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With its mild year-round climate, Virginia Beach is a popular getaway every season of the year.
Whether you go for canals or coffeehouses, the Flower Market or the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam will captivate you.
Albuquerque's past melds like a big pot of chili, flavored by millennia of Native American culture, Spanish conquistadors & artists who came here for inspiration.
Though most beach resorts are made for relaxing, Acapulco has nonstop, 24-hours-a-day energy. Back in the days when there was a jet set, they came here.
The most popular island in the Dutch Caribbean, Aruba draws droves of honeymooners and sun worshippers to its sandy shores.
The hometown of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara has come a long way since the Civil War era.
Athens is basking in the afterglow of the 2004 Olympic Games that brought new roads, new museums, and a new self-confidence to the country as the Olympics went off without a hitch.
Auckland, known as the City of Sails, is as big, as cosmopolitan, as hedonistic, as subtropical, and as congested as any New Zealand city gets.
Austin prides itself on giving all comers a warm welcome: punks and honky-tonkers, environmentalists and SUV drivers, cowboy boots and Birkenstocks
The Bahamas is ideal for both quick 4- or 5-day jaunts and longer vacations, if you'd really like to island-hop and see as much as you can.
Baltimore, aka Charm City, celebrates in its historic sites, its endless array of parties and festivals, and its grand museums and neighborhood shops.
With its intense humidity, hedonistic nightclubs and hurly-burly taxiing of tuk-tuks, Bangkok is an exhilarating attack on the senses.
Endless pink- and white-sand beaches and a rich West Indian tradition are what put Barbados on the map, and although it doesn't offer casinos, it has more than just beach life.
A Gothic and Modernist marvel on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is quirky, cosmopolitan and effortlessly cool.
Nowhere is China's rapid progress and rich imperial history more tangible, but in a city so enormous, it's the little experiences that are most memorable
It's history may be dark, but with its field of new skyscrapers, hip clubs, and fashion boutiques, postmillennium Berlin has recast itself as the Continent's capital of cool.
Set adrift in its own dreamy archipelago in the balmy Gulf Stream, this rich little oasis is slightly British, slightly American and very Bermudian.
Boston offers residents and visitors an irresistible blend of past, present, and future.
Brisbane functions on an exquisitely human scale. It's that most Australian of cities: big-hearted, blue-skied and with a down to earth attitude that rubs off on you.
|British Virgin Islands|
The British Virgin Islands embrace 40-odd islands, some no more than just rocks or spits of land in the sea.
Budapest now boasts fourteen budget airlines flying from destinations throughout Europe. With this, the hotel and tourism industries have blossomed.
Whether you're looking for designer fashion, exquisite cuisine, or nightlife that doesn't stop, Buenos Aires leaves little room for disappointment.
|Cabo San Lucas|
Cabo's been a hot spot for 70 years, from its start as a golden-age sportfishing mecca in the 1950s through the 1980s party era of a million spring breakers.
Cannes's glitzy image is embodied by its Film Festival, but a tamer city charms all year round.
Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics and rolled out the welcome mat on a truly international scale. The city outdid itself and erected a whole network of new facilities.
No matter how high-rise this city gets with all-inclusive megaresorts and supermalls, it's the beach that puts it on the map.
Cape Town, the oldest city in southern Africa, is regularly heralded as one of the most beautiful on earth. Yet the city feels -- and is -- very different from the rest of Africa.
With a well-deserved reputation for violence and danger, Caracas is a daunting city for many travelers. It is still one of the more cosmopolitan cities in Latin America, with vibrant business, social, and cultural scenes.
Ringed by coral reefs and pristine azure waters, the three islands that comprise the Cayman Islands are a marine paradise in the western Caribbean.
The Old South still thrives in Charleston: stately homes, courtly manners, gracious hospitality, and, above all, gentle dignity are facts of everyday life in this old city.
The quintessential American city, Chicago offers world-class culture with zero attitude.
Christchurch, New Zealand is a mecca for anyone who likes adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities, with a few leisurely days discovering the city's cultural foundation in between.
Like Mighty Mouse, Denmark may be small but it packs a powerful punch. Its capital, Copenhagen, seems to be the seat of everything Danish - artistic, financial, and political.
Dallas has come to symbolize the kind of place where larger-than-life characters live out the American dream, making everything seem bigger and better in Big D.
