With such a huge international reputation, the city of San Francisco is surprising small. And as one of the most densely populated cities in the US, you won’t have to travel far to uncover dozens of local gems. This list is a compilation of the best areas of San Francisco to enjoy sight-seeing, relaxation, and some serious hobbies (like shopping and eating). So hit the pavement in this intriguing city and start with the most important districts.
Venice is a dream city for romantics. You can get lost among winding cobbled streets, drift lazily along narrow canals, and share a delicious meal under the twinkling lights of a small restaurant. Unfortunately, millions of people share the same romantic vision and flock to Venice in hoards, particularly in summer. Arriving in the city in spring or fall is a better option, as the streets are less crowded and Venice hotels offer better deals. So don’t shy away from this charming city, but choose your travel dates wisely and book hotels well in advance.
I’m a major proponent of budget travel, and a vibrant city like Miami offers a lot of fantastic free activities that visitors should take advantage of. If you enjoy history, like to peruse artistic pieces, or revel in being outdoors, you’ll find dozens of places to spend your days. Here, I’ve compiled a varied list of free activities to enjoy in this subtropical city. So book your Miami hotel and save those precious dollars for some amazing Latin and Caribbean entertainment on offer in town.
Most people make their way to Orlando for the world-famous amusement parks, missing out on all the other unique tourist activities in and around the city. While the parks are a lot of fun, they can quickly become quite expensive. If you’re heading to the city to enjoy fantastic weather or a weekend getaway in your Orlando hotel, skip the long park lines and consider these budget tourist activities instead.
San Diego is a city close to my heart, with a handful of sandy beaches, myriad historic quarters, and the endless Balboa Park. Most importantly though, the weather stays beautiful year-round, meaning you can take a trip to this sunny city any time. With frequent deals on San Diego hotels and Airbnbs outside of high season, you won’t break the bank with these downtown accommodations.
Munich is often ranked in the top 10 global cities with the best quality of life and it’s no mystery why. This charming city manages to maintain its cultural heritage while mixing in a booming technology sector and world-famous companies like BMW. Yet the city is also renowned for its top-notch museums, theaters, and art galleries. This intersection of economy, history, and culture makes Munich a fascinating city for travelers. While most of the famous tourist attractions are found in the city center, the surrounding districts each offer a unique opportunity for exploration. Use this district guide to choose your Munich hotel, and consider staying outside the center.
Hong Kong is known to many as an iconic center of business and culture in Asia. The surprisingly small cluster of islands that make up this former British colony are home to a myriad of unique attractions. Fusing Chinese traditions and modern capitalism, Hong Kong offers visitors sobering temples, an impressive downtown center, and a dizzying array of shops and eateries. However, this republic’s success has made it one of the most expensive cities to visit in Asia. Don’t be surprised if your Hong Kong hotel is tiny – you’ll want to leave it behind anyway to explore all the islands have to offer.