San Francisco
The family that owns the Garden Restaurant hasn't raised prices in 20 years and serves some of the best Chinese food anywhere. Get clam chowder in a freshly baked loaf of bread at any kiosk or cafe on Fisherman's Wharf (left). Go to Coit Tower on a clear day for pictures of the City by the Bay. Get dinner at the Top of the Mark, for both the food and vista of the bay at night. Leave your heart, like Tony did, which you won't be able to avoid, even if you're not a romantic.
Dave Crosby,
Bay Point, California

Oranjestad, Aruba
Iguana Joe's, which is great for viewing the harbor and cruise ships coming in, has a good menu at reasonable prices. Moomba Beach is an ideal location for sunset, dinner, and live bands on Sunday evenings. El Gaucho has excellent steaks and a nice wine list. The best spot for a romantic evening has to be the Flying Fishbone southeast of town. The food is exquisite, and sitting at a table on the beach with your feet in the sand is incredible. Take a trip to the California Lighthouse - you can see a good ways off. The deep-sea fishing is phenomenal. And I just can't say enough about the great people who live and work there.
Kenneth Hoxie,
Round Lake, Illinois

Dublin
The Clarence is the hottest hotel in town. Bono and The Edge of U2 own it. It's somewhat difficult to get a reser­vation, but well worth the advance planning. I've never had a bad meal in Dublin. Try the traditional full Irish breakfast, complete with blood pudding! Rent a car and drive the Ring of Kerry one day and Ring of Beara the next. Make sure to stop for a picnic lunch at the Hea­ley Pass. It's one of the most beautiful spots on earth. The best thing about Dublin is the people. Get out among them!
Phillip Bagnall,
San Antonio, Texas

Santiago
Hotel Orly is a charming little hotel that used to be an old mansion. It has a glass-roofed conservatory where you eat break­fast, which is included in the very reasonable price of the room. Zanzibar has delicious food with a Moroccan flavor. The rooftop terrace is amazing in summer, particularly to watch the sun set. It's in an area known as BordeRío, which has multiple bars and restaurants, all of which are lovely. Flannery's is your typical Irish pub, and is always packed with ex-pats and Chileans alike. It's great on a day there's a fútbol or rugby match going on. For shopping, there's a street called Alonso de Cordova that has several boutiques, art galleries, and shops. Los Dominicos market has tons of Chilean crafts, textiles, art, and jewelry, including the famed lapis lazuli.
Rebecca Brown,
New York City

St. Louis, Missouri
Historic neighborhoods abound in St. Louis. Soulard has restaurants, a farmer's market, typical European architecture, and the second-largest Mardi Gras celebration in the U.S. The Hill offers authentic Italian restaurants, bakeries, and groceries. The Central West End near Forest Park has wonderful architecture. More funk can be found in The Loop on Delmar, including the club Blueberry Hill for early rock-and-roll. You'll marvel at the restoration of Union Station, which was a bustling hub for travelers at the turn of the century. Forest Park is home to several attractions that offer free admission: the world-famous St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum (left), Missouri Historical Society, and Science Center. General Grant's cabin is also on the estate. St. Louis also has the International Bowling Museum, and three of the country's seven historic water towers.
Joi Weffelmeyer,
St. Louis, Missouri

Sydney
First stop is Darling Harbour, for dinner at any of the great places on the harbor (above). Then hit the pubs and go over to the Star City Hotel & Casino to gamble a bit. Follow that with the Three Monkeys Pub, where you can dance to great rock-and-roll until they kick you out. The next day, take a ferry to Watson's Bay for lunch, then grab a cab to Bondi Beach and watch the surfers. Hit the Fish Market in Pyr­mont, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Grab a bottle of beer and some "bugs" and lunch outside with the birds.
Scott Simmons,
Morrison, Colorado

Dayton, Ohio
The Marriott on the River has spacious rooms and a great location. There's a good bar, and it's close to a running/walking trail along the Miami River. For steaks in an old, clublike atmosphere, go to The Pine Club. Rumor has it that every U.S. president who has visited Dayton has eaten there. Be sure to take in a Dayton Dragons Single-A baseball game and visit The Dayton Art Institute. For the airplane or space enthusiast, the best mu­seum in the world is the one at nearby Wright-­Patterson AFB.
Bruce DeWitt,
Benson, Arizona


