Finding the beauty in an iconic city like Rome, London, Prague or Paris is easy — just look around. See the jaw-dropping sites of the Coliseum or the Sistine Chapel on a summertime trip; take an obligatory photo on the South Bank with Big Ben in the distance; savor Prague Castle views; or stroll the stunning streets of Paris in the springtime.
Just know, you will not be the only traveler seeing those same sites. For something with a little different perspective, less crowds, but still a scenic view, U.K.-based cycling tour company Freewheel Holidays has an alternate route.
Affectionately called the Ugly Tour, it’s really just a cheeky way to say travelers have the opportunity to see all the most-visited tourist destinations in the area, but with add-ons and swap-out options to replace those overcrowded spots. You’ll be within a stone’s throw of crowds visiting The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen and the 17th-century Reuben House in Antwerp, so instead, on the Ugly Tour, stop at the more modern Port House on a Belgian Beer Tour.
While all the warm-weather crowds flock to the most-visited destinations in Europe, you’ll be nearby at some of the less-visited locales.
On an eight-day, self-guided tour of Italy, travelers can see the uglier side of the country’s famously beautiful cities. Ride through stunning architecture sites from an ugly time, Fascist Italy under Mussolini rule. Learn all about the interesting history, sorted past and still-standing and stunning buildings in Rome and Florence. Read more about the specific stops here.
Cycle through Czechoslovakia and Germany along the Elbe River cycle path. On an eight-day, self-guided tour, stop at sites famously left over from Eastern Europe’s blended and ancient past. Stop by Prague’s Nuclear Bunker Museum to view Soviet-style propaganda history.
Other “ugly” tours include the shorter, seven-day itinerary with Brussels to Bruges via Ghent; cable-car rides from Innsbruck to Munich; parliament visits in Basel to Strasbourg; and the sciences of Geneva to Lyon. Check out other trips and availability here
Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., with some of the most beautiful views of the nation’s capital, Alexandria, Virginia, is one of the most endearing small cities in America. From the historic charm of Old Town to the artistic development of the waterfront and the bohemian flair of Del Ray, Alexandria has something for everyone. With increased attention comes an ever-exploding culinary scene and, despite its size, Alexandria already overflows with excellent options. These five will give you the best representation of the city’s diverse scene.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Picking a destination is perhaps the most important part of planning a trip with your family. If your group includes small children, there are some destinations better suited to your needs than others. Consider these spots for your next trip with the little ones.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Start your day with breakfast at a colorful eatery: Good Morning Mama’s Cafe. Breakfast is served all day and includes tantalizing options like Italian fried biscuits rolled in sugar and cinnamon, and So-Bro chicken, which includes country-fried chicken, home fries, sausage gravy, eggs and a biscuit. You’ll spend less than $15 for most breakfast items.