Whether it's Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament or Trafalgar Square, London's sights are instantly recognizable. Blessed with a historical grandeur, from the Tower of London to the Inns of Court, the city's past provides ample opportunity for aimless, misty-eyed strolling. Its museums are global big hitters, the brutalist Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery showcasing the finest art around. And its royal parks are the ideal spot for spending a sunny afternoon, whether it's boating in Regents Park or taking a swim in Hyde Park's Serpentine. Adventurous visitors can take advantage of London's superb Tube and rail system to explore distant neighborhoods, from leafy Hampstead to hip Hackney.
It’s the most happening of cities, a place where over 200 languages are spoken and millions flock each year to see its world-famous sights. New York draws visitors in like nowhere else. The crowded streets of Manhattan are the stuff of legend. First timers will want to head to the top of the Empire State Building and stand beneath the glare of the lights of Times Square. But there’s so much more to see and do, whether it’s catching an Off-Broadway play, checking out world class art at MoMA or shopping the streets of SoHo. Brooklyn’s hip neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Fort Greene offer a more relaxed vibe, while the food in Queens’ Chinatown is worth the long subway ride.