London has seen many things in its millennia-long history.
Founded as Londinium by the Romans about 2,000 years ago, it was later settled by Anglo-Saxons and was a frequent target of Viking raids. It survived plagues, fires, and civil war to become the capital of the British Empire and home of the Industrial Revolution. Today, all that history (and much more) is part of what makes London such a compelling city to visit.
"Whether it's a first-time experience traveling abroad or a return journey because there's so much to do, London is an ideal destination," says Allison Walker, one of AAA's top travel advisors. "Many travelers find it unintimidating and easy to adjust to. Firstly, the culture isn't drastically different: the people speak English and the food is familiar, but with a local twist. Secondly, there are lots of direct flights and it doesn't take long to get there, especially from the East Coast. It's also ideally situated as a jumping-off point to other destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. There's a lot to see and do, with plenty of variety depending on your interests, traditional or eclectic, making it a great return destination. I've been 6 times and I would definitely go again."
With so many choices, advice from a travel advisor is invaluable. Here are just a few of London's highlights, plus insights from Allison, who has 21 years of experience as a travel advisor.