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10 Smaller Cities That Are More Beautiful Than Their Capitals

10 Smaller Cities That Are More Beautiful Than Their Capitals
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When you look at a map of the world and decide where you want to go, some cities stick out more than others. Whether they’re represented with a star or a bullet point or just typed out in a bold font, capital cities tend to overshadow all the others. They make you think they’re more important or more beautiful, but sometimes it’s the other cities that, though they might not stand out on the map, will stand out more vividly in your memories.

If you’re visiting a new country, there are plenty of reasons to look past its capital and head somewhere a little less known. These are the second cities, the ones that aren’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of visiting a country. Though sometimes smaller, they’re often cheaper than the better-known destinations, and their unique charms may leave their mark on you travels.

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