Top 29 Cities To Visit In 2011 (PHOTOS)

by Kate Auletta Subscribe to Kate Auletta's posts Posted May 10th 2011 04:30 PM


A A A has unleashed their annual list of the top 29 cities around the world to visit in 2011.

Included on the list are some surprises--look what comes in #1--and some obvious choices--London, Mexico City and Sydney, among them.

We're always curious about these kind of lists; what makes the cut that we feel shouldn't and vice versa. compiled the list by weighing 10 factors: Weather (sunshine and daily temperature); cost (average cost of a hotel room, cost of a pint and cost of a 2-mile cab ride); sport (famous teams, players and stadiums, as well as rivalries); food (number of Michelin-starred restaurants, reputation as a "foodie" city); accommodations (boutique hotels, anticipated hotel openings and budget rooms); nightlife (reputation as a party city, bar closing time and unique experiences); women (ratio of women to men, and, um, incidence of gonorrhea); buzz (how relevant is the city to men); culture/history (global relevance of museums and cultural venues, cultural attitude of the city); and explorability (ease of public transport and walkability, bike rentals, and general safety).

Check out the entire list below and let us know what you think should have made the cut that didn't (and what you would omit from the list, as well).

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J. Mitch

San Sebastian is by far the nicest place I have ever been. I went on a tour around Europe, we stayed in Madrid, London, Paris, Bourdeaux, and San Sebastian. And out of all, that was the greatest. I would recomend anyone to go who has the chance. It is the oppurtunity of a lifetime.

May 22 2011 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Barcelona #1? I've been to most of the cities on the list and Madrid is a far more interesting city in Spain to visit than Barcelona -- and it didn't even make the list! It should have.

May 15 2011 at 8:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Laurence O'Connor

The list is suspect, in that having visited 11 out of 29, and being native and residing in one of them, having the number one choice Barcelona, perhaps the most overrated city in Europe, simply blows the validity of the article. It is perhaps the most uninteresting "big" city going. Leaving Shanghai and Tokyo yet including Seoul.? Naples but no L.A. ? Jokey is as jokey does and the list is a joke.

May 14 2011 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great favorite is Buenos Aries and Barcelona and New york are right behind...thx...TJ

May 13 2011 at 12:01 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

With $4 gas does anybody really plan on going anywhere these days?

May 12 2011 at 11:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Rick Scott is one of the BIGGEST IDIOTS that sucks air!!! He's a KNOWN THIEF that put the Senile Citizens to sleep and got enough votes to get in and will finally destroy the Hemorrhoid of the United States (look at a map and you will see the "hemorrhoid" reference, with Georgia being what it is -- a big ass).

May 12 2011 at 6:42 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Go down to Florida and watch the illegal aliens committing their crimes and wandering those states freely with their 5 children stealing and joining violent gangs and dealing drugs everywhere. Talk to the American people in those states and see how they feel about illegal aliens stealing their jobs and destroying the economy and ask yourself why Gov. Rick Scott And Jan Brewer are the only True stand up American governors in America to take a hard stand against illegal aliens.

May 12 2011 at 6:10 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Screw this "visit around the world" crap!!! There are plenty of great things to see WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA'S BORDERS!! If you live in those countries then have at it, otherwise Americans should stay RIGHT HERE, spend their money RIGHT HERE, and if, by some terrible chance they get into any legal trouble they can be represented with FULL PROTECTION RIGHT HERE!!! If you want to see those other sites watch the travel channel. Oh, by the way, Americans are TARGETS OF TERRORISTS as they travel so let that also stay in your minds.

May 12 2011 at 5:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

re London and languages: Some of them are even English.

May 12 2011 at 5:33 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

MIAMI over SO CAL? KATE.......your a moron.

May 12 2011 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply