While the list of amazing places is a mile long, read on for the lowdown on a selection of destinations which are wooing tourists for all the right reasons right now.
Los Angeles may be most well known for being the home of countless stars and Hollywood, not to mention Disneyland, but this U.S. city also has plenty of other great things going for it. For starters, the Downtown area, once a spot avoided by most tourists, has been revamped, and now boasts a huge number of top art galleries and museums to explore, as well as a variety of quality restaurants and boutiques.
West Hollywood is another suburb worth checking out. It is a paradise for walkers, and the ideal spot to explore if you’d like to enjoy some car-free days in the heart of the city. In particular, don’t miss some of the many cool stores situated in the West Hollywood Design District.
If you like to stay fit, spend some time hiking at Runyon Canyon Park (you’re likely to spot some celebs burning off calories while you’re there too), or try out a workout at the studio of Hollywood trainer, Tracy Anderson. If water sports are more your thing, take a trip to nearby Catalina Island where you can do some diving, snorkelling, kayaking, boating, and more. When it comes time to book accommodation in L.A., you’ll find that sites like Expedia.com are good to check out for hotels in and around Tinseltown.
The Turkish city of Istanbul is a fascinating spot that provides a wide variety of sites and attractions to explore for travelers of all ages. For starters, there’s the history: the city has more than 2,500 years of it, as well as a big mix of cultures and traditions. In addition, Istanbul boasts many memorable landmarks, plenty of great shopping, a very happening nightlife scene, and beautiful views.
One district you don’t want to miss on any visit to the city is Cihangir. Here you’ll find a plethora of bustling streets filled with cool cafes, historical attractions, and art to admire. Karakoy, the waterfront district, is also a hip and happening place where you can check into design hotels and check out a bunch of new galleries.
The Maiden’s Tower is another Istanbul destination to put on your itinerary. The iconic tower has been a recognizable part of Istanbul’s silhouette for years, and stands out amidst the Bosphorus as you take the trip across the water to it. The tower is today a tourist attraction, home to a gift store, museum, restaurant and observation terrace, but in the past it played many different roles, such as a lighthouse, prison and quarantine hospital.
Many people travel to South Africa in order to see wildlife such as elephants, lions, rhinos, and more, but if you’re planning a trip to this incredible part of the world, try to fit in some time to explore Cape Town too. This city has lots of attractions to interest tourists, both indoor and outdoor. If you’d like to pick up some local handicrafts or other items, check out some of the markets held around Cape Town on a regular basis (the quaint Old Biscuit Mill is an excellent choice).
If you love being in the great outdoors, book a ticket for a kayak tour around Cape Town’s surrounding waters, where you have the chance to see penguins, whales, and dolphins; or stretch your legs on some of the great walks to be had around the city, in particular the one going up Table Mountain that affords breathtaking views at the top.
The largest city in China, Shanghai, is a bustling metropolis home to a raft of top bars and restaurants, as well as plenty of shops where tourists can quickly fill up their suitcase with souvenirs, gifts, clothing and more. However, if you’re keen to check out somewhere a little different in this Chinese city, consider paying a visiting to the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Museum.
Tucked away from prying eyes, this fascinating museums retraces the history of Communist China by displaying thousands of different propaganda posters that have been collected over the years. Anyone looking to find an out-of-the-box item to remember the city by can even purchase a souvenir poster from the museum’s on-site gift shop.