South Africa

This destination is among Lonely Planet's U.S. staff's top picks for 2010 as well as Concierge.com's "2010 It List." Shown: Soccer City stadium, which resembles an African cooking pot, is located in Soweto just outside of Johannesburg. Soccer City Stadium is the main venue for The FIFA 2010 World Cup, held for the first time in Africa, and the stadium will host the opening match between South Africa and Mexico as well as the World Cup Final match.

( ALEXANDER JOE, AFP/Getty Images / December 13, 2009 )

This destination is among Lonely Planet's U.S. staff's top picks for 2010 as well as Concierge.com's "2010 It List." Shown: Soccer City stadium, which resembles an African cooking pot, is located in Soweto just outside of Johannesburg. Soccer City Stadium is the main venue for The FIFA 2010 World Cup, held for the first time in Africa, and the stadium will host the opening match between South Africa and Mexico as well as the World Cup Final match.

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