At first thought, the music lovers and aspiring travelers in your family might think of Austin, Nashville, New Orleans and other trendy (but worthy) cities dominating the music tourism scene.
Sure, those are all great options to check out for your musically driven crew, but there are quite a few international stops your family may be missing. Some so obvious, you may have taken them for granted and completely forgot about them.
Here are a few that should be on your list:
Liverpool and London, England
Home to many of the greats, from the Beatles to Echo and the Bunnymen, Liverpool exudes a pop, punk vibe any music fan can appreciate — especially adults. Remind the kids you were young and hip once too and show them all the rock history stops. While Liverpool specifically is cause enough to fly off to England for a music-centric trip, London is loaded with incredible venues and rock history locales — think London Calling and Abbey Road, just for starters.
Cuban nightlife and live music venues are legendary for good reason. Head to the hip bar scene in Old Havana to get a sense of the local culture and music and dance. Dive into any of the many jazz bars lining the city, from the historic Tropicana Nightclub to the kitschy Beatles Bar or the popular La Casa de La Música. Havana is a music city for all ages — just come ready to dance.
Vienna is synonymous with classical music and grand opera houses. Enjoy the traditional, opulent side of music history with a trip down classical music lane in the city’s many gorgeous venues. Alternative music fans will be happy to know, the scene in Vienna is there, you just have to look for it. Head to Twee Vienna’s Indie Breakfast at Café Espresso every third Sunday of the month.
Canada has been sending big music names our way for years, including Celine Dion and Arcade Fire. The music scene in Montreal is still going strong and worthy of a family visit. The city boasts everything from epic annual festivals and crowded concert halls to live music bars, nightclubs and lesser-known locales around town. Grab a bagel, hit the streets and stop in nearly any live venue in the area of your hotel to see what we mean.
India boasts so many incredible sites, from the Taj Mahal and Hawa Mahal to the Red Fort and Humayun's Tomb, it can be easy to overlook the magnificence of the country’s natural beauty and wildlife in an attempt to fit in as many landmarks as possible.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
Last month, we spent three sunny days (and one rainy hour) at Loew’s Miami Beach Hotel, where I hadn’t been for more than 10 years. This oceanfront resort is perfectly located in walkable South Beach, just one block from Lincoln Road, two blocks from the new eateries in Time Out Market, four blocks from the Convention Center and an easy walk north or south to all the must-see shops and dining spots lining Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue.
There’s one in every family — an art lover, science enthusiast, avid outdoor person, cat fancier, foodie and city dweller looking for the perfect rural setting to chill and reflect. In Japan, one itinerary to satisfy a group with divergent interests is a bike, hike and ferry exploration of the Seto Inland Sea, contained within major islands Honshū (Japan’s largest and most populated island), Shikoku and Kyūshū.