The 10 Best Vacation Ideas for Singles

Big vacations don’t have to be off the table just because you don’t have a travel partner or family! It’s not weird to go on vacation by yourself – it’s actually quite liberating! Whether you’re a Millennial looking for an Instagram-worthy adventure or you’re trying to heal your heart after a breakup, there are many great vacation ideas. But it’s also important to do your research because while technically you can travel anywhere alone, there are certain cities that are particularly fun and safe for those going solo. In fact, the tourism industry has seen a significant uptick in solo travel in the past few years with more people realizing that you don’t have to be with “the one” to step out of your comfort zone and travel the world.

A common concern for those considering this type of vacation is that they’ll be lonely, but I can assure you that this won’t be the case at these 10 destinations. There are a number of tips circulating online, but my number one tip for solo travel (where you want to meet people) is to book in at a hostel when you’re planning your trip. Ideally, choose one that targets your demographic and interests, whether you’re looking to party, socialize, or whatever else. So to help you plan your next solo adventure, here are the best vacation ideas for singles!

Las Vegas, Nevada

With the motto “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” coined by visitors of this destination, travelers flock from around the globe to experience this glittering city in the desert. Known as the gambling hotspot of the world and attracting the best entertainers and shows, Las Vegas has transformed into a place that truly never sleeps. From the roller coasters and other rides on top of the Stratosphere Tower to zip lines flying overhead the pedestrians on Fremont Street there is no way you can be bored in this city, even if you’re solo. Las Vegas offers world-class golfing, dining at restaurants run by celebrity chefs, every type of show and entertainer you can think of, motor sports, hotel pools that resemble beaches, and tours to nearby destinations. When you get tired of all the noise you can always take a day trip to one of the wonders of the world – the Grand Canyon – to stretch your legs and spend some time in nature.

Boracay, Philippines

In general, the Philippines is a great vacation idea for singles. Everyone is friendly, the weather is great and beaches fantastic. Boracay is the most popular destination for beach lovers and is consistently ranked among the top 10 Best Beaches in Asia. The small island is only seven kilometers long and not very wide, but you’ll still find blinding white sand beaches and clear blue water. Enjoy every water sport imaginable from windsurfing to kiteboarding. Accommodations can range from under $20 per night to over $300 at the high end resorts. If you’re hoping to meet people, stay at the Chillax Flashpackers hostel or Friendz Resort – both are well priced, highly well reviewed, and ideal for solo travellers. On Boracay, you’ll find restaurants serving American food, Thai, Mexican, French, Italian and more. After a day at the beach head to one of the clubs, grab a San Miguel Beer, and party till the early hours of the morning. Some places are open 24 hours a day and most of the resorts also have live entertainment, making this place one of the best vacation ideas for singles.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Known as the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires is a popular destination for travelers from around the world. The city is full of hospitable people, great food and wine, vibrant nightlife, museums, beautiful natural spaces, and trendy cafés. Argentines love their steak and there are probably more steakhouses per capita in Buenos Aires than any other city in the world. Take a stroll down the colorful Caminito Street in the neighborhood of La Boca. Head over to the largest barrio of Palermo and visit the Soho district where you will find boutiques selling clothes, wines, leather goods, and books. Take a seat at one of the many sidewalk cafés and do some people watching or wait until dark and party with the locals, expats and other travelling folk as the bars erupt with epic music and dance. Plan on a late night as dinner commonly starts around 9 PM and the bars and clubs really begin to get busy around midnight.

Bangkok, Thailand

Made popular as an R&R destination with US servicemen during the Vietnam war, Bangkok and Thailand in general exploded as the most popular destination in Asia for travel in recent years. Over 22 million people visit Thailand every year and for good reason – it makes for an incredible getaway for families, couples, and solo travelers. People travel from all over Asia to shop in Bangkok because of the variety and prices. Experience Thai food in an upscale restaurant or better yet, sample the foods from the street vendors where you can get everything from traditional dishes to the exotic fried Tarantula spiders, scorpions and grasshoppers. Take a trip to the floating market, shop for gemstones, or party the night away at the clubs.

Austin, Texas

The city does its best to live up to the motto “Keep Austin Weird.” Home to the University of Texas and touted as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin’s nightlife is renowned. During the day you can visit the State Capitol, grab some great BBQ and enjoy the sites around town. Take a dip in the Barton Springs Pool, a spring fed pool where the water temperature stays around 68-70 degrees year round. Austin hosts the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival bringing together technology, film, and music, which we highly recommend taking in. On weekend evenings, holidays and of course UT Football game days, a portion of the famed 6th Street is closed off for traffic where you’ll find live music, overflowing bars and clubs, along with locals and visitors piling into the street for a huge party. Officially known as the 6th Street Historic District, the area was named to the National register of Historic Places in 1975. This is a great city to visit solo, as you won’t be bored and the nightlife provides a ton of opportunities to meet new people.

Cancun, Mexico

Nestled in the tropical paradise of the Mayan Riviera, Cancun has long been associated with Spring Break. In fact, Cancun is considered one of the best vacation spots for singles, hands down. Resorts of every kind line the pristine white sand beaches where crystal clear blue water invite every water activity imaginable. Spend days snorkeling and scuba diving, or rent a kayak, learn to surf, kiteboard and more. When you’re not enjoying the water, learn a little about the Mayan culture by visiting the nearby ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum. When the sun sets Cancun turns into party central with beach bars, live music, and multiple clubs in town that cater to every age bracket. One way to experience the club scene is take a club tour offered by most resorts.These packages ensure that a tour operator will pick you up at your hotel, drive to several clubs where entrance fees and drinks will be covered, and deliver you safely home late that night – all for one all-inclusive price.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini is Greece’s most popular island destination because of the beautiful beaches, ancient cities, fantastic food and wine, along with the breathtaking scenery and exciting nightlife. Take a cruise around the island on a sailing ship or catamaran, check out the archeological ruins of the city of Akrotiri, visit one of the many wineries and sample some of the best wine in the world, or just relax on a black sand beach and enjoy the blue waters of the Aegean Sea. You can take a boat trip to trek up the dormant (though still active) volcano where you will be rewarded with fantastic views. After a day at the beach, head out for some dinner and watch the sunset while enjoying a beautiful meal before heading to a bar for a drink with some of the new friends you have made. Santorini is not particularly a party island, but you will find many singles and solo travelers enjoying this beautiful place.

