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Lonely Planet Top 200 Cities Quiz

Lonely Planet compiled a book of the top 200 cities for travelers. How many can you name?
Last updated: September 03, 2018
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City
1
Paris
2
New York City
3
Sydney
4
Barcelona
5
London
6
Rome
7
San Francisco
8
Bangkok
9
Cape Town
10
Istanbul
11
Melbourne
12
Hong Kong
13
Kathmandu
14
Prague
15
Vancouver
16
Buenos Aires
17
Rio de Janeiro
18
Berlin
19
Jerusalem
20
Montreal
21
Edinburgh
22
Venice
23
Hanoi
24
Amsterdam
25
Singapore
26
Tokyo
27
Florence
28
Dublin
29
Mexico City
30
Krakow
31
Toronto
32
Cairo
33
Budapest
34
Chicago
35
Havana
36
Madrid
37
Munich
38
Athens
39
New Orleans
40
Vienna
41
Ho Chi Minh City
42
Marrakech
43
Sarajevo
44
Seville
45
Kyoto
46
Las Vegas
47
Perth
48
Shanghai
49
Los Angeles
50
Lisbon
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City
51
Stockholm
52
Kuala Lumpur
53
Damascus
54
Luang Prabang
55
Seattle
56
Phnom Penh
57
St. Petersburg
58
Cuzco
59
Dubrovnik
60
Delhi
61
Moscow
62
Salvador da Bahia
63
Beijing
64
Helsinki
65
Kolkata
66
Santiago de Chile
67
Fes
68
Auckland
69
Manila
70
Puerto Vallarta
71
Chiang Mai
72
Varanasi
73
Cartagena
74
Zanzibar
75
Innsbruck
76
York
77
Mumbai
78
Hamburg
79
Oaxaca
80
Galway
81
Siena
82
Isfahan
83
Wellington
84
Ljubljana
85
Seoul
86
San Cristobal
87
Taipei
88
Tallinn
89
Lhasa
90
Bled
91
Hobart
92
Jaipur
93
Brussels
94
La Paz
95
Quebec City
96
Valparaiso
97
Naples
98
Memphis
99
Heidelberg
100
Dhaka
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City
101
Amman
102
Monaco
103
Washington D.C.
104
Quito
105
Christchurch
106
Glasgow
107
Muscat
108
Panama City
109
Dakar
110
Bratislava
111
San Sebastian
112
Bern
113
San Juan
114
Aleppo
115
Dubai
116
Riga
117
Asmara
118
Kabul
119
Bath
120
Copenhagen
121
Macau
122
Sofia
123
Hoi An
124
Marseille
125
Zagreb
126
Manchester
127
Antigua
128
Reykjavik
129
Yogyakarta
130
Carcasonne
131
Lubeck
132
Tel Aviv
133
Hiroshima
134
Mendoza
135
Nairobi
136
Beirut
137
Vilnius
138
Montevideo
139
Yangon
140
Arequipa
141
Bucharest
142
Apia
143
Belgrade
144
Dar es Salaam
145
Kiev
146
Bukhara
147
Male
148
Caracas
149
Tirana
150
Suva
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City
151
Tbilisi
152
Agadez
153
Ushuaia
154
Kampala
155
Bogota
156
Bridgetown
157
Ulaanbaatar
158
Abuja
159
Christiansted
160
Sanaa
161
Livingstone
162
Alexandria
163
Belfast
164
Savannah
165
Nuuk
166
Jeddah
167
Johannesburg
168
Kairouan
169
Austin
170
San Salvador
171
Cardiff
172
Minsk
173
Thimphu
174
Khartoum
175
Anchorage
176
Mecca
177
Aswan
178
Yerevan
179
Luxembourg
180
Georgetown
181
Maputo
182
Baku
183
Belize City
184
Essaouira
185
Santo Domingo
186
Addis Ababa
187
Pyongyang
188
Lahore
189
Cayenne
190
Almaty
191
Mombasa
192
Valletta
193
Antananarivo
194
Miami
195
Bamako
196
Saint-Denis
197
Granada
198
Beira
199
Madang
200
Ashgabat
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level 27
Mar 31, 2014
I've only visited about 40 but I'm 18 so I've got time :-D
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level 41
Apr 5, 2014
Been to 16. NYC, London, San Francisco, Cape Town, Istanbul, Toronto, Chicago, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington DC, Quito, Panama City, Johannesburg & Austin. I would LOVE to visit them all. If only that pesky job would stop getting in the way :(
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level 59
Apr 22, 2014
Historical places like Philadelphia and Boston are not here but Anchorage is? Unless you are going salmon fishing or gold mining who goes to Anchorage?
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level 35
Jun 9, 2018
For sure. How did neither Boston or Philly make it?
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level 70
Apr 30, 2014
Wow. I consider myself well traveled (been to 31 of these) but there are a few dozens of those I've never even heard about 0_0.Very proud to see my city in the top 20 though! :D
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level 79
May 20, 2014
Katmandoo? Could some alternative spellings be accepted please?
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level 79
May 20, 2014
No Oslo on the list? :(
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level 40
May 31, 2014
Where is Tehran?
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level 73
Jun 20, 2014
Iran, I believe.
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level 66
Jun 8, 2014
I got Auckland and Christchurch but didn't expect Wellington. Honestly, I am surprised by Lonely Planet's standards . . .
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level 58
Jun 10, 2018
Have you been to Wellington recently? It is great!
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level 55
Jun 10, 2014
Sarajevo 43?! Bosnia is a poor country, why would anyone want to visit it?
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level 70
Dec 26, 2014
Yes, those awful awful poor people....why would anyone go to a poor country. Sarcasm, obviously.
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level 58
Jul 24, 2015
I did. Sarajevo was fantastic, affordable, great people, good food. we also rented a car and took a day trip down to Mostar and Mejugourie. Must do!