It's no accident that Denver is called "the Mile High City": When you climb up to the State Capitol, you're 5,280 feet above sea level.
|The Dominican Republic|
White beaches, inexpensive resorts, and natural beauty bring visitors to the Dominican Republic. Columbus even said that "There is no more beautiful island in the world."
Behind all those sturdy, grey columns is the real, modern, Euro-Dublin - an affluent place filled with trendy coffee shops, five-star restaurants, and expensive designer boutiques.
Earthy yet stylish, and casually cosmopolitan, Edinburgh is as proud of its medieval cobbled alleyways as its famous edgy Fringe Festival.
Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci all left their mark on Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance and Tuscany's alfresco museum.
Fort Lauderdale, with its well-known strip of beaches, restaurants, bars and shops, has undergone a major transformation. Once infamous for the annual spring break mayhem, the Florida city now attracts a more affluent, better behaved crowd.
Cosmopolitan and bustling, Goethe's hometown flanking the River Main is the undisputed financial powerhouse of Germany.
Geneva is an international city, belonging to the world with its 250 international organizations based here, such as the European headquarters for the UN.
|Grand Canyon National Park|
Whether you choose the accessibility of the South Rim or the wild solitude of the North Rim (open May to October), the seventh natural wonder is just that -- wonderful.
Hanoi ranks among the world's most attractive and interesting cities. Originally named Thang Long or "City of the Ascending Dragon," the city was first the capital of Vietnam in A.D. 1010.
|Hawaii (The Big Island)|
The Big Island of Hawaii -- which lends its name to the entire Hawaiian archipelago -- is where Mother Nature pulled out all the stops. Simply put, it's spectacular.
Helsinki is one of the most vibrant and prosperous cities in the world, with one of the highest standards of living and the world's highest literacy rate.
One of America's great resort meccas, Hilton Head is surrounded by the Low Country, where much of the romance, beauty, and graciousness of the Old South survives.
One of the most striking characteristics of Hong Kong is the interweaving of seeming contradictions and the interplay of the exotic and the technically advanced.
Everything's bigger in Texas, and Houston is no exception: it's the biggest city of them all.
More than Ottoman minarets and beguiling bazaars, Turkey's cultural capital is also fashionable and progressive.
Jacksonville is full of new hotels, restaurants, and attractions, plus it offers 20 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches and an abundance of state parks to roam.
Most visitors have a mental picture of Jamaica before they arrive: its boisterous culture of reggae and Rastafarianism; its white-sand beaches; and its lush foliage, rivers, mountains, and clear waterfalls.
A spiritual center for Jews, Christians and Muslims, this city draws visitors from every corner of the Earth, not only for its tourist attractions, but also for its religious shrines.
Johannesburg throbs to a heady, relentless beat, fueled by the sociability of its inhabitants that is creating a cultural stew in the city's clubs, bars & restaurants.
On any list of the world's most spectacular islands, Kauai ranks right up there with Bora Bora, Huahine and Rarotonga.
If you're looking for a party, you'll find it in Key West. More than any other island, this is the land of the eternal vacation, where no one wears a watch or tie and the phrase "hasta mañana" could have been invented.
Kuala Lumpur is the most modern and developed city in Malaysia, with contemporary high-rises and world-class hotels, glitzy shopping malls, and international cuisine.
Kyoto is the most historically significant town and was the only major city spared from the bombs of WWII. Due to this, Kyoto is home to 20% of Japan's national treasures.
Lake Tahoe is an American treasure. It's stunningly beautiful, the air is crisp and clear, and the sun shines 80% of the time. And that's not to mention the captivating lake itself.
As often as you have seen it on TV or in a movie, nothing can prepare you for your first sight of Las Vegas.
Bathed in pure Atlantic light, crowned by the storybook St. George's Castle and straddling seven hills, Lisbon is one of Europe's most visually striking capitals.
London never seems to get tired. It's perhaps the greatest paradox of a city with a history spanning two millennia that it stays forever young and energetic.
L.A. may never have the sophisticated style of Paris or the historical riches of Rome, but it does lay claim to the most entertaining city in the U.S., if not the world.
The old and the new contrast vividly in Madrid, where narrow cobbled lanes and 17th-century chapels border modern boulevards and gleaming skyscrapers.
New England sea captains' houses, ice cream shops, lighthouses and pristine beaches ... Martha's Vineyard is a picturesque island indeed.
Australia's largest city, Melbourne is a cultural melting pot. With such a diverse population, and with the stately European architecture surrounding you, you could forget you're in Australia.
