When the travel bug bites, the first thing to do is pick a destination. With so many different places you could go, it's often hard to decide on an itinerary. One great solution is to pick a top global city. These world-class cities are traveler favorites for a reason. Whether you're seeking historic sightseeing, endless shopping or stunning natural scenery, all of these exciting destinations fit the bill.
This city, steeped in history, should be at the top of any traveler's list. London offers everything from modern marvels like the London Eye and the Tate Modern, to historical sites like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and the Tower of London. London has always been on the cutting edge of music, art, and fashion. You can visit Abbey Road of Beatles fame, Portobello Market for antiques, or Camden to see the newest trends before they hit the runway.
History truly comes alive when you're in Rome. Visitors can experience the sights of ancient Rome, while simultaneously exploring the modern city. You can have a glass of wine next to the Pantheon, lunch by the Coliseum, or simply sit and enjoy the view for the Spanish Steps after a long day of shopping. Other great historic sites include St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican City.
This beautiful city is a must-see. The city of lights is a walkable city with fantastic shopping, delicious restaurants, and amazing historic sights and artwork. From the luxury shops and restaurants along the Champs-Elysees to the artwork at the Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay, Paris is full of fantastic sights. It also has phenomenal historical architecture like the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel tower, and the Palace of Versailles.
This city has truly everything: historic sights, Broadway shows, incredible restaurants and shopping, innumerable museums, and some of the world's best nightlife. For iconic New York sightseeing, visit the Statute of Liberty, the Empire State building, or walk along the Brooklyn Bridge. If you prefer exploring the city like a local, have a coffee in one of its many great cafes, explore shops in great neighborhoods like the West Village, and take a long ramble through Central Park.
With its rolling hills and gorgeous location by the bay, San Francisco is a fantastic vacation destination. This diverse city is a foodie's dream: you can try everything from authentic, ethnic foods to Michelin rated restaurants. You can also visit its many famous sightseeing locations like Golden Gate Park, the "Painted Lady" Victorian Houses, and Ghirardelli Square via the iconic cable car. Those interested in San Francisco's counter-culture history will want to explore Haight-Asbury and the Castro.
This city is full an architectural wonders. Visitors will be stunned by the beauty of buildings designed by Gaudi. Many of Gaudi's designs are world heritage sites, including the Sagrada Familia, Casa Vincens, and Casa Batllo. Art lovers will also enjoy the Museu Picasso, while those seeking local flavor will love a stroll down La Rambla, with its colorful shops and cafes.
Experience Australia's largest city with its endless coastline and scenic harbors. Begin your visit with a visit to Sydney Harbor, home to the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. From the harbor, you can take a sightseeing ferry trip to explore other popular Sydney attractions. Finally, wind down after sightseeing by relaxing on one of Sydney's famous beaches. From Bondi Beach to Manly Beach, you can enjoy surfing, boating, or simply laying in the sun.
Visiting Beijing gives visitors the unique experience of seeing a world class city in the making. Its rapid change and endless construction attest to this city's rapid growth and growing prominence. Perhaps the greatest testament to its development is the Bird's Nest Stadium, built for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. The stadium's gorgeous architecture provides a wonderful, modern contrast to the amazing historical sights of the Forbidden City and the Great Wall.
There's a reason that this city's slogan is "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." This city has everything from the hottest clubs and casinos, to luxurious spas and hotels, and truly decadent shopping and dining. For those looking for more than the bright lights of the strip, downtown Las Vegas offers a wonderfully nostalgic experience and nearby Red Rock Canyon provides majestic views of the Nevada desert.
Honolulu offers unspoiled nature, combined with world-class shopping and hotels. Whether you're looking to hit the waves or hit the shops, Honolulu won't disappoint. Waikiki Beach offers the classic Hawaii experience, with its gorgeous stretch of sandy beach lined with some of the world's finest stores. For the more adventurous, a slight drive will take you the big waves of the North Shore or on leisurely hike up Diamond Head.