One of the major metropolitan hubs of Canada, Toronto boasts a wide array of attractions for any traveller. Toronto's vibrant art, music, entertainment and cultural scenes lead Canada in exposure as well as impact. Main attractions include the CN Tower, Casa Loma, Canada's Wonderland, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Toronto Zoo and the Royal Canadian Museum. Yonge Street is the center of downtown Toronto and there is never a shortage of things to do and see.
No doubt one of the most famous and recognizable cities of the world, New York's cultural influence has permeated most of the globe. "The Big Apple" as the backdrop of countless films, making many of the city's landmarks known throughout the world. The Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Twin Towers, Central Park and Broadway are amongst some of the attractions on every visitor's checklist. If you plan on taking a less touristy approach to visiting New York, there is always a live show to see in one of the largest music centers of the world. You can also experience top-tier cuisine from around the world, some of the most stunning historical and modern art as well as live performances of all kinds.
From the old to the new, London as a vacation destination is ripe with sights to see and culture to experience. The famous landmarks such as Big Ben, The London Bridge, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London are rich with history drawing a myriad of tourists daily. For more modern attractions there is always Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum, the London Eye and the British Museum which hosts exhibits from prehistoric times to modern day.
Who doesn't know of The Eiffel Tower? The capital of France boasts a multitude of landmarks and attractions imbedded in minds of all travellers of the globe. The Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre museum, the Catacombs and the Sienne river are awe-inspiring locales that tourists flock to. French cuisine is famous around the world, from rich luxurious meals to baguettes with wine and cheese. Nearby, Versailles is a center for famous art, architecture and history.
St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia, and home of immaculately crafted palaces with some of the most ornately decorated interiors in the world. The Winter Palace and the Summer Palace of Peter The Great are among the most famous of these. Russia has no shortage of museums, theatres and concert halls which tourists may visit for the architecture as much as for the attractions within. Monuments that draw the attention of many travellers include The Alexander Column, the Narva and Moscow Gates, the columns of glory and the Hero City Obelisk.
Berlin is a city that blends the old and the new. Due to damage from wars past, the vast amounts of reconstruction offered many opportunities for modern architects to make their mark on the city. Brightly coloured futuristic architecture is juxtaposed with historic monuments and the iconic German style of architecture (white buildings with black trim). Home of the demolished Berlin wall, Berlin is a city rich with history to immerse yourself in. Berlin is also known for its lively nightlife, with many cafes, clubs, bars for the adventurous traveller.
Amsterdam is the capital of Denmark and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Perhaps it draws attention for its coffee-shops and the Red Light District, but it is also much more than that, even for more reserved travellers. The canals of Amsterdam give it a distict style. For art-enthusiasts, Amsterdam is also the home of the Van Gogh Museum which hosts the worlds largest collection of art from the Dutch painter.
Helsinki is not as widely known as some of the other cities listed here, but the capital of Finland has a lot to offer any travellers wandering northern Europe. The Helsinki Cathedral and Uspenski Cathedral are worth seeing for any fans of seeing European cathedrals. For museum-goers and art afficionados there is the Helsinki City Art Museum, the National Museum of Finland, the Natural History Museum of Helsinki and the Mannerheim Museum.