Looking for where to go to on your next vacation? Here are 10 of the most attractive places to visit in the world. These cities and places have been ranked according to statistics and surveys carried out by experts.
No 1 Paris: Year after year, the magnetic City of Lights draws travellers looking to cross the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame off their bucket list. But what visitors really fall in love with are Paris' quaint cafes, vibrant markets, trendy shopping districts and unmistakeable je ne sais quoi charm, according to USNEWS.
No 2 London: London is number two on the list because it is seen as a world unto itself. The eclectic neighborhoods — which house a blend of historical landmarks and modern-day attractions — can keep you occupied for days. Visit the Tower of London and the British Museum or explore Portobello Road and Borough Market.
No 3 Barcelona: Though known for its fútbol (football) team, this city boasts much more than athletic talent. The city is a feast for the eyes: Visitors walk past medieval architecture in the Barri Gòtic and Gaudi's innovative creations at Parc Güell. Meanwhile, Las Ramblas buzzes at all hours.
No 4 Maui: Maui is one of the most beloved of all the Hawaiian Islands — lives up to its superlatives with exotic beaches (like Kaihalulu), palatial resorts (like the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea) and lush terrain (as seen in the Iao Valley State Park).
No 5 New York City: New York City hosts infinite urban adventures: Wander through Central Park, tour the exhibits at the Met, catch a Broadway show or peruse SoHo's stylish boutiques. And at night, admire Manhattan's glittering skyscrapers from the top of the Empire State Building.
No 6 San Francisco: Gourmet restaurants, funky boutiques and laid-back vibes are just some of San Fran's charms. A ride on the cable cars and a visit to Alcatraz are musts. And, of course, don't forget to visit the city's crowning architectural achievement — the Golden Gate Bridge
No 7 Puerto Rico: Meander along cobbled streets and admire historic sites like El Morro in Old San Juan. Prefer miles of sand? Consider the bioluminescent bays of Culebra and Vieques. For a vibrant night scene, visit the Isla Verde or Santurce neighborhoods of San Juan.
No 8 Sydney: This metropolis offers more than just a dizzying array of landmarks (e.g., the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge). Sydney boasts a warm, sunny climate ideal for enjoying the city's beaches. The sands at Coogee and Bondi draw locals and tourists alike.
No 9 Rio de Janeiro: Rio jockeys with Buenos Aires and São Paulo as South America's hottest destination — and not just for its warm weather. The famous Christ the Redeemer statue presides over Copacabana Beach. And you'll be hard-pressed to find a livelier event than Rio's Carnival.
No 10 Bora Bora: It's hard not to be enchanted by this paradisiacal destination: Lush jungles extend into sky high volcanoes and sands stretch into upscale resorts. Carve out some time for hiking Mount Otemanu, observing aquatic life at the Bora Bora Lagoonarium and relaxing on the beach.