Nothing like the end of the year rolling around to make you want to travel more! Always curious, always exploring, RED loves to get up close and personal with the world’s most vibrant cities. The cities that make our spirit soar. Keep scrolling to see some of our top RED locations to visit.

CAPE TOWN

Stunning from sky to sea, Cape Town is an amazing mix of cultures, food and landscapes. Not to mention the amazing Table Mountain as a backdrop for the entire city, every photo you take will make people ‘ooo’ and ‘ahh’ with envy.

Why it’s hot right now

With amazing natural beauty in every corner of the city, it’s the perfect destination for those who want to experience the best of nature and city life all wrapped up in one locale. With human creativity held on a pedestal in this city, you can come back again and again and always have no things to see and do.

Where to head first

Cape Town is bursting with fun things to do! Make the Radisson RED Cape Town your base camp and then why not head off for a whale watching adventure? In the winter, you can also go on a safari for a discounted price and see ‘The Big Five’. Finally, up your coffee game and take a coffee appreciation course  and tour a roastery and get schooled in the art of cupping.

 

PORTLAND

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Home to hipster cool, Portland’s not the sort of place to take itself too seriously. The city positively soaks up the good-natured fun of comedy series, Portlandia – and relishes the millennial love it’s getting. Because there’s no such thing as bad publicity, right?

Why it’s hot right now

Shot through with an indie spirit, bike-friendly and compact, and full of quirky surprises, Portland is the kind of city the US thought it had lost. Positively encouraging the artisan and the hand crafted, the thriving shops and galleries of Alberta Arts district, Mississippi Ave, and Hawthorne/Belmont areas are a lesson in what happens when you turn away from the chain store. Its craft beer scene is thriving too – there’s nothing better to lubricate your night out than enjoying a can of Great Notion Brewing’s session ale, watching a local band at Doug Fir Lounge. The Perfect Portland night out.

Where to head first

After you’ve unpacked at the Radisson RED Portland, stop by ‘First Thursday’ is a monthly free ‘art walk’ – featuring late night openings, events, food tastings and music in the city’s sleek Pearl District. Galleries not to miss include Elizabeth Leach – one of the city’s first to gain national recognition, Leach’s uncanny ability to snag the biggest names show’s no sign of slowing down (417 NW 9th Avenue). Head to PDX Contemporary Art for a touch more edge ( 925 NW Flanders Street) and the new kids on the block, the exciting collective at Hap Gallery, always ready to mix things up and get you out of your comfort zone (916 NW Flanders St). Not to be outdone, other districts have their own take on the event. Look for Last Thursday in the Mississippi district, and First Friday in the SE/Industrial districts.

 BRUSSELS

Historic yet modern, bizarre and filled with bureaucrats – Brussels is a city of contradictions. Basically, just expect the unexpected.

Why it’s hot right now

While Brussels may not be the first place that pops into your head for a summer vacation, it should definitely be on your radar if you’re looking for a city break like no other.  From rooftop parties to plenty of places to dine al fresco, Brussels is bursting with things to do for residents and visitors alike.

Where to head first

You can drop your bags at the Radisson RED Brussels before quickly setting off to Saint-Géry Square. There’s plenty of shady and sunny spaces to please everyone and filled with tasty treats like fresh juice from Zebra Bar or a beer at Le Roi des Belges. Stop by La Fabrique en Ville’s superb terrace for magnificent views of Le parc d’Egmont and people watch the day away. You can also go to an Apéros Urbains (held every Friday from May to September) in different spots for the ultimate mix in music, food and mingling.

GLASGOW

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Second city? Glasgow’s having none of it. Yes, pretty Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital, but the thrills come thicker and faster in Glasgow – a restless, industrious city where the past resolutely informs the future.

Why it’s hot right now

This once mighty shipbuilding powerhouse struggled to find its way when the rivets stopped being hammered in the dry docks but now, it’s a global, cultural melting pot of fantastic food, thrilling theatre and a year of festivals. And, while that legendary Glaswegian love of a good time that never really went way, the difference is, now, there’s a heck of a lot more places to enjoy yourself. The city’s music scene, for one, is among the best in the United Kingdom.

Where to head first

Save your energy and stop at our Sky Bar at the Radisson RED Glasgow before venturing out. Your first experience of Glasgow really has to be a night on the town. And, any night, you’re bound to stumble upon your new favorite band. The city’s a UNESCO World City of music for good reason. It positively rattles and hums with basement clubs, jazz bars and spit & sawdust pubs shaking to the sounds of local troubadours and inventive young DJs. But no visit to the city’s nightlife is complete without a trip to the legendary ballroom of dreams, the Barrowland (244 Gallowgate ). Immortalized in the Trainspotting films, the ‘barras’ has welcomed everyone from U2 to Depeche Mode, via local heroes Primal Scream. And it’s as vital and vibrant today as it’s ever been. Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with who’s on – the sheer energy of the crowd will have you jumping up and down like a devoted fan! Then, next morning, you can buy the back catalogue at Missing Records (247 Argyle Street).

DUBAI

Want to visit a city that effortlessly blends futuristic vision with stunning landscapes and profound traditions? With a Radisson RED opening in Dubai’s Silicon Oasis in 2019, it’s definitely worth adding to your travel ‘to do’ list.

Why it’s hot right now.

A true melting pot, Dubai is packed with people from all over the world living and working there. Approximately 85% of Dubai’s population are expats. This brings a level of cultural interaction that is rarely seen elsewhere in the world. From mega shopping centers to architectural marvels like the Burj Khalifa, Dubai is perfect for those looking for brilliant sunshine and all the modern amenities to make a truly spectacular vacation.

Where to head first.

For those looking for a tropical island style vacay, Dubai offers unique man-made islands. While many are still under construction, The Palm Jumeirah has been around for over a decade and offers plenty of sand and restaurants. Inspired by Dubai’s traditional tree, this island is shaped like a massive palm tree spreading into the ocean.

For those looking to pick up some bling, stop by the world famous Gold Souk. There you can see the world’s largest gold ring, weighing almost 141 pounds! The gold souk is located in old Dubai, and is a real contrast to the newer side of the city. 

Dubai Silicon Oasis is ‘a city within a city’ and when it’s an integrated community in Dubai, you know it’s going to have everything you need. Close to many of Dubai’s main attractions, and packed with places to shop, eat and relax – this area of Dubai is the perfect base for exploring this constantly evolving city.

 

 



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