From Japan to Mexico, these cities have a reputation for history, culture, and color.
- These visitor-friendly cities are rich in history, nature, and adventure.
- Known for its impressive preservation of architecture, the Japanese city of Kyoto ranks at number four.
- The authentic and affordable city of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico is number one, with a number of art galleries and creative restaurants to discover.
Every year, we ask our readers to rate the best cities in the world, and the results continue to surprise us. Not only do newcomers sometimes float to the top, but longtime favorites also continue to reappear — a testament to a destination’s enduring popularity. This year’s group of winners span the globe, from market-filled Hoi An in Vietnam to Florence, a European culture capital. Of note, however, is what ties these contenders together: Almost all are pedestrian-friendly, possess ample green space, and have a rich history that’s being thoughtfully preserved as the city grows.