The Best Cities for Being a Tourist While on Business

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In today’s travel world, it’s easy to combine business with pleasure. In fact, a full 83% of business travelers use their trips to explore their destinations as tourists in addition to getting work done.

 
World-class cities around the globe are home to deal-making and strategic business planning. They’re also great locations to explore in your free time. Here are our picks for the best sightseeing attractions for your next business trip:

 

London

 

 

London is one of the epicenters of the financial world. Therefore, it’s a premier destination for business trips of all kinds. However, with centuries of history, leisure travelers can find something of interest around every corner. Among the best places to visit include the British Museum, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Westminster. Book yourself a few extra days in a condo rental in London for your own explorations into the city’s diverse history and culture.

 

Chicago

 

 

The Windy City is one of the most frequent destinations for business travelers in finance, publishing, food production, engineering, and the growing tech industry. Take a break from the conference room and check out must-see places like the Home of the Cubs at Wrigley field, the Willis Tower (aka, the Sears Tower), and the Art Institute of Chicago. Plus, there’s plenty of shopping and nightlife along the Magnificent Mile.

 

New York

 

 

New York doesn’t call itself the Big Apple in exaggeration. It’s a global destination for art, fashion, finance, theater, and more. Wall Street firms rule the roost, but there are also leading media and communications companies.

 

The iconic destinations are seemingly endless, from the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building, and a glut of unique ethnic neighborhoods. Don’t forget the world-class museums like the Guggenheim, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

Cancun

 

 

The tourist hotspot of Cancun is not just for spring break. The city has become a go-to destination for meetings and conventions for the tourism and hospitality industries.

 

In addition to indulging in a little sea and sun, the nearby ruins of Chichen Itza, one of largest cities of ancient Mayan culture, are not to be missed.

 

Philadelphia

 

 

The City of Brotherly Love is leading the way in bio-tech and financial services, and is on a major upswing. With its pivotal role in U.S. history, you can take in Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Or embrace being a tourist and run up the steps like Rocky Balboa to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is among the largest museums in the U.S.

 

Phoenix

 

 

Phoenix is the bustling city in the Arizona desert, and is quickly becoming known as the Silicon Desert for its burgeoning tech industry. With unlimited sunshine and open spaces, Phoenix and nearby Scottsdale has some of the best golfing in the country, including annual PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour events.

 

If it gets too hot, you can kick back at the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Desert Botanical Garden, or dozens of other venues dedicated to the history of a variety of topics.

 

Toronto

 

 

Canada’s busiest city is right on the border of the U.S. It’s an easy flight from anywhere in the U.S. for finance and manufacturing. With a cross-cultural mix of people, dining, and history, there’s plenty to take in by just wandering Toronto’s streets. There’s high-end shopping along Mink Mile, and the CN Tower soars above it all for amazing views.

 

San Francisco

 

 

The tech world of Silicon Valley, major financial headquarters, and new corporate headquarters for Google and Twitter are a frequent stop for business travelers to San Francisco. Layer onto that the history and local color that draws tourists from around the world, and you have a great business-and-pleasure combination.

 

Check out the seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf, head out to Alcatraz Island, and get those snapshots of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

 

Mexico

 

 

Mexico City is the nexus for business, tourism, and history in Mexico. Business travelers usually come from the world of pharmaceuticals and finance. As tourists, they can then step into the past to explore the Aztec ruins of Tenochtitlan.

 

With architecture dating back to the 16th century, the city is filled with gorgeous neighborhoods and major museums like the National Museum of Anthropology and the Palacio de Bellas Artes.

 

Vipul Verma (CEO of Valferdo and YouthUtility) is a certified digital analyst who helps online businesses to perform better on the web with best solutions & advice. His content is featured on many mainstream sites & blogs. 

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