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Old 04-18-2014, 02:13 PM
 
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Tough question
Most people are gonna say the city with the most museums
That's not the only thing that is "intellectually stimulating/interesting"
As an engineer I have a lot of appreciation for architecture and impressive civil engineering projects, at the same time I have a lot of appreciation for artistic places (because I don't have that skill)
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Old 04-18-2014, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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Isn't it difficult to be intellectually stimulated when you don't understand the language used in a city?
I'd say on the contrary. In my experience, the less likely I am to be able to communicate through language, the more hyper-aware I become of my surroundings and it intensifies my experience. Add being in a place where even the alphabet is different than the one you use and the effect is doubled. You will see, smell, and feel things you wouldn't have noticed if information had been coming to you in the manner you usually receive it. For safety reasons I wouldn't recommend that people travel alone in countries where they know nothing about the language. But it is very mentally stimulating.
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:02 PM
 
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NYC, right here, an a hop, skip, jump from Philly and Boston, two historical cities. Just upstate you will find Bear Mountain, with an outdoor walking "museum" of geology and nature.
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Calgary, AB
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London, Washington DC, Istanbul and Athens....
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Live in NY State, work in CT
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I would say a tie between London and New York......
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Maybe Singapore. Where you can converse freely (in English) with educated people living in the most misunderstood nation on earth, where a radical political philosophy goes hand in hand with a successful economy.

Or Bangalore, where you can mix with tech-savvy people engaged in building a new India.
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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I think whatever city the OP lives would be the most interesting, how could it not be?
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:30 AM
 
Location: where you sip the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
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Pretty much any very large city has tons of culture and stimulation, history, architecture, museums, bohemian cafes, squalid but interesting ghettos and slums. Every continent except Antarctica.

London, Paris, NYC, Mexico City, Rio, Nairobi, Cairo, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Calcutta, Moscow, Lima, Hong Kong ..... so many cities, so little time, and for me only enough money to use Google Street View to travel to them.
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Old 04-19-2014, 06:02 AM
 
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Everything is intellectually interesting, you are your only limit.
Or go to the British Library.. and never go out.
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Most of my friends like to go on vacation to a place like Cancun where they spend their entire vacation at the beach or the pool baking in the sun. I want something more.

I want to visit the most interesting and intellectually stimulating city in the world. The city that has the best attractions that make you think. The best historic and cultural attractions. The finest museums. The most interesting places to visit that make you think and possibly even change you. Where your mind gets a work out by all the things you learn while visiting.

Where is that city and why did you chose it?
1) The Library of Congress
2) Smithsonian network of Museums
3) The American Council on Education

Washington, DC gets my vote.

But, to each their own.
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