Santiago is within striking distance from wonderland seaside cities and towns brimming with character. If you have an extra day or two, use the capital as your homebase for these worthwhile daytrips.
The seaside town of Valparaiso opened its arms to street artists from all over South America, welcoming them to decorate the once-neglected streets with colorful murals and artwork. This graffiti is now a major draw to the city for Chilean natives and curious travelers alike. Key stops include the Cerro Concepcion street bursting with street art, riding an elevator from the late 1800s up the steep hillside, visiting the second home of Pablo Nerdua at La Sabastiana and wandering the cemeteries lined with streets of marble house-like tombs.
Otherwise known as wine country, Colchagua Valley boasts dozens of wineries on the outskirts of the quaint, sleepy little town of Santa Cruz. Use Casa Pando as your homebase to explore; the family-run hotel will help you make reservations for everything from private picnics in the vineyards and electric bike rentals to fine-dining meals and horse-drawn carriage wine tours. Be sure to check out Fuegos de Apalta for lunch at Montes Winery for incredible food from a previous Top Chef winner.
The coastal town of Isla Negra offers visitors winding roads lined with pine trees and hippie-style 1960s homes to admire. Use this destination to get some R&R in the sunshine by laying out at the rocky beach, listening to the waves crash against the nearby coastline.
South Philadelphia is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods — with attitude to boot. The foodie, Italian neighborhood continues to rise through the ranks as one of the city’s longest-lasting, cuisine-centric locales, but with a lot of new blood moving in.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
While it’s unlikely you’d go all the way to Lisbon, Portugal, for just one dish, there’s certainly one bite you must have while you’re there: the egg tart. Pastel de nata (cream pastry) is a national obsession that has become a bucket-list bite for nearly every traveler to the country’s seaside capital. Fortunately for tourists, the city’s most iconic landmark, Belém Tower, is located just across the street and down the shoreline from the city’s undisputed powerhouse of pastel, Pastéis de Bélem. Unfortunately for visitors, the line leading to Pastéis de Bélem’s bakery counter may be the longest line found anywhere in the city, as salivating hordes wait their turn to taste the original, secret recipe invented by the monks of the nearby Jerónimos Monastery in Santa Maria de Bélem, itself an architecture masterpiece that places it at the top of any Lisbon must-list.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
According to a recent study from financial services company Allianz Global Assistance, more than a third of Americans haven’t taken a vacation in two years. For this study, a vacation is considered a leisure trip of at least a week to a destination more than 100 miles away.