limbo’s bar, the best place for a burger on the beach.

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 The Kimpton Hotel Zamora, St. Pete Beach

A stylish 50-room spot with bayou-side pool and patio and Spanish-inspired architecture, the hotel also has an open-air rooftop bar and lounge. Loaner PUBLIC-brand bikes are a nice added touch for exploring St. Pete Beach and downtown St. Petersburg is only 20 minutes away.

18/ 20

 Casa Monica Hotel, St. Augustine

Built in 1888, the landmarked Casa Monica embodies the Moorish Revival style, with intricate wood and wrought-iron balconies on its facade, frescos, Moroccan-style archways, fountains, and chandeliers in the splashy lobby. The Cobalt Lounge is a local hangout. Ask Mr. Foster, the country’s oldest travel agency (now part of Carlson Wagonlit Travel) was once headquartered here.

19/ 20

 The Pillars Hotel, Fort Lauderdale

Situated along the Intracoastal Waterway, the hotel is an interesting mix of British Colonial architecture and 1930s Art Deco flourishes. With only 18 rooms, you might think you were staying in a private mansion. The Secret Garden restaurant, open only to guests and club members, serves Moroccan-influenced food. The beach is only a five-minute walk away, and the hotel even has a yacht to charter for sailing on nearby Lake Sylvia.

20/ 20

 The Alfond Inn, Winter Park

Couples and business travelers are both satiated here: The inn offers workstations, 10,000 square feet of meeting space, and comfortable down beds for harried road warriors. Dogs are allowed too, provided they’re registered in advance. The hotel also hosts guided tours of its more than 100 pieces of art from The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College nearby.

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The 50 Most Beautiful Cities in the World

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50 Most Beautiful Cities in the World

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Venice, Italy

Here’s a general rule to abide by in Venice: If you don’t get lost, you’re not doing it right. Even visitors with a GPS-like sense of direction will likely be bested by the meandering streets of the city. There’s no better way to explore the lovely maze than in a haze of mild confusion. —Katherine LaGrave

2/ 50

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong is impressive from many angles—beneath the towering skyscrapers, or from a ferry crossing Victoria Harbour—but you can see its finest side from the air. As your flight approaches the city, it feels like the mist parts and reveals Shangri-La, where hilly, verdant islands surround a concrete jungle. —Laura Dannen Redman

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Istanbul, Turkey

A historic crossroads of culture and design, Istanbul’s landscape provides a prominent display of its two conquering empires. Travelers needn’t look farther than the Blue Mosque or Hagia Sophia for the aesthetics central to both: the Byzantine dome and colored mosaics, and the Ottoman minarets and Islamic calligraphy. —Benita Hussain

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New York, NY

New York’s beauty is multi-sensory: It’s the sight of historic architecture, from the Flatiron Building to One World Trade Center, dwarfing the 8.4 million humans below; the feel of the grass beneath your feet in the great green oases of Central and Prospect Park; the smell of roasted nuts on street corners; the sound of jazz pouring out of Smalls in the Greenwich Village. It’s the art of the Frick and the Met, MoMA and the Museum of the Moving Image; and the beautiful, diverse people walking the city streets with heads held high. —L.D.R.

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London, U.K.

London is one of the most vibrant cities in the world, with history (Westminster Abbey) and models of modernity (London Eye, The Gherkin) mingling on the Thames. Art and literature seem to seep out of the city’s walls—and in recent years, London has glammed up even more, with contemporary art galleries and boutique retailers adding some glimmer to formerly seedy areas. —CNT Editors

 

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Chefchaouen, Morocco

Tucked high in Morocco’s Rif Mountains, the all-blue town of Chefchaouen is a calming respite from the overwhelming frenzy of Marrakech and Fez. The Jewish refugees from Europe who lived there during the 1930s first painted the city (either to symbolize heaven or as a mosquito repellent, depending on who you ask), and now the town is known as “The Blue Pearl.” The town still keeps the tradition alive: Each year, the houses are washed with new coats of paint. —Lucy Laucht