El Paso, Texas
El Paso has tons of great hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Kiki's is a quiet neighborhood place with the best chile rellenos. For something more upscale yet still fun, there's Andale (try the delicious steak tampiqueña). Walking across the bridge to Juarez, Mexico, is easy, but to see more, book a trip with The Border Jumper trolley downtown. It runs all day and patrons can get on or off at as many stops as they like. Other nearby attractions include the White Sands National Monument and the New Mexico mountain town of Cloudcroft, which is a great break from the summer heat. If you're visiting in winter, skiing is available at Ski Apache in Rui­doso. Where you can then play golf on the same day!
Roger Maier,
El Paso, Texas

San Diego, California
No trip to San Diego would be complete without a visit to the Gaslamp Quarter. The Field on 5th Avenue, owned and staffed by Irish natives, has authentic dishes and some of the best corned beef around. Jimmy Love's has live jazz and blues. Croce's, owned by the late Jim Croce's family, features upscale American fare and live music most nights. My old neighborhood, Hill­crest, is a little-known section of town that boasts numerous small boutiques and an eclectic collection of ethnic restaurants. Bronx Pizza makes the best New York-style pizza and calzones this side of the Hudson River. Hodad's serves the best burger in the 50 states.
Brian Cohoon,
St. Paul, Minnesota

New York City
Check out De La Guarda (above), an Argentine troupe of acrobats, trapeze artists, and dancers that creates a show that's part carnival, dance, rock concert, and theater. Start the day at the Chocolate Bar with a pain au chocolat and a steaming cup of Chocolate Bar Chai. Check out the Upright Citizens Brigade The­atre, which has some of the most adventurous, mind-bending comedy in NYC. Have Italian brunch at I Coppi. If your idea of romance is more rustic than refined, this charmer will warm your heart. Spend a tranquil afternoon at the Conservatory Garden. After 69 years, The Village Vanguard basement club still hosts the crème de la crème of mainstream jazz talent.
Crystal Ottaviano,
Fairfield, Connecticut

London
For dining, you can't beat The Ivy, which has wonderful comfort food matched with the opportunity to spot celebrities on the banquette beside you. London is a mecca for all sorts of ethnic food, including my favorite, Indian. Khan's in Westbourne Grove matches serene decor with frenetic waiters and the best butter chicken you've ever tasted. Life in London is also centered around pubs. The Lamb features the products of a great London brewery, Youngs. At the George Inn, near London Bridge, you feel like you're back in an Elizabethan coaching inn (which the building was centuries ago). Finally, no trip to London would be complete without afternoon tea. You can't go wrong at The Waldorf Hilton, although as a student, I favored Harrod's Dress Circle, which has scones, cakes, and tea.
Kim Barrett,
San Diego, California

Splurge on tea and scones at the cafe on the seventh floor of the Tate Modern. It has the best view and the best clotted cream in London. For the romantic traveler, have a picnic on Parliament Hill with a bottle of champagne and a copy of Harry Potter to read aloud.
Abigail Robin,
New York City

Miami, Florida
If you go to Miami, you must feast the Cuban way. And restaurants like Versailles, Bongos, and the Latin Ameri­can Cafe­teria are great for that. Bongos also has Latin dancing (left) on Friday and Saturday nights.
Frank Sariol,
Laguna Niguel, California

The Sonesta Resort is the way to go. For breakfast, visit the Donut Gallery. There's a great park in an area called Pinecrest Gardens. They also have a petting zoo and playground. Stop at the neighborhood market/fruit stand called Wayside Market. For dinner, it's El Rancho Grande, a casual Mexican restaurant. For dessert, there's no better place than Gelateria Parmalat. They have real Italian gelato with the best flavors. Go for a bike ride in Key Biscayne or Coral Gables. Other options are the Children's Museum, Seaquarium, and Monkey Jungle.
Alida Lechter,
Miami, Florida