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level 75
Oct 11, 2015
Most of the cities on this list are in countries that would, by that reckoning, be classed as "poor".
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level 55
Jun 9, 2018
But most of the cities on this list also have lots of history, many not very well known.
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level 44
Jun 20, 2014
Can we make "Ho Chi Minh" also work, or is there a particular reason that it doesn't?
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level 44
Jul 29, 2014
No Geneva and no Zurich. Completely blew me away. But Bern?
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level 65
Jun 11, 2018
I don't see the problem here. Bern is much nicer than both Geneva and Zurich. If
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level 43
Jul 29, 2014
How is York on this list and Milan isn't? I've been to both and i know where i'd rather go to again.
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level 60
Jun 11, 2018
Milan is indeed beautiful. But New York gets 60.5 million people visitors per year. Milan sees a bit over 8 million visitors annually. So, all those poor New York tourists must find something that appeals to them.
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level 42
Jun 12, 2018
He said York. Not New York.
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level 52
Jul 29, 2014
So yeah got 102 on my first go, and got Aleppo, got Sienna, got Savannah and Mobassa. And completely forgot Beijing, Cairo, Athens and Dublin (and Belfast!) :(
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level 31
Sep 22, 2014
Got 117 on my first try; great test overall, been to 23 of these cities, all of the ones in US and UK.
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level 33
Nov 22, 2014
I entered Pyongyang for a joke... what the hell???
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level 40
Jul 3, 2016
OMG SAME! I was like WTF
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level 57
Jun 12, 2018
me too XD
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level 69
Sep 4, 2018
We have the little heart for "me too"s now :-)
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level 58
Dec 12, 2014
My top ten list in no particular order: New York, London, Paris, Sydney, Dubai, Tokyo, Rio de Jeneiro, Singapore, Rome, San Francisco
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level 35
Dec 4, 2015
I wish I could go to Sydney...
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level 70
May 12, 2016
Singapore I've found to be basically a more boring, less colourful version of Hong Kong. Sydney's pretty, but once you get over the post card views, Melbourne's a much more interesting city.
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level 58
Jun 14, 2018
I'd replace Singapore with Kuala Lumpur, Sydney with Melbourne, and Rio with Dubrovnik (that place is amazing!).
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level 57
Jul 29, 2018
Sydney? Above Kyoto, Prague, Hong Kong, Varanasi, Jerusalem, Bangkok, Beijing, Giza, Kiev, Dubrovnik, Pompeii, Savannah,.... Sydney's like a smaller, nearly as flat Chicago, with an opera house made of orange slices with the white pulp still on. That's it.
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level 70
Sep 27, 2018
If you must compare Sydney to a US city, San Francisco is the most similar
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level 58
Dec 12, 2014
Honorable Mentions: Oslo, Milan, Jakarta, Cabo San Lucas, Lagos
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level 46
Jan 27, 2015
How is Pyongyang 187th, or even on this list for that matter? They don't even let people in or out. Who could even travel there?
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level 70
May 12, 2016
I know people who have traveled there, and I personally would love to. So many places you go to are rendered much the same by the inexorable march of modernity and globalisation. Pyongyang would be a fascinating break from all that. A nightmarish place to live, but fascinating to visit.
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level 52
Jun 11, 2016
Not worth the risk of labor camp. There's a whole world to enjoy, a tyrannical despot's homeland should be the last place on the list.
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level 61
Aug 29, 2016
Been there and it's a facinating place. Probably the safest I have ever been. It's not traditonally touristy per se, but there is lots of interesting architecture and culture.
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level 58
Jun 14, 2018
Culture? Like the brainwashed worshiping of their dictator as supreme lord of the universe?
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level 57
Jul 27, 2018
Brainwashed Americans and their worldview. So sad.
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level 37
Feb 4, 2015
As someone who has been to El Salvador for a mission trip I can say that San Salvador is not a touristy city. I'm suprised cities like Banff and Aspen aren't on the list
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level 58
Jun 14, 2018
As someone who lives in Colorado, I can say that Aspen is not a city worthy of this list. Maybe Gunnison or Steamboat Springs or Breckenridge, but Aspen is too expensive, and there is nothing to do there but ski.
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level 35
Feb 21, 2015
Any chance of an updated one of these?
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level 61
Mar 11, 2015
Got the top 50, but clearly should have given more attention to entering African cities.
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level 76
Mar 11, 2015
Antigua is an island not a city.
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level 59
Jun 13, 2018
It's also a city.
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level 73
Mar 11, 2015
No Honolulu? No Phuket/Patong/Phi Phi? No Orlando- the #1 tourist destination in the world? And Sydney #3? C'mon Lonely Planet... you can do better than this. and I can name at least 5 places in the Philippines I'd rather visit than Manila.
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level 73
Mar 11, 2015
more complaints... Mecca? Jeddah???? Okay Mecca was an interesting and novel experience... but Jeddah? Saudi Arabia doesn't even give out tourist visas so good luck getting there. I did, but I was working in the country. and you're going to be disappointed if you go to Jeddah as a tourist.
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level 73
Mar 11, 2015
More.. Alexandria and Cairo but no Luxor? And Damascus? I guess if you're a fan of doding mortar fire?
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level 73
Mar 11, 2015
Bucharest but no Constanta/Mamaia. Istanbul but no Antalya. So many problems with this list.
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level 73
Mar 11, 2015
No Ibiza... but they found room for Bratislava?
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level 33
Feb 20, 2017
Ibiza is an island, not a city, probably why it's not on the list.
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level 73
Mar 11, 2015
Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn... whoever did this just put in every capital city from Europe, right? Kiev but no Odessa is kind of more evidence for that.
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level 25
Apr 22, 2016
You are right the rank is strange, but these cities actually deserve to be there and probably a little higher. Those are amazing evidences of medieval merchant history. Do you know about Hanseatic league?
