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Certainly we love our time hiking, backpacking, skiing, canoeing, rafting, and surfing in the national parks and wilderness areas. But we love our cities, too. We think too few school, Scout and church groups, families or individuals go to major American cities and look at them as destinations. Our cities contain history, architecture and many of the nation's most important museums, monuments, buildings and other places necessary to understand America.

One thing we have learned is that to fully experience a city you have to stay downtown. Trying to save a few dollars by staying on the outskirts of a city, or even camping at an urban KOA, defeats the purpose. Big hotels are part of the city, and staying in them is important. We've sought out the historic, classy hotels. They tend to be the ones once considered prime, and frequented by royalty, world leaders, actors, sports stars and business executives for most of the 20th Century. Now, with new megahotels down the streeet, these older facilities are too often ignored. They are great experiences in the heart of our cities. And we never recommend a hotel we have not stayed in ourselves.

Cities are complex locations. There are so many things to see and do that it's hard to know where to start and how to fit it all in. We've spent a lifetime revisiting these cities every few years and we recommend the key activities for you. We've even recommended the restaurants you should consider, and they are restaurants we look forward to eating in every year.

Another lesson we've learned about cities is that they take time. You can't just drive downtown and spend a few hours. There's too much to see. There's a feel to a city, a mood. You need time to absorb that feel, that mood. You need time to settle in and learn your way around. Again the issue is usually money. People try to save money by limiting their stay. But we think it's better to plan far in advance, calculate how much you'll need, then budget for it and put away so much a month.

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