10/24/2012 08:27 am ET Updated Dec 24, 2012

Lonely Planet's Top Cities For 2013 (PHOTOS)

What's hot in travel for 2013?

Lonely Planet's team of several hundred expert authors and editors -- and even Lonely Planet co-founder Tony Wheeler -- have been banging heads to find the answer for our annual set of travel picks for the year to come, the Best in Travel 2013.

After months of ferocious, even feverish debate -- and way, way too much coffee and cake -- we've settled on our top 10 countries, top 10 regions and -- as we show here -- our top 10 cities for the coming year.

How did we choose them? Some are poised to be discovered by travelers looking for the next big thing. Others have something special in store for them in 2013. Some are well-known but experiencing a renaissance that warrants another look by travelers. Or perhaps we just love them to bits and want to shout it from the rooftops.

So, city-lovers, without further ado, our picks for the top 10 cities for 2013 are...

Top 10 Cities for 2013 - Lonely Planet's Best in Travel