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level 79
Apr 24, 2016
They missed Oslo. That's certainly worth a visit.
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level 70
Jun 8, 2016
Tallinn is awesome. Well deserving of its spot on this list.
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level 73
Sep 1, 2016
I've visited all three. Had a nice time in Tallinn. Found Vilnius to be boring. Riga was the worst.
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level 48
Jun 3, 2017
i guess people visit capitals more than other cities
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level 43
Jun 11, 2018
Kiev - the historic centre of Varangian Rus; the historic founding city of Russian Orthodoxy. Odessa - Battleship Potemkin and some steppes. Sorry - maybe a little biased dave
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level 43
Jun 11, 2018
But i do agree that putting all the capital cities in first worked a treat. But that is what most travellers do - go to the capital and work outwards dave
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level 58
Jun 14, 2018
Tallinn is a beautiful city, and one of my favorites in the world. I would rather go to Tallinn than Berlin.
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level 73
Jun 15, 2018
I did like Tallinn. I just imagined someone scanning a map and going down the Baltic coast (and continuing through Europe) and putting in every city with a star next to it. The other two aren't really worth visiting, IMO.
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level 73
Mar 11, 2015
And for comparison's sake against some of the other commentors, I've been to 42-44 of these places, depending on whether that's the Panama City in Panama or the one in Florida, and the Georgetown near Washington DC or the one in Guyana, Malaysia or somewhere else. Though after I finish this trip I'm currently on this number will more than double.
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level 50
Mar 11, 2015
In how many countries you had been?
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level 73
Mar 11, 2015
USA, Canada, France, UK, Poland, Nederland, Germany, Czech Rep, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, RoKorea, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, China (Macao & Hong Kong), Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Israel, Cyprus, TRNC, Turkey, "Palestine"...

So... I guess now that makes 32 if you only count those on the Countries of the World quiz. Or 35 if you count Hong Kong and Macao as separate places, and Palestine and Northern Cyprus as countries.
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level 58
Aug 28, 2016
No Australia or New Zealand?
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level 73
Sep 1, 2016
I remember when I was a child Australia was one of the only places in the world I was interested in visiting, but for some reason, as an adult busy traveling the world, I've never actually gotten around to going there. Some day, maybe.
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level 73
Jun 9, 2018
Been to 61 countries now. As well as the George Town in Malaysia.
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level 47
Mar 11, 2015
I did not read the book to find out how exactly they defined "top cities" - but I would most certainly prefer to visit Boston, Honolulu, Charleston, or Cologne than Addis Ababa or Kabul!
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level 73
Apr 6, 2017
I actually liked Addis Ababa. I was there in 2010. More interesting than Charleston, probably. I don't know if I'd want to go to Kabul.
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level 60
Jun 11, 2018
Keep in mind that the list was compiled by Lonely Planet, which, though much more mainstream today, still markets itself to backpackers and adventure travelers. This is a very different list than one might see from Fodor's.
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level 70
Dec 10, 2016
The list is compiled with hipster credibility in mind. All of the usual tourist hotspots plus some obscure/dangerous places that allow for extra smugness when comparing passports
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level 56
Apr 6, 2017
Or, maybe, these are actually interesting cities that may be having a dangerous time, but that might also change (see: Belfast, Sarajevo). Y'all ought to get out of your chair sometimes.
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level 70
Sep 27, 2018
From a rough count, I've been to 31 of these, across 6 continents. Not as many as some but more than most. There are plenty of places I liked not on the list and plenty on the list that I have minimal interest in returning to. I would like to "get out of my chair" more often though
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level 57
Apr 6, 2017
And seriously, Belize City? I'm taking this quiz from there and it is the murder capital. I'd recommend tourists go somewhere else in Belize instead.
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level 21
Mar 11, 2015
Lonely Planet, we've got a problem. I can't find Houston on this list.
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level 43
Mar 11, 2015
I went to Houston last month to visit a friend. It was remarkably boring.
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level 38
Mar 19, 2016
Got a problem with Houston? Well, me and 6 million other people have a problem with YOU
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level 73
Sep 1, 2016
I've got two problems with Houston. In addition to being boring, the humidity. Ugh.
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level 70
Sep 8, 2016
Apart from the Space Centre, I can't think of much reason to visit Houston. I'll take Austin any day.
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level 39
Jun 12, 2017
FYI I used to live in Houston and it was fine.
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level 57
Jul 29, 2018
I've been to Houston and it's remarkably flat.
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level 57
Jul 29, 2018
I've been to Houston and it's remarkably sprawled out.
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level 57
Jul 29, 2018
I've been to Houston and its remarkable cookie cutter, chain-store suburbia.
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level 50
Mar 11, 2015
Got 130, visited just 1 there (where I live).
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level 63
Jan 13, 2016
Similar...got 120, have only been to five...ah, to have enough money to travel, what I wouldn't give...
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level 58
Aug 28, 2016
I got 120 too! I'm lucky to have been to 27. Dreaming of travelling more, I will go one day...
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level 62
Mar 11, 2015
When I see Pyongyang and Kabul on the list, it kinda makes me question the standards of the test haha
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level 55
Mar 11, 2015
I don't necessarily agree with all the places on this list and I'm curious how they did their research. There are some gorgeous world cities and I'm sure each city on this list has it's own unique features. However I feel fortunate that I've been to 29 of these places, with 6 being in the U.S and the other 23 out of the country.
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level 43
Mar 12, 2015
This list seems biased against the USA and it seems merely being a nation's capital matters more than popularity and even culture, for how are Damascus (in a war zone!) and Pyonyang on the list but NOT: Boston, Philadelphia, Orlando (as many have said, the world's top tourist destination thanks to Disney World), Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Denver, Pittsburgh (a hidden gem), Charlotte, Minneapolis, Portland, San Diego, and more. But other world cities left off that were surprising to me were Frakfurt am Main, Milan, Barcelona, Oslo, tehran (if Damascus and Pyongyang, why not the more accessible Tehran?), Karachi, etc. Lonely Planet's list is garbage.
