Casablanca is not like most other destinations in Morocco, for better or worse. It is more of a large ordinary city compared to the cultural historic cities normally found in the country. There is a Medina in Casablanca, which I enjoyed exploring. There's also historic architecture and several important squares to visit while in Casablanca. But the main attraction of the city is the Hassan II Mosque. It is the largest mosque in Africa and the seventh-largest mosque in the world!
In Marrakech, you will get lost in the narrow alleyways of the Medina. You will shop and haggle at the Souks (small markets). Don't expect luxury and modernities. A trip to Marrakech will take you centuries back in time. Jamaa el-Fnaa is the crown jewel of this ancient city. The square in the Southeastern part of the Medina was the inspiration for the creation of UNESCO's List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Rabat is not only the Capital of Morocco, but it is also the capital of French culture in Morocco. This is the city where the previous French influence is still mostly alive. Main sights include the Hassan Tower with the Mausoleum of Mohammed V on the same site, as well as the Kasbah of the Udayas and, of course, the Medina of Rabat.
One of the main reasons to go to Phnom Penh is the beautiful French colonial architecture that can be found throughout the city. This is what once earned the city the nickname "Pearl of Asia" due to the beauty it possessed. A darker sight in the city is the "Killing Fields" and remnants of the Khmer Rouge Genocide between 1975 - 1979.
The views of the impressive Skyline from Victoria Peak are one of the most famous attractions in the world and something you should not miss. If you feel for it take a walk around the full course of Lugard Road to truly breathe in the views. Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon is a central area where you can experience the average life of Hong Kong, which is slightly more traditional than the areas of Hong Kong Island.
The opportunities are endless in Tokyo! It's a city made up of twelve originally separate cities, all of which have a very different vibe and style. Asakusa, the old town of Tokyo, you can see the historical and traditional Japan with temples and some old buildings. Shibuya on the other hand is where you can experience modern and young Japan.
Vientiane is a city of Temples and monuments. There's not that much city life but there's a temple of some sort at basically every street block. Pha That Luang is a national symbol for all of Laos and is found slightly north of the City Center. About halfway towards Pha That Luang, you'll pass through Patuxai, a huge victory gate from where you can get stunning views of the landscape.
The spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda, in which only the spire is rumored to consist of enough gold equivalent to 5% of Myanmar’s total GDP, is the main sight in Yangon. If there's only one thing you have time to do during a short visit it's the Shwedagon Pagoda, which is located slightly north of the city center. Right in the middle of the center of the city, you'll find another Pagoda which is worth a visit - Sule Pagoda.
Seomyeon is a commercial center and a transportation hub popular with the youth. Jagalchi is a large fish market near the coast. Up in the mountains, you'll find Gamcheon Culture Village for a more traditional experience. In Busan, you'll also find the only UN cemetery in the world dedicated to United Nations Soldiers from several countries who died in the Korean War.
In Seoul, you'll find a little bit of everything. In Myeongdong, you'll find world-class shopping in a modern environment. A few minutes away, you'll enter the center of Seoul, where there are Five Royal Palaces that you can explore. The most famous is Gyeongbokgung. Gangnam got famous for 'that' song a few years ago, and it's worth a visit.
Taipei 101 was the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2010. It's worth a visit, but it's located far from the rest of the areas that are interesting for a tourist so don't look for your accommodation near the skyscraper. Ximending is the area you'd want to be near and where things happen in Taipei. It's an entertainment district that truly comes to life late in the evening.
Bangkok is one of the true world cities where there's just an endless amount of things you can do. In Phra Nakhon, you'll find sights such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and the, by backpackers, popular bar street Khaosan Road. Pathum Wan is the most modern district with several large shopping centers and upscale restaurants.
The Old Quarter is where most tourists will spend the majority of their time in Hanoi. It's a dense and lively area with old architecture and temples. West of the Old Quarter there's the Government quarters where you'll find, among other things, the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh (The President of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War).
Once one of the wealthiest cities in Europe, and the world. A former major center of trade, and the center for the world's diamond trade. The city of Antwerp still offers many architectural sights that remind a visitor of the rich past. The guild houses and the city hall at Grote Markt are the most striking examples of this former wealth.