Barcelona, Spain

People from all over the world come to Barcelona for the beaches, culture, food, art, and nightlife. Visit the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where construction started on the church in 1882 (and is due to be finished in 2026). Here people line up for hours to gain entrance and marvel at the architectural beauty (and it’s totally worth it). Take a day trip to visit the Montserrat Monastery, check out the football stadium and take in a Barcelona FC game. Visit the Gothic Quarter where you can wander the pedestrian only streets of what once was a Roman Village. Check out the courtyards and the various shops and restaurants in the Quarter and make sure you stay (or come back) here for the nightlife. I also highly recommend booking a guided food tour where you’ll walk around the neighbourhoods, sampling food and drink, and learning about the city’s rich history, all with a local guide who can give you the inside scoop about where to go out in the evening. They may even invite you along! Barcelona sees a lot of tourists and a surprising number of them are traveling solo so it’s never too difficult to meet other travelers to explore the city with.

Miami, Florida

With tropical weather, beautiful beaches, and vibrant nightlife Miami is a top choice for singles to visit. Enjoy some of the country’s best scuba diving, fishing, boating and snorkeling in Florida. Head to South Beach where all that hard work in the gym will pay off as the place to see and be seen. Visit Little Havana where Cuban restaurants, cafés, and clubs beckon you in with the sights and smells of Cuba. While you’re there, check out one of the many cigar shops and watch as a master rolls handmade cigars before you select one for after dinner. Influenced by Latin and Caribbean cultures you can find a wide variety of cuisine at the city’s many restaurants. From luxury designer boutiques to outlet malls, Miami is a shopper’s heaven. They have many shopping destinations from that could be fun to visit in this sun-filled city, so why not visit a tourist or cheese shop while you are there for some afternoon fun and treats. Once the sun sets head out to one of the clubs in South Beach for live music and dancing or head over to Coconut Grove where the University crowds hang out.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

How could we make a list of best places for singles to travel without adding Amsterdam? Probably the most liberal city in Europe and perhaps even the entire world, tourists have been coming to Amsterdam for years in search of the laid back atmosphere. From backpackers and groups of friends and solo travelers, they all come to Amsterdam in search of a good time. This city is one of the best bachelor party destinations to visit in Europe. Known for its Red Light District and the coffee shops where marijuana is openly and legally sold and enjoyed, Amsterdam is also a culturally rich city. The city has over 100 museums such as the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Take a bike tour and enjoy the city or take a boat ride on the canals. The Amsterdam nightlife has something for everyone’s taste – whether you enjoy a live rock band, electronic music, or a quiet jazz bar, you will find a venue to suit your taste.

The 10 Best Bachelor Party Destinations in North America

A final party before the Big Day is a great way to celebrate soon-to-be-married friends. While some groups opt to stay close to home, scoring a seat sale and jetting off to another exciting city is an increasingly popular way to celebrate the bride or groom. When it comes to choosing where to travel to, most hosts pick an epic location with great food, comfortable hotels, and wild nightlife, though that’s not the only criteria. Escape to one of these 10 best bachelor party destinations all over Canada and the United States.

San Diego, California

Spend your days enjoying the perfect weather, and of course, the infamous beaches, in this Cali city. At night, head out to the many clubs and bars or take a Club Crawl if you want someone else to have done the planning for you. Another benefit of San Diego is its proximity to Tijuana (about a 30 minute drive) where bachelor party-goers can have a rowdy time without spending a lot of money, making this one of the ideal places to host a pre-wedding bash.

New Orleans, Louisiana

If there is one city synonymous with partying, it’s New Orleans. Not only will visitors soak up the weather, they’ll also enjoy the unique food and interesting locals during the day. Explore noisy and nocturnal Bourbon Street, take in some live music (it’s everywhere), or hit up a casino with the bachelor party. Things ramp up at night and bars can (and do!) stay open to sell alcohol 24 hours a day, so expect to party all night.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Sin City is an obvious choice for many reasons. In Las Vegas, partiers can enjoy gambling at Caesars Palace, drinking (and drinking and drinking some more) along the strip, and dancing it up at clubs into the early hours of the morning. Plus, there are dozens upon dozens of excellent restaurants, so if the groom wants a great steak dinner before the party, you’ve got plenty of options. It’s the classic “tried and true” bachelor party destination for a reason, after all.

Montreal, Quebec

This Canadian city, known as the Paris of North America, is a magnificent (and affordable) place to have a good time. In Montreal, the crew will enjoy the relaxed attitude towards alcohol – you can buy it everywhere, in part because the legal drinking age is so young (18 years old). It’s known for being a party city and you’ll easily be able to bar hop downtown. Don’t worry about not knowing French – most locals speak English as well. Montreal is an amazing city not just for Canadians, as it’s also fairly accessible for most people in the USA. 

Charleston, South Carolina

People love South Carolina for the friendly locals, amazing cuisine, and classic southern charm. It may be called the Holy City but don’t be fooled, it’s also a place to party hard, even though it may not be top of mind when you think of the perfect place to throw a bash. Upper King street is where most of the trendy and new bars are, so opt for a crawl in that area of town. Plan to go out for brunch every day, as there are a number of great spots to nurse your hangover. The underrated city is normally sunny and warm, making it one of the best bachelor party destinations, especially if you’re hoping to escape the cold.

Denver, Colorado

If you’re looking for a central location to host a bachelor party, look no further than Denver. Here, visitors can ski or snowboard during the day and party hard at night. Even though booze has long been legal, the speakeasy scene is alive and well, so plan a crawl across the city if you’re feeling creative. In general, the Mile High city is an awesome option if the groom enjoys the outdoors and wants to spend the days recuperating outside before heading out again in the evening.

Whistler, British Columbia

If you love the sound of Denver, but are hoping for a Canadian city, book a trip to Whistler, B.C. This is the best bachelor party destination in Canada if the groom is an outdoorsman. Rip down the mountains at Blackcomb, North America’s largest ski resort and party hard in the hub of Whistler – a chalet-style pedestrian village at the base of the mountain. There’s still lots to do in the summer, from hiking to mountain biking to the beaches and golf courses. After all, it is Canada’s premiere golf destination with four championship courses available.

