It’s no surprise tech cities are surging in interest as vacation destinations. Due to the rising fascination with cutting edge gadgets, more and more travelers are seeking out places to stay connected, visit futuristic attractions and relax at high tech hotels. What’s more, tech-minded travelers can enjoy all sorts of innovative entertainment in a smart city, whether it’s watching a roboto prepare orders at a food counter or find virtual reality systems in their hotel rooms. Here are five of the most technologically advanced cities to consider exploring on your next urban vacation.
Despite being best known for classic landmarks like the Tower of London, 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.
While Facebook, Google and Amazon and others maintain corporate offices in the capital and largest city in the U.K., visitors might be more interested in tech related attractions like the brightly lit Piccadilly Circus, the breathtaking ArcelorMittal Orbit in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Pyramid Tower at Tate Modern, Science Museum and the Coca Cola 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 and 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, the solemn 9/11 Memorial Museum and 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, San Francisco helped lead the Bay Area way out of the recession era, in part through the creation of new businesses, new jobs and the addition of more office space.
Furthermore, many of the biggest tech attractions are nearby, like the headquarters of Google, Facebook and Apple. There are also tech attractions like, the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.
As the capital and largest metropolis of one of the world’s most technologically advanced countries, Seoul is also the world’s most connected city. After all, South Korea currently offers the fastest internet speeds on the planet and free public Wi-Fi can be found most anywhere in the city that’s home to half of the country’s population. Already the home of such prominent companies as LG, Hyundai, Kia and Samsung, Seoul also has a strong American technology presence, with leading companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook and even Apple, the direct competitor of Samsung.
A world leader in innovation for decades, Tokyo has often been cited as the world’s leading city for technology. Home to the some of the recognizable names in consumer and professional-grade electronics, such as Sony, Nikon, Canon, Hitachi, Toshiba and Panasonic, 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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