The capital of not only Belgium but also the European Union, and home to the headquarters of NATO. Brussels by all means deserves the nickname "Capital of Europe". Major sights include the majestic Grand Place, Manneken Pis, and the Atomium. It's the center of a conurbation that forms one of the densest areas of Europe! It's easy to reach several day trip options by train in Belgium, France, or the Netherlands from Brussels.
Ghent, or Gent, is a medieval University city and the third-largest city in Belgium. The main attractions in the city are the architecture which is well-preserved from medieval times and onwards. The old Graslei harbor in the center of Old Town is a meeting point and is surrounded by water and beautiful buildings! Important sights are the Gravensteen castle, the Belfry, and the Saint Bavo Cathedral, along with multiple other churches.
Kutná Hora has one of the most unique sights in Europe with Sedlec Ossuary. It's a church decorated mostly with human bones. A visit to Kutná Hora doesn't count unless you go inside and have a look!
Copenhagen has surprisingly much to offer for tourists, and you won't be disappointed if you decide to visit the Danish capital! Nyhavn is a picturesque old harbor in the city center. The pedestrian street of Strøget is one of the longest such streets in Europe at over 1 km in length. To the north of the city, you'll find the Little Mermaid statue which has become a symbol of the city.
The large medieval Old Town is something you shouldn't miss, and probably won't, if visiting Tallinn. The city still has a large amount of surviving city walls and old city gates. One of the most famous such gates is called Fat Margaret (Paks Margareeta), located in the Northern part of Old Town, near the memorial to the 1994 M/S Estonia disaster.
Helsinki Cathedral is the main sight in the Finnish capital. It was built between 1830 - 1852 during the Russian rule of the city, and it was built as a tribute to the Russian Tsar Nicholas I. The cathedral is built in neoclassical style, which is a common architectural style found throughout the city. Helsinki is a hybrid of Swedish and Russian architecture!
The well-preserved city center and Old Town, with its many half-timbered houses and a large Gothic church, are the main thins that make people visit this small town on a scale much larger than the population of the town itself. The city is also known for being the center of the Alsace Wine Region.
Berlin might not be as famous as a tourist destination as London or Paris. But it has a lot to offer, and in recent years it has received more and more attention. The Brandenburger Tor is the most famous symbol for the city, and with its central position, you won't miss it. Berlin has several sights connected to the Cold War, such as The East Side Gallery (what's left of the Berlin Wall) and Checkpoint Charlie. Alexanderplatz is the former center of East Berlin, and nearby you'll find Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral). Breitscheidplatz is the former center of West Berlin with the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a church that was destroyed in World War II and has since been left in its destroyed state and never rebuilt. Today the ruins stand as a memorial for the war.
The Brick Gothic Bremen City Hall and the Roland Statue are two of the most important sights of Bremen, and both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After you've taken a look at those sites and the surrounding Marktplatz in the Old Town, you can continue down to Schnoor for a stroll through narrow alleys and historic buildings.
Dresden was completely destroyed in WWII, and the city center lied in ruins for almost 50 years before an impressive reconstruction campaign started after the reunification of Germany. Today this city, once one of the most important cities of Central Europe, will take you on a tour of newly constructed classical architecture that will leave you impressed!
Freiburg im Breisgau
The most unique feature of Freiburg is the Freiburg Bächle. It's a set of small water-filled runnels which runs along most streets in the city. Freiburg is often used as a base for trips into the Black Forest. If you decide to stay in the city, the Old Town offers sights such as Freiburg Cathedral, Martinstor, and The Historical Merchants' Hall.
The second largest city in Germany, as well as the seventh largest, and the largest non-capital city, in the European Union. Hamburg is truly one of the major cities of Europe, but maybe sometimes a little bit forgotten. Much of the history in the city was lost during WWII.
Leipzig is a city of music. It was the home of Johann Sebastian Bach for most of his life, and the Opera House of Leipzig (Oper Leipzig) is one of the most prominent in Germany. Since the turn of the century, the city has seen tremendous growth and prosperity. Leipzig is currently considered one of the best German cities to live in and a city for the future!
