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World’s Best Cities: Celebrating 220 Great Destinations by National Geographic

World's Best CitiesWorld’s Best Cities: Celebrating 220 Great Destinations by National Geographic

The 21st century has been heralded as the “Century of the City” by the Rockefeller Foundation as, for the first time ever, the majority of people live in urban areas. In a glossy, lavish tribute to cosmopolitan life, National Geographic Travel will offer urban adventurers a stunning  book: WORLD’S BEST CITIES: Celebrating 220 Great Destinations 

Delving into the heart and soul of cities around the globe, WORLD’S BEST CITIES is an expansive travel guide that highlights 220 urban destinations, both well-known and emerging, with beautiful photo galleries, insightful text and insider tips and secrets.

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Photo by Rudy Balasko/Shutterstock – New York, New York
Central Park, an oasis in the middle of Manhattan Source: World’s Best Cities: Celebrating 220 Great Destinations

The book showcases iconic cities like Paris, Rome, New York, London and Tokyo as well as up-and-coming cities such as Asheville, North Carolina; Denver; Nairobi; and Abu Dhabi. Each featured city is accompanied by gorgeous photos and vital stats, best local foods, oddities and more.

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Photo by MasterLu/iStockphoto Barcelona, Spain – The Gaudí-designed Parc Güell. Source: World’s Best Cities: Celebrating 220 Great Destinations

Annie Fitzsimmons, National Geographic Travel’s “Urban Insider,” wrote the foreword to WORLD’S BEST CITIES and serves as spokesperson for the book. She is one of several experts who share their personal recollections of favorite urban destinations in the book. Other contributors include Los Angeles chef Roi Choi, who recommends the Greek Theater for music in Los Angeles; Cuban actress Iliam Suárez, who shares her passion for taking in the ocean air on a stroll along Havana’s Malecón (seawall); Montreal business owner Joel Giberovitch, who suggests browsing charming boutiques on classy Laurier Avenue; and award-winning fashion designer Maria Pinto, who recommends a walk through Lurie Garden in Millennium Park in Chicago.

The inspirational personal narratives, fun facts and local secrets shared in WORLD’S BEST CITIES reveal each city’s soul and daily rhythm for travelers seeking an urban adventure. For those looking to explore the world’s top urban destinations, the book offers boundless inspiration:

  • Dine at one of Tokyo’s 3,653 restaurants that specialize in sushi.
  • Visit Mexico City’s magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral, the largest church in Latin America.
  • Shop for fine Argentinian leather goods in Buenos Aires’ Murillo Leather District.
  • Stay at an Abu Dhabi hotel that leans 14 degrees more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • Explore Oslo’s 150 square miles of forest, covering an area larger than Washington, D.C.
  • Ride the world’s most comprehensive subway system on New York City’s 230 miles of subway tracks.
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Cape Town while drinking sundowners on top of Table Mountain.
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Photo by Ocean/Corbis Mexico City, Mexico Today’s Mexico City is a cultural hub and kaleidoscope of humanity. Its rich, 1,000-year history intermingles distinctly modern atmospherics created by contemporary art with irresistible crafts and street vendors hocking classic Mexican eats. Source: World’s Best Cities: Celebrating 220 Great Destinations

WORLD’S BEST CITIES also includes 16 “The Best Cities” top-10 lists, profiling the best urban destinations for everything from happiest cities (including Kuala Lumpur; Gold Coast, Australia; and Madison, Wisconsin) to eco-friendly cities (such as Songdo, South Korea; Berkeley, California; and Vancouver, Canada) to foodie cities (including Cincinnati; Chennai; and Bologna, Italy).

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