Description: Concentrated on Manhattan’s Mulberry Street between Broome and Canal, this authentic Italian neighborhood-turned-tourist strip is packed with Italian restaurants, souvenir shops, and street vendors.
Why We Love It: More tuxedoes per square foot than any other place in the city; September’s 11-day San Gennaro Festival; Frank Sinatra’s favorite restaurant, Grotta Azzurra.
Description: The pits, located in Hancock Park, are full of asphalt that’s trapped unsuspecting animals for thousands of years. The result?An impressive fossil collection with some pieces dating from the last ice age.
Why We Love Them: George C. Page Museum’s ever-increasing collection; Pit 91’s annual summer excavation; saber-toothed cat fossil replicas make the perfect gifts.
Description: A high-traffic stop on the Freedom Trail as the site of secession speeches by Samuel Adams and James Otis, the historic building is home to an open-air marketplace full of kitschy kiosks and carts.
Why We Love It: Food stalls in Quincy Market; earnest indie buskers; Chef Todd English’s clam chowder at Kingfish Hall.
Description: The oldest part of New Orleans, the picturesque French Quarter was founded in 1718 and is a historic landmark in its entirety. Infamous Bourbon Street is its main party artery, and the place to people-watch.
Why We Love It: Street performers aren’t a nuisance, they’re a tradition; the walking tours; muffulettas at Central Grocery.
Description: The hotel-casino’s famous choreographed fountain show is timed to music and light displays. The performing plumbing goes off every 30 minutes from late afternoon into evening, then every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Why We Love It: The fountain’s repertoire includes Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me to the Moon; dancing water shows never get old; its sheer ridiculousness is oh so Vegas.