There are so many beautiful places to visit and many wonderful things to do in each of them, but where to start? Take a trip through the (English) alphabet, starting with Almeida and Bucharest and ending with Yatsushiro and Zagreb.
Enjoy this list and hopefully find the right city for your next vacation.
*Note: Some cities on this list are already tourist hot spots, but others are still waiting for their time in the sun.
A is for Almeida, located in Portugal, just west of Spain. Almeida was built to be a fortified village. Here you will find delicious Portuguese food. As far as what to see, The Fortress of Almeida awaits, as it did in the days of the Napoleonic Wars.
B is for Bucharest, the capital of Romania. Called the “Paris of Eastern Europe” Bucharest is a beautiful
city that only the savviest of tourists have found. The food is delicious and perfect for fall or winter. See the old city for beautiful architecture and unique souvenirs.
C is for Cairo, another capital, this time of Egypt. Popular with tourists for hundreds of years, I think everyone knows what to do here. See the pyramids, by all means, but see about a Nile cruise and enjoy the scenery.
E is for Eilat, at the Southern most point of Israel. Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular pastimes in this city on the Red Sea. For a special treat, visit Dolphin Reef.
Not content to just stay here? Eilat shares borders with Egypt and Jordan with tourist crossing points.
F is for Florence, in Italy, the city of Da Vinci. If you love art, this Renaissance city is the place to be. Be sure to start in the Uffizi Gallery, home of the famous David. Next, visit Florence’s Fountain of Neptune on Piazza della Signoria.
G is for Goa, where? India. Love beautiful beaches? Love music festivals? Then Goa is for you. Goa features fantastic water sports at Grand Island and 2 of India’s top music festivals.
H is for the Hebrides, an island chain off the coast of Scotland, their scenic scapes come highly recommended for hiking or biking. Prefer an easy vacation? Their beaches are pristine, and inviting.
I is for Ibiza, the spring break destination in Spain. But this city offers more than one long party when the
sun goes down. Four local sites are now listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. If you love history, Ibiza has a lot to offer: from museums to ancient Phoenician settlements, so take a walk through Spain’s history.
K is for Knossos, on the island of Crete. It’s not currently occupied, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see. The ancient palace is renowned worldwide for its beauty and complexity, so be sure to make time.
M is for Mamaia, a resort on the Romanian side of the Black Sea. Beautiful beaches await sunbathers. For swimmers, good news, the water is warm till mid-autumn.
N is for New Orleans, a city renowned for its food. Gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans and rice can be
found most anywhere. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try alligator too. Hoping to party in the city of Jazz? Don’t wait for Mardi Gras, New Orleans is fun any time of year.
Want something unique or different to do? Try a swamp tour and see alligators in the wild. Or stick to the city for voodoo and ghost tours
O is for Orkney, the Scottish Isle. Known for its natural beauty and amazing wildlife, plan a hike in this one of a kind place. But this island isn’t only wild; museums tell the history of Orkney’s Viking heritage. Think you have to go to crowded Stonehenge to see Celtic standing stones? Think again, Orkney boasts its own.
P is for Petra, this rose-red world wonder was built by the Nabataeans in Jordan, this site is carved into the mountains, it is truly a wonder to behold, and perfect for history lovers and geologists too. The rocks are multi-colored, and the sunrise is too.
Q is for Quito, found in Ecuador. The retiree’s paradise, but you should visit before. Called the most beautiful city in South America, the view is amazing to be sure. If you love architecture this is a city to see, there are many churches and the museum buildings are quite unique.
R is for Riga, another capital to add to our list, this time of Lativa, a jewel of Eastern Europe. Riga has a long history, and its historic architecture is just one of the many things you have to see.
S is for Sibiu, in Transylvania, Romania. Named “Europe's 8th-most idyllic place to live" by Forbes, it’s
easy to see why, the city still boasts much of its old architecture. And for those who love a supernatural thrill, you should know, the city is associated with vampires, including a very famous one.
T is for Trakai, an island city in Lithuanaia. Part historic town, part lake resort, there’s plenty for the history lover to enjoy. But this town is more than a history lover’s paradise, there’s boating for water lovers and activities for kids too, so bring the whole family with you.
U is for Uppsala, found in Sweden, once home to Vikings. If you love to shop, this city is for you. Uppsala is known for its lively shopping district and flea markets.
W is for Warsaw, capital of Poland. Head to the Praga District for the art, architecture, and the food. The city is filled with museums, so history buffs can’t miss. If you prefer entertainment, Warsaw has plenty.
X is for Xanten, a city in Germany. Not very big, but the city has a wonder few others do, their
archaeological park is one of the largest in the world. Built around the Roman settlements of Colonia Ulpia Traiana, this city is a Classicists dream.
Y is for Yatsushiro, located in Japan. If you are a lover of cultural festivals, this city can’t be missed. Come for horses, costumes and fireworks.
Z is for Zagreb, capital of Croatia, and where we finish our adventure. Once torn by war, this city has been renewed and is a tourists dream. Come for architecture museums, and concerts, stay for the scenery and food.
There’s nothing better than traveling to new and exciting places, so try one of the cities on this list. And if nothing here excites you, just type a letter into Google, and see where it takes you