Miami, Florida

This is another city known for partying. When throwing a get-together in Miami, people can relax and tan on the sunny beaches during the day (while recovering from the night before) and drink and go clubbing in the many nightclubs all evening. Miami has beautiful weather even in the middle of January, making it a great spot if you’re planning a party in the typically colder months. If you can swing it, consider a private pool or boat party to celebrate the groom – it’s sure to create some lasting memories before he ties the knot.

Nashville, Tennessee

This Tennessee city has become all the rage for bachelor and bachelorette parties over the past few years. This charming southern city is perfect for people looking for a vibrant music scene – perfect if the groom is a country boy. If you’re looking for a classy way to pre-game, book a Whisky Trail Tour to get shuttled around to explore local breweries, distilleries, or wineries – the groom’s choice! Alternatively, book a ride on the Sprocket Rocket, which is Nashville’s best party bike (and truck, if that’s more your style)! Nashville is also a fabulous place for a serious foodie as it has some of the best fried chicken in the world.

New York City, New York

This city offers absolutely everything and is an ideal destination if you’re looking to throw a bougie soiree. There’s tons to see and do during the day and since most bachelor parties go well into the night, this “city that never sleeps” is always near the top of every best bachelor party destination list. Pro tip: Nail down an itinerary before you visit, as there’s almost too much to do in NYC and it can be overwhelming to decide what to do or where to go in the moment. Plus, you’ll need reservations at any restaurant, so it’s better to be prepared than standing around hoping and praying your group gets called next for a table.

Choose one of these locations for the ultimate stag experience for the group! It may be a little bit pricier compared to staying local, but don’t pass up this opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime. So grab a flight, book a hotel, and get ready for a not-your-average bachelor party!

25 Most Dangerous Cities In the US

The United States is ripe with amazing cities to live in and travel to (in fact, here are some of our favorite cities to visit in the US). Despite ongoing concerns over firearm violence in America, the country as a whole is safer than you might realize. In fact, with a violent crime rate of 369 incidents committed for every 100,000 people in 2018, the U.S. is statistically the safest it’s been in the last three decades. Unfortunately, safety can look quite different at a local level than it does nationally. When it comes to individual cities, there are definitely some that are considered more dangerous than others.

Using the FBI’s most recent crime data from its 2018 Uniform Crime Reporting Program, we’ve ranked the cities with the highest violent crime rates in the country. This population-adjusted statistic measures all violent crimes and is a useful tool for determining how dangerous a city is.

We should note that just because a city is declared dangerous, doesn’t mean it should be avoided altogether. You’ll find there are safe neighborhoods in even the worst cities. Still, we’d recommend exercising caution if you’re thinking of traveling to one of the following 25 cities, which rank as the most dangerous cities in the US.

25. Chattanooga, Tennessee

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,048
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,058

Surrounded by mountains and nestled along the Tennessee River, Chattanooga more than lives up to its official nickname of “Scenic City”. However, those looking to explore the great outdoors in Chattanooga should take heed of the city’s high violent crime rate. While homicides were low, the city experienced 783 cases of aggravated assault per 100,000 people in 2018 — more than triple the national average.

The good news is that local authorities are taking steps to address the problem. More than 30 surveillance cameras have been installed across the city over the last three years to help increase public safety in Chattanooga’s most dangerous areas.

Chattanooga, Tennessee view of river and bridges from above
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24. Beaumont, Texas

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,059
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,783

With a violent crime rate of 1,059 per 100,000 residents, Beaumont just narrowly tops Houston as the most dangerous major city in the Lone Star state. Much like Chattanooga, Beaumont has an aggravated assault problem, with a whopping 798 reported in 2018. In 2019, Beaumont has also experienced more homicides than the previous year and city officials are desperate to change the narrative.

“Per ca-pita, we are the murder capital of the state of Texas, and we want to change that, we’re not satisfied with that,” said Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham.

The Beaumont Police Department has implemented a high tech tool to help curb firearm violence. Known as the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, the tool allows authorities to better track firearms used in different crimes.

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23. Tulsa, Oklahoma

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,065
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,430

While it may not be under attack by masked criminals like in HBO’s hit 2019 series Watchmen, the real-life city of Tulsa is still a dangerous place. In fact, based on its violent crime rate, Tulsa is the most dangerous major city in the state of Oklahoma.

While there’s a lot to love about Tulsa, including a thriving craft beer scene and a world-renowned art museum, its violent crime rate is not one of them. Firearm violence, in particular, has been a major problem for Tulsa, which has prompted police to more than double the number of firearms confiscated since 2011.

Tulsa, Oklahoma cityscape
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22. Hartford, Connecticut

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,066
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,602

The capital city of Connecticut, Hartford is also known as the “Insurance Capital of the World” thanks to the many insurance companies headquartered there. It also holds the distinction of being one of the oldest cities in the United States and a great destination for history buffs. In spite of these distinctions, Hartford is a city currently suffering through a high crime rate and economic woes.

Hartford’s violent crime rate of 1,066 incidents per 100,000 people can be at least partly attributed to the city’s high unemployment and poverty. The unemployment rate (7.0%) and poverty rate (30.5%) are both well above the national average of 3.9% and 14.9%, respectively.

Hartford, Connecticut city view from the river
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21. Lansing, Michigan

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,108
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,030

The capital of Michigan (that’s right, it’s not Detroit!), Lansing is home to Michigan State University — one of the largest universities in the country — and is an important cultural, commercial, and industrial hub. Unfortunately, Lansing is held back by higher than average violent crime and poverty. The city’s main issue is aggravated assault, which accounted for nearly 74% of the 1,301 violent crimes reported in 2018.

The good news is the Department of Justice awarded Michigan more than $122 million earlier this year to help curb violent crime, so the situation stands to get better in Lansing going forward.

Lansing, Michigan downtown view from above
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20. Nashville, Tennessee

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,113
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,011

With its unbeatable live music scene and an amazing selection of bars and restaurants, it’s no surprise Nashville is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US. But what you won’t find on your typical list of the best things to do in Nashville are the city’s crime statistics, which are actually quite alarming.

Believe it or not, Nashville’s violent crime rate is more than triple the national average, with aggravated assaults leading the way. In fact, the city’s Metro Police reported that aggravated assaults were up 23% in 2019, which suggests things may be getting worse in Nashville.

However, this doesn’t mean you should cancel your trip to “Music City, USA”. As long as you take precautions and avoid Nashville’s most dangerous spots, there’s no reason you can’t safely take in the Grand Ole Opry.

