When it comes to iconic sights in exotic destinations, there might not be one more iconic than Sydney Opera House. Luckily, there is much more to the Australian city than a single opera house.
Once you have a home base set up, it is time to explore the area around the hotel. is filled with excellent activities for the entire family to explore, from aquariums, zoos, feats of architectural excellence and much more.
First off, the Sea Life Aquarium is one of the biggest in Australia. For many, the aquarium is the main draw to Sydney, especially for travelers who find themselves enamored with marine life.
After the aquarium, the next item on your family’s list of priorities should be to visit and explore Circular Quay. This is Sydney’s main harbor transport hub and houses some of the city’s most famous landmarks and buildings. The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge are just two of the incredible landmarks guests will want to seek out and photograph.
Observation towers are one of the coolest things to see whenever visiting a new city. From the Space Needle in Seattle to the Sydney Tower, these observation decks allow locals and visitors alike to get an entirely new perspective.
Don’t sleep on the idea of a harbor cruise. Many different companies offer sightseeing cruises. There are a bunch of different ways to experience the harbor with cocktails, tea and more. These family-friendly experiences are perfect for getting another different perspective of Sydney.
Park and resort management company Xanterra Travel Collection announced its Book Your Bucket List sale, offering travelers savings of up to 30 percent off national park experiences. Available Nov. 23–30, the sale grants travelers access to luxury resorts, tours and cruises at discounted rates.
Prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime in Greece. About 100 Greek products — from wines, cheese and fruits to honey and oils — earned a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union, and the country’s most beloved dishes include Greek Choriatiki salad, tzatziki, souvlaki and moussaka, with its layers of eggplant, potato, minced meat and bechamel. And those are only a few of the many highlights.
Hotel Chicago West Loop is Chicago’s first hotel to bring street art inside, and to every guestroom. The dual-purpose property doubles as an art gallery, and launched its “Annex Murals” exhibit in 2018 with 15 hand-painted rooms boasting the work of some of Chicago’s most celebrated urban artists, including Asend, JC Rivera and Eloo. Today, all 116 rooms at the hotel have been painted with street murals, becoming some of the most distinctive lodging spaces in the city.
The Greek tradition of health and wellness runs deep; travelers can find a multitude of therapies to meet their wellbeing needs, from healing spas, herbal therapies, hypnotherapy, massages and more. In Greece, the approach to wellness focuses on the “whole” and the ways in which the mind, body and soul interact. A state of balance is achieved through a good relationship between the emotional and natural state, which can be found throughout Greece at its more than 800 medicinal spas.
Zürich changes shape as the holiday approaches, becoming a winter wonderland full of busy markets, fondue chalets, candle dipping at Bürklipatz and light installations. For the first time ever, Zürich will also feature a pop-up hotel experience Nov. 26–Dec. 26.