There’s nothing better than a cultural escape to somewhere new, whether it’s a long weekend away with friends or loved ones, or part of a bigger trip. If you love exploring on foot, soaking up city sights, learning the history of a new destination and trying local cuisine, there is no shortage of incredible cities around the world to go and explore!
Capital cities around the world may be the go to for many, but why not swap the hustle and bustle of these popular cities for an alternative getaway? If you’re on the lookout for fresh ideas, Booking.com, rounded up some of the best cities for exploring.
New Orleans, USA
Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital, attracts travelers who want to see the historic White House and iconic Washington Monument, but New Orleans’ big draw is its food and music scene. Catch the infamous Mardi Gras and Jazz festival in the spring and indulge in the thriving food scene all year round. Booking.com travelers endorsed New Orleans for food, live music and nightlife, and the top accommodation types are hotels, hostels and motels.
Where to stay: Ace Hotel New Orleans, located in the Warehouse District of New Orleans, is known as the hipster hotel and one of the trendiest places to stay. The rooms are incredibly designed and decorated with artwork from local artists, and guests can enjoy the outdoor pool, fitness center, delicious food at the onsite restaurant and tasty cocktails at the bar. The French Quarter is only one mile from the property and The National WWII Museum is just 650 yards away. In 2016, the three foreign nations that sent the most visitors to New Orleans were the U.K., Australia and Germany. (Visitors from other parts of the U.S. were the largest group of tourists to the city.)