Must See Cities
Cities are often thought of as a collection of lifeless buildings but some have managed to envelope themselves in a sheet of allure and timeless charm. Top10Lifestyles.com now gives you a glimpse of some must-see cities and why they should make your travel list.
Some call it the city of lights, some the city of love. Regardless of your reasons for visiting, Paris is a location that will stick in your memory for a long time after you leave. It not only is rich with historical buildings and surroundings but also has the unique Parisian feel that simply cannot be replicated. Within the walls of this city, lie some of the most famous galleys in the world, housing some of the most well known works of art. Although it is undoubtedly a great location for a couple it also caters for families, with huge theme parks such as ‘Disney Land’ to keep the children occupied. So whether its history, culture or family fun that you are looking for. Paris is one of the only places that can offer it all. Where else can you visit Mickey Mouse during the day and Mona Lisa during the evening?
Located in the north of Holland this flat city has everything a tourist could wish for, a huge collection of museums from famous Dutch artists such as Van Gogh and Rembrandt as well as large park areas for picnics and evening strolls. Because Holland is completely flat a lot of travelers like to hop on board a bicycle and see the city from their saddle. It’s a great way to get around and almost every area has bike access so you will have no problem finding your way. There are many sites to behold in this relatively small city center, from windmills and canals, to the world famous red light district. There really is something for everyone. The Dutch are mostly well known for their relaxed attitude towards life and tolerant nature, and because of this everyone is sure to feel more than welcome in this busy capital city.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
If you’re looking to spending your days lazing on the beach and sipping cocktails then Rio is the place to be. Sunbathing during the day and samba parties at night is the 9-5 in this part of Brazil. Although like most major cities Rio has many sides and many faces. Make sure you know where to go and more importantly where not to go, as there are some areas most tourists will want to stay away from. Having said that the community spirit in Rio is unmatched, with its many carnivals and street parties you’re sure not to have a dull night in this city of sun. Another main attraction here is the world famous Christ the redeemer statue located on the top of mount Corcovado. Just a short distance away from the city center, this magnificent effigy will not only take your breath away but also provide you with a stunning view of the city itself.
For a taste of Italian art and cuisine, there is no place like Venice. This city of canals is rich in Venetian art work and fine dining for the young and old. If you’re looking to glimpse some of the famous Italian paintings and mosaics then head down to one of the city’s fine museums, the ‘Gallerie dell’Accademia’ is a great example, because it houses the world’s largest collection of Venetian artwork, giving you a great chance to get lost within the magical world of Italian art. If museums aren’t really your thing you will be more than happy with the extensive wine bars that Venice has to offer, serving you some of the world’s best grapes one glass at a time. Although for any traveler that finds themselves in this wonderful city there is one thing that is essential to do before you leave, and that is of course take a boat ride in a gondola. No trip to Venice would be complete without spending a few minutes floating down one of the many canals in the city. It’s a great chance to take in the surrounding architecture and really makes you feel part of this wonderful place.
If you are looking for an interesting mix of culture and heritage, Kyoto is the place for you. There are so many things to see and do in this wonderful city that you may find it hard to fit them all in. One of the absolute musts is to take a peek at the Nijojo Castle and of course it’s famous ‘nightingale floors’. Built during the early sixteen hundreds this awe inspiring building was intended to out shine that of the emperor, therefore you can expect to see something truly magnificent. One of its more famous traits is the ‘nightingale floors’ which imitate the sound of a small bird as you pass over them. For another side to Kyoto, you may want to take a wander into the ‘Gion district’ to witness the world famous geisha’s scurrying along to their meetings at the tea houses. For a more tourist-focused visit, head down to the ‘Uzumasa Movie Village’ – dubbed as the Japanese Hollywood. This great experience will give you the chance to watch a movie being filmed on one of its many famous sets, or even dress yourself up as a samurai or geisha for a few great holiday snaps.
Las Vegas, USA
Located in the Nevada desert of Northern America this gambling capital has always been a sought-after location for all breeds of people – ranging from the rich and famous, to the average ‘Joe’ looking to hitting the jackpot on a wild weekend. Not only does this bustling city have a big reputation for gaming, but Las Vegas has also become synonymous with luxury hotels and some of the best shopping and spa experiences around. Aside from all this, it’s also a great location to cast your eyes upon some more natural beauties, located only a few minutes from town are the well known Red Rock canyon, Green Mount Charleston and of course the breathtaking Grand Canyon itself. All in all, it’s a great place to visit for a touch of luxury, or to start your road trip of natural wonders, and if lady luck is on your side you may even find the trip pays for itself.