Already dreaming of your next vacation? Lonely Planet has some ideas.
The travel brand just released its list of the best cities to visit in 2018, based on nominations from contributors all over the world. The editors’ picks, which range from the United States to Taiwan, go way beyond the usual tourist haunts —so grab yourself a travel book and get planning.
Lonely Planet’s full list includes cities all over the world, but these are the top three cities you should visit next year, according to the list:
3. Canberra, Australia
This Down Under up-and-comer is “criminally overlooked,” according to Lonely Planet. In addition to great shopping, dining and culture year-round, the city’s 2018 calendar includes a cricket match at the Manuka Oval, a sporting venue dating back to the 1920s, a centennial observance of the WWI Armistice at the Australian War Memorial and the first annual Reconciliation Day celebration (which promotes unity and acceptance among all Australians).
2. Detroit, Michigan
A transformation is afoot in Detroit, and Lonely Planet wants you to be part of it. “After decades of neglect, Detroit is rolling again,” the editors write. “It’s like the whole place is caffeine-buzzed, freewheeling in ideas.” That coffee-fueled energy has brought the city a wave of hip businesses and restaurants, a brand new athletic arena and a streetcar system. New parks and hotels are also on the horizon, according to Lonely Planet.
1. Seville, Spain
Spain’s fourth-largest city “has bloomed into a city of bicycles and trams, keen to reinvigorate its artistic past,” according to Lonely Planet. Next year’s cultural calendar, for example, includes the European Film Awards and plenty of art exhibitions celebrating the would-be 400th birthday of Baroque painter (and Seville native) Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. Oh, and the reason this bustling city looks familiar? You may have seen shots of it on Game of Thrones.