25 Best Places to Visit in 2019
This world has so much to offer that I think I can’t do justice with the list of just 25 places to visit. However, some cities in the world are decked up for the upcoming year to welcome travelers from all over the world. Music concerts, Festivals, and Carnivals are some of the many reasons why these cities should be on your list of destinations to travel in 2019.
You will find everything from a dreamy vacation place to a once-in-a-lifetime adventure spot on this list. Every traveler has his/her own preferences and narrowing down to one suitable destination from the thousands across the globe can be a troublesome task. This list will reduce the efforts for you. Read on and you find your vacation destination in 2019.
1. Valletta, Malta: A city built by gentlemen for gentlemen
Valletta owns the medal of the city with the most supernatural beauty on this planet. Ever since it has been honored as the European Capital of Culture in 2018, Valletta is a common name on every traveler’s bucket list in 2019. The World UNESCO Heritage Site houses 16th-century buildings built by the Knights Hospitaller. The Valletta Waterfront, Toy Museum, Manoel Theater, and St John’s Co-cathedral are some of the must-visit attractions in Valletta. With lip-smacking delicacies and drinks Pastizzi, Kinnie, Cisk, and Bigilla, Valletta is not just a haven for the history buffs, but also a paradise for all the food lovers.
Best time to visit: June to August
Don’t miss: Grand Harbor
2. Maastricht, The Netherlands: One of the oldest towns in the Netherlands
One look at the beauty that Maastricht houses, and you will see why it is constantly rated as one of the best places to travel in the world. This capital city of Limburg is a thriving cultural and regional hub. A home to a large number of international students, Maastricht is a popular destination amongst all the avid shoppers. Attractions like St Peter’s Cave, Het Vrijthof and Basilica of St. Servatius tell the tale of the brief history of this city which dates back to the Palaeolithic era. Zuurvlees, a horse meat dish only found in Limburg, is a must try when in Maastricht.
Best time to visit: June to September
Don’t miss: Maastricht Underground
3. Split, Croatia: A lesser known fantasy land
You are probably familiar with the magnificent city of Dubrovnik in Croatia, but the Dalmatian coastal city of Split deserves a spot in your bucket list too. The second largest city of Croatia, Split was founded as a Greek Colony for the Roman Emperor in 3rd century BC. The majestic Diocletian’s Palace is a proof of the antiquity of this city. The historical places like Cathedral of Saint Domnius and Bell Tower are the reasons why Split is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The Croatian culture is a blend of Italian, Austrian, Hungarian and Turkish culture, yet it still manages to stand out independently in the culinary world! The ‘Crni Rizot’, a black risotto and the ‘Split Summer Festival’ are the major reasons why you should visit Split in 2019.
Best time to visit: September to October
Don’t miss: Diocletian’s Palace
4. Piran, Slovenia: The Mediterranean jewel
Popularly known as the ‘antidote to Venice, Piran is a precious jewel that graces the Slovenian coast. This resort city is a perfect blend of history with the modern party culture. The turquoise blue Adriatic Sea, St. George’s Church and the Walls of Piran are just a representation of the romance, elegance, and nonchalance that the city possesses. The attractions like Venetian House and Town Hall never fail to attract the history and architecture buffs. Piran’s authentic seafood dishes like ‘fresh calamari’ and the local ‘refosk wine’ are best enjoyed along the views of the vibrant side streets of the city. The popular events like ‘Carnival Procession’, make Piran one of the best places to visit in February 2019.
Best time to visit: April to October
Don’t miss: Tartini Square
5. Berlin, Germany: A combination of glamor and grit
The capital city of Germany, Berlin offers an unparalleled experience to travelers. With its opulent culture and history, this city intrigues as well as embraces the visitors with open arms. But be aware, because the delicious taste of the cheeky currywurst and a tipple will make you forget the marvel of the majestically beautiful Reichstag and Berlin Cathedral. The Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of reunification and Holocaust memorial, the symbol of the horrific worst war in the world’s history residing in the same city just governs the fact that Berlin is an eclectic mix of cultures and emotions. With its budding tourism industry, Berlin is one of the top places to visit in 2019.
Best time to visit: May to September
Don’t miss: Museum Island
6. Sintra, Portugal: A wealthy historic affair
One look at the picturesqueness and castles of Sintra and you will see why it is consistently rated as the top European destination. Located in the Greater Lisbon region of Portugal, Sintra is one of the wealthiest municipalities of the country. Dotted with historic estates, villas and gardens and castles is the beautiful city of Sintra. The Sintra-Cascais Nature Park and Sintra Mountains are the perfect spots for sightseeing. The medieval Castle of the Moors, the romanticist Pena National Palace, and the Portuguese Renaissance Sintra National Palace are the most iconic landmarks of the city. Your visit to Sintra is incomplete without tasting the classic Portuguese style Galão coffee.
Best time to visit: September
Don’t miss: Pena Palace
7. Gyeongju, South Korea: A museum without walls
Visit the coastal city of Gyeongju to step back in time. Located in the southeastern corner of the North Gyeongsang Province in South Korea, Gyeongju is often deemed as a ‘museum without walls’. The plethora of archaeological sites in the city and its heritage makes Gyeongju one of the top places to visit in the world. The Cheomseongdae, observatory remains from 632 AD and the Bulguksa, a Buddhist Temple from 774 A.D. are the jewels in the crown of Gyeongju. Not just history buffs, this city also fascinates food lovers with its authentic dishes like Jeon and Jigae.
Best time to visit: April to June
Don’t miss: Mount Namsan
8. Hampi, India: The pride of India
According to travelers, a visit to this Indian UNESCO World Heritage Site is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Located in the Ballari District of Karnataka, Hampi was world’s largest medieval-era city after Beijing by 1500 CE. Although standing in ruins today, the trading markets, farms and temples of the city still sing the songs of its opulent culture. It is safe to say that Hampi is the land of wanderlust and hippies. The Virupaksha Temple and Vijaya Vittala Temple are the most iconic places in Hampi. The Lotus Temple, Krishna Bazaar, and Matanga Hill are other sites which will make you go awestruck. Hampi has been amongst the top travel destinations in 2018 and will keep being the same in 2019 too.
Best time to visit: October to February
Don’t miss: Virupaksha Temple
9. Kandy, Sri Lanka: Everything holy and ancient
Ancient temples, scenic mountains, and lush green parks are enough for a traveler to daydream about Kandy. The city is set on the backdrop of a plateau and numerous mountains. It is surrounded by several tea plantations and biodiverse rainforests. The Kandy Lake which is a popular spot for strolling is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kandy. The Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, the Udawattakele Forest Reserve and the Royal Palace of Kandy are the must-visit tourist attractions. While the Temple of the Tooth gives you a taste of history, the dishes like Dalada Veediya and mutton pies give you the authentic taste of Kandy. If relaxation is amongst your top new year resolutions in 2019, then Kandy must be on your radar.
Best time to visit: December to April
Don’t miss: Royal Palace of Kandy
10. Kamchatka, Russia: The bear state of Russia
Tens of Thousands of people can’t go wrong. That’s how many people visit Kamchatka despite the high prices and difficult logistics. They come here for the gigantic live volcanoes and the unending wilderness. Located amidst the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Okhotsk on the eastern and western coastline, Kamchatka should be on your bucket list of travel in 2019 before it becomes a hot tourist destination. Known as the ‘Bear state of Russia’, it arguably houses almost 30,000 bears. The state gets its name from the Stone birch trees, the strongest trees in the world which symbolize the strength and power of Russia. The Kronotsky Nature Reserve, Valley of the Geysers, Bystrinsky Nature Park, and Koryaksky Zapovednik are other popular attractions in Kamchatka.