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level 72
Mar 12, 2015
Barcelona was on here, but in general I agree. I can understand why some US places weren't on here, simply because of the lack of public transportation. San Antonio, for instance, is not that friendly for travelers unless you have a car. But at least it's not a war zone, and there's a very low risk of being taken hostage.
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level 57
Sep 19, 2017
Getting into the US is quite tiring for a foreigner. Lonely Planet is international, and a lot of the reviews have been based on travelers' experiences. And those cities are rather bland--- nice places to work and live in, but lacking in culture. Lonely Planet seems to take into account the history and culture of cities, so that's why a lot of smaller, poorer yet ancient cities make the list.
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level 65
Jun 9, 2018
It's a big world, my friend. Some people like to travel in countries other than the US. And cities that few foreigners get to are often still pretty interesting places. Even more interesting than Orlando and Houston - hard as that must be to believe! Anyway, bringing up Disney World makes me think that you should probably stick to St. Louis, Missouri, and leave Saint Louis, Senegal (and all its coolness) for the rest of us.
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level 59
Mar 12, 2015
One of the eighteen places on this list that I've visited is Bled, Slovenia. While it is an absolutely charming place that stunned me with its incredibly beautiful scenery, I cannot see how anyone could possibly apply the term 'city' to it.
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level 18
Mar 17, 2015
I'm from Slovenia and for our standards Bled is a city. It has 5,250 inhabitants - top 50 in Slovenia. In Slovenia, there is 2 million people and only 16 towns with more than 10.000 inhabitants. Regards :)
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level 25
Mar 12, 2015
i've been to about 12 of these which is not bad for being 15
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level 58
Apr 6, 2016
16 and I'm 15
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level 32
Apr 6, 2017
I have been to 26 of these cities and I'm only 14 🙃
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level 58
May 6, 2017
I`ve been to 10, and I`m 11
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level 23
Nov 19, 2017
I’ve been to about 80 of them, and I’m only 4 and a half, plus I live in Zimbabwe
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level 39
Jun 12, 2017
I'm a fetus and I've been to all 200.
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level 63
Mar 12, 2015
I've been to Luang Prabang! Should have gotten that! :(
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level 35
Mar 14, 2015
American here. LOL at most of these. Got 98/200 my first time. Couldn't believe that Anchorage and Memphis are on here, but places like Boston, San Diego and Portland (OR) aren't. I was so proud of myself to include really foreign places like Kathmandu, Ulaanbaatar and Almaty, but some of these are just ridiculous. Who's seriously going to go to Damascus or Pyongyang right now? Should've included Mosul and Al-Fashir on the list too.
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level 54
Jun 28, 2017
Not even Honolulu was on the list. I think Honolulu is better than Anchorage and yet Anchorage is on the list.
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level 15
Mar 14, 2015
Got perth i am awesome
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level 57
Jul 27, 2018
You must've been as surprised as everyone else.
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level 52
Mar 19, 2015
I was more surprised to see Khartoum on the list than Pyongyang! Though I've never visited either. Also, Georgetown-which Georgetown? I guessed it thinking Georgetown, Malaysia but could it have meant Georgetown, Guyana or one of many other Georgetowns....
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level 31
Mar 21, 2015
I visited Paris, Carcasonne (I'm French), Monaco, Venice, Munich (but when I was young), Hamburg and London. All these cities are not very far for me. ^^
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level 46
May 4, 2015
Ha! Anchorage makes it but not Honolulu!
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level 49
May 18, 2015
Big omissions: Boston, San Diego, Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Taxco, Barichara, Toledo, Salamanca, Avila, Lyon, Strasbourg, St Malo/Dinard, Brugges, Cambridge, Lucca, Ravello (too small?), Zurich, Luzern, Salzburg, Split, Kotor, Mostar, Oia, Acre, Agra, Jaisalmer, Ubud... just thinking about some of the places I know, which is a very small part of our world. Some places that I've seen and I don't think should be in the list: Helsinki, Caracas, Las Vegas
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level 49
May 22, 2015
Goreme
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level 58
Jun 10, 2018
Oh YES! Goreme was amazing, my favourite place I visited overseas, Turkey being my favourite country (out of 22).
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level 60
Mar 20, 2016
I wanted to try San Miguel de Allende too, but I knew it wouldn't be on here. It's too small and unknown to compete with some of the other choices. Beautiful city, though. I loved being there.
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level 28
Jun 11, 2017
Honolulu and hilo
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level 65
Jun 9, 2018
Barichara's great! Way too small. Same with Mostar, Kotor, Ubud and a few others on this list. Oia's just a village. Lonely Planet's list suffers from a lack of definition - it says it's about cities, but then there's Bled!
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level 68
Aug 30, 2018
Split and Mostar are great cities to visit (Mostar‘s very hot though)
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level 69
Sep 4, 2018
I'd probably go to Split now over Dubrovnik; from what I understand, Dubrovnik is a just an unmitigated tourist mob scene disaster now. UNESCO is threatening to pull their World Heritage Site status if they don't get their act together. I'm glad I got there back when I did!
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level 58
Jul 24, 2015
I liked this challenge, and the list. Given Lonely Planet is the source, I'm not surprised to see Pyongyang on and Cancun off. I think a lot of the surprise absences are based on one's own experiences. I only got 99, but have been to 76 of the 200. Was pleased to see lesser known places on the list like Sarajevo and Tirana (been to and recommend both), but caught off by the absence of Warsaw (so much history!) and Honolulu (so many tourists!)
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level 43
Sep 2, 2015
I was also very suprised that Warsaw and Honolulu were not on the list and was surprised that Kabul was.
