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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