Urban Endeavors

Destinations: London, New York City, Tokyo, Paris, Montréal, Barcelona, Boston

Activities: Arts and Entertainment, Eat, Museums, Shopping, Sightseeing, Sleep, Spas

Traveling to one of the world’s great cities—New York, Paris, London, Tokyo—is wonderful not only for what you can see and do but also for how you feel. Certain cities give you a little tingle, a little bounce in your step. Among the crowds, the young artists and immigrants, you feel you can experiment and explore; that you can be a more vibrant version of yourself.

But of course there’s also no shortage of things to do and see. From sleek and sophisticated centers of art and commerce to bustling ethnic neighborhoods with amazing food finds, great cities are remarkable for their diversity and energy. You can tantalize your tongue with the creations of the world’s great chefs, max out your credit card at luxury shops (or just ogle the goods) or get that special little thrill that comes with discovering an out of the way boutique.

Articles About Urban Endeavors

B.A: European City of South America

Buenos Aires has beautiful architecture, great dining and wines, friendly people, big parks … what are you waiting for?

TravelMuse Tips and Picks for Buenos Aires

Add to your Buenos Aires list of musts with these recommendations for wine, dine, arts and entertainment favorites.

Family Fun in Atlanta

Take the kids to this sprawling city in the South packed with amusement parks, historic sites and the world’s largest aquarium.

Best Buzz Stops in Austin

Get your caffeine fix at these favorite Austin coffee shops that also feature organic fare and local artwork.

Top Austin Nightlife and Music

See what makes Austin the live music capital of the world by experiencing the city’s famed nightlife scene.

Weird and Wonderful Austin

This creative Texas capital lets the good times roll with its dazzling arts community, famous live music scene, Tex-Mex cuisine and celebrity bat residents.

3 Days of Family Fun in Barcelona

Read how one family turned a stopover prior to a Mediterranean cruise into an adventure that featured a mime and a reluctant 6-year-old Charlie Chaplin.

A Shopper’s Delight in Barcelona

Barcelona beckons fashionistas and shopping connoisseurs to its upscale boutiques, chic shoe shops and designer stationers.

Rambling Along La Rambla

Our local expert in Barcelona shares her favorites for Gaudí architecture, Catalan cuisine, chic fashion, hot hotels and cool modern art.

Teen Travel Treats in Barcelona

Tempt your travel-wary teen with Barcelona’s youthful vibe and culture, funky architecture, vegetarian restaurants and sailing tours.

Experience Beijing: The Local Perspective

Discover the best of China’s capital while staying off the tourist-trodden path.

Beijing Travel Tips

Landed in Beijing and not sure how to get around? Follow these tips to ensure an enjoyable and relaxing vacation.

Best Kid-Friendly Boston Hotels

Check out these properties for kid-friendly services and local family-fun attractions.

Following Boston’s Freedom Trail

Get local expert tips on how to make the most of your tour to these 16 historic sites that trace America’s colonial roots.

Top 10 Boston Pubs: Cheers!

Favorite places—both new and historic—to get wicked shattered, from Faneuil Hall to South Boston.

Boston: Hub of the Sports World

From baseball to hockey, the marathon to a regatta, get insider tips on how to catch a piece of the sporting action, both pro and college, on your next visit to Beantown.

Boston Travel Planning by Neighborhood

Our local expert shares her tips to help you plan your vacation to Beantown and discover its many wonderful historic neighborhoods.

5 Free Boston Attractions

Spend time without spending a lot of money to get to know Boston with these free (or nearly free) things to do and see.

Boston’s Best New, Renovated Hotels

Read about the latest and greatest places to bunker down on your Boston vacation.

Chicago: Tips for Affordable Family Fun

Broke? Fear not. You don’t need big bucks to enjoy some of Chicago’s best family attractions.

Chicago: Have a Hot Time in Chi-town

The Second City serves up first-class sights, entertainment, shopping and, of course, hearty food.

Obama’s Chicago: Seven Sites in the City

Visit historical locations and personal favorites of the 44th president in his hometown of Chicago.

College Visit Guide: Baltimore

Explore the neighborhoods and opportunities for family fun while visiting colleges in Baltimore.

Guided Into the Night(life)

Read our editor’s take on some of the many bars and clubs that have Tel Aviv hopping into the wee hours of the morning.

