Which are the best cities in the United States to travel to?

North America is full of splendid landscapes, mountains and hiking routes that delight nature lovers, but it cannot be denied that it also has some of the greatest metropolitan areas in the planet: concrete jungles filled with skyscrapers, iconic monuments and neon lights that have become the dream of urban travellers from all over the globe. If, after flipping through the pages of a catalogue of beach holiday packages, you still prefer to take a city trip in the United States, read our recommendations below so as to find out which the best cities in the USA for a tourist trip are.

You may already be dreaming of New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas and all the clichés you have heard about them; however, we would like you to plan your city break as though you were an insider, from a local perspective, which is undoubtedly the best way to truly discover a new place. It does not matter if you travel solo, on a tight budget, for just a weekend, with your partner or with friends, or even if you are looking for a luxury experience in a big city, we will help you to make the most out of your trip to the United States according to the type of traveller you are.

The best cities for tourists in the United States

Visiting Boston, the capital city of Massachusetts

Boston is one of the cities in the USA with the longest history, and outstandingly rich in culture, arts and education. If you are a US citizen, it is highly likely that you take a trip to Boston to visit one of its University colleges – Emerson, Harvad, Hult or Roxbury-, yet even so you should make some time to enjoy the open-air concerts organised at its many parks, take a brewery or a food tour and explore the Beacon Hill neighbourhood to take some outstanding Instagram pictures. Feel already invited to join the local life, since Boston is a diverse city where you can meet people anywhere, whether it is a fitness gathering or a Gospel festival. Notwithstanding that, if you are a sports fan and want to live the tourist life as well, include spots like Fenway Park –the home stadium of the legendary baseball team the Red Sox- in your travel itinerary.

A trip to Atlanta in the state of Georgia

When looking for a United States city where you can disconnect from the world, relax and enrol in plenty of free activities, Atlanta might just be the right place. While visiting do not miss out on Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Centennial Olympic Park, the historical Fox Theater, Oakland Cemetery or Stone Mountain Park, which affords breathtaking city views. If you are travelling with kids, we advise you to go to the Georgia Aquarium and join walking or cycling tours around the city whereas, if you are a passionate foodie, we strongly encourage you to try the traditional fried chicken at Paschal’s as well as to stop by the popular Busy Bee Cafe.

Travelling to Chicago in the United States

Windy City –as Chicago is commonly referred to- has long been known as one of the major arts and entertainment hubs within the country. Today, it is the host city of the acclaimed Lollapalooza summer music festival, but in order to delve into the roots of the music scene of Chicago you should go to nightclubs such as the Green Mill, Blue Chicago, the Hideout, Empty Bottle or Reggies. Getting around town is easy thanks to effective network of CTA buses, although you may use Uber services as well. During the day, take a stroll along the Riverwalk, or hire a bike and explore the city from Humboldt Park to Lincoln Park.

Visiting Washington DC, the capital city of the United States

History students and scholars simply cannot miss out on the capital of the USA, which must not be confused with the state of Washington. For disambiguation purposes, this US city is officially called Washington DC, that is, adding the abbreviation for “District of Columbia”. The mandatory visit to the Capitol can be complemented by a trip through the underground passage that leads to the largest library in the world: the Library of Congress. Do not forget the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Gallery of Art or the National Museum of Natural History, but if you really want to see Washington DC in a different light, take a ride on the Big Bus DC Panoramic Tour at night.

A trip to Seattle in USA

Often overlooked in favour of other big metropolises in North America, Seattle and its diverse urban culture awaits in the Northwest region of the Pacific Coast as part of Washington State. While in Seattle, you will feel like you blend in walking around Chinatown, or eating and shopping among locals in the Ballard neighbourhood; take the elevator at the Space Needle and get breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountains, and if you want to commute to the downtown, ride the Seattle centre monorail. In case you are seeking trendy plans, we suggest going to the Museum of Pop Culture or spending an afternoon in the Pike Place Market.

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Also, bear in mind that visitors from many countries must apply for the ESTA travel authorisation when they travel under the Visa Waiver Program before they can be admitted into the USA for tourism purposes. Learn more about the Electronic System for Travel Authorization.

City trips in Europe: Milan, Rome and Capri (Italy)

Which cities in Italy have you visited? Which are on your travel bucket list, waiting to be ticked off? Milano and Roma (Milan and Rome) are considered among the most beautiful, vibrant and worth travelling to destinations in Europe, regardless of whether you look for foodie experiences, dream of exploring its streets and sights like a local or simply want to take stunning photographs. In previous articles, we covered topics such as hotels to stay in Milan, accommodation in Rome city centre and other Italian vacation tips like what to do and see in Capri. Scroll down and continue reading to find out more.

Hotels in Milan (Milano) city in Italy, Europe

Hotels near Malpensa airport in Milan, Italy

If you travel to Italy for business purposes and will be passing through Milano Malpensa International airport (MXP), it would be convenient to spend the night before your departure or the time between connecting flights in a transit hotel close to its terminals, as recommended in this post. Some of the perks are that you will be able to enjoy a stress-free journey, avoid missing your flight and either start or end your trip well rested and refreshed.

Hotels close to the Trevi Fountain in central Rome (Italy)

If the Eternal City is the city you prefer to visit, rest assured that we can also help you find some of the best located hotels in Rome. Every tourist dreams of waking up to the views of the Trevi Fountain, as well as of trying the authentic Italian pizza and take a stroll around town while delighting themselves with a scoop of gelato, but there is so much more to do in Roma than just that: the Colosseum amphitheatre, the Pantheon and the Spanish steps, for instance are all within walking distance of one another, and pretty close to the popular fountain.

Transportation from Rome – Fiumicino airport to Roma city centre

In case your flight to Rome in Italy lands in Fiumicino airport (Leonardo da Vinci International), you may want to know what the fastest way to get from your terminal to the city centre is and how much the journey costs. Click below to learn more about the Express trains departing from Rome airport throughout the day, and transporting passengers to the Roma Termini station in the downtown, near many hotels and airbnb accommodations in the central area of this city in Italy.

A trip to Capri in Italy

Finally, and often chosen as the perfect destination for a luxury trip or retreat by Italians and overseas tourists, Capri island in Italy -part of the Campania region-, indeed makes for the ideal setting for and idyllic trip during which one can just idle away in front of a breathtaking sea view. That being said, you can’t miss out on the town of Anacapri on the hills, the Marina Grande, the Belvedere of Tragara promenade, the Grotta Azzurra cave and the Imperial Roman Villas ruins, all of them natural attractions coexisting with contemporary architecture and design.

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Recommended hotels in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

It cannot be denied that there is more to the Canary Islands than its beautiful beaches, and those who have taken a city trip to the capital of Gran Canaria can confirm it. Today, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a bustling economic hub offering visitors a varied array of opportunities to attend and organise events, go shopping, enjoy art, learn, hike and discover, all of which can still be carried out close to the sea. Furthermore, the recent addition of the state-of-the-art facilities hosting a 12.500 square-metre aquarium –“Poema del Mar”– make the city all the more attractive to travellers. In this post, we have selected three key spots for you to choose a hotel in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria that will enable the combination of the commodities of an urban stay and the perks of the island lifestyle.

Hotel Parque, 3-star accommodation in Las Palmas near San Telmo bus station

This hotel in Gran Canaria is strategically located right outside the central bus station of the island, which means guests can smoothly transfer not only to the main spots in the capital city but also to the pretty villages in the north and west and the sunny coastal towns in the south. Bus line 60 provides direct services from the airport to this terminal. Besides, staying in the heart of Las Palmas allows for nice strolls along Triana shopping street as well as for fine dining with ocean views. When making a reservation, you can select a breakfast-included or a half-board rate, as well as an individual, double or triple room that will feature private bathroom, mini bar and complimentary WiFi access. Suites are also available. If your stay is long enough, you can spend some time at the gym, have a cup of coffee or a light meal at the onsite cafeteria and benefit from their payment parking spots to hire a car to get around the island and explore it on your own.

AC Gran Canaria by Marriott, 4-star hotel near Poema del mar Aquarium in Las Palmas

This AC hotel in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is conveniently situated within short walking distance of Santa Catalina Park, the cruise terminal, the facilities of Poema del Mar and Las Canteras beach: a perfect balance between a beach stay and an urban escapade for sea lovers who visit the island for work. As could not be otherwise, this establishment by the renowned Marriott hospitality chain features amenities like a rooftop pool, a fitness centre, round-the-clock room service, personal safes, slippers, free WiFi in the entire premises, extra large comfortable beds, a varied breakfast buffet, luxury rooms and suites and fine dining on site. The particular shape of this building, a perfect cylinder more than 20 stories in height, allows for panoramic city and sea views, and for this purpose most units feature a private balcony. Gran Canaria airport lies 23 kilometres away from this property, and the hotel arranges complimentary shuttle services for confirmed guests.