Nashville, Tennessee city at night over the river
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19. New Orleans, Louisiana

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,163
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,557

The home of Creole cuisine and Mardi Gras, New Orleans is one of the most unique cities in the United States. But while the city has benefited greatly from redevelopment efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s mass devastation, crime continues to be a major issue in “The Big Easy”.

Homicides are especially high in New Orleans, with the city’s homicide rate (37 per 100,000 people) ranking fifth-highest among mid – to large-size American cities. Fortunately, the 141 homicides New Orleans saw in 2018 were actually the lowest total since 1971 and that downward trend has continued in 2019, so things might be looking up for Louisiana’s most populous city.

New Orleans, Louisiana colorful downtown streets at night
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18. Wichita, Kansas

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,179
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,618

Wichita is the largest city in the state of Kansas and a major aeronautical hub, earning it the nickname of “The Air Capital of the World”. While Wichita’s unemployment and poverty rates fall within national averages, the city has experienced a “precipitous increase” in violent crime over the last three years.

The situation has gotten bad enough that earlier this year, Wichita sought federal help. The city is now a participant in the U.S. Department of Justice National Safety Partnership, a national program that aims to drive down crime. The three-year program provides training and technical assistance to the Wichita Police Department at no extra cost.

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17. Indianapolis, Indiana

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,272
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,129

Home to the Pacers and Colts, Indianapolis is also where you’ll find the world’s largest children’s museum and one of the largest privately funded zoos in the country. The city is an economic hub for the state of Indiana and boasts an unemployment rate lower than the national average. Unfortunately, Indianapolis’s violent crime rate makes it the most dangerous city in the state, with hate crimes and firearm violence, in particular, standing out as pain points.

The good news is that Indianapolis has made great strides in tackling its firearm problems in recent years. There are now several intervention programs in place, including firearm buyback events designed to get firearms off the streets.

Indianapolis, Indiana
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16. Oakland, California

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,273
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,390

For years, Oakland has struggled to break free of its reputation as a dangerous city. Unfortunately, statistics only help support the reality of Oakland being one of the most dangerous places to live in California. While the city’s violent crime rate did go down a bit in 2018, it still sits nearly four times the national average. The robbery rate in Oakland (610 incidents per 100,000 people) is especially concerning, trailing only Baltimore as the highest in the country.

There is reason to be optimistic about crime prevention in Oakland though. The city’s police department now uses a high tech program developed in nearby Silicon Valley called Law Enforcement Analysis Portal to help collect and analyze large amounts of crime data.

Oakland, California
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15. Anchorage, Alaska

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,309
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,927

Home to more than 41% of Alaska’s entire population, Anchorage is an important northern economic center that boasts spectacular views (six different mountain ranges make up its skyline). Sadly, along with being the most northern capital city in the U.S., Anchorage holds the unfortunate distinction of being the country’s sexual assault capital.

With 210 reported sexual assaults for every 100,000 people, Anchorage has the highest rate of any US city with a population of at least 100,000. The reasons for this are complex but it’s not just Anchorage suffering from violent crimes. Alaska as a whole is considered the most dangerous state for women, with 59% of women who live there having experienced violence.

Anchorage, Alaska
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14. Springfield, Missouri

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,316
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,019

Home to three universities — Missouri State University, Drury University, and Evangel University — Springfield has the look and feel of your average midwestern college town. However, this unassuming city has a surprisingly high violent crime rate, nearly three times that of Missouri as a whole.

In an effort to curb violent crime, Springfield Police recently formed the “Career Criminal Task Force” alongside the FBI to target repeat offenders. “We’re going to go after the bad guys and we’re going to put them in jail. People deserve to feel safe,” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt told KSPR.

Springfield, Missouri
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13. San Bernardino, California

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,333
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,135

Home to the very first McDonald’s restaurant (now a McDonald’s Museum), San Bernardino is an inland California city that lies along the iconic Route 66. Unfortunately, the city has become better known for its struggling economy over the last 25 years. The closing of Norton Air Force Base in 1994 cost San Bernardino 10,000 jobs and the city has never truly recovered.

San Bernardino was declared America’s second poorest city behind Detroit in 2011 and while things have somewhat improved, more than 30% of residents still live below the poverty line. Areas with limited economic opportunities tend to have high crime, so it’s little surprise the violent crime rate in San Bernardino is nearly four times the national average.

San Bernardino, California
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12. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,364
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,179

Although it never had to deal with a drug kingpin named Heisenberg, the real-life Albuquerque, New Mexico has crime problems of its own. Incidents of sexual assault and homicide are more than double the national average, while aggravated assaults are three times as common.

The fact that Albuquerque accounts for half of all crime in New Mexico while only being home to a quarter of the state’s population prompted the city’s mayor Tim Keller to ask for state help. We’ll have to wait until the FBI releases its 2021 data to see if the situation in Albuquerque improves.

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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11. Rockford, Illinois

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,386
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,671

Although Chicago is probably the first city that springs to mind when you think of crime in Illinois, the Windy City is actually not the most dangerous place in the state. With a violent crime rate of 1,386 incidents per 100,000 people, Rockford stands as the most dangerous city in Illinois.

Despite economic revitalization efforts creating new jobs in the automotive, aerospace, and healthcare industries over the last few decades, Rockford continues to struggle economically. Both its unemployment rate (6.8%) and poverty rate (22.2%) sit well above national averages.

Rockford, Illinois
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10. Stockton, California

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,399
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,768

With a violent crime rate of 1,399 incidents per 100,000 people, Stockton ranks as California’s most dangerous city and the 10th most dangerous in the country. Home to the oldest university in California — The University of the Pacific — Stockton has a rich history, being one of the hubs of the 19th century Gold Rush.

Unfortunately, the 2008 financial crisis hit Stockton especially hard and in 2012, it became the largest city in US history to file for bankruptcy protection (Detroit would surpass it the following year). Despite exiting bankruptcy in 2013, job opportunities in Stockton remain slim, with 6.9% of the city’s labor force unemployed in 2018.

Stockton, California
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9. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,413
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,971

Milwaukee is often associated with its proud brewing tradition and cold Midwestern winters; not violent crime. Alas, with 1,413 violent crimes for every 100,000 people, the home of the Bucks is not only the most dangerous city in Wisconsin but the United States as a whole. Researchers have pointed to segregation and the opioid crisis being major factors behind Milwaukee’s violence, though a poverty rate nearly doubles the national average also hasn’t helped matters.

