It’s no surprise tech cities are surging in interest as vacation destinations. Due to the interest in the latest gadgets, travelers like yourself tech accessibility. Indeed, even your hotel has to be high tech. Even further, tech-minded travelers like you enjoy prefer techy entertainment in a smart city. To illustrate, watching robots prepare your food or virtual reality systems at your hotel. Here are five of the most technologically advanced cities to consider exploring on your next urban vacation.
The World’s Most High Tech Cities
Despite being best known for classic landmarks like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, London has emerged to become one of the world’s leading tech centers. That notion is never more evident than in East London Tech City, the location for one of the world’s largest technology clusters commonly known as Silicon Roundabout.
London’s Tech Attractions
Although Facebook, Google and Amazon maintain corporate offices in London., you might be more interested in tech related attractions. For example, Piccadilly Circus, ArcelorMittal Orbit and Pyramid Tower at Tate Modern. Of course, there’s the London Eye Ferris wheel, along the River Thames.
The Bay Area may have Silicon Valley, but New York City has its own sizable share of cutting edge technology. In fact, its Silicon Alley is second only to Silicon Valley in importance. Some of the city’s top landmarks are quite obvious, such as Times Square, with its glittering spectacle of sights and sounds. But you shouldn’t miss the solemn 9/11 Memorial Museum or the majestic One World Trade Center.
Quite possibly America’s most advanced city, San Francisco has experienced incredible growth as a result of the current tech boom. Although it’s not technically part of Silicon Valley, SF helped lead America way out of the recession era. That’s because it’s a center for new high tech businesses, jobs and office space. Furthermore, many of the biggest tech attractions are nearby, like Google, Facebook and Apple.
As the capital and largest metropolis, Seoul is also the world’s most connected city. After all, South Korea currently offers the world’s fastest internet speeds. Moreover, free public Wi-Fi can be found most anywhere in the city. Already the base for such prominent companies as LG, Hyundai, Kia and Samsung, Seoul further has a strong American technology presence. For instance, Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple maintain offices here.
A world leader in innovation for decades, Tokyo has often been cited as the world’s most advanced city for technology. In fact, Tokyo is home to manyrecognizable names in consumer and professional-grade electronics. For example, Sony, Nikon, Canon, Hitachi, Toshiba and Panasonic are headquartered here. Japan’s most advanced city is awash with high tech attractions, brilliant lights and an ever growing legion of smartphone users.
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About the Author
Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who has covered national/international travel for CBS Local and all things San Francisco for CBS San Francisco. He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University.