Best time to visit: May to September
Don’t miss: Kluchevskoy Nature Park
11. Ephesus, Turkey: A historical wonder
No photos of Ephesus convey the sheer magnitude that this historical wonder possesses. Built in the 10th century BC on the coast of Ionia, Ephesus is popular for the Temple of Artemis- one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Remnants of this incredibly classical city are every history lover’s dream come true. It is said that the famous ‘Gospel of John’ might have been written here. One of the world’s largest accessible archaeological sites, Ephesus has recently become famous for the newly discovered Terraced Houses that belonged to the bevy of affluent people. The Library of Celsus is another major landmark in the city. It was built in 123 AD and is one of the largest libraries of the ancient world. Do not forget to binge on ‘Pide’ from Lokantas (local hotels in Turkey) while soaking in the history around.
Best time to visit: March to April
Don’t miss: The Temple of Artemis
12. Hanoi, Vietnam: One of the safest destinations to travel
Hanoi is the second largest populated city in the country, yet it hasn’t stopped this city from becoming a prime tourist destination. Hanoi boasts of more than thousand years of history and is the country’s most important political center. The Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, and Hanoi Hilton reflect the Vietnamese history and culture in full breadth. A walk around the Hoan Kiem Lake, shopping at the Old Hanoi Quarter, experiencing the beautiful skyline from Lotte Center and watching a traditional performance at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater are some unique and interesting things to do in Hanoi. A visit to this city is incomplete without taking a sip of the world renowned ‘Vietnamese Coffee’. One of the safest destinations in the world, Hanoi is definitely the best place to visit in 2019.
Best time to visit: April and May
Don’t miss: Quan Thanh Temple
13. Hokkaido, Japan: An abode to unspoiled nature
When Japan pops up in a discussion, most of the times either Tokyo or Kyoto come up as recommendations for places to visit. And while the both these cities deserve the attention, there is much more to Japan than these spotlight-grabbing places. Enter Hokkaido, the second largest island in Japan. Tourists fall in love with this place due to its unspoiled nature and the fact that it is a paradise for skiers, snowboarders, hikers, and cyclists. The Sapporo, capital city of the island has a museum dedicated to the famous eponymous beer and houses various sculpture parks. It is one of the must-visit attractions in Hokkaido. While you are busy devouring the local dishes like soup curry and jingisukan (grilled mutton), take time to visit the Hakodate, first port of the island with international influence. The Shikisai-no-oka blooms with millions of flowers and cherry blossoms during spring and this is the reason why it is the best places to visit in March 2019.
Best time to visit: June to August
Don’t miss: Mt. Asahidake
14. Prince Edward Island, Canada: A blend of history with nature
Prince Edward Island is the kind of destination which will keep you begging for more after you have left its red rocky shores. A Maritime Province in Canada, the Prince Edward Island has something for everything. The Confederation Bridge linking the island with New Brunswick is world’s largest bridge over icy waters. The Prince Edward National Park is a must-visit destination for all the nature lovers; And the Saint Dunstan’s Basilica, Green Gables, and Beaconsfield Historic House are the popular historic destinations. While the lobsters and mussels are not to be missed, the Victoria Row, a Victorian-era commercial district should be on top of your itinerary.
Best time to visit: July and August
Don’t miss: Green Gables
15. Maui, USA: The volcanic doublet
There is no shortage of scenic photo options in this magnificent creation of nature that Maui is. The second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui is where geology, topography, and climate play parts to form an exceptionally diverse geography. This city is often known as a volcanic doublet formed by overlapping of two volcanoes. It is a great place to enjoy adventure sports like snorkeling, windsurfing, surfing and kiteboarding and kitesurfing. Hāna Highway, Haleakalā National Park, Iao Valley, and Lahaina are some of the must-visit places in Maui. You can also the vibrant nightlife of this colorful city along with exquisite dining and shopping. Now that Maui has been honored as the best island in the world by several travel industry giants, it is surely going to be a popular tourist destination in 2019.
