Best 250 Travel Destinations in the World (according to Gary) — Installment 20 — #141-145

                   Five great cities from Europe and the Americas are included in this provocative grouping of the world’s best travel destinations.

                  145.  Siena, Italy — Siena was a powerful city-state in the 13th and 14th centuries. Although it no longer rivals Florence as it once did, it is still a remarkably well-preserved medieval city. All activity centers around the Piazza del Campo, its huge, semi-circular main square. Twice a year, this square becomes a horse-racing park for the Palio, a winner-take-all competition between the local contradas (roughly, parishes).   (Walking Tour available for purchase on website)                    

Piazza del Campo, Siena

             144.  San Diego, California, USA — This excellent city just minutes from Mexico offers an enchanting Old Town, lively city districts, and one of America’s best city parks. Balboa Park contains the world-famous San Diego Zoo, as well as many museums; the classic Spanish architecture makes the park wonderful to stroll.  (Walking Tour available on website)                     

Balboa Park is one of the world's great city parks.

             143.  Salzburg, Austria — Famous as the birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg made a more modern splash as the setting of the movie, the Sound of Music. References to both of these distinctions make this city a popular tourist stop. Beneath it all, Salzburg is a charming medieval city that deserves all of the attention it receives.  (Walking Tour available for purchase on website)                      


             142.  Cusco, Peru — This city was once the capital of the Incan Empire. At that time it was known as “The Navel of the World.” Today’s Cusco is noted for its impressive churches and Incan stonework which can still be seen. (Walking Tour available for purchase on website)

             141.  Krakow, Poland — This city that was virtually destroyed in World War II has risen from the rubble as one of the prime destinations in Eastern Europe. The Old Town is a wonderful place to stroll, and the Main Square (Rynek Glowny), the largest medieval square in Europe, is one of the most exuberant and fun places on the continent. (Walking Tour available for purchase on website)              

Main Square, Krakow
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