Like the Mississippi River, Memphis is constantly evolving and changing. It is the city of Elvis Presley's Graceland, but it's also the birthplace of blues, rock 'n' roll and soul.
In Mexico City, along with city sophistication, you also find riots of color, a constant background of music, and an endearing mix of the majestically ancient with the irresistibly new.
Sunny Florida skies, a buzzing nightlife and the insistent rhythm of Cuban culture have electrified this sultry polyglot of a city fronting the Atlantic Ocean.
An intoxicating mix of the latest fashion trends and world-class art and culture, Milan appeals to fashionistas, art lovers, socialites and opera buffs alike.
|Minneapolis and St. Paul|
Minneapolis & St. Paul are more likely associated with arts than farming; they are home to terrific museums and one of the finest theater and arts communities in the nation.
Montreal's diverse population is wrapped up in a vibrant arts and culture scene and energized by an exuberant university community.
Myrtle Beach is an ideal base for a Grand Strand vacation. As the largest beach resort in the area, it has the most facilities, entertainment, and restaurants.
California's Napa and Sonoma valleys are two of the most famous wine-growing regions in the world, and are also the ultimate retreat for wine and food lovers and romantics.
Nashville may be the capital of Tennessee, but it's better known as Music City USA, the country music Mecca. Yet it is so much more to discover once you get there.
New Orleans should come with a warning label. Not about hurricanes, but about the city's seductive powers.
|New York City|
Iconic, hip, trendsetting and ever-changing, New York City lives up to its superlatives.
Wealthy industrialists, railroad tycoons, and robber barons were drawn to Newport in the 19th century, and their legacy dots the city's landscape to this day.
Everyone ventures to Oahu for something different. Some come to laze on pristine sandy beaches, hike lush trails, snorkel in volcanic craters or visit Pearl Harbor.
After the Magic Kingdom's unveiling back in 1971, Orlando quickly and indisputably became one of the world's preeminent vacation destinations.
Osaka has a reputation as an international and progressive business center and is known for its food, castle, port, shopping arcades, and Bunraku puppet theater.
Fueled by oil money from the "black gold" of the North Sea, Oslo today is permeated with a Nordic joie de vivre in contrast to its staid, dull reputation of yesteryear.
In Pam Springs -- a mix of seniors, Baby Boomers, yuppies, Hollywood glitterati, and Cahuilla Indians -- swimming, sunbathing, golfing, and tennis are the primary pastimes.
Paris is unique in that it is a major global city that it manages to synthesize the rhythms of village life with those of a cosmopolitan world capital.
History permeates Philadelphia, but after seeing the historic sites, check out Philadelphia's more contemporary side.
Phoenix has become a major metropolis replete with dozens of resort hotels, fabulous restaurants, excellent museums, hundreds of golf courses, and much more.
Portland is well worth a visit: this historic city has plenty of charm -- especially the renovated Old Port, with its brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets.
Portland is a city of discreet charms. Nicknamed the City of Roses, it is full of people who take time to stop and smell the flowers. Spend much time here, and you will too.
Conflicts past and present give Prague an eclectic energy. The atmosphere continually reminds us that monarchs and dictators have tried to possess it for 1,000 years.
It's only the size of Connecticut, but Puerto Rico pulsates with more life than any other island in the Caribbean.
Thanks to its simple pleasures and sophisticated charms, Puerto Vallarta offers both the best of Mexico's natural beauty and an authentic dose of its vibrant culture.
Steeped in bloody battles and cultured by the growing pains of the New World, Quebec City steps swiftly into the 21st century with one foot rooted proudly in the past.
Ecuador's capital, Quito, sits on a long, level plateau in a valley between towering Andean peaks. It is a city of striking beauty and stark contrasts.
|Rio de Janeiro|
Say "Rio" and mental images explode: Carnaval; the statue of Christ the Redeemer; white-sand beaches; the granite grandeur of the Sugarloaf; and sultry samba rhythms.
It's impossible to see all of the temples and monuments of Rome, so begin with the Pantheon, the Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica and see how far you get.
|Salt Lake City|
Although Salt Lake City may be best known for its religious affiliations, the city is growing in popularity as a base for outdoor enthusiasts.
San Antonio wouldn't be what it is without the combined cultures of historic Texas ranchers and Mexican settlers.
High-end nightclubs. Adventurous dining. Hypermodern architecture. What happened to that nice little Navy town of San Diego?