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Hotel Madrid, charming accommodation in Las Palmas Old Town

Not just the building where it is located, but the whole area of Vegueta (Las Palmas Old Town) in the island of Gran Canaria, Spain, retains the magical essence of former times with its colonial houses and traditional architecture. Visitors staying at this hotel in Vegueta will sleep within short walking distance of the main museums in town as well as of the Cathedral of Santa Ana. A stroll along Triana shopping street separates this spot from the aforementioned San Telmo central bus station. Staying in any of the standard or superior fully-equipped guest rooms of this establishment means that travellers will equally be able to enjoy the best of Las Palmas’ nightlife, as the area is surrounded by lively pubs, restaurants and bars in the capital.

Would you like to stay closer to the seashore? Then take a look at our recommendations in Las Canteras beach of Las Palmas, Spain.

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Budget travel to Madrid, Spain: stay in Gran Vía, the heart of the city

There is an increasing tendency for tourists to choose Gran Vía as their place to stay when they visit the Spanish capital city. Without a doubt, the proximity of landmarks such as Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace, the Prado Museum and El Retiro Park is one of its biggest perks, not to mention that the best Spanish restaurants, traditional churrerías, cinemas, theatre venues and shops are concentrated in this area.

When it comes to travelling on a budget, though, there are many other factors to be taken into account: it is only 13 kilometres away from Adolfo Suárez – Madrid Barajas airport and it boasts the widest array of cheap hotels in Madrid which can perfectly meet any traveller’s needs and expectations.

Aside from being cosy and conveniently located, most of these guest houses and hostels in Madrid overlook the vibrant life at Gran Vía, enhancing your stay with beautiful views. Below are some of our suggestions.

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Regio Hostel in Madrid, Spain

“Hostal Regio” is a 2-star establishment surrounded by metro and bus stations, and within walking distance to Puerta del Sol. It provides airport transfer service for an additional cost, and gives you the chance to experience the most purely cultural and social side of this town. Just around the corner, the second largest Primark store in Europe awaits you, along with other brands like H&M and Zara, and “Chocolatería San Ginés”, where you can try the best “churros con chocolate” in Madrid stays open 24 hours a day.

The rooms in Regio Hostel can accommodate up to four guests and have a balcony, air conditioning, TV, complimentary WiFi and safety deposit box. The staff will kindly assist you with any tourist information you may need, and snacks can be purchased from their vending machines at any time of the day or night.

San Martín hostel near Callao underground station

This cheap hotel in Madrid is located 50 metres away from the popular Callao square and provides guests with comfortable rooms with WiFi, featuring individual, double or twin beds, with the possibility of adding an extra one for higher occupancy. Most are equipped with a private bathroom, otherwise you can share one with other guests for an even lower nightly rate.

This hostel offers extra services like left-luggage and payment parking, and ensures you step out to Gran Vía every single time you go out. From this point, commuting to and from Madrid airport by either bus or taxi is fast and inexpensive.

Three-star hostel in Madrid – Gran Vía: Hostal Josefina

Choosing the “Josefina” guest house guarantees that you will sleep a stroll away from El Prado and other must-see art galleries in Madrid, the Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace and many typical Spanish tapas restaurants and bars. Their rooms can accommodate up to four people and include an ensuite bathroom with shower. Safes are available for customers, and the staff on site will help you with bike rental and parking options. Check availability and rates for your stay at the Josefina hostel in Madrid.

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Travel in Europe: hotels in Rome city centre, Italy

Will you visit the Eternal City in Europe this summer? If you want to make the most out of your trip to Italy, why not choose a hotel in Rome city centre that affords breathtaking views of St. Peter’s dome and the lovely scenery surrounding it? What is more, if you seek to immerse your senses in iconic landmarks such as the Trevi Fountain, the Piazza Navona and the Coliseum or do some luxury shopping in avenues like Via del Corso, you are strongly encouraged to check our recommended hotels in Rome below. Most hospitality establishments in this area of Italy provide guests with services like guided walking tours and babysitting for a small surcharge, as well as private transfers to Fiumicino International Airport -23 kilometres away from this location- and other popular spots in town.

3-star hotel in central Rome: the Concordia

Part of a historical building dating back to the 18th century, the Hotel Concordia is within short walking distance to the Fontana di Trevi and the Spanish Steps. Even when many attractions can be reached on foot from this point, solo travellers will benefit from the proximity of metro stations, thus gaining independence to explore Rome by themselves.

Guests at this hotel in Italy enjoy complimentary access to WiFI Internet, shuttle service to and from Fiumicino airport, assistance from the multilingual front-desk staff, room service, safety deposit boxes, business facilities, ironing, laundry service and daily buffet breakfast. The completely equipped rooms may have individual, double or triple use: check rates and availability for your stay at the Concordia Hotel in Rome.

