48 Hours

City Breaks: North America

Whether you’re just passing through or making a weekend of it, we give you the 48-hour lowdown on cities across the globe. What to see, what to do, what not to miss...

  • San Francisco

    San Francisco North America, USA

    Travel Time

    11hrs 30mins

    Fifty years on from the Summer of Love, the hippie city has blossomed into a thriving tech hub. Start planning your escape to visit the home of Alcatraz, says Lizzie Frainier
  • Los Angeles

    Los Angeles North America, USA

    Travel Time

    11hrs 20mins

    Over the Atlantic to Los Angeles, California’s star-studded city, where dreams are made and crushed in Hollywood studios and every restaurant worker acts on the side. Blonde beaches and hills with cinematic views lend themselves to open-air pursuits, while the neighbourhoods on the outskirts of town are home to indie galleries and cafés that are perfect for mooching.
  • Isla Holbox

    Isla Holbox North America, Mexico

    Travel Time

    12hrs 30mins

    Mexico’s car-free island hideaway is a trove of boutique accommodation, beachfront pursuits, straight-from-the-hook seafood and spectacular wildlife, says Lizzie Frainier
  • Mexico City

    Mexico City North America, Mexico

    Travel Time

    12hrs 10mins

    From the wonders of the Aztecs, to paintings by Frida Kahlo and chic bars, this lively metropolis is a real must-do. There’s excellent dining too, says Nicholas Gilman
  • Boston

    Boston North America, USA

    Travel Time

    7hrs 10mins

    New England’s buzzing capital has freedom, revolution, great seafood, and world- class shopping, art and sport to knock your Sox off, says Jonathan Thompson.
  • Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara North America, USA

    Travel Time

    14hrs 10mins

    Soak up the sun on the American Riviera, where beaches stretch for miles, seafood comes fresh off the boat and wine country is at your feet, says Blossom Green.
  • Philadelphia

    Philadelphia North America, USA

    Travel Time

    8hrs 10mins

    Known as the birthplace of America, the Pennsylvanian city is home to world-class museums and galleries and has a fine culinary scene to boot, says Esme Fox.
  • Chicago

    Chicago North America, USA

    Travel Time

    8hrs 30mins

    America’s third city is number one for a smitten Alicia Miller, who, somewhere between the remarkable architecture and even more remarkable food scene, falls in love.
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