World’s Top 10 Beautiful Places to Visit in 2011

1: Istanbul, Turkey

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One of the EU’s 2010 choices for European Capitals of Culture, Istanbul is a study in contradictions. Straddling the divide between Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a net of the Far East and Europe. You should visit for the wonderful incongruity of the ancient and the new — the Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque and the Beyoglu nightclubs, and much, much more.

2: Copenhagen, Denmark

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If you visit to Denmark, you can enjoy Copenhagen’s geniality and its museums, dining scene, Scandinavian design and progressiveness.

3: Melbourne, Australia

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Located along Australia’s southern coast in the Victoria province, Melbourne mixes urban sophistication with a mellow beachy vibe. According to Frommer’s, who ranks Melbourne as one of its top 10 destinations of 2010. Visit Melbourne for its easygoing coffeehouses, fine food and wine, turquoise waters and eclectic neighborhoods.

4: New York, U.S

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New York makes for a fabulous vacation every season and year after year. But 2011 is especially remarkable because it marks the decade anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attack. The National September 11 Memorial is scheduled to open in time for the anniversary.

5: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rio de Janeiro is once again in the limelight as the 2014 host of the World Cup and the 2016 host of the Summer Olympics. You should definitely visit in 2011 to avoid the rush, and while here, enjoy the Amazonian cuisine, the Tijuca Rainforest, the Sugarloaf Mountain, the absolutely exhilarating downtown area and, the Ipanema Beach.

6: Salta, Argentina

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When people think of Argentina, they think Buenos Aires, but we recommend heading north to exotic Salta. One of the best ways to experience Salta’s breathtaking scenery is to hop on the tren a las nubes (train to the clouds).

7: Sri Lanks

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The New York Times lists Sri Lanka as one of its top places to visit in 2010, but if you didn’t get to go, we recommend a trip here in 2011. With miles of clean white shoreline accompanied by clear waters and roaming monkeys and elephants, Sri Lanka makes for a wildlife-infused beach getaway. Plus, you can also enjoy the anonymity and relaxation of the area’s spa retreats.

8: Stockholm, Sweden

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Captivating a sign from Stieg Larsson and his amazingly successful Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, we present Stockholm as a top city to visit in 2011. This “Venice of the North” is visually striking with canal-connected islands and the construction in Old Town, which was safe and sound from World War II bombs. Plus, if you travel over the Midsummer Festival in late June, you’ll experience an almost eerie 24 hours of daylight.

9: Valencia, Spain

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The greatest thing about this overlooked city in Spain is its affordability — but that could be changing as its popularity is on the rise, giving you more of an impetus to travel here soon. Newly named the European Capital of Sport for 2011, you should visit Valencia for pastimes like soccer and Formula 1 but also for the savory paella.

10: Wellington, New Zealand

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Visit Wellington in 2011 for its cultural moxie, but you should also come for its brilliant landscape of hills and harbor.


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