Barcelona

Though known for its fútbol team, Barcelona boasts much more than athletic talent. The city is a feast for the eyes: Visitors walk past medieval architecture in the Barri Gòtic and Gaudi’s innovative creations at Parc Güell. Meanwhile, Las Ramblas buzzes at all hours.

Paris

Year after year, the magnetic City of Light draws travelers looking to cross the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame off their bucket lists. But what visitors really fall in love with are Paris’ quaint cafes, vibrant markets, trendy shopping districts and unmistakable je ne sais quoi charm.

Sydney

This metropolis offers more than just a dizzying array of landmarks (e.g., the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge). Sydney boasts a warm, sunny climate ideal for enjoying the city’s beaches. The sands at Coogee and Bondi draw locals and tourists alike.

Rio de Janeiro

As the upcoming host of the 2016 Olympic Games, Rio is arguably South America’s hottest destination — and not just for its warm weather. The famous Christ the Redeemer statue presides over Copacabana Beach. And you’ll be hard-pressed to find a livelier event than Rio’s Carnival.

Maldives

The simple mention of the Maldives conjures images of blue waters and soft sands. This collection of more than 1,000 islands boasts unparalleled resorts and pristine beaches. Visitors say the islands’ allures are difficult to comprehend unless you see them for yourself.

Prague

Prague has transitioned from a backpacker secret to a flourishing Eastern European capital. The narrow streets lead to iconic landmarks such as the Charles Bridge and St. Vitus Cathedral. Save some time for enjoying local pilsners on a bar crawl.

Bahamas

The Bahamas comprises so many islands that it’s hard to mash them all into one recommendation. But that’s also part of their appeal. Airfare and hotel rates are reasonable throughout the year, but you’ll get the best deals if you visit in the summer or early fall.

Zurich

From swimming in Lake Zurich in the summer to skiing the Alps in the winter, Zurich attracts visitors year-round. Delectable pastry shops abound, as do museums, churches and shops in Bahnhofstrasse. At night, check out the bars in edgy Zurich West.

Budapest

Budapest is a sure standout for any trip to Eastern Europe. The city caters to a wide range of traveler types and budgets with its variety of hotels and restaurants. The city will keep you occupied with its thermal baths and world-class museums.

Las Vegas

America’s Playground offers plenty of entertainment day or night. Neon-lit casinos, like the Bellagio and Caesar’s Palace, beckon to travelers with fascinating shows and sprawling game floors. Plus, these mega-resorts boast spas, pools, upscale rooms and diverse restaurants.