San Francisco's reputation as a rollicking city where almost anything goes dates back to the boom-or-bust days of the California gold rush.
|San Jose, Costa Rica|
San José enjoys springlike temperatures year-round and its location in the Central Valley makes it both stunning and convenient as a base of exploration.
It's been called the American Riviera, and Santa Barbara delivers the gracious good life amid sun-splashed stucco and red-tile roofs under swaying palms.
Fueled by Native, Latino and Western cultures, Santa Fe is a city where the arts flourish, Southwestern food reigns supreme and adobe is the preferred building material.
Chile's capital is more than one a jumping-off point to more popular locations such as Patagonia or the Lake District - it is the civic, cultural, and historical nucleus of the country.
Visitors to São Paulo get all the benefits of a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city -- fine restaurants, boutiques, high-end art galleries, and a dynamic nightlife scene.
Savannah conjures up all the clichéd images of the Old South: oaks dripping with Spanish moss, stately antebellum mansions, mint juleps on the veranda, magnolia trees, and more.
Imagine yourself sitting on the Seattle waterfront, a latte and a scone close at hand on a sunny summer day. It just doesn't get much better than this.
Dynamic by nature and necessity, Shanghai is proof that the world's most populous city can be livable and loveable.
Pint-sized Singapore is a mosaic of contrasting cultures: traditional, colonial and futuristic all at once.
St. Barts: Two words synonymous with glitz, glamour, and gorgeous beaches. A taste of the French Riviera in the Caribbean, St. Barts is eternally chic.
|St. Croix, USVI|
Between the two extremes of St. Croix's coasts are beautiful beaches, rolling hills, pastures, and, increasingly, miles of condos.
|St. John, USVI|
St. John is a wonder of unspoiled beauty: its rocky coastline are beautiful crescent shaped bays and white sand beaches, and the interior is no less impressive.
St. Lucia remains relatively unspoiled, a checkerboard of green-mantled mountains, valleys, wild orchids, and fishing villages.
|St. Maarten/St. Martin|
St. Martin/Sint Maarten is an exotic rum cocktail of French cuisine, Dutch tolerance and Caribbean relaxation set in a sparkling sea of aquamarine.
|St. Thomas, USVI|
St. Thomas is not only the shopping hub of the Caribbean, but is also one of the top destinations for sailing, scuba diving, and fishing.
Sunny, sexy, and sophisticated, Sydney basks in its recognition as the shining star of the Southern Hemisphere. The "Emerald City" is one of the most attractive on earth.
While your children may go to Tampa for Busch Gardens, adults will enjoy the Florida Aquarium, museums, and the nightlife historic of Ybor City.
New Mexico's favorite arts town enjoys a masterpiece setting, wedged between the towering Rocky Mountains and plunging Rio Grande Gorge.
Tel Aviv is everything Jerusalem is not. The city began with a gorgeous strip of beach and went on from there to become the bold and busy city that never sleeps.
Beneath Tokyo's concrete shell is a thriving cultural life. From performing arts, tea ceremonies, sumo, museums and anime, Tokyo is your best bet for offering the most at any one time.
Toronto, Canada's largest city, is easy to like. An orderly metropolis of 5.7 million, it's a good place for shopping, dining, kicking back, and exploring attractions.
Encircled by mountain ranges, Tucson is Arizona's second largest city, and for the vacationer it has everything that Phoenix has to offer, plus a bit more.
Ringed by snow-capped mountains dropping down to sandy beaches, in Vancouver you can snowboard and sail on the same day.
Venice is one of the most spectacular cities ever conceived, but if you want to see it, you'd better hurry: the Adriatic Sea could devastate it within this century!
Vienna is a city of music, cafes, waltzes, parks, pastries, and wine, a true cosmopolitan center, where different nationalities have fused their cultural identities to produce the Viennese.
Behind its public face of luminous marble memorials and Capitol Hill politicking, Washington, D.C., leads a wondrously varied life.
Virginia's capital in the 1770's,Williamsburg's central Historic Area has since become, for all practical purposes, one of the world's largest and best living-history museums.
|Yellowstone National Park|
America's first national park is just as alluring as it was when John Colter of the Lewis and Clark expedition first spied it in 1807.
|Yosemite National Park|
Whether you come to hit the highlights in Yosemite or to explore the park's secluded wilderness, your world view will be forever changed by Yosemite's grandeur.
|Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks|
There aren't many places in the world where the forces of nature have come together with such dramatic results as in Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks.
Among the most beautiful cities in all of Europe, Zurich is both large enough to offer all amenities to its visitors and small enough for you to discover on your own.