Edinburgh,” wrote the poet Hugh MacDiarmid, “is a mad god’s dream.” The line says a lot about this city—its impossible clutter of architectural splendor, the dense concentration of beauty it represents.
America’s hipster capital is home to world-class dining, dozens of microbreweries, a quirky arts scene and some of the most beautiful parks and natural landscapes in the country. Other than that, it’s pretty nice here.
It may not be as big or fast-paced as its coastal counterparts, but this Middle Kingdom city is providing a compelling vision of the ways tradition can prosper in New China
Spurred in part by its world-class restaurant scene, the Peruvian capital has undergone a transformation from stopover to tourism hotspot
For 10,000 years, this narrow swath of upstate New York has been home to people drawn to its fertile soil and abundant forests. Today, the region’s natural splendor, farm-fresh food and rich culture are attracting a new wave of devotees.
Having spent centuries shrouded in mystery, Taipei has emerged as a global incubator for technology, design and cuisine. Even so, the Taiwanese capital still has plenty of surprises for those willing to explore.
From the green mountains that encircle the sprawling metropolis to its blossoming arts and entertainment offerings, Colombia’s abidingly beautiful capital city is a place bursting with optimism, energy and life
Although it’s known for its sunshine, celebrities and laid-back attitude, L.A. offers a lot more variety for anyone willing to do more than just scratch the surface. Then again, the sun, celebs and lazy days on the beach are pretty nice too.
This eco-paradise is the perfect place to embark on a Central American safari, and if you plan well, you can even have the monkeys mostly to yourself
In this former cattle ranching capital, the West is still as wild as ever, but that doesn’t mean every meal needs to be prepared over a campfire
Japan’s third city may not have the gloss of Tokyo or the timelessness of Kyoto, but it’s second to none in terms of its food, energy and an unflagging sense of fun
The vibrant, eccentric, doggedly authentic capital of Tennessee is in the midst of a massive makeover; thankfully, the city’s many old-time charms remain very much intact
Don’t let the endless vistas of rugged wilderness fool you—the Last Frontier can be tamed. All you need is a plane, a helicopter, a boat or a train. Preferably all four.
As the world increasingly retreats into an echo chamber of car horns and email alerts, it’s nice to know that somewhere in the middle of the Pacific there’s a whole nation of smiling, slightly salt-frosted people deftly navigating speedboats around idyllic islands, pausing to lop the tops off of coconuts or admire a well-formed brain coral.
Shanghai is a 21st-century boomtown, a glittering, nonstop celebration of economic success. Yet there are hidden pockets of the city’s former life here, made all the more precious by the neon glare around them.
This German auto hub offers gearhead thrills alongside lush green spaces, hearty food and cultural surprises
To discover the heady charms of the sultry Philippine capital, you’ll need to navigate the chaos of mototaxi rides and a relentless nightlife scene—and eat a lot of garlic rice
This charming lake town in Canada’s Okanagan Valley is that rare outdoor-sports haven that doesn’t skimp on more sedentary pleasures
A paradise for snorkelers and beach bums, this tiny Central American country has even more to offer those who venture off the beaten path
Putting both wealth and vision to work, the capital of Qatar has risen from desert backwater to sophisticated hot spot for global tourism