8 Popular City Vacation Destinations Around the World
Everyone travels differently. Some people like to save up, take one big vacation every year and have the time of their life. Others like to make little small weekend trips over the course of the year. Others may like to go as far away from the typical path as possible, finding all the hole-in-the-wall activities. Others pull out a tourist map and stick to what the maps says.
All in all, there is no wrong way to travel. A vacation is meant for you and whoever you are with and you can do whatever you want. That’s the beauty of a vacation!
While frequent travelers feel they are often called to wander off the beaten path, there are also some “normal” or typical vacations that are still incredibly worth it. They’re the hotspots that everyone goes to, and for good reason.
Check out the list below for those trips that you may have read about 100 times but are completely worth it.
Nothing quite says romance like France, does it? Millions of people flock to Paris every year to marvel in the wonders like The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and other amazing sights.
Paris has one of the best underground systems in the world and is a very walkable city. Just outside the city is the Palace of Versailles, filled with its beautiful gardens and extravagant paintings. It’s best to plan at least three days to be in Paris as there is so much to do, see and explore.
Walking around Rome is like walking through history. You can walk through the historic forum and see Trajan’s Column, historic temples and the Colosseum. Walk down the street to find The Pantheon, one of the most unique dome structures in the world.
Head to the other side of town and visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Make sure you get to the Sistine Chapel before 4 P.M. as it closes pretty early! There’s always a long line so you’ll want to make sure you’ve got plenty of time.
Make sure you carb-load on pasta to walk around the entire city and reward yourself with a tasty gelato at the end of the day.
It’s safe to say that London is an absolutely huge city, sprawling from end to end with countless activities and things to do in between. With such a diverse population, you’re going to find so many different types of food throughout the city, so come with an open mind and willing stomach.
One of the best parts about London, and England as a country, is that all of the public museums are free. That mean you can spend a few days walking around to see some of the world’s most famous artifacts like the Rosetta Stone. If you’re a big fan of World War II history, check out the Imperial War Museum.
Traveling down under, Sydney is a beautiful city filled with plenty of sunlight, beautiful beaches and wonderful attractions. Heading to the Opera House is a must but you should make sure and try to get your tour tickets ahead of time.
If you’re feeling adventurous, plenty of people make the trek up the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a fantastic view of the city. Don’t go if you’re scared of heights though.
New York City, USA
The Big Apple, the Concrete Jungle, the City that Never Sleeps. NYC has a variety of names because it is one of the most unique cities in the world. No matter which neighborhood you stay in, you’re bound to have a completely unique experience than other tourists. Don’t wait any longer. If you’re a traveler and are in New York City, the absolute first thing on your list has to be a helicopter ride over the city. It’ll be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.
Make sure and get to Liberty Island and go to the Top of the Rock for one of the best views in town. Take a bike ride through Central Park and even rent a bike to get around the city easier. Don’t be afraid to ask a local for help on the subway, it can be quite confusing.
Las Vegas, USA
Whoever thought that a city filled with casinos in the attractions stuck in the middle of the desert would work? Well, good thing someone thought of the idea and gave us Las Vegas. Even if you’re not a fan of gambling, there is a ton to do in the city.
Do some research ahead of time to see who is performing in Las Vegas during your time there and see if you can catch a show. There is also some great hiking outside the city if you want to escape the bright lights. And though you may not gamble, at least give the penny slots in the airport a try.
San Francisco, USA
Natives of San Francisco will insist that they live in the world’s most perfect city. While others may disagree, San Francisco should definitely be at the top of your list.
The city is filled with many diverse cultures and neighborhoods, meaning you can be eating in Chinatown for lunch and then at an authentic Italian restaurant for dinner. There are plenty of activities to do outside the city as well, like visiting the quaint town of Sausalito or hiking amongst the redwoods.
As a bonus, your calves will never look better after walking up all the hills.
Heading way over to the far east, Beijing is a must for all travelers. Not only can you walk the streets and enjoy some delicious food, but wonderful sites like The Palace Museum and Temple of Heaven are sure to blow you away.
Beijing is also a great place to go visit the Great Wall of China. Many companies specialize in picking people up from the airport and taking them straight to go see the wall. It’s still an amazing wonder of the world and one whose scope and structure will leave you breathless.
It’s worth noting that if you plan on being in China for more than 72 hours, you will most likely need a visa so check with the nearest embassy or consulate.