Reykjavik
It’s no secret that Iceland’s diminutive capital punches way above its weight on pretty much every level. Laid-back in attitude yet pulsing with energy, the city offers cultural treats ranging from first-class museums to small alternative art galleries, traditional attractions like the relaxed harbor and colorful wooden houses, striking landmarks such as the rocket-shaped Hallgrimskirkja, and a famously raucous nightlife. And, of course, Iceland's jaw-dropping landscapes are easily accessible, with the prospect of catching the aurora borealis during the winter.