Climbing Capitals

Some cities have been favorites for a long time. Paris. Hanoi. Sydney. You’ve fallen in love with others over the last few years. Reykjavík. Vancouver. Montevideo. So what’s next? Here are four capitals to keep a close eye on. One of them could soon end up at the top of your list.

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Zagreb: Stop overlooking the capital of Croatia, which is now filled with gourmet restaurants, local wines, new hotels, cool ateliers, jazz clubs, and wine bars.

Photo: Idea SV (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons
San Salvador: Rethink the capital of El Salvador, which is surrounded by volcanoes, home to eclectic architecture and beautiful monuments, opening new hotels, and serving traditional dishes in Central America’s smallest country.

Photo: I, SteveRwanda [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC BY-SA 2.5 (, via Wikimedia Commons
Bujumbura: Dive into the heart of Africa to find the longest freshwater lake in the world, a hip beach resort, a large market, and a moving war memorial in the quickly changing capital of Burundi.

Photo: Nick Hobgood (Uploaded on Flickr as Dili and Atauro Island) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons
Dili: Explore an undeveloped paradise with colonial buildings, a grand government house, a fascinating independence museum, waterfront neighborhoods, and an 88-foot statue of Jesus in the capital of East Timor.


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