Top 10 must-see cities in 2013

Top 10 must-see cities in 2013

Cultural festivals and sporting events lead Lonely Planet's list of places to visit in the upcoming year
Be one of them.

San Francisco is the place to go next year, according to Lonely Planet's latest list of top 10 cities to visit.

One of the most densely populated cities in the United States, San Fran will host the 2013 America's Cup, the yacht race that was first contested in 1851.  

Amsterdam came second in the list of must-see cities. The Dutch capital has a festive year ahead in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the construction of the city’s iconic canal ring. It will also be the 160th birthday of Vincent van Gogh.

Although Lonely Planet's latest list did not contain as many surprises as last year's choices, the selections still contain a few eyebrow-raisers.

Hyderabad is the top Asian city, ranking third overall. The historic Indian city is currently refurbishing many of its monuments back to their former glory. The Falaknuma Palace has already been revamped by the Taj group of hotels.

Off the usual Brit tourist trail is Londonderry, which came fourth in Lonely Planet's list for being the United Kingdom City of Culture in 2013. The All-Ireland Fleadh will be held there as well as awards ceremonies for the Turner Prize, Brit Awards and the Man Booker Prize next year.

Just making it into the top 10 is Argentina's Puerto Iguazú, famous for the Iguazu Falls. The city is said to be the best for families and adventure in 2013.

More on CNN: Insider Guide: Best of San Francisco

The top 10 cities to travel in 2013:

1. San Francisco, United States

2. Amsterdam, Netherlands

3. Hyderabad, India

4. Londonderry, Northern Ireland

5. Beijing, China

6. Christchurch, New Zealand

7. Hobart, Australia

8. Montréal, Canada

9. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

10. Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

To see the full list, please click here.