The must-see list for New York — especially the first-timer — is mind-boggling. Don't fret; you'll return. Hit the must-sees: Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, the Empire State Building. Then, take some time to explore the places where New Yorkers live and play, like walking the High Line, visiting The Cloisters, or shopping in Soho.
No matter your reason for visiting, London has something for everyone. History buffs looking to brush up on the British narrative will delight in the Tower of London and the Imperial War Museum. Admirers of art or theater will praise the National Gallery and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, while fans of the monarchy can't skip Buckingham Palace.
The ultra-cosmopolitan French capital city has a longstanding global reputation as a mecca of art, culture, fashion, gastronomy, history and architecture. Called the City of Light, City of Love and Capital of Fashion, Paris is not only brimming with internationally famous attractions but is an energetic city where beauty and vivacity ever-weave its curvy streets.
One of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in Australia and the world, Sydney is a glittering playground, its sandstone coves and sun-blazed beaches skirt the prodigious harbor and open Pacific. The city is also home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of the most iconic structures on this planet.
San Francisco is home to a little bit of everything. Visually, it is a postcard-perfect city, its hills facing a calm bay. Many visitors say the city's beauty was the best part of their visit. Other often-cited characteristics are its excellent restaurants, vibrant arts scene and outdoor recreation.
Years ago when people talked about Austin they would quickly mention the music. But that's just the beginning of what they're saying these days. Austin is also home to a wonderful ballet, world-class museums, mouth-watering barbeque, one-of-a-kind shopping and beautiful outdoor spaces.
The German capital is renowned for its exceptional variety of attractions, its flourishing cultural scene and a way of life that's both fast-paced and relaxed. The sights of Berlin – from the Brandenburg Gate to the Federal Chancellery – tell the story of an entire nation, and their more than 170 museums put the treasures of the world on public display.
Shanghai bristles with buildings, but the city doesn't boast must-see sights like New York or Rome. The joys of Shanghai, instead, are on the street level, where everyday life unfolds. Stroll down the riverside Bund, explore the old colonial neighbourhoods, and wander among the boutiques and cafés of cobbled Xintiandi, a district of rebuilt traditional stone architecture called shikumen.