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Washington DC is the best city to visit in 2015

Washington is Lonely Planet’s number one destination to visit for 2015, a first-time distinction for the city.

Oct 22, 2014 | By AFPRelaxnews

Cherry blosson season in Washington DC

Travel experts at Lonely Planet have come up with lists of the top 10 cities, regions and countries to visit in 2015, giving top nods to Singapore, Washington DC, and the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.

Destinations that made the cut for Lonely Planet’s latest “Best in Travel 2015” are chosen for their “topicality, unique experiences and ‘wow’ factor.”

Washington DC is deemed to be the top city of 2015 because the US capital is expected to mark the passing of history: the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

Commemorative events will include a full re-enactment of Lincoln’s funeral steam engine train trip from DC to his hometown of Springfield, Illinois and theater productions.

Next year will see the Smithsonian Institution open its first new museum in a decade, the highly anticipated National Museum of African American History and Culture and the country’s only national museum devoted to African-American culture.

The life-changing experience in DC, meanwhile is pegged as the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, a powerful exhibit that spans three floors and traces the rise of Nazism from 1933 to 1945.

Here are the top-ranked destinations

pool at Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Top 10 Countries

1.  Singapore
2.  Namibia
3.  Lithuania
4.  Nicaragua
5.  Ireland
6.  Republic of Congo
7.  Serbia
8.  The Philippines
9.   St Lucia
10. Morocco

Top 10 Regions

1.  Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey
2.  Rocky Mountain National Park, USA
3.  The Toledo District, Belize
4.  Tasmania, Australia
5.  Northern Norway
6.  Khumbu, Nepal
7.  Copper Canyon, Mexico
8.  Flores, Indonesia
9.  Atacama Desert, Chile
10. Macau, China

Top 10 Cities

1.  Washington, DC, USA
2.  El Chaltén, Argentina
3.  Milan, Italy
4.  Zermatt, Switzerland
5.  Valletta, Malta
6.  Plovdiv, Bulgaria
7.  Salisbury, UK
8.  Vienna, Austria
9.  Chennai, India
10. Toronto, Canada

Other categories include:

Best Value Destinations for 2015
Unforgettable Family Travel Experiences
The Best Free Things to do in 2015
Most Illuminating Experiences
Wonderful Workouts
Best Literary Walking Tours
Best Places for Extreme Eating
The Most Gay-friendly Places on the Planet

Lonely Planet’s  Best in Travel 2015
 is out October 21 and retails for $15 USD.

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