Why It's Worth It

Kiev, Ukraine, is a city on the brink of something magical. Plagued by its recent history and even its current events in the eastern part of Ukraine, Kiev is going through its adolescent years and the results are nothing short of inspiring. Whether you are into religious history, hip neighborhoods, or brutal architecture, Kiev will surprise you and leave you pining to book a return trip to witness the Ukrainian capital’s newest developments. —Megan Starr