Much like the young Parkland survivors, Milwaukee’s youth have become heavily involved in violence prevention. 414LIFE and other organizations are currently working to establish a youth violence interruption coalition in the city’s school system.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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8. Little Rock, Arkansas

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,446
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,547

Don’t let the name fool you. Despite having a name one would associate with a quaint American town, Little Rock has a shockingly high crime rate. In 2018, the city saw 1,446 violent crimes for every 100,000 people, nearly quadruple the national rate.

Property crime is also a major problem in Little Rock, with non-violent crimes like burglary and larceny leading the way. The city’s property crime rate ranks third among U.S. cities with populations of 100,000 or more. It’s a shame too, as Little Rock does have some decent attractions and boasts great walks down by the Arkansas River.

Little Rock, Arkansas
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7. Cleveland, Ohio

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,449
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,411

Crime is a serious issue in all major Ohio cities with the exception of Columbus, which does not rank on the FBI’s list of the 50 most dangerous U.S. cities. Out of all of them, Cleveland has the unfortunate distinction of being the most dangerous city in Ohio.

Despite thriving healthcare and tech sectors, Cleveland has alarming poverty and unemployment figures. 6.5% of the labor force is out of work, while a staggering 35.2% of the population live below the poverty line. These factors have helped drive a violent crime rate four times the national average.

Cleveland, Ohio
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6. Kansas City, Missouri

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,590
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,306

The biggest question most people have about Kansas City is, “Why isn’t it in Kansas?” But the question we really should be asking is, “Why is the city so violent?” After all, poverty isn’t a major problem in Kansas City and its unemployment rate is actually lower than the national average.

And yet, violent crime is out of control in Kansas City, with the city on course to see a record number of homicides in 2019. A 4-year wave of firearm violence has left Kansas City grasping for solutions. However, firearm violence is a problem across Missouri as a whole, meaning KC will likely have to wait for a solution to be found at the state level.

Kansas City, Missouri
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5. St. Louis, Missouri

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,800
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,911

Believe it or not, Kansas City is not the most dangerous place in Missouri. That title goes to St. Louis, a major economic hub and home to ten Fortune 500 companies. Unfortunately, low unemployment has done little to curb violence in St. Louis, which saw 187 homicides in 2018.

When adjusted for population, St. Louis’s homicide rate of 61 incidents per 100,000 people make it the homicide capital of the U.S. In recent years, fed up residents have been putting pressure on Missouri lawmakers to change the state’s firearm laws. But with no solutions in sight, it may be some time before St. Louis residents see any relief.

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4. Baltimore, Maryland

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,833
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,495

Baltimore, Maryland is a city obsessed with preservation. Nearly one-third of the city’s buildings are designated as historic, more than any other U.S. city. Unfortunately, recent history is something the city’s residents likely want to forget, as Baltimore continues to rank as one of the country’s most dangerous places.

With 309 recorded homicides in 2018, Baltimore is easily one of the most violent and dangerous major cities in America. The city’s homicide rate of 51 per 100,000 only trails St. Louis while the robbery rate of 837 incidents per 100,000 people is the highest in the country. According to the New York Times, violent crime has spiked since the infamous passing of Freddie Gray in 2015 and it’s showing no signs of getting better anytime soon.

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3. Birmingham, Alabama

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,911
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,313

Once known as “The Magic City”, today Birmingham is the most populous city in Alabama and one of the largest banking centers in the U.S. Yet for all its economic successes, Birmingham has an alarming crime rate that sits 112% higher than the national average. Aggravated assaults are the primary concern, as they accounted for nearly 70% of all violent crimes reported in 2018.

The homicide rate is also shockingly high. Although the 88 homicides the city saw in 2018 is much lower than other cities on this list, the homicide rate is actually third highest in the country once the population is taken into account.

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2. Memphis, Tennessee

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,943
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,405

With a violent crime rate of 1,943 incidents per 100,000 people, Memphis, Tennessee ranks as the most dangerous city in America’s south. One could argue that violence is just as much a part of Memphis’s identity as blues music and barbeque. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis in 1968 and since the Civil Rights Movement, the city has become ground zero for some of the worst firearm violence in the country.

In fact, the majority of the city’s 186 homicides last year were firearm-related. Recently, U.S. Attorney General William Barr unveiled a new plan to reduce firearm violence in Memphis, Project Guardian, so hopefully, Memphis will start to see some relief in the coming years.

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1. Detroit, Michigan

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,007
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,304

The Motor City just can’t seem to catch a break. While most major U.S. cities continue to grow, Detroit has seen one of the steepest population declines over the last half-century. At its peak, the city was home to 1.8 million people in the 1950s. But the decline in manufacturing jobs has driven the population down to less than 700,000 today. The city’s massive unemployment and poverty rates (9% and 37.9%, respectively) amount to a city with the highest violent crime rate in the country.

Today, large swaths of Detroit lie abandoned; a living reminder of the city’s decline. Unfortunately, until Detroit’s public administration gets its act together and starts attracting business and economic growth, its status as America’s most dangerous city will only continue.

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Interesting Facts About The United States

The United States of America, the land of the free consists of 50 states. Over 328 million people reside in America making it the third most populous country in the world. The US is also the fourth largest country in the world by total area. This vast country is well known across the world and has a cultural imprint that is driven by technological innovation, popular movies, television, and music. Discover all the amazing and interesting things America has to offer with these 20 interesting facts.

1. America Is Home To Many Natural Wonders

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America is home to many natural wonders of the world. In fact, the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have recognized many heritage sites in America. According to UNESCO, a world heritage site is a place of special cultural or physical significance.

Some examples of the UNESCO world heritage sites in America are the Grand Canyon National Park, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and a few others. Check out the full list of Natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the USA.

2. The US Has The 4th Longest River System In The World

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The Missouri River is the longest river in North America. The river derives from Montana, located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, and flows for approximately 2, 341 miles (3, 767 kilometers) before it empties into the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis, Missouri. The Missouri River and the Mississippi River combine to create the 4th longest river system in the world.

For thousands of years, many people have depended on the Missouri River. From drinking water to transportation, irrigation, flood control, and now even for the generation of hydroelectric power. As you can see this long body of water has played an important role over the years.