 

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Paris, France

We’re trying not to play favorites, but really, is there a city more dramatic than Paris? It’s a place where romance and history play side by side, cafes line cobblestone streets, beautiful people stroll the Seine at all hours, and every neighborhood seems to have its own iconic landmark, be it Notre Dame, Sacre-Coeur, or the Eiffel Tower. —CNT Editors

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Cape Town, South Africa

The whole world witnessed Cape Town’s beauty first hand during the 2010 World Cup: its penguin-populated, white-sand beaches within a few short miles of majestic Table Mountain, and rolling wine lands just outside the city center. Coastal highways compare to the finest in the world, from the Amalfi Coast to the Pacific Coast Highway, and the gardens—notably Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens—are rich with king protea, a crowned flower that seems to (rightly) rule the floral kingdom. —L.D.R.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Dutch capital’s central Canal District was crowned a World Heritage Site in 2010, helping draw the gaze away from the red lights and the smoke houses and onto one of Europe’s most gorgeous cultural epicenters. Add windmills, cycling, cheese, storied facades, and Van Goghs to the city’s storied charm. —CNT Editors

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St. Petersburg, Russia

Fyodor Dostoyevsky called his adopted metropolis “the most intentional and abstract city in the world.” Built in a short, fevered period of time based on one man’s—Peter the Great’s—vision, Russia’s second-largest city is a sort of work of art in and of itself, evoking comparisons to Florence, Italy. —Jenna Scherer

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Beirut, Lebanon

Even when faced with terror and destruction, Beirut is beautiful, charming, and strong. The Lebanese capital has astonishing art, architecture, food, and hotels—in fact, we think it’s one of the great cities of the world. —CNT Editors

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Kyoto, Japan

Take a step back in time in Kyoto, Japan’s imperial capital, where you can visit 10th-century temples and pass young geishas in the street. One of the most well-preserved cities in Japan, Kyoto has approximately 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, each more likely to entrance than the next. —K.L.

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Did you know that New Zealand has no native predators? It’s a land of birdsong (and the occasional rat, introduced by the Europeans). But head all the way south to Queenstown, dubbed the adrenaline-junkie capital of the world, and you’ll find more than a few ways to look danger in the eye, while also checking out some of the most stunning views in the world. —L.D.R.

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Barcelona, Spain

Taking cues from modern Gothic and oriental techniques, the early-19th-century Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí wanted to create organic, urban spaces in the city he loved. A walk around Barcelona leads you through the largest concentration of his signature ceramic and stained-glass mosaics, as well as his undulating stonework and ironwork, which include Park Güell (pictured) and culminate in his unfinished masterpiece La Sagrada Família. —B.H.

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Singapore

The received wisdom that used to prevail about Singapore—that it’s boring, staid, definitively uncool and inauthentic—becomes less true every month. Small, independent restaurants are opening across town, and important galleries and some enterprising retailers are planting flags here. Best of all, taxis and Ubers are cheap and plentiful, the city is compact, and its infrastructure is close to flawless—meaning you can navigate easily and pack a lot in. —Maria Shollenbarger

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Havana, Cuba

Since regulations prohibiting travel to Cuba were relaxed in January 2015, U.S. travelers have never been more eager to visit the colorful streets of Havana—a study in contradictions, pastels, and primary colors, rich and poor, the past and the future. (The recent onslaught of beautiful Airbnb properties doesn’t hurt either.) —L.D.R. and Barbara Peterson

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Florence, Italy

You can ditch any old notions you may have of Florence as a frozen-in-amber monument to its various monuments; not only did the Renaissance capital shake off that fusty reputation a few years ago, it’s now arguably Italy’s most vibrant city. New museums and restaurants abound, all without making a dent in Florence’s timeless, heart-lifting beauty (which, really, is still the best reason to come here). —M.S.