Lübeck and the Hanseatic League once dominated the trade in the Baltic Sea region for several hundred years. This heritage is still noticeable in many of the buildings in the city. The most famous building is the Holstentor city gate. Holstentor and the whole Old Town of Lübeck have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.
One of few historic cities in Germany that was spared the destruction of WWII. In Lüneburg, you can find authentic german architecture from the time before 1900. The main street of Am Sande is lined with beautiful buildings on both sides, and the nearby Rathaus (City Hall) is one of the most charming buildings in the region.
Rostock is a popular summer destination in Germany. It's one of the largest cities on the German Baltic Coast and the summertime beach resorts there. The most famous being Warnemünde, just outside of Rostock. Kröpeliner Straße is the main street in Rostock, and it connects the various parts of the spread-out Old Town.
Duomo is a Cathedral and Square in Central Milano which is also a well-known symbol of the city. Sforza Castle is also an important landmark. At Santa Maria Delle Grazie you can see the famous painting "The Last Supper" (which is a mural).
Rome has a countless number of landmarks and historical sites. The Colosseum is the most well-known but here you'll also find landmarks such as the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and the Vatican. The Roman Forum contains the preserved ruins of the Government buildings from the Roman Empire.
A former member of the Hanseatic League and the currently fourth-largest city in Poland. Gdańsk was once one of the most important cities on the Baltic Sea and it has a history of being fought over. The historic city center was destroyed in WWII, with the loss of most of the original Hanseatic architecture.
A popular seaside resort city in Northern Poland with the longest wooden pier in Europe as the main sight. The beaches near the pier are some of the most popular in Poland, and the waterfront is lined with several high-end hotels.
Previously known as Stettin, and still referred to this name in Germanic languages, the West-Polish city of Szczecin offers historic buildings and sites related to the shared history between Germany and Poland. Visit the Ducal Castle, the 14th-century Cathedral, or take a long walk along the riverside and watch the city's maritime heritage.
One of the best destinations in Europe for those who are into history! A city where historic Eastern Europe meets Modern Western Europe. Find yourself wandering through the Old Town, which was carefully reconstructed after the destruction in WWII, while being overlooked by a modern skyline containing some of the tallest skyscrapers in the European Union.
In a sort of a paradox, the most famous sight in Bucharest is a very ugly building which stands on top of what once was a much larger old town. I'm of course talking about the Palace of the Parliament. It's the third-largest building in the world, after the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and the Long'ao Building in Jinan China. The surviving parts of Old Town, called Lipscani, is a typical beautiful European old town and you'll likely spend much time there as a tourist.
Belgrade has several interesting sights. Skaralija is the city's old Bohemian neighborhood and a popular district known for its cafés and restaurants. Belgrade Fortress has a prominent position in the cityscape and the Kalemegdan Park that surrounds it is another place where many hours can be spent. Belgrade is also known for its nightlife.
Like many European Capitals (and cities in general), Bratislava has an Old Town which is popular with tourists. Near the Old Town, on a hill overlooking the city, there's the Bratislava Castle from which you can on clear days see as far as into three different countries (Austria, Hungary & Slovakia).
Madrid is the destination for anyone who loves architecture. The city has something interesting to offer at every corner. Puerta del Sol is the center of Madrid and a place where you can spend hours just hanging around and watching people! Madrid is also home to several world-class museums. The Prado Museum, Museo Reina Sofía, and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is the most well-known.
Kungsportsavenyn (The Avenue) with the Poseidon Statue is one of the most famous features of Gothenburg (Göteborg in Swedish). Take a stroll towards Haga and watch old wooden buildings in typical Swedish 1800's architecture while visiting a café. Liseberg near the city center is one of the best amusement parks in the Nordics.
Malmö is built around two main squares - Stora Torget (Large Square) & Lilla Torg (Small Square). There's also a third central square (Gustav Adolf Square). One of the most famous sights of the city is Turning Torso. It is the tallest building in the Nordics, with a famous unique design.
One of the oldest towns of Sweden, being established around 980. According to Norse Mythology, Sigtuna was the home of Odin. In the Medieval town center, there are church ruins, runic stones, and small narrow streets lined with old wooden buildings.
