Lonely Planet: Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2020

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Known as the expert in all things when it comes to travel, Lonely Planet informs and inspires travelers. They give tips and show trusted content, both digitally and in print from experts who visit every destination. As they do each year, they have just recently unveiled their list of the Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2020. From centenary celebrations to breathtaking views, these cities are sure to offer you memorable experiences.

Lonely Planet Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2020

1. Salzburg, Austria

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View over Salzburg, Austria
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If you love music, festivals, and parties, Salzburg should definitely be on your list of top cities to visit in 2020. The Salzburg Festival turns 100 in 2020. So, to celebrate this centenary, the city is preparing a number of special exhibitions and events which will take place all over the historic city center.

2. Washington DC, USA

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U.S. Capitol
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In 2020 Washington DC will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment – the law that granted women the right to vote! Some iconic museums, like the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of American History are going to have special exhibitions related to this major milestone in human rights.

3. Cairo, Egypt

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Al-Sultan Hassan Mosque in Cairo, Egypt
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Cairo, the capital of Egypt, is soon to be home to Cairo’s Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). This will be a must-visit when it opens in 2020 as it will be the world’s largest museum entirely dedicated to one civilization.

4. Galway, Ireland

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Galway, Ireland
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Galway is Ireland’s most engaging city. In this city, you will find painted pubs with live music, and cafes offering front-row seats to watch buskers perform. In 2020, the Galway region will be a 2020 European Capital of Culture – and of course, the city is preparing several activities, such as street art performances, live and digital art, world-class music, theatre, and dance!

5. Bonn, Germany

Bonn Cathedral Square with Beethoven monument in Bonn, Germany
Bonn Cathedral Square with Beethoven monument in Bonn, Germany
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Once upon a time, Bonn was the capital of the Federal Republic, while Berlin served as the capital of East Germany. You should visit this city, not only because of its beauty and calm but also because in 2020, this city will be hosting many events to mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday. You can expect to see a line-up of concerts featuring world-famous orchestras, soloists and conductors, picnics, performances and “home concerts”.


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6. La Paz, Bolivia

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La Paz, Bolivia
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Even if it’s not the capital, La Paz is the most important city in Bolivia. Everything that happens in Bolivia stars here. It’s the most indigenous and the most cosmopolitan city in the country. La Paz hosts a huge area dedicated to handcraft of any type: from locals clothes to souvenirs, food and drink, and much more.

7. Kochi, India

Chinese fishing nets in Cochin, India
Chinese fishing nets in Cochin, India
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Also known as Cochin or “Queen of the Arabian Sea”, this is a major port city on the south-west coast of India. Since the 14th century, Kochi has been an important spice trading center, connecting the mainland to the rest of the world.

8. Vancouver, Canada

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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver is one of Canada’s densest and most ethnically diverse cities. It’s a city that is known for being home for popular scenes for movies. It has a natural beauty, surrounded by mountains. It also has an impressive panorama of art, theater, and music.

9. Dubai, UAE

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Burj Khalifa, Dubai
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It’s really hard not to admire Dubai. All the high buildings and palm-shaped islands make this city a must destination, on every occasion. And if you love to buy new things, Dubai is real shopping heaven. Here the malls are much more than mere collections of stores.

10. Denver, Colorado USA

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LoDo District, Denver, CO
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Denver is one of the fastest-growing cities in the US and definitely must for for top cities to visit in 2020! The weather is mild and the people are really nice. Downtown Denver is actually the fourth most walkable downtown in the nation. This area has the most popular places to visit in the city, like Union Station and the LoDo Historic District.

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Words by Rita Archer

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