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level 43
Jul 28, 2015
Find it hilarious how Cardiff and Manchester are above Miami
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level 57
Aug 13, 2015
New York?! All you get is a trashed area with a bunch a people cursing at you, cigarettes everywhere... uh #2???
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level 58
Apr 6, 2016
I hope you're joking
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level 58
Aug 28, 2016
I would love to go to New York. I have always wanted to go to Central Park after reading about it as a kid. One day...
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level 39
Jun 15, 2017
I can tell you this much: central park is NOT trashy, statue of liberty is NOT ugly, and why don't you pick up some trash instead of complaining about it?
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level 58
Jun 10, 2018
Hey guess what? I got to go to New York end of 2017, it was INCREDIBLE! The Statue of Liberty is beautiful, and cycled around Central Park in the snow, it was magic!
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level 43
Aug 25, 2015
How could the book list Pyongyang and Kabul as two of the top cities in the world to visit, but not list Honolulu?
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level 74
Nov 27, 2015
Honolulu? Volcanic smog, horrible traffic, high cost of living, theft, cockroaches...there are a lot of places in the beautiful Hawaiian Islands better to visit than Honolulu, but I guess they don't have enough population to make the list.
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level 39
Jun 12, 2017
In my old house in Texas, I had HORRIBLE cock roaches. Every night I would find at least 2 in my bed! I had roaches in my silverware drawers, refrigerator and in my bath tub. I hated that house. Never going back. I got it sprayed! They were HUGE. Ugh.
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level 33
Sep 1, 2015
I'm surprised Orlando isn't on here. Thousands of people from around the world flock there every day.
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level 56
Apr 6, 2017
Probably a different demographic than the Lonely Planet readers. Orlando is the last place I would like to visit.
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level 39
Jun 15, 2017
Disneyworld.
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level 43
Sep 2, 2015
I think going to stay in a very unsafe city like Kabul is not a very good idea
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level 39
Jun 15, 2017
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level 42
Oct 18, 2015
I've been to 9 and am going to one more of these during spring break. I'm only 16 so I have time for more. I was surprised to see San Sebastian up there even though it's one of the ones I've been to
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level 35
Dec 4, 2015
I put Damascus as a joke and it was right! Who wants to go to Damascus? (I've got an answer: No one)
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level 58
Aug 28, 2016
I have been to Damascus (1998), and it wasn't that great then. But other parts of Syria were amazing - Crac des Chevaliers, and Palmyra... Glad I went then, and am sorry to see how it is now.
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level 43
Jun 11, 2018
total catastrophe - but would not agree about Damascus. Effectively Oldest inhabited city in the world; Amazing covered souk; Ummayad Mosque - presumably all destroyed now. Krak is not a city it is a castle - but still amazing St Simeon Stylites the Elder's pillar and basilica totally amazing.
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level 65
Feb 15, 2016
Nice list to keep as a "places to go before you die" list....some later rather than sooner....Kabul, Damascus etc. Shouldnt it be Monte Carlo rather than Monaco seeing as thats the country not the city
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level 58
Apr 6, 2016
Monaco is the name of the country AND the city. Monte Carlo is just the name of the casino.
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level 66
Apr 22, 2016
Monte Carlo is a district of the city, not just a casino.
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level 53
Feb 16, 2016
Got Yogyakarta, missed Los Angeles!
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level 58
Jun 14, 2016
That's completely acceptable. As a wise man once said, Los Angeles "has about as much cultural panache as a porta-potty."
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level 43
Oct 12, 2018
I was also surprised Los Angeles was on this list. I lived there for a few years and culturally it isn't all that interesting.
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level 44
Feb 20, 2016
Hmm... seriously, the guys who established this ranking would prefer to spend their holidays in Pyongyang than in Valletta or Miami.
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level 45
Aug 12, 2017
Valletta is a nice city, I certainly wouldn't mind. There's certainly the threat of hurricanes with Miami.
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level 58
Jun 10, 2018
And there's the threat of being in North Korea in Pyongyang...
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level 66
Feb 29, 2016
Been to 31, got 106. Forgot to guess Florence, Siena and Essaouria, all of which I've been to. Guess I shouldn't watch The Voice while doing quizzes.
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level 38
Mar 19, 2016
been to 9. I am only 11
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level 58
Apr 6, 2016
Proud to have been to 16.
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level 25
Apr 22, 2016
The rank is really strange thing. They missed many incredibly beautiful smaller cities like Cordoba, Dresden, Maribor, Timbuktu, Samarqand or Khiva (but they didn´t forget relatively ugly capitals of those countries Bamako and Tashkent). Also they probably mistaken nicest cities with biggest cities (Delhi, Beijing or Seoul well fine, it maybe, but Mexico city, Manila and Mumbai??) and random capitals (Minsk, Asmara, Yerevan and most notably Pyongyang). Anyway it was fun :)
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level 57
Apr 24, 2016
Got 115 on my first try, the hardest ones I got were Apia, Asmara and Isfahan. Awesome quiz!
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level 34
May 1, 2016
why do people want to go to south africa and it be so hight on the list
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level 58
Aug 28, 2016
To see the animals.
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level 69
Sep 4, 2018
I don't understand how Capetown isn't on the list; it's considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
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level 70
May 13, 2016
Pyongyang, Sana'a, and Kabul are on this list, but Milan, Zurich, San Diego, and Valencia aren't. Also, given how many people go there every year, I feel like Mecca should be a lot higher on the list.
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level 69
Sep 4, 2018
But Mecca is a pretty self-limiting option, since most of the people in the world can't even enter. Medina would have been a better Lonely Planet choice, IMO, since non-Muslims are allowed there. I'd be interested in reading the LP section on Mecca; what do they do – suggest you fake it to get in? Hello fine and deportation!