The Old Town of Stockholm is one of the best-preserved in Europe and with the medieval street layout still largely intact. The Old Town is located on an island in the center of the city, with the more modern Norrmalm to the north, and hipster Södermalm to the south. Further south you'll find Stockholm Globe Arena, the largest hemispherical building on Earth and host to many concerts and sports events.
The tallest cathedral in the Nordic countries is located in Uppsala. Fyris River and the older parts of town alongside it are important sights of the city. Several buildings connected to Uppsala University, the oldest University in Sweden, are worth visiting for their historic value and interesting architecture.
A summer favorite! Swedes are flocking to this West Coast town in the summer months. So if you're visiting in June through August, expect to see huge crowds. But that is also the best time to visit. Varberg Fortress is one of the main sights, and it's an old fortress that overlooks the city. The fortress is as old as the city itself and contains a lot of history. From the Fortress you have great views of the city, and the surrounding landscape.
As with many Swiss cities, Basel has a scenic location on the river, in this case, the Rhine. Climb the riverside of both sides of the water and find stunning views of a beautiful city. Some of the main sights are the Old Town (Altstadt) with an over 500-year-old former Cathedral (Basel Minster).
As one of the major tourist destinations in the world, there's always something to do or see in London. Big Ben is probably the most well-known landmark. But you'll also find sights such as Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey or Buckingham Palace.
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Flagstaff is a good place to stay when visiting the Grand Canyon. There's not much to do, and it's very expensive, to stay near the Grand Canyon. Flagstaff on the other hand is relatively cheap, and the town has a pretty city center with activities and restaurants.
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon is one of the natural wonders of the United States and the World. It's up to you how much time you want to spend. You can visit for a few hours and just look at it from the edge, or you can hike down into it for several days.
Holbrook is near the Petrified Forest and is often used as a base for trips there. Something interesting to visit is the street named "Bucket of Blood Street", which is the former site of a saloon from the Wild West era.
Carmel is located on the scenic US Highway 1 which will take you between San Francisco and Los Angeles along the Pacific coastline. There's a picturesque center and the beach is always nearby. Several golf courses can be found in the vicinity around the town.
In Los Angeles, you'll find Hollywood - the center of the world's entertainment industry. You'll also find beaches in abundance, several of whom you've probably already seen in movies and tv-series such as Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Long Beach, or Huntington Beach. Since Los Angeles is such a vast city, spanning over 100 km from north to south, it can take hours to get across town. Expect to spend a lot of time in the car, which you undoubtedly need to rent, during your visit here!
The main reason, and probably only reason, to visit Napa is to visit vineyards. The time you spend here is totally up to how many vineyards you feel that want to visit. You can do the visit just as a day trip from San Francisco and visit one or two vineyards, or you can stay for weeks and visit dozens.
The Gaslamp Quarter is what will most likely catch your interest as a visitor the most. In this area, every street is lined with bars and restaurants and there's plenty of city life. Coronado Island is another great area to visit and from there you can get incredible views of the Skyline. San Diego is also known for its many parks, including San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld.
The Golden Gate Bridge has become a symbol for the city and there's easy access to several viewpoints of the bridge. You can also walk over the bridge if you'd like to. Another symbol of the city is the cable cars that travel up and down the hills. Fisherman's Wharf is an area in the northern part of the city where many tourists stay and here you'll find Pier 39, a very popular tourist attraction. No visit to San Francisco is complete without a tour of the world-famous Alcatraz Prison Island. That and many more can be found in this city which is filled with attractions and sights for a visitor.
South Lake Tahoe
During the summer it's a popular hiking and outdoor area in a very scenic area. During the winter the town is transformed into a ski resort. South Lake Tahoe is situated on a scenic location in the Sierra Nevadas with the lake as a backdrop in one direction, and the dense woods in the other.
Denver is a severely underrated tourist destination. In Downtown, you can stroll the pedestrian 16th Street Mall. A little bit outside of the city you'll find Red Rocks Amphitheatre with stunning views of the metropolitan area. You're already at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, you won't have to drive far to start exploring the mountain for real.
The Arkansas River Walk in central Pueblo is the main attraction of this mid-sized Coloradan town. The River Walk offers nightlife and restaurants for a pleasant afternoon or evening. It was inspired by the San Antonio Riverwalk in Texas.
