If you’re looking for a city break this year, you’re not alone – but you might not know where to go. With so many potential destinations around the world, here are five of the most exciting cities to visit this year.
New York City
There’s simply so much to see and do in New York that you’ll be spoilt for choice – this island is teeming with excitement and energy from edge to edge, as echoed by 1Cover.
You could explore the luxury of Manhattan, from the tourist-heavy Central Park and Times Square to the extravagant Financial District, complete with towering skyscrapers and the famed Wall Street. Or you could take a stroll around surrounding boroughs such as Brooklyn and the Bronx.
There are classic tourist attractions, such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and the 9/11 Memorial, but consider doing something different, too. Brooklyn is slowly but surely becoming the place to be – there’s a multitude of exciting bars and restaurants, plus the famed Coney Island.
Amsterdam is as popular with party-friendly revellers as it is with those looking for a scenic escape – and that’s because it’s diverse and exciting in equal measure. It’s seedy, energetic and warm, and everyone who visits doesn’t want to leave.
Be sure to take in the city’s profound history. The Anne Frank House can be found here, where the diarist hid with her family during World War II. Now a museum, exhibitions dedicated to Frank’s life and the history of persecution and segregation can be explored. Elsewhere, take a canal cruise, and explore areas like the Red Light District and the Amsterdam Dungeons.
London could easily take the title of the most diverse city in the world – it manages to pack an entire world’s worth of experiences within its border lines. From the cultural hub of Camden, with its fragrant street food and bustling vintage markets, to the extravagance of boroughs such as Kensington, it has a lot to offer.
There’s plenty of history to be uncovered. From the Natural History Museum, which is free to enter, to sites such as the Tower of London, there’s a lot to learn. If you’re looking for something more vibrant, consider tall sights such as the towering London Eye, or the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus.
For your shopping needs, Westfield is your best bet, or try Camden for vintage finds. Food is where London exceeds expectations, and you’ll find some interesting restaurants throughout the city – it boasts more restaurants than Sydney, Melbourne and New York City put together.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. That might not be fact, but it’s an incentive to let go of your inhibitions and run wild in Sin City – it’s the perfect place for it. Boasting luxurious hotels along its sprawling Strip and beyond, Las Vegas is the glitziest city in the entire world.
The hotels here make up most of the appeal. And that’s because they’re less hotel than they are experience – each one has a theme, from the Venetian with its artificial canals, to the Luxor’s pyramid shape hinting at its Egyptian interior. And, of course, you’ll need to gamble. It’s the heart of Las Vegas, with the hotels boasting casinos of their own, as well as the Old Strip’s classic, Western-themed establishments.
If you consider yourself to be a thrill-seeker, make sure you head to the top of the Stratosphere Tower. You’ll find exhilarating rides atop the skyscraper, giving you a panorama of the city in one of the most daring ways possible.
Dublin is the most jubilant, communal city you’ll come across – it feels more like a small town, with its warm, homely vibes, traditional pubs and cultural spirit almost tangible throughout. From the renowned Temple Bar to the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin packs a lot of surprises.
It’s a city that does festivals better than any other, too. From St. Patrick’s Day to the New Year Festival, Dublin knows how to celebrate. Be sure to visit at the right time of year to be swept up in the festivities.
You don’t have to visit Dublin just for a party, though. There are scenic parts of the city to take in, with the charming Dun Laoghaire Baths being a prime example. Whether you’re looking for a whiskey-fuelled adventure or something more laidback, Dublin offers both.
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