3. The US Has The Largest Economy In The World

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The United States has maintained its position of being the world’s largest economy since 1871. The economy is so large that the US is often noted as an economic superpower and this is due to the fact that it makes up almost a quarter of the global economy.

The US economy is connected to the country’s enormous population, technological innovation, high consumer spending, high average incomes, as well as a moderate unemployment rate.

4. The American Flag Has Had 27 Versions

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The first American flag only displayed 13 stripes as well as 13 stars that were arranged in a circle. The stars and stripes represented the 13 colonies that declared independence from Great Britain. While the origins of the first American Flag are unknown, some do believe that is was designed by a New Jersey Congressman, Francis Hopkinson, and sewn by a Philadelphia seamstress, Betsy Ross.

Since the founding of the United States, there have been 27 versions of the American flag. Each new flag represented the addition of new states. Today, the American flag displays 50 stars that represent the 50 states that make up the US.

5. Home To Some of The Best Musical Artist Of All Time

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Not only is America a huge country, but their musical impression has made a big impact on the world too. America dominates the music industry as there are so many talented musicians that call America home.

Some of the best musical artists include Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Jimmy Hendrix, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, and many many more.

6. Center of Entertainment

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America has a huge impact on global culture and a portion of that stems from entertainment. Many romance and action movies we enjoy are filmed and produced in the United States.

Hollywood is globally well-known as the center of entertainment and some would consider that it is one of the most famous places on earth. Hollywood attracts tourists from all over the world with landmarks such as the brass star embedded Walk of Fame and the TCL Chinese Theatre. There are endless things to do in Hollywood surrounding the entertainment industry making it a top destination for film buffs to visit.

7. Washington, DC Wasn’t Always The Capital Of America

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Many recognize Washington, DC as the capital of the United States but that wasn’t always the case. Washington didn’t become the capital until 1790.

Believe it or not, from 1785 until 1790, New York City served as the countries capital. While it may not be the capital today, over 8 million people reside in New York City, making it the most populous city in America, and it’s one of the best cities to visit in the USA. While it is one of the best places to visit it is also one of the rudest cities in America, so be sure to choose your words carefully with the locals.

8. Las Vegas Is The Gambling Capital Of The World

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Las Vegas, Nevada is the 28th-most populated city in the United States and is the most populous city in Nevada. This famous city is renowned for its nightlife, entertainment, gambling, shopping, and fine dining. Las Vegas has the largest strip of casinos which has earned this city the Gambling Capital of the World title.

The city is also famous for its mega casino-hotels which has also earned Las Vegas the title of Entertainment Capital of the World. Further, Las Vegas is one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations as well as one of the top destinations for business conventions in the United States.

9. There Is More Bourbon Than People In Kentucky

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The bourbon industry is growing at a fast pace. This is great news for Kentucky, as they produce 96 percent of the world’s bourbon. Due to the high demand, Kentucky stores about 4.7 million barrels filled with bourbon. Surprisingly the number of barrels outweighs the population of Kentucky as there are 4.3 million residents.

Some speculate that this booming industry has the American drama series, Mad Men, to thank for making bourbon cocktails cool again. Nonetheless, whether you like bourbon because it’s trendy or because you simply enjoy the flavor, we all have the State of Kentucky to thank for this delicious beverage.

10. There Is a City Named Boring And It’s In Oregon

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When you hear the word boring, nothing exciting comes to mind. So you might be asking yourself who would ever want to reside in a city name Boring. Believe it or not, tucked away in the state of Oregon about 20 miles from Portland, is a city named Boring with a population of over 7 thousand people.

While this may sound like an obscure name for a city, the name was chosen for a reason. The city was named after its founder, William H Boring, who farmed the land in the 1870s. To make things more exciting, Boring, Oregan partnered with Dull, Scotland, and have even declared August 9 as the annual Dull, Boring Day. This newfound partnership has sparked tourist’s interest and is putting Boring, Oregan back on the map.

11. The US Doesn’t Have An Official Language

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While English is predominantly spoken across the United States, on a federal level there are no laws stating that English is the official language. However, even though there are no federal laws, 31 states have declared English the official language.

Further, there are only a few states that are officially bilingual. For example, in New Mexico, the official language is English and Spanish, whereas, in Louisiana, the official language is English and French, and finally, in Hawaii, the official language is English and Hawaiian.

12. Alaska Has The Longest Coastline In The US

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In comparison to other states, Alaska has the longest coastline. By definition, the coastline is the length of land bordering the ocean, and Alaska borders both the Pacific Ocean and the Arctic Ocean.

To explain further, if you only measure the coastline, it is 6,640 miles long whereas if you measure all the bays, and inlets, you’ll discover that Alaska stretches across 47,000 miles, which is longer than all the states combined.

13. The US Is Called Many Names

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The United States is by far the most famous country in the world. It’s famous for its attractions, such as the Grand Canyon, tech innovation, sports, and it has a large imprint on the global culture thanks to famous movies, television shows, and music.

However, did you know that the United States of America is referred to several different names? Some of these recognizable names are the United States, the U.S., the US, and America. Thankfully, all of these names are considered appropriate.

14. The US Has Many Hotels Featured In Famous Movies

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like walking the halls of hotels that are featured in famous films? Well in America you can experience it! Many films use real hotels and resorts to shoot their scenes and this means we can visit and even stay overnight in them too.

Swim in the pool at The Fontainebleau, in Miami, Florida, and relive the scenes of Scarface. Or perhaps you’d enjoy walking the halls of The Plaza hotel, in New York, NY where scenes from The Great Gatsby were shot. The Plaza is also featured in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Sleepless in Seattle as well as several other films too.

15. There Are Many Free Museums In The Country’s Capital

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Washington, D.C., America’s capital is the heart of American history and culture. There are many things to see and do in Washington DC including many free museums. The Smithsonian Institute museums are a must-visit and many of them are located on the National Mall.

In fact, 11 of the 20 Smithsonian Institute Museums are located in Washington, including the National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of American History, National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as several others.

16. Full Of Beautiful Landscapes

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While America is famous for the hustle and bustle of its major cities, this beautiful country also offers stunning picturesque landscapes. As mentioned previously, the Grand Canyons is one of the most popular tourist destinations when it comes to picturesque views but there are many others too.