Founded as Fort Christina in the short-lived colony of New Sweden there's lots of history tracing back to Sweden's only colony in the United States in Wilmington. There are several sites in the eastern part of the city remaining from this period while Downtown has a more typical American feeling.
As a planned city to serve as the capital of the United States most of the sights in Washington are monuments and government buildings. The White House and Capitolium are two major attractions that connect to the political status of the city. Along the National Mall, you'll find monuments and several of the most prominent museums in the world.
The beach life in Fort Lauderdale has a slower tempo than in Miami. If Miami is a prime destination for partying then Fort Lauderdale is a prime destination for just relaxing. From Fort Lauderdale, it's easy to get to Sunrise where you'll find the shopping mall Sawgrass Mills the home arena for Florida Panthers in the NHL.
South Beach on the island of Miami Beach is one of the most prominent beach and party destinations in the world. There' you'll also find some of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture. Downtown Miami has undergone a "Manhattanization" in the past 15 years and now has over 50 skyscrapers.
Orlando is probably the best destination in the world for kids, and if you're looking for fun parks for the whole family - this is the destination. Orlando's location in Central Florida is also close to Tampa Bay in the west and Cape Canaveral (where John F. Kennedy Space Center is located) in the east.
New Orleans is a city where you'll never run out of things to do. The French Quarter, where you'll find unique colonial architecture not found anywhere else in the United States, is probably where you'll spend most of your time and you can truly spend several days just strolling around there. If you get tired of French Quarter you can always take a cruise on the Mississippi River or learn about history at an old Plantation.
Biloxi is known for two things: It's a betting and casino destination on the Gulf Coast with several casinos and hotels available. It's also the location of the Biloxi Lighthouse, which often is considered to be the most photographed structure in the South. There are also beaches and a lot of fishing opportunities.
Atlantic City is the Las Vegas of the East Coast. Unfortunately, it has lost most of its former glory and the Boardwalk today is not as crowded as it once was. Still, if you're in the Eastern United States and want to go gambling then Atlantic City is the place for you.
Old Town Albuquerque has a central plaza, like most New Mexican towns and it also has buildings in Adobe architecture in the surrounding area. Central Avenue in the Nob Hill area is the center of the Route 66 culture of the city and it has several stores and restaurants. I never visited that area myself so I can't say if it's worth a visit or not.
Gallup is the most populous city between Flagstaff and Albuquerque and it's located on the edge of the Navajo Reservation. The town is a good break on a drive along the former Route 66 but it offers no important sights.
Las Vegas, NM
As with many towns in New Mexico the town was initially built around a Spanish-styled plaza. Las Vegas is one such town and on the plaza, you'll for example find the Plaza Hotel which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Raton is located just south of the Raton Pass which is a popular hiking destination and a significant landmark on the Santa Fe Trail. The town itself doesn't offer any sights - it's the nature around it that should draw you here!
New York City
New York could easily be considered the Capital of the World. Partly since United Nations have their headquarters in the city and also due to that the city is probably the most famous and most popular tourist city on earth with people from all over the world. World-famous sights such as the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, and Central Park can all be found here. Spend three days, or spend three weeks. You'll always find something new and exciting to do!
The Entertainment Capital of the World! Las Vegas is known for its many casinos, and most of the famous ones are found along the Strip. It's a large road, Las Vegas Blvd, that goes straight through most of the city. Some of the most famous hotels and casinos are Caesar's Palace, MGM Grand, and The Venetian.
Lancaster is known for being a hub for the Amish culture. While driving in the countryside near the city you'll see many horse-drawn carriages. If you want more insight, visit some of the museums dedicated to the life of the Amish.
Arches National Park
The Delicate Arch is the most famous feature of the National Park. I was personally not able to get to it due to time constraints and bad weather. It is not possible to drive up to the Delicate Arch so you will have to hike the last part. Arches National Park has several other beautiful landscapes and stone formations that you can get to directly from the road though.
Cheyenne is an old Western town that has tried to keep that heritage alive. The town once started as a railroad town, and the Cheyenne Depot Museum in Downtown is a showcase to that history. Visit to experience the closest of what is left of the Old Frontier. A visit to Cheyenne works very well as a day trip from Denver!