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level 45
May 19, 2016
I got surprised neither Siem reap, Xi'an, osaka, salzburg were on the list. Alot of boring capitals tho^^
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level 31
May 23, 2016
Visited these: Rome, Istanbul, Berlin, Venice, Cairo, Budapest, Munich, Athens (only a layover but would love to visit for a longer time), Vienna, Innsbruck, Naples, Alexandria, Aswan. Plan to visit: Paris, NYC, London, Prague, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Florence, Krakow, Havana, New Orleans, Marrakech, Moscow, Dubrovnik, Isfahan, Brussels, Luxembourg, Valletta, Pyongyang :)
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level 50
May 25, 2016
Of course, an Aussi list - where culture plays a minor role (SCNR): Where the boring Perth can reach #47! Amman, Bratislava and Kabul among the top 150! Ridiculous!
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level 43
Jun 11, 2018
Obviously Perth refers to the ancient capital of Pictland and home of St Johnston Football Club in SCOTLAND
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level 32
Jun 5, 2016
how the heck did they completely ignored switzerland: i mean like geneva zurich bern or fribourg deserve this list
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level 70
Jun 8, 2016
Not much love for Argentina here - Mendoza and Ushuaia are two of the least guessed (and Valparaiso across the border - which is an incredible city - also not getting much love). I got both of those as well as Luang Prabang and Isfahan... but somehow managed to forget London (the only UK one I missed). Whoops. Also didn't even try Hobart, despite the fact I'm catching a flight there later today.
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level 45
Jul 3, 2016
Boston's not in here but Las Vegas is…
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level 39
Jun 15, 2017
All those crazy drunk gamblers. They're probably the ones that made this list. :-/
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level 56
Jul 3, 2016
salt lake city should not be their willies, the world does not revolve around america not everything is american their are actually quit beautiful cities EVERYWHERE else in the world aswel like where i live in Australia. THE WORLD DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND AMERICA
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level 52
Jul 26, 2016
Personally I want to go to many American cities, or resort cities not on the list than places like Jeddah, Muscat, Aleppo, or Pyongyang.
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level 39
Jun 15, 2017
I don't know why Pyongyang is on here. It's not very relaxing.
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level 55
Aug 11, 2016
Only been to Nairobi, Kampala, Dubai, Fes and Marrakech. Dream destinations in no particular order : Vancouver, New York, London, Amsterdam, Seoul, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Paris, Ushuaia.
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level 58
Oct 1, 2016
I guess Damascus and Aleppo are not the best destinations for a vacation currently :/
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level 45
Oct 5, 2016
interesting list, never been but are war/poverty-torn cities like Damuscus, Kabul, Sana'a, Khartoum really worth visiting? There are many cities I would add here, including Talinn, Oslo, Colombo, Cologne (or the whole of the Rhine-Ruhr area tbh, one of my favourite places in the world). i would like to read this
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level 65
Oct 23, 2016
Salzburg?
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level 70
Jan 30, 2017
Ushuaia is at the bottom of the planet. Kabul, San'a, Damascus, and freaking ALEPPO are war zones. Pyongyang is the capital of the most authoritarian country in the world. They had space for all of that, and not Orlando, Honolulu, or Cancun? I'm not convinced this list is genuine.
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level 43
Jun 11, 2018
You are being somewhat American insular.
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level 52
Feb 20, 2017
#71, there's my destination!
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level 21
Apr 6, 2017
Jeddah is there
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level 34
Apr 24, 2017
Aleppo and Damascus? What year was this list published?
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level 39
Jun 15, 2017
I don't know. But a lot of these cities are not good places to visit at the moment. War and terrorism.
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level 65
Jun 11, 2018
Not sure when the list was compiled but it's likely before the civil war started, in which case they would probably be great places to visit.
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level 65
May 1, 2017
I've only been to 11 of these cities (Montreal - Toronto - Quebec City - New York - London - Paris - Amsterdam - Brussels - Luxembourg - Edinburgh - Miami). This list makes me want to travel more!
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level 37
May 2, 2017
I Just got back from a 1 year Israel abroad session and it was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. Christmas in the Old City was unbelievable. I'm a Jew and I was stunned at how protective the IDF was of the people reenacting the walk from (Bethlehem?) to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. One of the most breathtaking experiences was that as well as visiting the decades old Bunkers in the Golan Heights from the Yom Kippur War and 6 Day War as well as the Dead Sea, and a little city Kibbutz called Ayalon. Google it and the story will (most likely) leave you in awe. In short, visit Israel before you or It, as a nation, dies.
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level 45
May 20, 2017
Aleppo? You mean the war torn city in Syria? Nuuk? I don't think anyone lives there let alone visits.
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level 55
May 29, 2017
WHERE IS BOSTON ???
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level 69
Jun 12, 2017
On the eastern coast of the United States.
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level 68
Jun 11, 2017
Saw a lot of angst about the list. Probably worth reading the book to check out the method that Lonely Planet used: "by our travellers who provided us with the list of 200 cities for inclusion in the book, via a survey we ran on www.lonelyplanet.com asking travellers (and our staff) to nominate their favourite cities." Lonely Planet readers are a particular demographic, so you would expect a biased list but then any "what's the best city in the world to visit" list probably would be. For more arguments - has anyone published the "Best City in the World to Live" quiz yet?
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level 56
Jun 11, 2017
weird list, aleppo and damascus??? zagreb in the list but not lyon or porto?
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level 57
Jun 11, 2017
I'm sure both Damascus and Sana'a are fun places to visit at the moment, since both countries are in the grip of civil war. Kabul too is fun this time of year, I hear. Just remember to pack your sunscreen folks, you wouldn't want to get sunburnt.
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level 39
Jun 11, 2017
Well I havent heard of a lot of them, some random places on there lol
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level 28
Jun 11, 2017
Wondering why Philadelphia wasn't on this list
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level 67
Jun 9, 2018
Too sunny
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level 57
Jun 12, 2017
I'm sure Aleppo was a nice place before the civil war and hopefully will return to be afterwards, but right now it should be on the bottom of the Best Cities for Travelers List. Not number 114.