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Sydney, Australia

It’s almost not fair how pretty Sydney is. Australia’s biggest city benefits from a waterfront culture, with locals hopping ferries to commute home—or play—on Bondi, Manly, and Redleaf beaches, and the dramatic Sydney Opera House standing sentry in the harbor. Whatever the season, get spectacular views of the city from Sydney Tower’s glass viewing platform. —L.D.R. & K.L.

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Salzburg, Austria

Made famous by Mozart (and the Von Trapps), classic Salzburg sits divided by the Salzach River: Its pedestrian Old City lines its left bank, and the 19th-century comprises the right. A walk through the Altstadt (“Old Town”) is a trip into the past—streets lined with immaculately preserved buildings dating from the medieval and Baroque periods. —K.L.

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Abu Dhabi, UAE

From mega-malls to artificial ski slopes to crystal-strewn hotels, Abu Dhabi—the wealthiest of the seven tiny oil-rich states that make up the United Arab Emirates—embraces the latest extravagances for travelers. Even the holy sites in the city rival the world’s most luxurious palaces, most notably the majestic Sheikh Zayed Mosque (pictured). —Whitney Robinson

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Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal’s history of intricate tilework—from its ceilings to floors, homes, and hallways—means you can’t walk down a street in Lisbon without spotting something beautiful. —Lilit Marcus

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer watches over the sweeping city, where a pulsing, vibrant city seems to dance down to the sea and mellow as it floats off on a stand-up paddle board. —Caitlin Morton

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Jaipur, India

Rajasthan’s capital, aka the Pink City, isn’t the kind of city to hide its true colors. It’s been called flamboyant, and a site of pilgrimage for anyone even vaguely interested in shopping and, more importantly, discovering India’s inimitable material culture. India is almost unique in the world for the number and diversity of things that it still makes by hand—artisanry is a fact of daily life here, rather than an exception to it. —Hanya Yanagihara

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Lucerne, Switzerland

With its bridges, turreted buildings, and picturesque Old Town, Lucerne is storybook Swiss. Nestled on the shores of Lake Lucerne, the city is also a popular departure point for the Swiss Alps, which are visible from the town. Make it a point to walk the city’s famed Kapellbrücke, the oldest covered bridge in Europe. —K.L.

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Shanghai, China

Arguably China’s most exciting city, Shanghai pulses with the thrum of innovation. The city’s skyline-defining landmarks, like the Oriental Pearl Tower and SWFC Observatory, are the best places to take in sweeping, panoramic views, but the real beauty lies in more traditional pleasures: strolling the Bund, exploring the colonial architecture in the old French Concession (pictured), and savoring a traditional Chinese tea tasting. —A.F.S.

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San Francisco, CA

The adventurous spirit that made San Francisco what it is today thrives in the new restaurants, cafes, shops, and galleries sprinkled throughout what is arguably the most beautiful city in the U.S. We can’t resist the Painted Ladies, the zigzagging streets, and the Golden Gate fading into the mist. —CNT Editors

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Rome, Italy

They called it urbs kaput mundi—the city at the center of the world. And while this gorgeous tumble of ancient and Renaissance buildings may have ceded that title centuries ago, it’s still endlessly fascinating. Its tastemakers retrofit their own inimitable takes on being Roman into its glorious, timeless maze. All you need to do to find beauty, inspiration, and something seriously delicious to eat is walk out the door of your hotel. —M.S.

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Stockholm, Sweden

With its charming historic alleyways and a multitude of islands that lead many to dub it “the Venice of the north,” Stockholm is one of the world’s most beautiful capitals. (It’s also the cultural, political, media, and economic center of Sweden.) —K.L.

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Bruges, Belgium

Characterized by cobblestone streets and canals, much of Bruges’s immaculately preserved old city was built between the 12th and 15th centuries: As a result, it’s not hard to feel like you’re in a medieval fairy-tale here. Visit the Church of Our Lady for a viewing of Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child, or sit at a café and take in the views of the Markt, a historic square in the city center. —K.L.