Consider checking out America’s highest mountain, Mount Mckinley located in Alaska. Or perhaps you’d like to head to Utah and take in the view of Zion Canyon at the Zion National Park. For more beautiful landscapes be sure to check out the most picturesque views in the United States.

17. Iconic Food In America

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Like other countries, America is famous for a few dishes. To begin, the iconic Twinkies were invented in Illinois in the 1930s by a baker named James Alexander Dewar. Legend has it that the name for this sugary snack was inspired by a billboard that was advertising for “Twinkle Toe Shoes”.

The inventor of corn dogs is uncertain, but it was definitely invented by someone in America in the later 1930s. Since then this popular State Fair food has made its way into the many freezers across North America and beyond. A few other iconic American foods include cheeseburgers, peanut butter, and jelly sandwiches, s’mores, BBQ ribs, and more.

18. The Statue Of Liberty Was A Gift

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The Statue of Liberty, formally known as “Liberty Enlightening the World”, was a gift from France. This gift was sent to celebrate 100 years of Franco-American friendship. The statue was sculpted by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi while the framework was designed by a French engineer, Gustave Eiffel, who also designed the Eiffel Tower.

The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island in New York, NY. The torch is a symbol of enlightenment and lights the way to freedom by showing us the path to liberty.

19. The Gateway Arch Is The Tallest Monument In The US

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The Gateway Arch, also known as the “Gateway to the West” is a monument in St. Louis, Missouri, and sits along the west bank of the Mississippi River. At 630 feet tall, the Gateway Arch claims the title of the tallest man-made monument in the US.

The monument commemorates the westward expansion of the United States and is officially dedicated to “the American People”. The Arch is internationally recognized as a symbol of St. Louis and because of this, it is a popular tourist destination.

20. The Most Visited Museum Is In Washington

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Have you ever been curious about the space shuttle, astronomy, or the Wright Brothers? Well, you can learn about these popular aviation and space topics at the most visited museum in America, the Smithsonian National Air, and Space Museum. Located in Washington, D.C., this museum sees about 9 million visitors annually.

Admission to this museum is FREE and is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. The only day the Museum is closed, is on December 25.

Interesting Facts About France

France is a popular tourist destination, especially for those who are looking for a romantic location, a place to explore and meet new people, or even just to relax on a beach. There’s so much conversation around this beautiful country that sometimes tourists think they understand the French culture and the history behind the country without doing any research. This incredible country deserves more research before you travel there so you can immerse yourself in the culture in a respectful and educated way.

Besides having the best taste in fashion and beautiful architecture, there are things you must understand before meeting the French face to face. An example of this is that the French find it very respectful to be greeted in French. Imagine if you went to France not knowing that! You would not leave a good first impression in your wake. Read through these interesting facts about France and familiarize yourself with the culture before visiting the country of love.

1. The French Love Their Cheese

When you think of food in France, chances are, you’re thinking about wine, cheese, and croissants. While it may be called a stereotype in some circles, it really is the truth! France takes great pride in its high-quality cheeses, as well as the amount of variety they have to offer.

To be exact, there are up to 1200 varieties of cheese made in France which weigh around 1 billion tonnes. 1 billion! If you thought your family eats a lot of cheese, chances are, the French eat more.

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2. France is the First Country to Make Throwing Out or Burning Food Illegal

If you want to take a peek into what North America’s future may look like, take a look at France. At many grocery stores in Canada and the United States, it’s actually illegal to give away leftover supermarket food. In fact, this rule applies to food that is still perfectly good.

However, as of 2016, France has made it illegal to throw away unsold food that is perfectly edible. Instead of tossing it in the trash, you must donate all unsold food so those who need to eat, can benefit from stores having a surplus of food.

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3. The Word “Salut” Has Two Meanings

In English, every word has an unmistakable meaning. For example, if you were to say “Hello Friend!” no one would ever think you were saying goodbye. While this is quite convenient in English to ensure proper communication of a single message, the French are a little more complex.

The word “Salut” is used as a greeting and as a goodbye. If you are touring France, don’t be surprised if you realize that your conversations with the locals begin and end with the same word. If this is too complicated for you to catch on to, you can always say “Bonjour” for hello, and “Au Revoir” for goodbye.

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4. The French Love Their Sleep

Do you ever feel like you’re a hamster that cannot get off the hamster wheel of business? Many Americans and Canadians feel that way, however, we need to catch up with France. While we are running around to work, then soccer, making supper then running off to a social event, the French are sleeping! They place a high value on their sleep and may even get more sleep than you do!

On average, the French get approximately 8.83 hours of sleep per day. Sleep is so crucial to our well-being that we should make it a higher priority in our lives. Getting more sleep could also reduce stress and illnesses! Hopefully, when you travel to France, you can get lots of rest along with the rest of the country.

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5. Some “French” Food Isn’t Actually French

While you may be eating French fries and French toast in preparation for your upcoming France trip, you may want to stick to indulging in wines, cheese, and croissants. This is because French toast and French fries were not actually made in France!

French fries were actually introduced to the American soldiers during World War one by Belgian soldiers who spoke French. As such, the Americans called them French Fries. As for French toast, it can be traced back to being in existence during the Roman Empire.

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6. The Eiffel Tower is Named After a Special Individual

If you thought the Eiffel tower has always been a beloved landmark in France, think again. When it was first built, the tower was considered very ugly by most people. It really took quite a while for people to warm up to it.

The Eiffel tower is named after the mastermind and genius who designed it. Gustave Eiffel was this tower’s engineer who took all the backlash after creating it. If only he could see now how popular his best art piece is today.


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7. Greet The French In A Respectful Way

When you meet a tourist in your own country, it always feels good when they know how to say a few things in your language. The French are no exception to this courtesy when you are visiting their country. Many French citizens speak a variety of languages and expect tourists to do the same.

Before traveling to France, make sure you are able to order food from a restaurant, ask where the washrooms are, and how to say “I’m lost”. That last one will serve you well once you arrive to this busy city. Another phrase that is important to learn is how to tell locals that you are very sorry but you do not speak very much French. While they may prefer to communicate in their language, your attempt at speaking French will be much better received than just speaking in English.

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8. Not All Of France Speaks French

Coming from North America, it can be hard to picture what the landscape of Europe looks like, especially how close every country is. One side of France is actually connected to Italy, making the French along that border very fluent in Italian.

