The Most Beautiful Cities in the World for an Urban Adventure

While lush island escapes and charming village getaways offer a slower pace, urban adventures are ideal for travelers who appreciate art, architecture, history, dining, and, most importantly, being surrounded by boundless energy. To help urbanites plan their next trip (or simply take a desk-side vacation during today's afternoon break), we rounded up the most beautiful cities in the world with corresponding travel tips. Whether you want to visit a lush, calm city with plenty of history, a surfer's paradise, a world-renowned shopping mecca, a foodie destination, or anything in between, you'll be ready to pack your bags once you see the profiles of the world's 20 most beautiful cities.