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Jaleh Najafali

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Best locations outside of "major" cities to visit?

I'm always interested in exploring cities outside of the well-known ones. Is there a great small town in France worth a day trip? A city in Morocco besides Marrakesh that isn't talked up enough? Looking for any sort of city/town in any part of the world that might not be on the tourist map that has a unique charm.

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  • Tiffany Weber

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    Outside of Rome, see Tarquinia.Tarquinia

    Outside of Paris, see Pierrefonds.Pierrefonds

    Outside of Brussels, see Leuven or Bruges, or Ghent.Ghent

    Outside of Budapest, see Tihany.
    Tihany

    Outside of Valencia, see Sagunto and Bejís.Bejís

    Outside of Seville, try the sherry in Jerez de la Frontera and watch the horse races on the beach in Sanlucar de Barrameda.
    Jerez de la Frontera

    Outside Washington, DC, collect shark teeth at Flag Ponds Nature Park or hike at Great Falls (Virginia).Great Falls (Virginia)

    Outside of Portland, drive up to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to see the waterfalls or go skiing at Mt Hood.Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Areaimage from mi9.com

    Outside of San Francisco, explore Muir Woods National Monument or drive along Highway 1 as far as Monterey and explore the towns and beaches inbetween.

    Muir Woods National Monument

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  • Brent Moody

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    Hi Jaleh,

    I found several places as you described in my travels. Might I suggest Weiden in der Oberpfalz, Vilseck, or Grafenwöhr in Germany? I found for the most part the people kind and polite and the food spectacular. I also found many historical places of significance through out the region dating from WWII to the pre Roman era. Public transportation is excellent and inexpensive.

    Good Luck

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  • Julie Sykes

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    Hi Jaleh,

    Here are a few of my thoughts:

    Essaouria in Morocco. It's about 3 hours away from Marrakech so more than a day trip. It's also used to seeing tourists, but none-the-less is a beautiful spot.

    In Scotland - try Stirling instead of Edinburgh. It has a beautiful castle.

    In England, Warwick (England) is a pretty alternative to the Shakespearean hotspot of Stratford-upon-Avon

    In Italy, I agree with the previous suggestion of Bologna. Siena or Lucca are other options.

    In Spain, there's something magical about Cadiz.

    Enjoy your travels!

    Julie

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  • Ben Lee

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    If you travel the south of France there's loads of little villages you can visit. I love Eze on the French Riviera. It's stunning and amazing in Summer. Around the same area but on the other side, Arles is nice too and has a great ColosseumArles!

    Dijon is worth a visit if you're around central FranceDijonimage from aycalifeclub.com

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    Most of my traveling has been in Italy. I like to rattle around mid-size and small places and explore at a slow pace.

    Verona is gorgeous. You can easily stay there and take day trips to larger cities and it's a bit less expensive. My favorite time of year to be there is in December, when the stella di natale and the mercatino are set up in Piazza Bra. This is a great web cam, if you want to take a peek: http://213.171.96.200.

    Another favorite is Pitigliano, which is a small town built on a cliff. As you approach from the highway, it looks like it's carved out of the rock. Pici is the local pasta--fantastic.

    Amalfi itself is wonderful. We stayed there, and I'd do that every time, rather than stay in Positano. Positano is wonderful, but Amalfi is more my speed. There's a really cool little paper museum and, further up the hill, if he's still alive, an old man who makes paper in the traditional way. He's been written up in several papers around the world.

    In Sicily, Taormina was my favorite of our day trip cities. We stayed in Syracuse (Siracusa), which is being rediscovered and fixed up. It was an amazing blend of pristine new renovations right next to dilapidated structures. The contrast is striking, to say the least.

    We stayed in an agriturismo (bed and breakfast) in Tuscany. Not sure where it was. There are a ton of them now; it's easy to drive down the highway and pop into one at the spur of the moment. Many have been renovated and include meals. Ours had a beautiful pool, stunning view of the hills and farmland, and a loooooong dinner at sunset with all of the guests. Wonderful.

    Hard to go wrong in Italy.

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  • Sandy Wallace

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    Riocamahout,Megeve,Chamonix-Mont-Blanc,the American cemetery in Normandy to name a few !

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      Nice! French countryside :) By the way, where is Riocamahout? I want to look it up! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Justin Goularte

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    Imperia One of the best little diamond-in-the-rough towns in Italy. Has a beach but no tourists. BEST pizza I ever had seriously like back in the country side at a horse ranch that also had a locals pizzeria it was amazing. Has its own little market during the week and even a little shopping district . Love this place and will be going back again hopefully this next year.Imperia

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    Not a city or town, but Newgrange, co Meath, Ireland is a great place. It is a neolithic passage tomb, at least 30,000 years old. the oldest Newgrangebuilding in Europe. It is truly amazing and well worth a visit.

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    My favorite is Lyon or Annecy. Lyon is a bit of a major city in France, but Annecy is definitely a charming little boarder city of France and Geneva, Switzerland. It's beautiful because of its alps background and huge lake. I highly recommend going there.

    Both places are very easy to get to by train. Lyon is about 2 hours south of Paris (around 20-90 Euros per train ticket) and Annecy is about another hour train ride from Lyon.

    You can check out more pictures on my blog here and read about Lyon, Annecy and Beaune here.

    AnnecyAnnecy

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    Ghent in Belgium. A wonderful medieval city not so turistical like Bruges.

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    Check out the hidden city of Eze... very quaint winding path up a hill with shops and businesses hidden in the walls and mountain path nooks and crannies.....near Monaco...

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    If you are specifically looking at France, I lived in Dijon in college for a semester and fell in absolute love! Classic Burgundian roof tops (think colored, patterned tiles), a gorgeous lake, beautiful parks, great dining (fondue, pizza, kebab and of course, french)...and you are centrally located to do some excellent wine tasting.

    In Germany, my husband and I drove around for 2 weeks and loved Rothenburg-but it is a little bit of a tourist haven-but entirely worth it. We also enjoyed the village of Fussen even though it is the gateway to Neuschwanstein Castle and we stayed 2 nights and could have stayed much longer in Lindau, which was right on the Lake Constance.

    Morocco-check out Essaouria along the water!

    And even though it is well know in golf circles, the town of St Andrews is adorable! Loved the waterfront settting and the approachability of the whole village!

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    When visiting Italy for the first time, many people just hit the big three of Venice, Florence, and Rome. I'd recommend a trip to Emilia-Romagna - Bologna is the gastronomic capital of Italy and the food there is unbelievable. The city is also covered with beautiful porticoed sidewalks, and stunning red buildings meet you at every corner. The nearby towns of Ferrara and Modena are also well worth a trip.

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    Tain-l'Hermitage, the Cité du Chocolat Valrhona Valrohna chocolate factory is there alone with the some of the best Rhone valley wines every.

    Its just south of Lyon

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      Wine and chocolate are easily in my top five favorite things, so I will definitely add this to my list. Thanks so much! · (0 likelikes)

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    Albi (DEPARTMENT 81), Albi Cathedral, Toulouse Lautrec Museum(famous painter during "les années folles"), the old houses

    Montauban (DEPARTMENT 82), interesting views as ALBI

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