Viva Las Vegas!

This desert oasis has more to offer than ever before. Read our expert guide to start planning your ideal Vegas vacation now.

Sin City Beyond Gaming

Not the gambling type? Check out these myriad Vegas attractions to keep you buzzing from the Strip to Fremont Street, morning til night.

5 Free Las Vegas Attractions

Shoot the moon on your Las Vegas getaway with free attractions that won’t make you run out of luck—or money.

7 London Sights with Teen Appeal

Keep London cool for your teens or pre-teens on your family vacation.

Exploring London

A practical travel guide by our local expert to a historic city with modern verve.

Pound-Saving Tips for Your London Vacation

How to keep from going bankrupt on your next family visit to London.

London Street Shops and Flea Markets

Some of the city’s best shopping finds can be had in its famous, and not-so-famous, markets.

London Theater: Not Just for Grownups

Discover a wealth of theater opportunities for children on your next London family vacation.

Cheers! A Guide To Melbourne’s Coolest Bars

Find hipster pubs, cinema rooftop bars, classy gin joints and local brew halls in downtown Melbourne and beyond.

Above-Average Stays Down Under in Melbourne

Stay in style during your Melbourne vacation at one of these swank hotels, which cost a fraction of comparable stays in other major cities.

Melbourne: UNESCO City of Literature

Book lovers will enjoy Melbourne’s strong literary history, myriad independent bookstores, and related festivals and events.

Melbourne: Arts and Culture Capital

Australia’s second-largest city boasts arts festivals, eclectic ethnic cuisine, exotic wildlife and easy, walkable streets to explore it all.

Mexico City All Night Long

This city’s vibrant nightlife scene ranges from chic rooftop bars to cool underground jazz clubs, all of which stay open very, very late.

Where to Take a Siesta in Mexico City

Mexico City’s lodging options include everything from centrally located budget chains to upscale neighborhood boutique hotels.

The Resurrection of Mexico City

Mexico City is quite possibly the most overlooked tourist destination in the world. But it shouldn’t be. Find out why.

Where to Stay in Naples

From luxury hotels to B&Bs, our expert reviews accommodations by neighborhood.

Cuisine Culture: New Orleans’ Best Restaurants

From Creole to Cajun and beyond, experience the ritual of food in this Gulf-coast city at any of these top restaurants in town.

New Orleans Feast of Festivals

Let the good times roll year-round in the Big Easy, home to Mardi Gras and an endless list of fun festivals.

New Orleans: City of Dreams

Let the good times roll in the Crescent City, where joy is found in luscious cuisine, brass bands and year-round celebration.

Exceptional New Orleans Stays

Even though most of your time will be spent out exploring the city, these are the best hotels and B&Bs to return to when you finally do need to sleep.

Best Places for Live Music in New Orleans

Surrender to the magic and celebration of New Orleans music and dance until you drop.

9 Alternative New York Attractions

Check out these lesser-known New York sightseeing gems, from Manhattan’s last natural salt marsh and 18th century farmhouses to a remote Buddhist museum.

New York City Hotels in the Neighborhood

Live like a New Yorker when you stay at family friendly neighborhood hotels that immerse you in the local scene.

New York City On My Mind

New York City is its own world of things to see and do, for individuals and family travelers alike. Read here for our expert’s recommendations.

Make Your San Francisco Vacation Quirky

Take a detour from the hotspots and visit some offbeat San Francisco attractions, including a museum bar, a pirate store and a trapeze school.

Parisian Picnics

Pack your picnic basket, and enjoy a warm summer day or evening in Parisian style.

Paris: Charming City With Historical Beauty

The French capital lives up to its hype, with world-class museums, restaurants, shopping and historical sites. Check out our local expert’s recommended favorites.

World’s Brewpub Capital: Portland

Read where to grab a pint of fine ale in the city that launched the microbrewery trend.

Stay Green in One of Portland’s Many Eco Hotels

Reduce your carbon footprint during your Portland vacation by staying at one these eco-friendly properties.

Urban Oases: Portland’s Great Green Spaces

Portland, Oregon has plenty of parks to turn your urban vacation into a green space oasis. Here are some of the city’s best places to feel blades of grass between your toes.

