Capital cities play an important role for tourism in a country. For many of these cities, there are many attractions, often historical and governmental! Today, we will explore nine of the best capital cities to visit.
9. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
When looking at the UAE, and the Middle East overall for travel, Dubai is often the household name. However, what many people forget is there is a very underrated capital of Abu Dhabi nearby! Aside from the stunning mosques located throughout the city, there are many famous attractions located here. From The Louvre Abu Dhabi (yes based on the French museum) to the Ferrari World and Warner Bros Abu Dhabi, there is a clear mix of old and new, serious and fun!
8. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina is full of beautiful nature wherever you walk. Buenos Aires is definitely no exception, but the city is full of other non-natural attractions as well. There are plenty of museums throughout the city, from art, performance, and open-air displays. The Casa Rosada is also a very famous place to visit within the city, as there are guided tours! You will never feel bored here!
7. Algiers, Algeria
Algiers is one of the most underrated African capitals! Painted with a golden landscape and warm summer heat, it is very intriguing to walk through this inviting, yet mysterious place. Visit one of the many museums displaying beautiful art and ancient relics, or visit the many mosques and religious sites. Regardless of where you visit, there is studden architecture creating a picture like you’ve never seen before.
6. Valletta, Malta
Hidden between the massive Meditteranean nations of Italy, Greece, France and others is the beautiful hidden gem of Malta! Malta’s capital Valletta is one of the shining stars of Europe. Malta has some amazing architectural, historical and religious sites, including the St John’s Co-Cathedral, Grandmaster Palace Courtyard, Casa Rocca Piccola, St.Elmo Heritage Site, amongst many others. However, what Valletta is much well known for is the stunning natural wonders, including phenomenal gardens and beaches that face the legendary Meditteranean Sea! If you are in Europe, be sure to check out Valletta!!
5. Nairobi, Kenya
Modern. Savannah. Beauty. All of these can describe the wonderful city of Nairobi! Nairobi is filled to the brim with amazing wildlife and a plethora of different landscapes. From Nairobi National Park, Giraffe Center, Karura Forest, Ngogi Hills and more, you can hike and explore this wonderful city. This city also provides a significant contrast to many of the cities on this list, and it provides a lot of uniqueness!
4. Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City is underlooked in comparison to many parts of the country, but it is an amazing capital city with lots to see and do! From delicious street eats, to markets selling amazing handicrafts and art, to the hundreds of unique museums that showcase the history of Mexico, this city is truly flawless in its experiences! End your Mexico City trip in Zocalo, where you can see amazing live events. An amazing place to see!
3. Lisbon, Portugal
As Portugal’s largest and capital city, you can find something for everyone. From delicious cuisines in restaurants like TimeOut Market, to amazing fado music on the streets of Lisbon’s art district, Alfama. There are hundreds of unique attractions including Belem Tower, Santa Justa Lift, Oceanario de Lisboa, and Praca Dom Pedro IV. There is so much to see and explore here and it is a perfect destination for everyone!
2. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam, a marvelous city located on the shores of the stunning North Sea. A city of peace, relaxation and friendliness. Not only is Amsterdam beautiful, but it has connection to many other amazing nearby Dutch cities! Within Amsterdam itself, you will obviously notice the beautiful tulip fields and bridges, but you might not notice the stunning architecture and museums that fill the city, including the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Heineken Museum, NEMO Museum, and more! However, don’t forget to check out the many small businesses/vendors throughout the city for some delicious food, art, clothes and whatever else you may need! Amsterdam is the place to be!
1. Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is one of the most recognized cities for tourism and many industries. Tokyo is also known for their gorgeous cherry blossom trees. You can see them at Ueno Park, the most popular park in the city. Aside from these trees, you can spot many cultural attractions like museums, orchestra halls, restaurants, and zoos. Head over towards the Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower, large towers with beautiful observation decks. From here, you can look at the one of the nicest city skylines in the world. For some history, visit the Imperial Palace, where the current Japanese emperor lives. You can take tours of the palace for some astounding historical views. Ever wonder what the large cross way in Tokyo is? That is the Shibuya Crossing, a world famous crosswalk that is well known for its view of the surrounding high rise aesthetic architecture. No visit to Tokyo can be completed without some entertainment! Tokyo is home to many bars and jazz clubs as well as wood built izakaya taverns. There is also a lot of trendy cafes and cute manga culture centres throughout Tokyo, where all your anime dreams will be fulfilled. The Kawaii Monster Cafe, Pokemon Cafe, Studio Ghibli Museum and Animate Akihabara are all trendy spots to visit! Tokyo is phenomenal.