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Get a Real Feel for the City on Your Next Trip

Have you ever visited a big city and wondered what it would be like to live there? Being a tourist is a blast, and sure, hotels can be nice, but they do lack some of the comforts of a home – your own gourmet kitchen, private patios, board games and books, toys for the kids, and unique neighborhoods, to name a few.

On your next trip, whether it's a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, consider getting a real feel for your destination by staying in a vacation rental. Owned by locals, not only can vacation rentals be more affordable than hotels, they also give you the luxury of living right in the middle of everything. With all the amenities of home, you can shop at the farmer’s market and make a meal, walk down the block to the neighborhood bar, or become friendly with your “neighbors” – they may have some insider tips for you, too!

From the quaint shops and cafés of Little Italy to the lively nightlife of the East Village, here are some top picks from the experts at FlipKey for rentals at the heart of some of the world’s biggest and most exciting cities – which also happen to be CityPASS cities. Which one would you pick?

Toronto, Canada: Condo Next Door to Dundas Square
Often referred to as “Toronto’s Time Square,” Dundas Square is a must-see for first-time visitors. Watch a free concert or festival and enjoy the nearby attractions and neon signs that light up this eclectic public space.


Boston, MA: Little Italy B&B
Situated in beautiful Little Italy, this B&B is a tourist’s dream. Get a coffee and cannoli at famous Mike’s Pastry and stroll down the waterfront to enjoy some of Boston’s best attractions like the New England Aquarium – a trip you won’t regret.


Chicago, IL: Downtown Boutique Condo
This stylish condo is mix of new and old with plenty of Chicago charm. Known for its superb service and ideal location this rental is great for strolling through some of Chicago’s most well-known landmarks and things to do. Visit Skydeck and the Field Museum, then enjoy a night out on the town.


San Francisco, CA: Ocean View Gem
Gorgeous ocean and luxury linens are two of the few amenities this beautiful rental has to offer. The neighborhood is quaint with easy access to some of San Francisco’s best city attractions. Or if you’re looking for something more relaxing, light up the barbecue and watch the sun go down in true California style.


Seattle, WA: In the Heart of Belltown
Only a short walk from Seattle’s neighborhood market, Pike Place, this rental will make you feel right at home. Go shopping, have brunch, or watch the local alternative band next door and get to know some true Seattleites.


New York, NY: Charming in East Village
While there’s much more to New York than the East Village, if you’re going to live like a local this is the place to stay. Tasty ethnic food, lively dive bars, and crowds of young people make this area perfect for sightseeing and partying.


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