Portland, Oregon: Pints, Pedals and Parks

The City of Roses has something for everyone: microbreweries, biking trails, and plenty of green spaces and places.

Fiesta San Antonio

Celebrate Texas-style at this city’s biggest annual party and learn how to score tickets and which of the multiple flashy parades and decadent food booths shouldn’t be missed.

Family-Friendly Neighborhoods of San Francisco

A local mom shares her favorite neighborhoods and joints for where to eat, shop and play like a native while on your San Francisco family vacation.

San Francisco Green Spaces

Escape the urban jungle and find plenty of places to relax and get back to nature in the City by the Bay.

San Francisco Vacation: An Insider’s Guide

Our local expert shares her city secrets for individuals and families alike, to help you plan your ideal San Francisco vacation.

Seattle’s Great Outdoors

Dig for clams, rent a sailboat or hit the hiking trails in the hills for some memorable outdoor adventures on your next Seattle family vacation.

Seattle’s Neighborhood Parks, Playgrounds and Ducks

Seattle’s many parks guarantee a childhood’s worth of diversions in the Emerald City.

See Seattle as the Locals Do

Being global, acting local while on a family vacation in Washington State’s Emerald City.

Singapore’s Arab Quarter Delights

Smell the sweet scent of hookah pipes as you peruse the busy shopping districts and Middle Eastern restaurants in Singapore’s Arab Quarter.

Singular Singapore Stays

Where to rest your head when visiting the Lion City, from classic luxury properties to renovated shophouse boutique hotels and new luxe and value lodgings.

East Meets West in the Lion City

Singapore is an ideal entry point to Asia, with its mix of cultures and cuisines, historic sites and modern attractions.

Family Vacation Discounts, Resort Credits, Free Golf for Kids

Take advantage of an affordable weekend in London, resort credits in Scottsdale and Cancun, and free golfing with the kids.

Hotel Packages in San Francisco, Greece, New York and Asheville

This week’s discounts are at San Francisco hotels, a free night’s stay in Santorini, a museum package in New York and passes to North Carolina attractions.

Cabo for Couples, Free Night in Hawaii, London Charity

This week’s discounts are for Los Cabos and Honolulu hotels, an Innsbruck ski season package and a way to contribute during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Strip Is On Sale

Take advantage of these Las Vegas hotel deals, which include free nights, 30 percent off discounts and spa perks.

Affordable Yaycations: 8 Alternative Vacations

Can’t afford your dream trip this year? Try these bargain alternative vacations instead.

D.C. Hotels: Find the Perfect Place to Rest

Our nation’s capital offers an array of family-friendly hotels of varying price, luxury and location. Learn from our hotel guru which bed best suits your family vacation best.

Dining With Kids in Washington, D.C.

Each of these restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area has something to satiate and satisfy your kids, as you work toward refining their young palettes.

Savvy Barcelona Guides for Hip Travelers

Two Barcelona guidebooks as chic as the city itself. Learn about Catalan cuisine, history, art and architecture for your Barcelona travels.

Las Vegas Guides and Ghosts

Discover “Top 5” lists of things to do in Vegas or read up on haunted historic sites to catch a glimpse of ghosts, including Elvis, lurking around Sin City.

London Guidebooks Review

Two comprehensive guidebooks cover everything London—from essentials to dining spots to biographies.

New Orleans Guide Book Reviews

Get the inside scoop on the enjoyable ‘Hungry? Thirsty?’ guide to New Orleans’ and the newly updated Frommer’s book, ideal for first-time visitors.

New York City Travel Guides

Two great books for two distinct audiences: family travelers and those looking for off-the-beaten-path exploration.

Discover the Streets of San Francisco

Bring these guidebooks—and some comfortable walking shoes—when you explore the diverse and hilly neighborhoods of San Francisco.

Buenos Aires, Argentina and Beyond

Check out our latest issue for the the ABCs of Argentina: art, beef, character and scenery.

Southern California Paradise

San Diego is one of those few destinations that appeals to a wide range of different travelers: sun worshippers, nature lovers, history buffs, urban explorers and family travelers.

A Few of Our Favorite San Francisco Things

TravelMuse shares staff picks for our Bay Area home; announces new social trip planning tool and product upgrade!

In Love With New York

Despite its ongoing changes, no other place in the world can match the creative energy, vibrancy and diversity of New York City.