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Best Cities to Visit in 2020
Travel is always enriching, enlightening and just plain fun. But Lonely Planet suggests some places to visit in 2020 where the calendar offers special reasons to go:
Salzburg, Austria (pictured). This Alpine city is gorgeous any time, but 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the Salzburg Festival, a celebration of classical music, opera and theater. The festival will be held July 18 to Aug. 30, and you should make arrangements well in advance.
Washington, D.C. Since 2020 is a presidential election year, the nation’s capital is likely to be more abuzz than usual. But even if you don’t care about politics, there are many historic and cultural attractions – some of them free.
Cairo, Egypt. Late 2020 is the planned opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is the largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilization. Check online for more specific dates. If you want to see the royal mummies, you can go to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, also in Cairo.
Galway, Ireland. Galway is full of great music, great food and beautiful sights all the time. But in 2020, it is a European Capital of Culture, meaning the fun will go on around the clock.
Bonn, Germany. The one-time capital of West Germany is back in the spotlight, as it celebrates the 250th birthday of Beethoven with a yearlong celebration of the composer’s music.
La Paz, Bolivia. The city now boasts 11 cable cars carrying people high above its streets. Visitors can sample cuisine based on Bolivia’s roots and see its burgeoning architectural scene.
Kochi, India. Located near the southern tip of India, this city has been emerging as a place that celebrates both its past and its future. Plus, this year it will highlight Kochi-Muziris Biennale, a large and vibrant biennial arts festival.
Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver is where Greenpeace was born, and its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan has resulted in miles of new trails for biking and hiking as well as a new public transportation system and the planting of 102,000 new trees since 2010.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The future is now in Dubai. The 2020 World Expo will last half the year and feature 190 nations showing ideas about what’s coming in sustainability and transportation. 2020 also is the projected opening of the Museum of the Future.
Denver. Much of the building and renovation of recent years is finishing up in 2020. All over you can find new hotels, hip eateries and amazing art installations.