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level 49
Jun 17, 2017
Most of the list makes sense, but as everyone has been saying, the inclusion of Aleppo (and some others) is questionable. They should probably revise it.
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level 35
Aug 5, 2017
miami is after pyongyang !!! wtf
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level 54
Sep 25, 2017
Lonely Planet compiled a book of the top 200 cities for travelers; So, can anyone explain me how we can find in this list cities like Damascus, Pyongyang, and not cities like Bordeaux which is one of the most touristic city in south western europ?
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level 40
Oct 30, 2017
I got 83/200 and have been in 19 of those cities. This's a hard quiz
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level 57
Dec 7, 2017
Pyongyang has surprised me. (I just tapped it for fun)
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level 5
Dec 30, 2017
Paris, Montreal, York, and Toronto are some of my faves.Paris is absolutely stunning, Montreal is so diverse and has so much good food, York is incredibly underrated- the history is incredible, as for Toronto- there's just something I really like about the city. I wish York was higher up on the list, it's seriously beautiful and I highly recommend checking it out. Next on my list is Kathmandu, I've always wanted to go to Nepal and also do the Everest Base Camp trek.
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level 43
Jan 1, 2018
Very Surprised I only listed 108 cities and got 4/5 points. Pyongyang? Not surprised. Lots of people are curious and want to what what a Country like DPRK could offer. But why go there? American Tourists have been tortured in some cases. But why Damascus? ISIS and a war torn country- Sana'a in Yemen? Civil War? Really? Kabul is Poor and they have mujahideen there. I only guessed Tirana cause I'm albanian
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level 62
Jan 15, 2018
This being a Lonely Planet list, started to list the most boring and the most cliché towns as fast as I could and lo and behold, a very good score (130). LP is so yesteryear, so predictable and definitely not for travelers. A good game out of it though.
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level 39
May 10, 2018
Literally did the same thing lol I agree about Lonely Planets, have a few of their guides and there is far too much on entertainment, restaurants, shopping, food, that sort of thing but they miss out really interesting museums and sights and forget a lot of beginner travel tips like using public transport for example.
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level 73
Jan 22, 2018
Crap, I said "Belize"! I assumed the "City" was assumed!
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level 57
Jan 26, 2018
Got 136
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level 45
Jan 26, 2018
How on Earth is Aleppo on this list? There's barely anything left of that city, and it can hardly be a safe place to go. I'm sure it was a nice city before the war, but given the current situation I am very surprised it's on here.
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level 43
Jun 11, 2018
No - it wasn't a 'nice' city. It was possibly the foremost trading city of the world - ever! being at the end of the Silk Road. it aslo had the largest covered souk (market) anywhere, and was an amazing multicultural and multiethnic city that welcomed kurds; armenians; arabs; turks; and a whole lot others besides. Amazing place to play backgammon
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level 67
Jan 26, 2018
This list is ridiculous.
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level 47
Jan 26, 2018
31/200 visited, 169 to go!
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level 56
Feb 3, 2018
Surprised to see Reykjavik down at 128. One of the most amazing places on Earth in my opinion.
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level 44
Feb 16, 2018
I know these list are always subjective, but Aleppo, Damascus, Lahore and Sana'a in the top 200 cities for travellers!!! Have fun on those trips people - not at all extremely dangerous.
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level 20
Feb 17, 2018
190/200 first try just typed random cities that came into my head, how milan wasn't on there though?
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level 57
Feb 25, 2018
Missing Milan and Oslo, yet Belfast is there?!? I have been numerous times, and let me tell you, Belfast is not that great
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level 37
Apr 11, 2018
You are right, so right.
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level 39
May 10, 2018
I put Belfast in as a joke and was baffled when it was accepted, same with Cardiff as well, both dumps.
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level 46
May 18, 2018
Cardiff is actually a wonderful city, and a very happy place to live. Friendly people, great entertainment, clean streets, beautiful view over the Bay, Cardiff Castle, big shopping centre. I really can’t see why you’d think it was dump.
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level 58
Jun 10, 2018
Cardiff Castle is cool. We don't have castles in New Zealand...
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level 72
Sep 16, 2018
Also, chip alley, Cardiff is alright mate
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level 31
Feb 26, 2018
i have been to 9
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level 66
Feb 27, 2018
How could Lonely Planet snub Mogadishu like this? :(
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level 59
Mar 6, 2018
I hear Pyongyang's nice this time of year.
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level 65
Mar 26, 2018
got 5/5 with "only" 143 correct answers :D
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level 5
Mar 30, 2018
I love a lot of the cities on this list! I adored Paris and York was so interesting. I also really like NYC but since I'm more into history and nature, I prefer visiting cities in Europe and Asia:) I really want to go to Kathmandu as well, as Nepal seems to be a beautiful country and I'd love to do the Everest base camp trek.
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level 39
Apr 13, 2018
I got 135/200 and have been to 55
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level 53
May 6, 2018
You scored 135/200 = 68%. This beats or equals 94.5% of test takers The average score is 70 Your high score is 135 You have earned 0 / 5 points for this quiz Seriously?
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level 59
Jun 9, 2018
Pretentious af list.
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level 27
Jun 9, 2018
Boston, Philly, and Portland, OR should really be on this list.
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level 58
Jun 10, 2018
I tried all those and was surprised. Haven't been to them, but know of people who have been, they sound great.
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level 44
Jun 9, 2018
I was one fingering on the laptop in bed, so a minor excuse, but really this merits more time. Got almost all of the top 50, but of the many, many I missed, I counted at least 18 in which I'd eaten a meal and more often spent several nights! Of course, some seem more like towns than cities. I factored in an Aussie bias due to the Lonely Planet, and took travellers for an indicator that the appeal of the city to merit inclusion was not firstly a functional suburban railway system but its place in human history or magnificent location.
