If you’re a globetrotter and you enjoy urban adventures, this post is for you. City breaks, no matter how long or short, are an ideal way to discover new cultures and see some amazing sights. If you’re on the hunt for inspiration for your next trip, here are some magical metropolises you won’t want to miss.
The city of love seems a logical place to start for those who enjoy the thrills of urban life. Paris is a timeless classic, which has the power to enchant even the most skeptical visitor. People talk about Paris all the time, and sometimes, this can mean that expectations are impossible to meet. In the case of Paris, however, there’s no risk of failing to deliver. It doesn’t matter how many guides or books you read or how many people you speak to, it’s impossible not to be stunned by the architecture, the skyline and the indescribable charm of the place.
Paris is packed with sights and attractions, so it’s best to give yourself a few days to explore and to have a rough itinerary in mind when you land. The city is arranged in areas known as arrondissements. If you find lodgings away from the action, you’ll pay a lot less, and it’s easy to get around. Highlights for your trip include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame and the Champs-Elysees. The French capital boasts an array of galleries and museums, and there’s also plenty going on in terms of entertainment. Check listings for sporting events and concerts before you travel. If you’re planning to visit Paris as part of a European tour, you can reach almost any major European city from Paris’ airport.
If you’re looking for a city that has it all, look no further than London. The UK’s capital is a thriving metropolis, which combines old and new effortlessly and offers all the attractions you could possibly wish for. From museums and galleries to monuments, theaters, theme parks and zoos, London has something for everyone. Explore the South Bank, watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, or enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the Serpentine in the summer. Away from the beaten tourist tracks, you’ll find street markets, trendy bars, independent music venues and eateries that serve up fascinating fusion food.
Hot spots for visitors include the Natural History Museum, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and Hyde Park. Fans of vintage shopping and street food should head to Camden Lock or Brick Lane, while those keen on musicals will be spoiled for choice in the West End. Traveling around London is very easy. The underground network covers the entire city, and if you buy a day travel card, you can roam around at your leisure without spending a fortune. From London, you can use buses, trains or planes to discover other parts of the UK. For a change of pace, you can reach seaside gems like Brighton and stunning national parks like the Lake District and Exmoor within a few hours.
Singapore is one of the most exciting and innovative cities on the planet. Famed for its pristine streets and forward-thinking design concepts, Singapore offers an enthralling blend of East and West. When you touch down, you can’t fail to be blown away by the modern architecture and the efficiency of the city. Everywhere you go, everything moves like clockwork. Singapore is a city that rarely sleeps, but it doesn’t feel hectic. There’s a sense of routine and organization here. This is a city you could visit for a day or stay for months. There’s a huge amount to do for tourists, but this is also a great place to work, get to know the locals, and experience the culture. If you do fancy sticking around for a while, it’s worth researching property rental Singapore and upgrading your hotel to a condo. While you’re in this beautiful city, check out the night safari at Singapore Zoo, raise a toast in Clarke Quay and enjoy the views from the Singapore Flyer. Sip on a Singapore Sling at the famous Long Bar at Raffles Hotel, take a trip to Sentosa Island and marvel at the contemporary wonder that is Gardens by the Bay.
Copenhagen is a unique city, which offers something completely different to the bustling cities of London, New York and Tokyo. The pace of life is more sedate here, and you can wander at your own speed without feeling the need to get out of the way of commuters in a hurry or to tick off twenty attractions in a single day. The jewel in the crown is Nyhavn. The brightly-colored buildings, which line the water, are featured on the front of almost every guidebook you’ll find about Copenhagen. The famous street is a visual treat, but it also boasts a lively, warm atmosphere. Stop for photos before taking a boat cruise around the city and indulging in some retail therapy. The tourist pilgrimage will take you to the north of the city where you’ll find the diminutive statue of the Little Mermaid. Other sights to include in your plans include Amalienborg Palace, the Marble Church, the Freetown of Christiania and the Round Tower. The best ways to explore are on foot or by bike. You can easily cover the city in a couple of days.
No guide would be complete without mentioning New York. Perhaps the most famous city in the world, the Big Apple is a destination that should grace every bucket list. The city that never sleeps attracts visitors from all over the globe, and it’s easy to see why its pull is so magnetic. This is a vibrant city that won’t fail to make you feel more alive than you’ve ever felt. Meander through Central Park, shop up a storm on Fifth Avenue and enjoy the views from Top of the Rock. Admire the Empire State Building, catch a show on Broadway, and venture away from the tourist trails to live like a local. Embrace the concept of Sunday brunch in the Meatpacking District, shop in Soho, or sample the best coffee in Little Italy. Each part of the city has something different to offer. Walking is an excellent way to see the city, but if you’re taking a longer journey, use the subway. The traffic in New York is notoriously bad, so try and avoid the infamous yellow cabs during rush hour.
If packed itineraries, new cultures and gastronomic treats are your cup of tea, then I hope that this list of incredible cities has given you food for thought. Whether you fancy an action-packed adventure in the concrete jungles of London or New York or a more sedate weekend in a charming city like Paris, you’re bound to enjoy an experience you won’t forget! Once you’ve chosen a location, do some reading, get some tips from other travelers and put a rough itinerary together. Walk as much as you can, get to know how the locals live, and have a fantastic time! See the sights, but don’t be afraid to venture off and discover some attractions and areas that may not always make the front covers of travel guides.
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