We have a soft spot for cute small towns and rolling countrysides, but there’s something to be said for big, bustling cities. And if you ask us, even concrete jungles can be drop-dead gorgeous. Here are the 15 most stunning cities around the globe.

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Barcelona, Spain

We’re head over heels for Gaudí’s whimsical architecture, the medieval Gothic quarter and the sprawling Mediterranean coastline.

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San Francisco, California

From the hilly streets with bay views to the Golden Gate cloaked in fog, San Fran proves the West Coast might be the best coast.

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Rome, Italy

What we’d give to be drinking wine and eating spaghetti carbonara in an ancient Roman piazza right now...

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Vancouver, Canada

Urban sophistication meets the great outdoors in this British Columbia metropolis. Definitely worth a visit if you’ve never been.

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Kyoto, Japan

It’s hard not to be enamored by Kyoto’s tradition wooden machiya houses, golden pagodas and towering bamboo forests.

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Porto, Portugal

Often overlooked by Lisbon, this charming city in northern Portugal is like a fairy tale. Crayola-colored houses on steep cobblestone streets that overlook the Douro River? Sign us up.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

We’d be perfectly happy spending the rest of our lives on Ipanema Beach with a caipirinha in hand.

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Bruges, Belgium

This preserved medieval town is famous for its chocolate and beer. Consider us sold.

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Cartagena, Colombia

From the walled city with its colorful colonial buildings to the palm-tree-lined beaches of Bocagrande, this South American city has it all.

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Chefchaouen, Morocco

You can search the whole ocean, but you’ll never find a more beautiful shade of blue.

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Queenstown, New Zealand

In this adventure capital of the world, summers are for boating in Lake Wakatipu and winters are for skiing the snowcapped Southern Alps.

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Venice, Italy

Smells like fish; looks like heaven.

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Manhattan, New York

The allure of the Big Apple is in its diversity. From busy avenues scattered with skyscrapers to tree-lined streets dotted with brownstones, there’s nowhere quite like NYC.

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Cape Town, South Africa

Mother nature did some pretty great work here. Just wait until you see the panoramic views from the top of Table Mountain.

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