The world is an enormous place filled with various cultures and sights. It would be a shame not to take in as many of these sights as possible. However, narrowing your bucket list down to just a few destinations can be incredibly tricky when there is so much to do and see.
Here are three top-rated city breaks globally, including must-do tourist attractions in each place and some sights down the road less traveled.
1. Marrakesh, Morocco
Marrakesh, Morocco’s capital, is a bustling city with plenty to do. It’s an ancient, walled city steeped in history – one could spend weeks there and not run out of things to do. Even travelers who have frequented historical destinations only to find them boring and disappointing will adore this incredible city.
The entire town is draped in colors, from the red sandstone of the breathtaking architecture to the rich blues, yellows, and purples of the various nick-nacks in the market, Djemaa El Fna. Everywhere you look, you will see something eye-catchingly different. Expect to encounter snake charmers, tea sellers, and cloth weavers alongside exciting cuisine and animal heads.
As for other tourist attractions, be sure to browse the Jardin Majorelle, with its tribute to late designer Yves Saint Laurent. If you’re interested in fashion, there is also a YSL museum. For culture, look to explore the Bahia Palace, or for adventure, take a trip into the desert to see the fabulous dunes of Erg Chigaga.
When looking for somewhere to eat, be sure to try out an authentic tagine such as makfoul.
No two trips to Marrakesh can be the same, so don’t hesitate to explore this vibrant city.
2. Kyoto, Japan
While many tourists in Japan opt to see the neon lights and the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, Kyoto is not a city you should leave out. It used to be Japan’s capital until 1868, and it remains a large and vibrant city. It has exceptional historicity, filled with numerous temples, shrines, and stunning Japanese architecture.
Kyoto is ideal for escaping the claustrophobia of a big city like Tokyo, as it offers landscape and environment alongside its buildings. The views from the temples are often stunning, though they struggle to take attention away from the miraculous architecture itself.
When planning a trip to Kyoto, perhaps look to visit in fall, between September and November. A tourist rush occurs in spring to see the cherry blossoms, driving up hotel prices. While the cherry blossoms (sakura) are indeed breathtaking, the autumnal colors of the trees in fall are also a sight to behold.
CBD lovers will also enjoy a visit to Japan, as laws permit the use of the cannabinoid here. Note, however, that THC is completely banned, so any products must contain 0% tetrahydrocannabinol. Still, users can avail themselves of the guidelines to use soothing CBD while immersing themselves in the relaxing and spiritual atmosphere of Kyoto.
3. New Orleans, USA
Speaking of CBD, those who prefer to use methods like CBD joints should take a look at New Orleans. After all, the USA is a hub for all things cannabidiol, and such products will help you to drink in the atmosphere.
Located on the Mississippi River, New Orleans is a cultural capital that draws many visitors. It offers everything a tourist could want – cuisine, drinking, and a happy atmosphere. It’s impossible to let life drag you down when surrounded by the constant delight of New Orleans; it verges on exhaustingly vibrant, but never quite strays into that zone.
On a trip to New Orleans, tourists must visit Jackson Square in the French Quarter to see not only the local architecture but also the street performers and fortune-tellers. There’s never a quiet moment! In the evenings, you will not be short of things to do. New Orleans is famed for its bars and restaurants, including the creole establishment Galatoire and famed pig restaurant Cochon. Later into the evening, pay a visit to Tipitina’s, called “Tips” by the locals, for a night of music and dancing.
The New Orleans calendar is stocked with festivals and celebrations, so make sure to plan your visit. You can either visit for Mardi Gras or the Jazz Festival if you enjoy crowds and music, or choose a quieter period for a cultural getaway.
The world is undoubtedly packed with incredible places to visit; narrowing it down to just three is incredibly tricky. However, these three city breaks are simply unmissable.