Much like greeting the French in French, always ensure that you are extending this courtesy no matter where you are in the country. If you find that you are surrounded by more French people who speak Italian, make sure you have a few Italian phrases in your back pocket. This is also a wonderful aspect of the country’s landscape and would be an excellent cost-effective way to experience a variety of cultures in such a small area.

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9. France has the Most Time Zones in the World

Did you know that the United States has 6 time zones? From ocean to ocean, desert to desert, there is such a diverse range of landscape and time zones here in North America. It truly demonstrates how incredibly vast this country is. Or does it?

Surprisingly, France is a tiny country compared to Canada or the United States but it is riddled with time change no matter where you go. France actually has 12 different times zones. This can change in a matter of hours, so it’s important for you to keep your eye on the clock and constantly check to see what the time zone is in your area so ensure you are on schedule.

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10. Tour De France Is A Lot Older Than Most People

The idea of a  bicycle race through a gorgeous city sounds like a fairly modern development. A bunch of people in bright, athletic company-sponsored gear getting broadcasted across the world is also quite modern.

However, the truth of the matter is the first race was on July 1, 1903, making this incredible, 23-day long bike race over 100 years old! Can you imagine what those athletes were wearing for that first race? Certainly not Nike or Adidas! If you’re traveling to France in July, this is something you will definitely not want to miss. If you’re feeling extra enthusiastic, you can wear yellow to match the jersey of the person who is winning the race on each leg of the race.

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11. Roundabouts Control Traffic

France has one way to keep traffic flowing in the city centers and that does not include stopping at stop signs. While this may sound dangerous, roundabouts contribute to encouraging the natural flow of traffic throughout cities to help with traffic jams.

France loves their roundabouts so much that they have more than half of the world’s roundabouts right there in France. The thing is to remember to yield to anyone who is already in the roundabout and signal when you are ready to exit. This ensures safe entry and exit so you don’t have to deal with getting in a car accident on your vacation.

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12. Historial Sites Are Common In France

If you are looking for incredible sights to see in France that carry a lot of historical meaning, head to any of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. UNESCO stands for The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization which is actually based in Paris, France.

In many places, UNESCO sites are forests, lakes, rivers, and other incredible natural terrains. However, in France, the architecture and historical value of entire towns are protected under UNESCO. This gives tourists an amazing opportunity to see locations where major historical events happened without worrying about the sites being destroyed.

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13. France Is Popular Among Tourists

If you’re looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of life, you can find some peace and quiet in the countryside of France. In contrast, the cities are very busy and packed with tourists. This makes it an amazing place to meet new people from all over the world and to enjoy the exciting buzz of civilization.

France is the number one most visited country in the world, so you can be sure that you will not be the only ones stopping for a photo in front of the Eiffel Tower, or buying a baguette for the first time at a bakery.

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14. Raise Children Well, Get Rewarded

Sometimes it feels as if parents who work hard to raise fantastic kids don’t get the credit they deserve. Well, France has a solution for that and it comes in the form of a medal! This may add pressure to parents, but at the same time, maybe it’s a healthy pressure to ensure that each child has their needs met, and they become contributing citizens to the country of France.

The medal is called the Medal of the French Family and it is awarded to those who have raised several children with dignity. If you are considering moving to France, chances are, you’ll be surrounded by some very involved and responsible parents who care deeply for the well-being of their children.

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15. The French Take Reading Very Seriously

If you are an avid reader and are looking to do some serious French reading, well, Marcel Proust’s book called A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu will not leave you empty-handed. This is the world’s longest novel and consists of 13 volumes!

The English translation of this book title is “Remembrance of Things Past”. If you have a hard time keeping up with complicated plots like from the movie Inception, this may not be the book for you. With 3,000 pages forging through a grand story, you can be sure to find many, many different plots woven together into a beautiful symphony of imagination.

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16. Visit The Birthplace of Napoleon

You’ve probably heard of the French icon named Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon was born in Corsica, a beautiful French island, which is located in the Mediterranean sea. Not only is it a French island, but it is one of the 18 regions of France that you won’t want to miss.

It is truly impossible to capture the beauty of this place in words or photos. The water is a flawless aquamarine blue, the buildings reflect the history of the island with incredible architecture and bright colors, and the beaches are to die for. If you are looking for a tropical vacation in Europe that will simultaneously make you feel like you’re in the Bahamas, this is the island for you.

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17. France Has Art Outside Of Art Galleries

While France is renowned for its one-of-a-kind museums that house some of the most iconic pieces of art in the entire world, it’s landscape is also hiding some artwork in other places. While we find artwork that is 100 years old to be impressive, the most impressive artwork is located on French walls of stone. The Lascaux Caves give viewers an inside look into what life on earth looked like around 200,000 years ago.

It truly creates a reflective environment where viewers are humbled by the beauty and intelligence that has preceded them. The Paleolithic artwork on the interior of these stunning caves is located in the region of Dordogne which is in the south-east area of France.

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18. France Invented A System Of Measurement

As if France needed any more credit for creating icons, geniuses, and beauty in just about every way, they had the mathematical world covered as well. Gabriel Mouton was a vicar at St. Paul’s Church which is located in Lyons, France. He introduced the concept of a decimal system, which ended up being the beginning of a massive change in measurement starting in the late 1600s.

As such, if you are used to the Imperial method of measurement, adjusting to the Metric system may be a bit of a shock to your brain. Before traveling to France, make sure you have an idea of the difference between miles and kilometers, inches and centimeters, and Fahrenheit versus Celsius. This is a great way to stay informed in case you get lost, or are trying to plan out your next few days of travel.

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19. Women Are Finally Legally Allowed To Wear Pants

While this law was not actually enforced consistently, Paris, France was a little behind on the women’s empowerment movement. This was probably because no one in France truly paid attention to it anymore, but just the same, the law needed to be updated!

According to the law, women needed to gain permission from the local police if they wanted to “dress like a man” and wear trousers. Thankfully, in 2013, the French government overturned this very outdated law and now, Parisian women are free to wear whatever they want.

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20. The Name “France” Isn’t French

Ironically, the name France is technically not French. France is actually from a Germanic tribe and the original name was actually Frank. This word meant “free” which is why it was chosen for this beautiful, progressive country.

The original name of France was Gaul, however, when the Germanic barbarian tribe destroyed the Gauls, the name France came into existence. This tribe was called Frank, hence the name of the free tribe which now owned France.

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