Posted on May 04, 2012 | Comments 0
The world is definitely an ever-evolving planet and that means we have to take the good with the bad.
Some top international cities have been given a bad rap over the years for various different reasons.
However, after exploring them you’ll soon realize that the good points certainly outweigh the bad. Here are 10 cities that deserve to be explored before coming to a decision on them.
1. Lahore, Pakistan
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Some of the regions of Pakistan which border Afghanistan may have a bad reputation. However, there are plenty of safe and quiet areas for tourists. The nation’s second-largest city, Lahore, is certainly one of these communities. The city is home to numerous events and festivals each year including the Festival of Lamps. Lahore also features some spectacular architecture.
2. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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Las Vegas is known as Sin City for a reason. It’s home to nonstop gambling and drinking and features several erotic shows. However, it’s also an ideal family location as there are many other attractions to enjoy and numerous day trips to be made from there. There are plenty of golf courses, luxury resorts, excellent shops and restaurants and splendid performance arts shows.
3. Amsterdam, Holland
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Amsterdam might have gained and lost a lot of visitors after it legalized the use of marijuana and prostitution, but this beautiful city has too many wonderful points to miss it. The architecture and canals are simply amazing and the art collection at the famous Van Gogh Museum shouldn’t be missed. There are also historical and emotional tours of the Anne Frank House.
4. Seoul, South Korea
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Seoul may be a busy and bustling city with parts of it being quite crowded, but there are so many things to enjoy here. The capital of South Korea is a splendid location for shopping, viewing architecture, and visiting museums. The food and traditions are also exceptional.
5. Kingston, Jamaica
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Kingston has been called a crime-ridden haven for drug gangs. But a trip here to Jamaica’s capital will allow you to enjoy fantastic food, friendly people, superb beaches and great sailing. It’s a perfect spot to soak in the big city life of Jamaica.
6. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Toronto has been called a city full of rude and arrogant people, but it’s actually a melting pot of interesting cultures. Canada’s biggest city is filled with interesting neighborhoods, museums, and entertainment venues. It’s filled with excellent restaurants and shopping districts and is home to a vibrant nightlife.
7. Madrid, Spain
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A lot of people have complained about pickpockets in this wonderful city. But if you just keep your eye on your belongings, you’ll enjoy this magnificent city. You’ll be able to take in the history, culture, traditions, food, nightlife, and architecture in one of the world’s greatest destinations.
8. New York City, New York, USA
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New York City earned a bad reputation back in the 1970s as a dirty-crime ridden destination. However, you’d never know it after visiting there these days. It’s the most vibrant location in America and it overflows with fine cuisine, culture, history, arts, sports, entertainments, and multicultural festivals. It has to be seen to be believed.
9. Bogota, Colombia
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Bogota was once known as one of the world’s top drug capitals. But the wonderful South American city has seen tourism pick up dramatically over the past several years. There are numerous recreational areas, parks, art galleries, and museums to enjoy along with an abundance of natural beauty in the surrounding area.
10. Jakarta, Indonesia
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Terrorist bombings in 2003 and 2004 put a huge dent in the tourism industry here. But the city features world-class shopping, nightlife, and dining and is one of the top international business centers on the planet. It’s a cosmopolitan city with a lot to offer.
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