While we will never say no to an island getaway, sometimes it's nice to be in the hustle and bustle of a city. We've pulled together three of our favorites (two of which still offer a beachy vibe) for those vacations that are more fast-paced.
DO: Shop along 5th Avenue, visit Chelsea Market & walk the High Line, browse the stacks at the Strand, wander the halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Natural History Museum, head to the rooftop bar at the Refinery for a cocktail, have a picnic in Central Park, head to Brooklyn for the Botanical Gardens, wander the paths of Bohemians in Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park.
EAT: Head over to Coral Gables for brunch at Green Street Cafe, Juvia for a romantic rooftop meal, Le Chat Noir is perfect for a few cozy drinks, Tongue & Cheek for Cuban fare, and if you spend the day in Wynwood, have a no frills meal at Proof Pizza and Pasta.
DO: Shop along Lincoln Road, head to the Wynwood Art District to see the walls and peruse the galleries, visit the Perez Art Museum, walk along Ocean Drive, head to the historic Venetian Pool, or simply lay out at the beach with a fun floaty.
DO: Shop along Melrose Avenue and Robertson Boulevard, ride the ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier, spend a day at Universal Studios Hollywood, sprawl out at Venice Beach, and visit the California Space Center to see the space shuttle Endeavor.
We could go on and on about each of these cities, but to spare you our gushing, we've left you with these small introductions. For the full low-down on each of these, head over to our city guides!