With a hint of Victorian refinement, a strong Native American flavor and a scenic mountain range, the City of Gardens has all the ingredients of a tourist haven—but don’t worry, it’s not one yet.
In the other city by the bay, surfers, scenesters and highbrow culture mavens all stay happily occupied. Sydneysiders, it turns out, are all of the above.
This sunny surf town offers 1920s Americana, sophisticated nightspots and laid-back California cool. Oh, and there’s a little zoo you might want to check out.
By day, Moscow is a city of historic cathedrals, vibrant squares and imposing statues. By night, it’s a bling-filled circus maximus of designer-clad clubbers lining up to get into exclusive venues featuring acrobats, synchronized swimmers and other attractions.
No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, it’s hard to deny that excitement has gripped Washington, D.C. As the locals well know, a changeover of administration always brings a new electricity to what is, after all a “company town,” and the city always seems to puts on its best face to welcome the newcomers and to send off the old guard.
Cautiously, cleverly, Singapore is shrugging off the stodgy mantle it’s worn for decades and morphing into a cool, even chic, place to live it up in Asia
Don your darkest shades and prepare to be dazzled by Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates.
Melbourne has a reputation as a buttoned-down town, but arrive on the first Tuesday in November and you might think you’ve stumbled into the Mad Hatter’s tea party
Islands are like friends. They come into your life just when you need them. Each is different, offering different gifts. Meet O‘ahu, the friend that goes dancing, is sophisticated and urbane, yet dresses up in gaudy tangerine sunsets accessorized with coconut palms and rainbows
For eons, ice blanketed all but the highest summits of what is now Glacier National Park in Montana. Under writhing ice floes, mountains took shape. Glaciers gnawed gaping valleys, etched rocks, piled up long ridges of rubble, and left large turquoise-blue lakes on the landscape
The seat of Emperors, the showpiece of a revolution, and now—reinvented once again—Beijing is the happening 21st-century capital of the fastest-changing country on earth
To describe their city of 3.6 million people, Berliners love the quip “poor but sexy,” coined by Mayor Klaus Wowereit. The German capital may be financially poor, but almost 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is riding high on a wave of cultural prominence
San Antonio’s famous River Walk offers travelers plenty of entertaining options: a romantic barge ride under a canopy of 200-year-old cypress trees, riverside tables perfect for sampling margaritas and local cuisine, and plenty of spas, restaurants, bars, and shops
The magic of Puerto Vallarta defies explanation. It’s hard to say whether that magic fueled the fiery attraction between Liz Taylor and Richard Burton when he was filming The Night of the Iguana here in 1963 or whether it prompted the movie’s director, John Huston, to claim Puerto Vallarta as home until his final years
Beguiling and bewildering, subtle and brash, spiritual and sensual—Bangkok is all these and more. Once known as the Venice of the East because of its dependence on canals for transport, Bangkok today is a bustling metropolis with some of Asia’s top hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers
In 1936, diplomatically destined Averell Harriman, the president of Union Pacific Railroad, commissioned Schaffgotsch to search for what could become the American West’s version of the popular Swiss winter sports center St. Moritz
You’d have thought Phoenix might have grown up by now. It is, after all, the sixth-largest city in the U.S., a sprawling economic powerhouse. The population stands now at about 1.5 million, up from 100,000 in 1950
Summer is the perfect time to visit Zürich. Plants have burst into profuse bloom, showering the city with color. Restaurants and cafés set up tables on outdoor terraces and wide sidewalks
Parents spread out blankets and mingle with friends while their children run wild at the nearby playground. Lovers find a secluded spot under the shade of a maple tree, dogs chase Frisbees, and a softball game ensues on the fringes of this city block
Kaua‘i may be the rest of the world’s image of the serene South Pacific, but this green jewel of an island is Hawai‘i’s drama queen. And why not? It has starred in more Hollywood hits than Harrison Ford, who raided the island seeking the lost Ark