A Visitor’s Guide to Washington, DC, Neighborhoods Capitol Hill – located just to the east of the National Mall, Capitol Hill begins at the U.S. Capitol Building (the Hill) and extends east and south to include the U.S. Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. The area is about more than government buildings, though. The…

A Visitor’s Guide to Seattle Neighborhoods Downtown – in addition to the central business district, skyscrapers and government buildings, downtown holds a large number of retailers (Nordstrom, REI) and many key visitor attractions, including the waterfront along Elliot Bay, Pike Place Market, the Seattle Central Library, and the Seattle Art Museum. Some of the streets…

A Visitor’s Guide to San Francisco Neighborhoods Downtown/Financial District – the “Wall Street of the West” is here, for what it’s worth, including the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. SF’s theatre district is here, as well as some very nice hotels. Union Square has fabulous upscale shopping in name-brand department stores and speciality boutiques surrounding the Square…

A Visitor’s Guide to San Diego Neighborhoods Downtown – Core/Columbia – the overlapping Core/Columbia neighborhood is the central business district of San Diego and features many tall office buildings. Columbia is on the western edge of the district abutting the waterfront and has more to offer for the visitor, including the USS Midway Museum, the…

A Visitor’s Guide to San Antonio Neighborhoods Downtown/RiverWalk – the heart of tourist activities revolves around the beautiful RiverWalk area. The main part of the RiverWalk is 3 miles long and includes plenty of options for eating, drinking, shopping, and people-watching, plus many of the most desirable hotels. Other parts of the RiverWalk meander to…

A Visitor’s Guide to Portland Neighborhoods Downtown – Downtown attractions include Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Portland Art museum, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Pioneer Courthouse Square has been referred to a “Portland’s living room” for its viability as a place for meeting and hanging out. It has an amphitheatre, outdoor chess tables, cascading waterfalls, and…

A Visitor’s Guide to Phoenix Neighborhoods Downtown – During the day, downtown functions as a business and government district, with much of the action taking place in the modern skyscrapers and the state capitol. At night, artistic lighting gives the area a futuristic glow as residents and visitors arrive for the sports and cultural offerings.…

A Visitor’s Guide to Philadelphia Neighborhoods Old City – As the name suggests, this neighborhood is the oldest part of the city – it is where William Penn and the Quakers first settled, and it is packed with historical treasures. Old City runs from the Delaware River to 4th Street and includes the Betsy Ross…

A Visitor’s Guide to New Orleans Neighborhoods French Quarter – be sure to pay a visit to the oldest and most famous part of New Orleans, but don’t limit yourself to just this area. The raucous Bourbon Street, with its drunken revelry and debauchery, is the center of the tourist action. Toward the river is…

A Visitor’s Guide to Las Vegas Neighborhoods The Strip – the glitzy part of Las Vegas sits within walking distance and just northwest of the airport. Most of the city’s famous resorts are here, including MGM Grand, New York-New York, the Belaggio, Wynn and Encore, Caesars Palace, and The Venetian. Farther north is Circus Circus…