Exploring those off the beaten path locations can be remarkably fulfilling adventures, but more and more travelers today are opting for travel within luxurious urban destinations. If you are ready for an exciting journey that delivers all of the perks of modern living and the exhilaration of bustling city life, consider these top 10 urban destinations.
Colored beach huts in Cape Town
In Cape Town, you can explore the market stalls of Greenmarket Square and visit the lush vineyards of the Winelands. You can also see the Grand Parade, where Nelson Mandela gave his famous address after being released from prison.
The veer-growing skyline of Dubai boasts the largest skyscraper on Earth
Dubai draws many travelers to the United Arab Emirates. This truly modern city is home to the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Nearby is the Dubai Mall, filled with shops, restaurants, and a variety of indoor entertainment options.
View of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link bridge, opened in 2009
In Mumbai, India's largest city, you can take in some of the local culture with a tour of the country's most famous museums and art galleries, including the National Gallery of Modern Art in South Mumbai.
A view of the Victoria Memorial, Kolkata , India which commemorated the 25 year reign of Queen Victoria
Kolkata is known for its energetic and friendly residents and is sometimes referred to as the "City of Joy." Stroll through its colorful flower markets and tour its palatial mansions as you explore this gem of Indian life.
Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, one of the busiest crosswalks in the world
From enjoying an authentic plate of sushi or teppanyaki in one of the city's finest restaurants to visiting one of its lush gardens, Tokyo offers the urban traveler many ways to indulge in a bit of restrained luxury.
Bangkok cityscape at twilight
In Bangkok, visitors find a charming mix of old world and modern day Thailand. At the Grand Palace, you can view the Emerald Buddha, and in the Thonburi district, you can relax while taking a leisurely ride down the meandering canals.
Night view of Sao Paolo's Estaiada Bridge, opened in 2008
For a taste of Brazil, Sao Paulo is a cosmopolitan city with a lively nightlife and a variety of cultural activities. Concert and opera houses like the Theatro Municipal offer a taste of high-class entertainment, but one of Brazil's most popular pastimes is taking in a football game.
The Fine Arts Palace (Palacio de Bellas Artes) in Mexico City
While visiting Mexico City, spend a day shopping in the city's bustling markets or take in the culture and artwork with a museum tour. The many archaeological sites offer a glimpse of the past with artifacts from the Aztec and Mayan civilizations.
Old Town in Stockholm
Stockholm reveals Sweden's natural beauty and refined culture. Each year, the Nobel Prize banquet is held in the Blue and Golden Rooms of Stockholm's City Hall, which you can tour before enjoying some of the city's excellent cuisine.
Old Town Square in Prague
Prague enchants its visitors with historic sites such as the Prague Castle and the Strahov Monastery and Library. One of the most popular attractions is the Astronomical Clock, a historical artifact that dates back to 1410.
These urban locations boast both an authentic taste of their county's culture and the convenience of modern technology and amenities. Visiting one of these energetic metropolises will leave you with unforgettable memories of urban adventures.