Cities are the cultural lungs of a country, but the congestion and pollution leave you gasping for clean air. Some of the most interesting, vibrant cities in the world have shockingly unbreathable air.
Tripoto has put together a list of places with far fewer air-quality issues. The air in these cities is as close to pristine due to a combination of intelligent urban planning, abundant green spaces and weather conditions.
1. Lake Havasu City, USA
Infamous for its annual spring-break hedonism, Lake Havasu in Arizona is in fact a heavenly place, enveloped by gorgeous hilla and canyons and blessed with spectacular weather year round. This city has also been identified by the WHO as the city with World’s Cleanest Air.
2. Bandar Seri Begawan, Sultanate of Brunei
This is the only Southeast-Asian city on this list. Located on the Northern Coast of Borneo, Brunei-Muara is the most vibrant district of the Sultanate of Brunei. Featuring prominently on off-beat South-east Asia itineraries, the city of Bandar Seri Begawan is also the place to go for some fresh air.
3. Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver is picturesque, with the snow-capped North Shore Mountains overlooking the cityscape. The city’s vast urban parks, measuring among the largest in the world, along with several sustainable initiatives in energy and transport are the reasons for the fresh, clean air Vancouver enjoys.
4. Santa Fe, USA
This charming, historic city in the heart America’s ‘Wild West’ is famous for its laidback culture, and flat-roofed stucco architecture. Progressive and multicultural, Santa Fe’s residents enjoy a very high-quality of life, consistently voted as one of the most livable cities in the world.
5. Sydney, Australia
For all its fame and magnetism, Sydney’s is as close to fresh as a city this massive can get. This cosmopolitan city is a hotbed of culture and tourism. With a population of over 4.5 million, Sydney is the biggest city on this list.
6. Kopavogur, Iceland
Immaculate describes Kopavogur perfectly. With its glistening lakes and fresh vibe, it is no surprise that this pretty little town has among the cleanest air in the world.
7. Benidorm, Spain
An idyllic coastal town with a vista to envy, Benidorm is a popular tourist destination. However, much less talked about is its unsullied atmosphere. Benidorm’s air quality is world-class and an excellent reason to visit its beaches.
8. Porirua, New zealand
New zealand is famed as a destination for its unspoilt outdoors. Porirua on the Kapiti coast is the the best place to enjoy New zealand’s untainted air.
9. Copenhagen, Denmark
This uber chic, and yet fantasy-like, Copenhagen is the best of modern and pristine. Dotted with hundreds of parks and elaborate bike-pedestrian roadspace, Copenhagen is the second Scandinavian city in this list.
10. Shizuoka, Japan
Surrounded by mountains and rivers, Shizuoka is a paradise city. in the heart of Japan. With Mount Fuji in the backyard, Shizuoka is the best place to enjoy some of the world’s cleanest air.
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