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By Frances Cha, CNN
updated 8:04 PM EDT, Wed October 16, 2013
(CNN) -- How many have you been to? And do you agree with the rankings?
Condé Nast Traveler announced the winners of its 26th annual Readers' Choice Awards yesterday.
As they do every year, this year's results introduce new categories, new hotels and re-ordered lists of the world's best destinations.
The magazine said this year's list was the most comprehensive ever, with 1.3 million votes cast for a whopping 16,000 properties around the world.
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World's best cities
The "Top 25 Cities in the World" list had refreshingly surprising additions and rankings -- Paris came in at a lowly 22 while Bruges and Cape Town tied for 11th place.
Budapest and Florence tied for second, while the very top spot was seized by the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico, which took the crown from last year's favorite of Charleston, South Carolina (which was tied for fifth this year).
Italy snapped up five of the top 25 cities, while Spain managed to take three.
Despite its slide in the global rankings, Charleston was still voted the top city in the United States for the third year in a row, for its "sand, sun, history, good food and friendly people."
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In the "Top 100 Hotels and Resorts in the World" category, La Residence in South Africa and Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in Matauri Bay, New Zealand tied for first place, while Virgin America was named the No. 1 airline in the United States. Singapore Airlines came in first for international airlines.
Here's a small selection of the rankings.
Top cities in the world
1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
2.= Budapest, Hungary
2.= Florence, Italy
4. Salzburg, Austria
5.= Charleston, South Carolina, United States
5.= San Sebastián, Spain
7. Vienna, Austria
9. Siena, Italy
10. Québec City
11.= Cape Town, South Africa
11.= Bruges, Belgium
13. Vancouver, Canada
14. Kyoto, Japan
15.= Prague, Czech Republic
15.= Kraków, Poland
17.= Victoria, Canada
17.= Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
20.= Seville, Spain
20.= Beirut, Lebanon
22.= Melbourne, Australia
24.= Venice, Italy
24.= Barcelona, Spain
Top cities in the United States
1. Charleston, South Carolina
2. Sante Fe, New Mexico
3. San Francisco
Top hotels and resorts in the world
1.= Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in Maturi Bay, New Zealand
1.= La Residence, Franschhoek, South Africa
3.= Singita Sabi Sand, South Africa
3.= Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve, South Africa
5. Grand Hotel Timeo, Sicily
Top U.S. airlines
1. Virgin America
2. Jetblue Airways
3. Hawaiian Airlines
4. Southwest Air Lines
5. Alaska Airlines
Top international airlines
1. Singapore Airlines
3. Virgin Atlantic
4. Etihad Airways
5. Air New Zealand
I've been to a few of them...but I really want to see them ALL!
Charleston, Seville, Barcelona
I've spent time in 8 of the countries and 4 of the cities, but never flew or stayed in the rest on the list - but then I've rarely stayed in hotels or flown in major air carriers -- different strokes for different folks.
As to the bucket I'm expecting another couple of decades before I kick it, but have no desires, plans, or hopes to leave the Americas again.
I've lived (defined as more than a month "on the economy") in all three Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia, and visited almost 50 countries (I get a different number each time I count - lots of crammed in memories), and road-tripped on the "blue highways" in all 48 CONUS.
It's a wonderful world and life.
Escudo, Yes! I love the idea of taking a Viking River Cruise!
Every time we see one of those Rick Steves travel shows on Germany, my husband mentions wanting to take one of the VRC down the Danube or Rhine.
I hope that when I am Bieramar's age, I've visited at least half as many countries. I haven't stayed in any of the fancy hotels on the list either. I prefer smaller hotels and smaller towns, too.
In a perfect world, in which I don't need to work, yet have tons of extra money and the energy of a 23 year old...I would take 2 trips each year, one domestic and one foreign.
There are plenty of places in the U.S. that I have yet to travel. Austin & San Antonio come to mind. And though I've traveled a bit in the UK and western Europe...I've never been to Italy or Greece which are high on my wishlist. And that's just scratching the surface and covering the basics...the US and western Europe are just the launchpad for more exotic travel.
The hinterlands of Peru should be a must on everyone's bucket list - and is very affordable.
#2 on my possible final residence list, if I leave the Land of Entrapment.
i can think of about 50 places in the united states that i'd like to visit.
15 of those places are in alaska.
those in the lower 48 are national parks (and have i mentioned lately that we need a national park in st augustine? )
really, there's only a couple of places outside of the u.s. that call to me...
rome (sistene chapel) and china...no particular place in china, i'd love to see the whole country.
and if i don't say paris, my 15 year old son will kill me.
i've promised him that as soon as we can afford a trip to the city of lights, off we go to swill wine and pinch the mademoiselles.
i really have no desire to go to paris but pinching mademoiselles doesn't sound all that bad.
I grew up with this song, sung by the ex-flappers and WWI veterans (my mom and dad and their peers) . It was one of the inspirations for me to become a traveler and adventurer.
St. Augustine, here we comePlanning road trip and week in St. Augustine in November, but leaving before Thanksgiving to return to NM.
One old fart, one old broad, two 10# non-shedding adult dogs looking to rent lodging for a week.
Any ideas, leads, contacts, please PM.
I'll echo the opinions of Bruges and Salzburg - loved them both. Currently looking at the Maritime Provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia, coastal New England. All in an RV! Never explored those areas.. in fact, have spent more time exploring outside of this country than inside. Bucket List includes changing that. I have alot of free time now ~ but want to take my pups with me, along with my own familiar comforts.
Have been perusing the millions of 'Life in an RV' sites, interesting reading!
Sounds like fun. My husband would love that sort of thing.
His idea of a heavenly retirement is for us to visit all of the national parks, halls of fame, etc. as we travel around by car...tailgating at sporting events along the way.
I agree with scrutney, there are tons of places in the US that I still want to see.