12 Best Places in the World to Experience Amazing Culture (Ranked)

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It’s not easy to pinpoint exactly what culture is. It’s the heartbeat of a common people, a shared experience that feels somehow both singular and universal. And no matter how different our cultures are, they always fascinate and teach us something about the human experience. Here are twelve must-travel places to add to your list to experience a truly unique and growth-inducing culture.

1. Jerusalem

Best Places in the World to Experience Amazing Culture: East Jerusalem, Palestine
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Jerusalem’s main attraction is as a destination for religious pilgrims, but that’s only a fraction of this city’s cultural significance. It’s a city so immersed in its own history that simply walking the streets feels like a stroll through ancient humanity.

2. Cuba

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Cuba isn’t necessarily the most accessible place to visit, but it’s worth the effort. The culture in Cuba is top-notch; the city combines the electricity of the locals in the air with old-world architecture, and you have a recipe for one of the most compelling destinations in the world.

3. Berlin

Best Places in the World: Modern culture in Berlin
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For a touch of modern culture, look no further than Berlin. It’s an excellent mixture of edgy, contemporary culture and a rich, sometimes dark history. The social progress in this city alone is a testament to how much has changed – it’s easily one of the best places to get a taste of culture as it was and as it’s evolving.

4. Budapest

Best Places in the World: Culture in Budapest, Hungary
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Budapest is often called “The City of Spas,” thanks to the over 100 springs that bubble up with water daily. But more than that, Budapest is a relic of some of the most interesting parts of human history, including Ottoman architecture and a melding of Turkish and Eastern European culture.

5. Santiago

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Santiago adds some levity and brightness to this list. This city is all about joy, color, dance, and life. And if you haven’t tasted authentic Chilean fare before, there’s no better place to do it than right here at the source.

6. Venice

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One of the more obvious entries on this list is Venice. The city is basically a grand exercise in romance. Everything from world-class restaurants to gondolas on the canal is waiting for you to experience right now.

7. Kyoto

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Kyoto is another excellent example of tying the past and present cultures in a significant and beautiful way. The shrines in Kyoto are breathtaking, and the city itself essentially demands you to shift yourself into a more spiritual, peaceful state of mind.

8. Buenos Aires

Best Places in the World: Cultural dance in Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Buenos Aires is much like Santiago in that it’s all about energy. The more animated, exciting parts of culture are out in the open air here, with everything from bombastic nightlife to gorgeous restaurants and cafes everywhere you look.

9. Copenhagen

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Copenhagen’s deep ties to both Norse culture and modern architecture make it easy to add to our list. And with stunning canals, parks, and art galleries, there’s no shortage of cultural attractions to sink your teeth into.

10. Sao Paulo

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Sao Paulo is the largest city in South America, so it’s only natural that it would also be a hub for culture. This is a metropolis lover’s paradise; come for tours, museums, shopping, dining, and basically everything else – Sao Paulo has it.

11. Kampala

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Kampala is Uganda’s capital. It rests on the banks of Lake Victoria and is home to many fascinating government and religious buildings. There’s also Kasubi Hill, which houses the Kasubi Tombs – the final resting place of Buganda Kings. It’s a unique destination with a long history that will grab your attention from the moment you step foot there.

12. Giza

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The only more apparent pick on this list than Venice would be Giza. While it’s easy to think of the pyramids of Giza as the fast food of worldly cultures, there’s no denying how captivating they can be. The pyramids didn’t make their way as one of the most recognizable Wonders of the World by sheer accident. Please note: If you’re planning a trip to Egypt, know there are risks to visiting this country. Check with your government’s travel alerts and stay safe on your trips.

Here’s What Travel Was Like 100 Years Ago

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Travel has definitely improved over the past 100 years. And by the way, if you’re thinking 100 years ago was back in the 1800s, you might be showing your age…100 years ago was 1923, and Americans were hitting the road in their new-fangled automobiles. Here are ten things you might expect if you traveled across America 100 years ago.

Here’s What Travel Was Like 100 Years Ago

10 Places You Should Never Use Your Debit Card

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Debit cards are a convenient way to pay for things without carrying a lot of cash around and without piling up credit card debt. However, debit cards can place you more at risk of identity theft and fraud. That’s because most debit cards don’t come with the same protections major credit cards do. If someone hacks your debit card, they can drain real money from your personal account, and that money might be gone for good.

Here are some places where it’s safer for you to use a credit card than a debit card.

10 Places You Should Never Use Your Debit Card

Step Into the Past: 10 American Ghost Towns to Explore

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America may not have a history as old as other countries, but we do have our share of ghost towns. Around 3,800 of them, according to a recent report by the New York Times. From the largest ghost town in Jerome, Arizona, to quirky ghost towns like Calico, California, here are ten of the most well-known in America.

Step Into the Past: 10 American Ghost Towns to Explore

10 Highest Grossing Movies of All Time (Inflation Adjusted)

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Ever debated the greatest movies? Well, we’re counting cash, not critics. Here’s an inflation-adjusted roundup of the top 10 box office champions—because modern-day blockbusters can’t just inflate their way to the top! This list represents the highest-grossing movies of all time.

10 Highest Grossing Movies of All Time (Inflation Adjusted)

This article was published by Our Woven Journey.

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Karee Blunt is a nationally syndicated travel journalist, focused on discovering destinations and experiences that captivate and inspire others through her writing. She is also the founder of Our Woven Journey, a travel site focused on inspiring others to create memory-making adventures with their loved ones. Karee is passionate about encouraging others to step out of their comfort zone and live the life they dream of. She is the mother of six kids, including four through adoption, and lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. You can learn more about Karee on her about me page.