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Old 05-13-2014, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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It's a hard question to answer, since you could easily be more intellectually challenged in a spinach patch in Eastern Kentucky than at a World Class University in Europe, depending on what you chose to read and/or think about. So you'd really need to narrow it down by interests, but I think the Smithsonian Institute and its associated outlets in Washington DC is collectively one of the greatest intellectual offerings in the world and it is also very accessible to the public.
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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Washington DC.

Put that on my list of places not to visit.

How about Bern (or Berne) Switzerland? That is one of the most compelling cities in the world IMO. If you had a couple weeks, visiting the major cities of Australia would also be quite interesting.
Why?
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Old 04-08-2015, 11:56 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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Really!

You surprise me.

London is stuffed cram full of fascinating architecture from back to Roman times all the way through.

Norman, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neo Classic, Gothic Revival as well as much modern architecture are in abundance in London.

Some buildings were destroyed during WWII but there is tons to see!

You missed out there!
As well as the Regency and Georgian architecture that permeates throughout London as well.
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:14 AM
 
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My first thought was Rome, but then I switched to London. Deep history, plenty of art, theater (which isn't really present in Rome), and a fantastic range of food.
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Old 04-09-2015, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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For me, it will always be London.
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Old 04-09-2015, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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It's an easy question to answer: it's the city that stirs YOUR imagination the most!
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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I thought Buenos Aires was incredible. That place has an incredible vibe. I've been intrigued by Santiago, Chile.
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:00 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Of course in Europe - Paris, London, Rome, Amsterdam, Venice, Vienna and Copenhagen.

In the US - New York, Chicago, Washington, Boston, and Philadelphia.

A word about my city, Philly. We have several historic districts to stroll around in to admire the 18th and 19th Century architecture. Birthplace of our nation - the Declaration, the Constitution, the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross, Ben Franklin, etc. The best ornamental and botanic gardens in the country: Longwood Gardens, the Morris Arboretum, Chanticleer, Bartram's Garden (oldest in the US) etc. World class art museums ... in fact Philly has more European Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings (you know - Cezanne, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Matisse, etc.) than New York or Washington - second in the world outside Paris. When it comes to US history, we are second to none.
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:00 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Have not read thru this thread and have lived abroad for 19+ yrs of my life....I have to say Thailand was the MOST unique experience of my life...having woken up in the morning and stepped out on our balcony on Sukemvent Rd to see a tuk-tuk, a Mercedes, a family of 4 on a motorbike and an Elephant all meandering down the road at the same time was "mind blowing"!
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Old 04-12-2015, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Of the places we've visited, St Petersburg, Russia.
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