From little-known islands in the Caribbean to French paradise in the Pacific, traditional architecture in the East and colorful fishing villages of North America, the upcoming decade is a chance to broaden our horizons and explore more of the world than ever before.
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The Top 6 Underrated Cities to Visit in 2020
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A former Viking village and the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen is filled with fascinating historical sites along with good old Scandinavian charm. It's also a cultural and economic hub with buzzing nightlife and a thriving gastronomy scene. The city rivals Amsterdam in terms of colorful European architecture, charming waterfront promenades and romantic canals. At the end of 2019, Copenhagen announced the opening of 17 additional subway stations, making the city easier to navigate than ever.
Port Elizabeth, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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These idyllic islands in the Caribbean have long been a favorite getaway of yacht sailors across the world, yet not nearly as popular with land-lubbing tourists. This is partly because access was limited to travel by sea or private jet. However with the opening of a new international airport in 2017, anyone can escape to the exotic Caribbean paradise of St. Vincent. Head to southern Port Elizabeth by ferry and spend the day shopping at the tiny commercial strip and lounging on the town's picturesque Princess Margaret Beach, formerly a stomping ground reserved for the international jet set.
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Estonia's popularity is expected to soar in the coming decade, as foodies, hipsters and techies the world over are attracted to the country's innovative freelancer visas s and desirable e-Estonia digital society. Head to the nation's capital of Tallinn for atmospheric walks through the medieval Old Town, a stroll through one of the jewels of Tsar Peter the Great at Kadriorg Palace. Or sample local delicacies at one of the many restaurants on the White Nordic Guide, a respected guide to dining in the Nordic and Baltic regions of Europe.
St. John's, Newfoundland
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St. John's is one of the oldest cities in North America, with records of its existence dating back to 1519. This maritime city is often compared to San Francisco for its steep mazes of residential streets, also known for its charming heritage buildings and colorful downtown residences, nicknamed Jellybean Row. St. John's has a long history as a fishing village, and has a culture and appearance distinct from the rest of Canada. The nation's maritime provinces see just a fraction of incoming tourists, making it the ideal holiday destination to relax and unwind this year.
Kanazawa City, Japan
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With the world's attention on Tokyo for hosting the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, it's time to look beyond the city's expansive borders and explore what else the country has to offer. Kanazawa, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, is known to locals for its historic architecture, uniquely Dutch-influenced Oyama Shrine and the impressive Kanroku-en, one of Japan's most beautiful traditional gardens.
Noumea, New Caledonia
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This quiet island in the Pacific is one of the region's most underrated destinations. New Caledonia is still under the jurisdiction of France, and its colonial architecture and French cultural influences lend the island its unique charms. Noumea is the island's capital and busiest port. With dozens of beaches just minutes from downtown and more sunny days than most Pacific island cities, Noumea is the ideal escape from hectic city life.
The world is huge, and full of beautiful places to explore, cultural gems to discover and history to wade through. Discover the top cities to visit in the new decade, from underrated European capitals to a quiet paradise in the Pacific.