Lonely Planet has revealed its top towns to visit in 2015, the 10 picks might surprise you. The suggestions include well-known favorites, smaller cities only the locals would take you there or a selection of cities that must include in your list.
To do this top 10 list, Lonely Planet asked its international staff, contributors and authors for their cliché visit spots or hidden gem suggestions, or places that have something extraordinary to present in 2015. These places are worthy of the traveler for that special vacation this year.
Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s digital editorial director says “It’s the one time each year that Lonely Planet applies its collective brainpower to pick recommendations and rank their recommendations,” “I’m excited by this year’s list of cities. There’s a good mix of obvious places to visit and less-obvious ones.”
Start planning your vacation and see which cities made the list of the Top 10 best cities to travel in 2015 by Lonely Planet.
This multicultural megalopolis promises to be extra vibrant in 2015. An estimated 250,000 visitors will arrive for the Pan American Games. And the influences of nearby New York and Montreal keep things cutting-edge, with live music thriving in grassroots bars.
Chennai has long been seen as a stepping-stone to other parts of India. But with the opening of the Chennai Metro Rail, the capital of India’s south plans to raise its profile. And there’s plenty to see: statue-covered Dravidian temples, fascinating museums, British-era fortifications and churches, a 3km-long beach, and India’s second-largest movie industry, ‘Kollywood’.
In 1865 Emperor Franz Josef got cracking on his architectural tour de force: the Ringstrasse. The ‘Ring’ stitched together trophy sights from the Rathaus to the Staatsoper. 150 years later, a line-up of special events and exhibitions is cranking up the celebratory feel.
For too long travelers have considered Salisbury a short stop on the way to Stonehenge. But 2015 is set to be the year visitors linger in this quintessentially English city, as Salisbury uncorks the champagne for the 800th anniversary of its greatest treasure, the Magna Carta. Expect a brand new exhibition alongside an array of talks, evensongs, a flower festival and plenty more.
One of Europe’s most beautiful Old Towns, a backdrop of the Rhodope Mountains, historical treasures, smoldering nightlife. There’s a wealth of reasons to explore Plovdiv, but recent decades have polished Bulgaria’s second city. Its remarkable ruins (including a Roman theatre in the centre of the shopping precinct) were slowly excavated throughout the 1970s and ’80s.
Valletta has had an architectural overhaul, introducing Renzo Piano’s new gateway to the city, his parliament building faced with laser-cut stonework and an open-air auditorium. Valletta’s unspoilt 17th-century buildings line a beautifully laid-out grid of streets. The contrast between old and new is what makes the new additions all the more startling.
Intrepid hikers, mountaineers and ski fiends drool over the Matterhorn that rises above Zermatt. In 2015 this diva of resorts celebrates the 150th anniversary of the first ascent, theEnglish mountaineer Edward Whymper.
Milan is a city of lavish wealth and almost frightening elegance. But in 2015 will welcome the masses with Expo 2015 – the latest of the world fairs held since the mid. Explore the ‘future food district’, watch cooking demos, wander a plaza full of street musicians, or indulge in nighttime wine-tastings.
2.El Chaltén, Argentina
In 2015 this village is turning 30years old. Throw in the second-largest chunk of ice outside polar regions, the wild and mysterious Hielos Sur (Southern Patagonian Ice Field), and it’s no wonder Chaltén has quickly become Argentina’s trekking capital.
1. Washington, DC
The American capital is on the top of the list, is one of the world’s best museum and monument cities. And since 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, many artifacts including the famous top hat of America’s 16th president and the pistol that fired the deadly shot will be on display.