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Cartagena, Colombia

Summery weather sticks around 12 months of the year in Cartagena, making a quick jaunt there—to admire the colonial architecture, stroll through the shady parks and plazas, and dine at ceviche restaurants like El Boliche or La Cevichería—a great idea at any time. —Andrew Sessa

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Budapest, Hungary

With some of the best Art Nouveau architecture in Europe, scenic Budapest has no bad angles. Széchenyi Chain Bridge offers magnificent views of the Danube River—especially at night. Moreover, it’s the only capital city in the world that’s rife with healing, thermal waters (hence its nickname, “The City of Baths”). —K.L.

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Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso, a Unesco World Heritage site, is a multicolored beauty on the Chilean coast. It’s arguably the country’s most scenic city, with lollipop-colored homes staggered along the 22 hills that rise from the Pacific Coast. Irreverent street art adds a touch of modern to the brilliant 19th-century buildings. —Chaney Kwak

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Prague, Czech Republic

Picturesque Prague beats with a bohemian heart: The bevy of museums and architectural marvels are a testament to the city’s artistic and intellectual foundations. Get off the well-trod path at any number of historic pubs (try U Zlatého Tygra or U Jelínků) or head up to Petřín Hill for incredible views of the city. —K.L.

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Edinburgh, Scotland

Beloved for its endless green hills and fascinating history, Edinburgh is a distinctive capital in Western Europe. Where else can you find a medieval Old Town, extinct volcano, and regal castle in one city? —K.L.

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Busan, South Korea

If Seoul is Korea’s New York, Busan might be its Los Angeles–Miami hybrid. It’s renowned in East Asia for its miles of wide sandy beaches, seaside vistas, and busy quayside scene. —M.S.

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Vancouver, Canada

Seaport Vancouver has a competitive and creative arts scene, rugged natural beauty, and no shortage of things to do. During your next visit, we recommend taking a cable car up Grouse Mountain the minute you arrive—there’s no better way to soak in the views of the mountainous metropolis. —K.L.

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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City is, by most counts, the largest metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere (they don’t call it El Monstruo for nothing). Yet in the morning, when sunlight glints off those colonial mansions, it can reveal a startling intimacy beneath the grandeur and sprawl. To know the real city is to appreciate its mural-covered museums, colorful crafts markets, and game-changing art and design scenes. —Julia Cooke

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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City is, by most counts, the largest metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere (they don’t call it El Monstruo for nothing). Yet in the morning, when sunlight glints off those colonial mansions, it can reveal a startling intimacy beneath the grandeur and sprawl. To know the real city is to appreciate its mural-covered museums, colorful crafts markets, and game-changing art and design scenes. —Julia Cooke

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Charleston, SC

With its beautiful gardens, vibrantly painted Georgian houses along Rainbow Row, and carriages clacking across cobblestone streets, Charleston remains one of the country’s most picturesque cities. —K.L.

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Jerusalem, Israel

Long a place of religious pilgrimage for Christians, Jews, and Muslims, Jerusalem is now drawing a different sort of pilgrim: the global traveler. In addition to its significant sacred and religious sights, the city boasts modern architecture, a cutting-edge light-rail transit network, and a growing number of notable restaurants. —K.L.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

There are few places that better capture the grand soul of maritime Old Europe than Croatia, particularly Dubrovnik. The city currently plays King’s Landing in Game of Thrones, and was formerly the capital of the Maritime Republic of Ragusa, rival to Italy’s Venice and Amalfi. Dubrovnik’s crown jewel is the sternly lovely old town of Stari Grad, whose convents, palaces, and fountains were cut from the same lightly colored stone. —CNT Editors

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Riga, Latvia

Riga has all of the cosmopolitan dynamism and charm of cities like Paris and Barcelona—without the crowds or attitude. Visit the Jugendstil district, home to about 800 brilliantly preserved Art Nouveau buildings, and don’t miss the National Library, by Latvian-American architect Gunnar Birkerts. The building—which resembles a glass-and-steel mountain ridge along the city’s Daugava River—just opened in 2014. —CNT Editors

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Quito, Ecuador

Quito’s Old Town is both a UNESCO World Heritage site and a bit of Florence, Italy, with spectacularly gilded churches and cobbled streets. —L.D.R.