Hotels in Rome: Madrid hotel in Italy

Located in the very heart of Rome, Hotel Madrid offers daily complimentary breakfast in its roof gardens featuring spectacular views, as well as soundproofed rooms with WiFi access. Additionally, we would like to put emphasis on its strategic situation in one of the best-connected spots of the city, either by public transport or on foot. Fashion lovers from across the globe will be delighted to find brands like Prada, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Tiffany’s right around the corner.

If you book your hotel room at the Madrid hotel in Rome, you will be given the choice of a single room, a double one, a superior double one or a triple suite that can accommodate up to 4 people. Room service is available and specific meals can be ordered for guests on vegan or gluten-free diets.

The Alexandra hotel in Rome city

Tourism in Rome does not get much better than staying at this hotel in Via Veneto, within a short stroll to the Trevi Fountain, lots of fine Italian restaurants and cafés and high-end designer shops around. From individual rooms with private bathroom to suites featuring a living area with sofa beds to accommodate groups, guests may choose the space that best suits their needs, and even make use of the bridal suite and the banquet facilities.

Aside from that, the Hotel Alexandra offers other amenities like laundry, ironing, fax and photocopying, airport shuttle, safety deposit boxes, in-room service and free high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the premises.

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Recommended hotels in Vienna, Austria

For most travel lovers, it would certainly be safe to say that a weekend in Vienna is the perfect European getaway. The capital city of Austria is home to international congresses and conferences and major classical music events every year, and so welcomes visitors with a wide array of beautiful hotels set in historic buildings that combine tradition with innovation, adapting its services to meet the needs of today’s travellers with modern spas, technologically advanced facilities and the finest gastronomic offer. Thus, musicians, business travellers and tourists will easily find the right hotel in Vienna for their stay but, without a doubt, the ones that will truly fall in love with the capital of Austria are those who appreciate high-quality chocolate and coffee.

4-star hotel in Vienna: Arcotel Kaiserwasser

Taking its name from the nearby Kaiserwasser Lake, this establishment is located 17 kilometres away from Vienna airport (courtesy shuttle is provided), in an area well-connected by bus and train to the main spots in the city. What is more, the direct airport bus line stops right in front of the building. It offers comfort and executive rooms of double, triple and family occupancy together with suites featuring stunning city views. Guests can enjoy in-room DVD players, cable TV, free WiFi internet and daily breakfast buffet included in the nightly rate. However, the greatest allure of this hotel in Austria is its fitness centre overlooking the Danube River and downtown Vienna, conveniently complemented by spa treatments, a sauna, and steam baths. Make your reservation here.

Hotel with Spa in Vienna: Sans Souci Wien

Roughly 5 minutes from the Parliament of Austria, the Museum Quarter and some main metro stations, this Vienna hotel is a favourite for those who like to visit street markets, especially during the Christmas season. Guests may use the indoor pool and spa facilities free of charge, and its gym has personal trainers available. For an even nicer stay, the premises have been decorated with works of art.

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Room categories range from double, twin and superior to luxury rooms or suites, all of which include minibar and private bathroom with robes and toiletries. Alternatively, you may choose a one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartment for longer stays. The multilingual staff, who are fluent in Polish, Hindi, Croatian and Portuguese –among other foreign languages- will gladly assist you should you need to book meeting spaces or facilities specifically designated for banquets and celebrations. Check rates and availability here.

One of the leading hotels in Austria: Sacher hotel in Vienna

Worldwide-known for baking the original Sacher cake (Sachertorte), not everyone is aware that the Sacher hotel is also one of the finest luxury hotels with Spa in Austria. Strategically situated across the street from Vienna State Opera House and near casinos, museums, shopping centres and metro stations, this hospitality establishment excels in providing premium service while creating a unique atmosphere of exclusivity.

The spacious, elegant rooms of Wien’s Hotel Sacher are classified into superior, deluxe or suites, featuring large cosy beds, a closet, complimentary WiFi, en suite bathroom and a balcony with views. A courtesy shuttle service may be arranged to and from the airport. Each reservation entitles guests to enjoy the daily breakfast buffet, nevertheless, it is the onsite Café Sacher and its delicacies what really attracts the enthusiasts of the finest chocolate.

Other extras- which may imply the payment of additional fees- are babysitting, VIP guest services, spa and beauty treatments and concierge. For your convenience, the staff speaks Russian, Italian, French, German, English and Spanish.

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