If asked to list my favorite cities today it looks a bit different from the lists I put together a few years ago. (Metro, City, Towns,Villages) Partly due to new experiences and places, but also with the benefit of time and reflection. This doesn’t totally negate those other lists, but augments them. Here are my current top 40 regardless of size:
Having been there dozens of times, I still find new fascinating things every trip.
Go for the sights, stay for the food.
Off season is the best time from what I hear.
This city is a work of art.
I could live there for the perfect weather, if I wouldn’t get bored with that.
6. Cortina d’Ampezzo
Feel like you are in the Pink Panther 60s.
I don’t think I could exhaust the things to see and do there.
In spite of some of the most bizarre esthetics, it is the food I want to revisit.
-I was surprised at the beauty and history there.
Europe for mountain people.
Arguably the most historic city for XXth Century buffs, it has unknown beauty.
This is the most exotic megacity I’ve ever been too.
A charming little city for a romantic getaway.
The biggest pile of historic ruins around, plus a lot of extravagant beauty.
Not a city anymore, you walk around amazed at what was.
16. Washington D.C.
I prefer the museums to the politics.
Spend an afternoon inside the city walls.
18. Ramsau/ Berchtesgaden
These are the mountains
My favorite middle ages hill fort town.
20. Puerto Mont
Take in the flavor, both touristic and cullinary.
21. Villarica/ Pucon
I can’t speak to these town since the latest erruption.
22. Santa Fe
A mountain town with the essence of Southwest flair.
A mini Cologne.
A music historian’s dream.
25. Estes Park
Summer in the Rockies is the best version of the Rockies.
What’s your pleasure? France, Germany, or Switzerland. Here you can have it all.
27. Rothenburg ob der Taube
Sometimes you just want to be a cliché.
28. Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
The city for when you want to get away from civilization completely.
The city on a Viking’s bay.
It took a while, but this metro has grown on me. If I ever catch a concert I’m sure it’ll grow more.
Site of the event of the last millennium.
32. Virginia City
Catch a sarsaparilla in a real saloon.
The Bavarian center to every single German stereotype.
The Mediterranean metro of South America.
A resort in the middle of Biblical history.
It’s pretty, but I don’t remember which side you want. Buda or Pest?
Like a lot of these beautiful but interchangeable European cities, I remember Hamburg best with my taste buds. Coffee and Franzbrochen.
Chile has a lot of beautiful cities with Volcanic views. The cathedral in Osorno is Unique.
Scandinavian sites are woth your time if you have the money.
A fairy-tale village if there ever was one.