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Quebec City, Canada

Hilltop Quebec City is a town for all seasons. Explore Quebec City’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed Old Town, brush up on your military history at the citadel atop Cap Diamant, and head to the Quartier Petit-Champlain for pedestrian-only streets and artisan boutiques. Reserve a room at the historic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, and dine in the hotel at the property’s 1608 Wine and Cheese Bar, which specializes in Quebec cheeses. K.L.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is often called the Paris of South America, but perhaps that comparison should work the other way around. BA’s wildly varied styles—from stately Recoleta homes trimmed in what looks like white cake icing to brightly painted tin buildings in La Boca—defies easy categorization. Design lovers should plan visits to the over-the-top Recoleta cemetery (best known as the final resting place of Eva “Evita” Peron) and El Ateneo, a plush red-carpeted theater that has been turned into a bookstore. —L.M.

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Luang Prabang, Laos

A former royal capital nestled in a valley, Luang Prabang was in 1995 designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and for good reason. Despite being a tiny town surrounded by mountains, Luang Prabang draws more visitors than any other destination in Laos for its temples, palaces, and natural beauty. And if it feels like there’s something in the air, there just might be: the ancient town is a center for Buddhist learning and spirituality.

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Vienna, Austria

Artistic, exquisite, and largely shaped by its musical and intellectual foundations, Austria’s capital and largest city is packed with culture. Make time to get a figurative taste of royalty at Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ former summer residence, and get an actual taste of Sachertorte, a chocolate cake that is one of the city’s culinary specialties. Just be sure to ask for it mit schlaag—with cream. —K.L.

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Isfahan, Iran

Once one of the largest cities in the world, Isfahan had such serious cosmopolitan clout in the 16th century that it inspired the phrase Isfahan nesf-e jahan, or “Isfahan is half the world.” Today, it’s is one of the country’s largest metropolises, and has wide, tree-lined boulevards, significant Islamic architecture, and hidden Persian gardens, all perfect for exploring.

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Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. isn’t all work and no play—in fact, it’s done good work of late to shake its reputation as a buttoned-up bore. In addition to having the greatest range of historic monuments and iconic buildings in the country, D.C. has quietly developed a reputation for its craft brewing, food halls (try Capitol Hill’s Eastern Market), and sprawling outdoor spaces. Come cherry blossom season, D.C. is the place to be. –K.L.

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Seville, Spain

The capital of Spain’s Andalusia region, Seville blends modernity and history as easily as its famed flamenco dancers tap their feet: from its Old Town (the third-largest in Europe) to its world-renowned tapas scene. Seville is pretty enough to be in pictures—and it is, now that Game of Thrones has made the city a central shot location for its fifth and subsequent seasons. Several locations in Andalusia got screen time, but the crown jewel of them all is the Alcázar of Seville (pictured), the lavish royal palace at the center of the city and the biggest tourist attraction.

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Muscat, Oman

Oman has some of the most spectacular landscapes you’ll see anywhere, from beaches that rival those in Brazil or Hawaii, to epic windswept deserts, to the fantastically craggy, gulch-filled Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar Range, which, at nearly 10,000 feet at its peak, is one of the Middle East’s highest. Meanwhile, Muscat, Oman’s port capital, is hemmed in by mountains and desert on the Gulf of Oman, where 21st-century shopping malls share space with 16th-century Portuguese forts and gleaming mosques.—CNT Editors

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