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level 73
Jun 9, 2018
A few years later. I've now been to 72 of these places. I maintain that I could come up with a better list. I assume that whoever compiled this book was sitting at a desk looking at a map and trying to pick out cities in a variety of geographic areas. Their eye was drawn more often than it should have been to large cities, well known cities, and, especially, to national capital cities. Often included on this list are boring and unremarkable capitals while simultaneously they have left off smaller or lesser known cities in the same country that are much more worth a visit; either because of their beautiful beaches or nature (something that doesn't seem to have factored at all), archaeological sites, party scene or whatever. The attempts that they do make to be inclusive or original I think miss the mark. They've left off some of the most popular and visited places in the world, then included others that realistically have little to offer anyone.
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level 37
Jun 9, 2018
Most of these are just country capitals - hardly a well researched quiz. Damascus and Aleppo???!!! - must put them on my bucket list!
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level 73
Jun 10, 2018
I would have loved to have visited Damascus prior to the civil war and was actually planning to. These days Aleppo is little more than a ruin, sadly, and much of Damascus' unparalleled amount of history has also been lost.
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level 61
Jun 9, 2018
I have actually visited Caracas. It wasn't so bad but having it at #148 is just ridiculous.
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level 74
Jun 9, 2018
I've only been to 11 of these, all within the continental US. My grandma advice of the day to all of you is to travel to the adventurous places while you are young enough to enjoy them. If you wait for retirement to fulfill those travel dreams you might not be physically able to make them happen.
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level 60
Jun 9, 2018
Is it just me or is this heavily undertimed with 15 minutes. I could have done with 30. Not for guessing, just for going through. Missed stuff like Tokyo just because I was starting with Europe and the Americas. I also think Belize should work as a type-in for Belize City, just like Mexico and Panama work for the respective cities.
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level 64
Jun 9, 2018
How old is the source? Some of these cities are war zones right now. Mecca is also surprising. It's not a tourist destination, and AFAIK they don't allow non-muslims into the city.
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level 37
Jun 9, 2018
How are some of these on it? Damascus and Pyongyang are not really the best places to go to, and Damascus is one of the higher ranks, which makes no sense because of war there.
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level 74
Jun 9, 2018
Maybe they want to make the Planet Lonelier by killing off tourists.
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level 24
Jun 9, 2018
Why doesn't "Leningrad" work?
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level 38
Jun 9, 2018
Definitely should've gotten more than I did (90/200), but some of these seem like they definitely shouldn't be here.
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level 54
Jun 9, 2018
Carcassonne, not Carcasonne
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level 71
Jun 9, 2018
Kabul? Damascus? Where next? Mogadishu? Kinshasa? Aleppo?
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level 49
Jun 9, 2018
I guessed Monte Carlo because Monaco is a country.
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level 73
Jun 10, 2018
Monaco is a city state. Monte Carlo is a district within the city of Monaco.
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level 56
Jun 9, 2018
I got 109 out of 200, and the last one, number 200, Ashgabat! YES!
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level 50
Jun 10, 2018
Obviously I'm preaching to the choir here but, really? No Milan, Geneva, Boston, Philadelphia? How about Doha, Honolulu, Cologne, Cancun? No? Okay...
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level 73
Jun 15, 2018
What did I miss in Doha? I've only been to the airport.
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level 69
Sep 4, 2018
Having grown up in Philadelphia, I highly recommend you miss it. You can get all the American Revolutionary history you need from Boston and Washington, each of which have better art to boot. And New York offers a *much* better huge-East-Coast-city experience.
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level 58
Jun 10, 2018
I've taken this quiz numerous times, and each time I take it, I continue to be absolutely perplexed by the absence of Boston on this list. Since the Europeans first settled North America, Boston has been, and continues to be, one of the most culturally significant cities in the United States. It was the birthplace of the American Revolution, and now it stands as the nucleus of academia in the United States.
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level 43
Jun 11, 2018
Really really good quiz - as can be seen by the comment list. causes discussion and that is GOOD. Also unveils what we are losing in this world EVERY DAY as a result of power crazy and religious nutcases. Enjoyed the comments, and agree that it is all subjective, and the list is anglo-centric in terms of choice. Also things change with time. But guys, unless you went to Syria before the War then you cannot realistically comment. Spent five weeks there in 1999, and I exaggerate completely, but am honest, when I say that every single entry shoudl come form that country. Palmyra; Damascus; Homs; Aleppo; Deir-ez-Zur; Mari; Hama; etc etcAll gone now
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level 73
Jun 15, 2018
That's only 7. What are the other 193? But really I do wish I had gotten there just a few months earlier than I was planning.
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level 67
Jul 15, 2018
Whoever made this hasn't ever travelled before, I'm positive. The amount of subpar places in this list is ridiculous, and quite a few of them aren't really that safe, are they? Seems like they just picked capital cities from a large array of countries to seem diverse, but often stroke out. Much rather go to say Lviv, Porto, Nicosia, etc... than, say, Edinburgh or Tirana. Athens is not even one of the 3 best places to go in Greece and it's the one they chose to represent the country. Can't really mention any good place to visit outside of Europe since I've never been there, but most places they named really confuse me, I mean, Maputo? Khartoum? Sanaa? (this could go on for a while). Correct me if I'm wrong, though .
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level 57
Jul 27, 2018
Sydney. Third best city to visit on the planet. Cool, 60s-ish looking opera house and an Erector Set bridge. Fly all the way around the world, bypassing all there is to see on the globe for that. Come on.
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level 43
Oct 12, 2018
I have to thank my preschooler's Lonely Planet Kid's book of cities for helping me get a lot of these. Although it also includes cities that aren't on here, like Samarkand.
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