Japan’s second biggest city is Osaka (number one is Tokyo). It’s easy to get lost wandering around and exploring the museums, historical sites, and trying all the amazing food.
Nashville is the capital city of Tennessee and also known as Music City. Some of the most famous songs and albums were recorded in Nashville, and the city is proud to be the “County Music Capital of the World.” It also has become a popular bachelor/bachelorette and birthday party spot due to Broadway, which is bar after bar after bar. This has given Nashville the more cheesy nickname of “NashVegas.” Whether you like country music or not, you will appreciate the great live music, food, history, and culture of Music City.
Melbourne is the capital city of the state of Victoria and the second most populous city in Australia. It’s an exciting city with a great food scene, lots of wine, art, culture, sports and more. It’s a great hub for your trip around Victoria.
Kampala is the capital city of Uganda and a great jumping off point for your trip to Uganda and East Africa. While you might be going to Uganda to go gorilla trekking, Kampala has many of its own interesting attractions to see and a colorful history to learn about. It’s definitely worth staying in for a few days before embarking on your wildlife adventure.
Istanbul is the cultural, historical and economical center of Turkey. It is the bridge between Asia and Europe, making it a culturally and historically significant place throughout history with a unique clash of cultures. Istanbul was known as Constantinople until the early 20th century.
Honolulu is the capital city of Hawaii and located on the island of Oahu. The most popular spot in Honolulu is Waikiki, but there is also plenty of arts and culture, amazing food, great hiking, and so much more. It is a great place to spend your vacation in Hawaii, or to start as a jumping off point for a trip around the islands.
Galena is a charming small town that is about a three hour drive from Chicago. When we lived in Chicago, we used to take weekend trips to Galena. It’s a great way to get outside of the Chicagoland area and explore more of Illinois. The town might make you feel like you’re stepping back to a simpler time. Enjoy the shops, restaurants, great hotels, golfing and more. This is one part of the state where there are actually hills that offer beautiful views of the area.
Florence is the capital city of the Tuscany region in Italy. It is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, making it a culturally significant city with plenty of art and culture to explore. The food is also pretty great!