Best time to visit: April and May
Don’t miss: Haleakala National Park
16. Lamu, Kenya: Magical, mystical and idyllic
Lamu city’s diverse and unique architecture sets it out from the other African tourist destinations. It is located in the Lamu Archipelago in Kenya. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lamu is a home to everything magical, mystical and idyllic. The culture and architecture of this place are hugely influenced by the Asians, Persians, Indians, Europeans, and Kenyans. This beautiful blend of cultures is a unique aspect of Lamu. The Lamu Old Town houses a lot of heritage structures. The Lamu Fort and Lamu Museum are the most popular ones. As a hot afternoon ebbs away, a boat ride on the mainland is the best thing to do in Lamu. Revel in the zingy mango salads, garlicky al-dente spaghetti, and crisp white wine and make the most of your vacation here.
Best time to visit: November to March
Don’t miss: Lamu Fort
17. Luxor, Egypt: World’s greatest open-air museum
With roots that date back to the 16th century BC, the ancient city of Luxor has many attractions that belong on the bucket list for your next vacation. Often termed as the ‘World’s greatest open-air museum’, Luxor is a perfect mix of antiquity and modern culture. Located on the east bank of Nile River, Luxor was previously known as Thebes- a city of thousand gates. The Luxor Temple, Luxor Museum and Karnak Temple on the east bank and the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens and the Tombs of the Nobles on the west bank are some of the must-visit places in the city. The Egyptian cuisine carries a taste of Persian, Greek, Arab and Ottoman culture and the dishes like molokhiyya and fuul prove that to be right. A visit to Luxor is a Time-honored way to explore the ancient history of Egypt.
Best time to visit: September to December
Don’t miss: Valley of Kings
18. Yogyakarta, Indonesia: An epitome of heritage
From luxurious neighborhoods gracing the skyline to serene beaches, Yogyakarta is all about basking in the colorful landscapes. Located on the island of Java in Indonesia, this city is the financial and industrial center of the country. Yogyakarta is still headed by their Sultan- Kraton. While still being a traditional hub and protecting the culture fiercely, Yogyakarta is no short of shiny malls, modern art galleries, and chic pubs. It has an emotion for every kind of traveler. This city is home to Indonesia’s most important archaeological sites: Borobudur and Prambanan. The Indrayanti beach, sonobudoyo museum, Kraton and bird market are the most popular attractions in Yogyakarta. It is a perfect destination for solo travelers and should definitely be on your list in 2019.
Best time to visit: July to October
Don’t miss: Borobudur Temple
19. Marrakesh, Morocco: The Red City
From George Orwell to the Crosby, countless artists have tried to capture the essence of Marrakesh, but to get the real impression of this ancient marvel, you have to visit it yourself. Located north of the Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh is the most important of Morocco’s four imperial cities. It was founded in 1602 and is popularly known as the ‘Red City’, because of the red walls and red sandstone structures dotted across the city. Medina is an old fortified city market, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is surrounded by modern and opulent neighborhoods. It is a not-to-be-missed attraction in Marrakesh. The Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace, and El Badi Palace are also worth visiting. And when you are not busy getting awestruck by the beauty of these heritage sites, binge on the authentic dishes like Snail soup, B’stilla, Harira, and Chebakia.
Best time to visit: March to May
Don’t miss: September to November
20. Abu Dhabi: City of luxury
Abu Dhabi is home to a bevy of superlatives, housing the world’s largest hand-loomed carpet, the fastest roller coaster, the highest high tea, the tower with the greatest lean and the largest cluster of cultural buildings of the 21st century. Set on an island jutting into the Persian Sea, Abu Dhabi is Country’s cultural, political, commercial and industrial center. This city gives tourists a unique chance to explore the rich Gulf culture through is museums, exhibitions, and tours. The Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Corniche and Marina Mall define the wealth of this city. Whereas, the Yas Island and Saadiyat Island provide a beautiful abode away from the hustle and bustle. If you are planning a cultural trip, then Abu Dhabi is your go-to destination in 2019.
