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The Colosseum is a spectacle worth exploring      

Italy provides a magnificent collection of venues that will astound, amuse and please you.  However, tourism is beginning to overwhelm  Rome, Florence and, especially, Venice. Examine our guides to these iconic destinations to discover the best places to visit and how to avoid the worst of the crowds.

World-class attractions, museums, and scenery await you throughout Italy  - although you may find that dining on fine Italian food is the best treasure of all. Don't get us started on the "dolce" or our encounters with the yummiest gelato ever - in Florence.

  The variety of gelato in Italy is wonderfully amazing


London is an attractive destination at night and during the day

See our London Travel Guide to begin your exploration of the Best Places to Visit this amazing city.  While London is captivating, why not take some time in countryside to explore the best castles in England, Scotland and Wales?


Visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle is a highlight of a trip to Germany

Looking for variety while  touring? Germany offers diversity in abundance. From elegant castles to vibrant cities, Germany is fast becoming the face of modern Europe. Click here for our guide to the best places to visit in Germany.

Paris     The Montmartre area in Paris is yet another reason to visit the City of Light

Paris, known as the City of Light, is an enchanting destination that is best experienced by walking its scenic avenues and lanes.

Read our  Guide to the Best Places to Visit in Paris for recommendations for optimizing your time when touring this romantic city.

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Dubrovnik, a walled city, is one of the gems of Croatia

Use our Guides to Plan Where to Visit

We recommend the best places to visit - a select set of countries that are known for their attractiveness to tourists and relative ease of travel.  We help ease the decisions for you by recommending the leading tourist attractions in the travel destinations we cover.

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Travel can be daunting.  The team at ThereArePlaces has been "smartened up" by millions of miles in the air and on the road.  During our travels we have made almost every travel mistake.  Eventually we learned how to avoid common travel blunders and how to bypass the travel "Gotcha's" that can take the fun out of travel.   Our section "Things Travelers Need To Know"  provides our recommended best practices for travelling safe and  well.  It includes:

  • the advice you need to plan your trip, and
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We cover using foreign money, passports and visas, thoughts on buying the right luggage, ideas for packing clothes, hints for map use and useful tips on travel topics. We provide hundreds of travel advice articles and each is direct and to the point. Click to see the list of articles covered in our information guides for travel planning.






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The new World Trade Center is a spectacular addition to the New York skyline

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Egypt - Land of Antiquities

The Colossi of Ramesses II at the Temple of Karnak

Many travelers are interested in Egypt and its famed antiquities. However, due to the current unrest in Egypt, which has included the attempted suicide bombing at Karnak Temple in Luxor in June 2015,  armchair travel may be the safest and best way to experience the Land  of the Pharaohs. 

If you are interested in "discovering" the best places to visit in  Egypt, you can do so by paging through our photo-rich guide to the marvels of Egypt. 


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