Best time to visit: September to April
Don’t miss: Desert Camps
21. Pucon, Chile: Adventure capital of South America
One will not run out of reasons of why Pucon is the adventure capital of South America. This little town in the Lake District of Chile is a haven for not only adventure seekers but also for those who seek peace and serenity. The Caburgua Lake, Enchanted Forest, and Salto del Claro are a proof of that. Pucon has plenty of challenging hiking trails and has fully equipped facilities for water sports, kayaking and whitewater rafting. The Villarrica Volcano that poses in the background of this rustic town is home to a wilderness and many natural attractions. If an abode in nature and unadulterated wilderness in on your wish list, then a trip to Pucon is your answer!
Best time to visit: January to April
Don’t miss: Villarrica
22. Salvador, Brazil: First capital of Brazil
The first capital of Brazil boasts about enough marvels to impress any traveler. Salvador was founded in 1549 and was inhabited by people of many cultures and origins. It possesses a unique Afro- Brazilian nature and is a happy and cheerful place to be. The Pelourinho, built in 1594 by the Portuguese is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most popular tourist destinations. The Elevador Lacerda is a popular elevator built on the backdrop of a beach and provides stunning views through the ride. The Modern Art Museum (MAM), Arembepe Beach and Itacimirim are some other must-see places in Salvador. To please the foodie in you, Salvador brings on your plate the delicacies like Moqueca, Vatapa, and Cocadas.
Best time to visit: December to March
Don’t miss: Bay of all Saints
23. Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand: Mecca of ecotourism
Nature enthusiasts looking to go off the grid next year should travel to the Coromandel Peninsula. It is located on the North Island of New Zealand. The Coromandel Peninsula has a unique type of steep and hilly terrain covered with temperate rainforests. The place is dotted with coasts graced by stunning views and fine beaches. You can also enjoy Yachting and Scuba Diving here. The Cathedral Cove is an arch-shaped like a cathedral and located in a limestone cliff. It is one of the most popular points of interest and can only be reached by boat or on foot. Mercury Bay, Hot water beach, Karangahake Gorge, Miranda Shorebird Center, New Chums Beach, and Long Bay Reserve are the reasons why you should definitely visit the Coromandel Peninsula at least once in your lifetime.
Best time to visit: September to November
Don’t miss: Cathedral Cove
24.South Georgia: Heaven on earth
The most beautiful places in the world are often unexplored. This proves to be true for South Georgia! It is a picturesque gateway to Antarctica. Home to the whaling industry, South Georgia has been a witness to many legendary expeditions to Antarctica. This crescent-shaped wildlife oasis is a home to many wonderful natural attractions. It is every bird watcher’s dream come true. The Fortuna Bay, South Georgia Museum, and Saint Andrews Bay are the most visited tourist attractions in South Georgia. If you are willing to get out of your comfort zone and live life on the edge, South Georgia is the place.
Best time to visit: February and March
Don’t miss: Falkland Island
25. Alice Springs, Australia: Wilderness unlimited
Far from the noise and bustle, this serene deserted region is the best-kept secret of Australia. It claims to be the ‘biggest little town in Australia’. It has a lot to offer to every kind of traveler. Museums and indigenous art galleries for the art lovers, wilderness for the hippies and pastel-hued hills for the nature lovers. Uluru, an elevated red-rock formation located very close to Alice Springs is a worldwide phenomenon. This UNESCO World Heritage Site houses many waterholes, rock caves, springs and ancient paintings in its surrounding areas. The Alice Springs Desert Park, Anzac Hill, and Larapinta Trail are other popular destinations in Alice Springs.
Best time to visit: August and September
Don’t miss: Uluru
Whatever the destination may be, travel, and make this world your home!