Almost 100 of the World's Cities Strut Their Stuff in This Huge Expansion of Our Kitchen Magnet Inventory
With unique, full-color illustrations, each of these fridge magnets show off the best that its city has to offer: incredible buildings new and old, monuments, gardens, theme parks, and popular tourist activities. This expansion is massive, with every continent of the globe represented as well as images from often-overlooked smaller cities (looking for a souvenir from Minsk or Punta Cana? We can help you out!). Below, each of these magnets is discussed individually and organized thematically by region or popular activity.
Cities of Music
Some cities are known for their musical traditions - these magnets capture their spirit. In Australia's largest city, Sydney, the municipal emblem is the Opera House. This iconic building, located in the habor near the Habour Bridge and the Botanic Garden was opened in 1973 and incorporates the ground-breaking architectual ideas of Dane Jørn Utzon. Across the globe Austria's capital of Vienna houses the Vienna Philharmonic- one of the world's finest and most exclusive orchestras. Gracing the nation's commemorative "Philharmonic" coins, and housed in the iconic "Golden Hall," the Philharmonic is not only a world-class institution, but an icon of the nation itself. Another type of music has made Seattle famous: Rock and Roll. Bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains made Seattle's Grunge rock the hottest trend in the 1990s. The live music scene that birthed this music still thrives in the city's numerous venues and are featured on the legendary FM radio station KEXP.
Great Cities of Canada
Canada's major cities are proudly displayed in this portion of the collection. The first image is from the inland city of Calgary, sandwiched between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. Calgary is known for its fine skiing, rodeos, and petroleum industry. The next magnet is from Canada's other large western city: the port of Vancouver. Located on the Pacific coast in the province of British Columbia, Vancouver is a beautiful city with a temperate climate; it is a vibrant multi-cultural city with influences from across the Pacific Rim as well as hosting the annual Vancouver International Film Festival. Toronto is Canada's largest and perhaps best-known city: a sprawling metropolis along the north shore of Lake Ontario. Toronto's famous CN Tower is the tallest building in the Americas (and, for three decades, in the world) and is an icon of this modern, vigorous city. The final magnet is from Montreal, the heart of French-speaking Canada. Located along the St. Lawrence River, this is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris itself. Montreal is famous for its "Underground City," a sprawling series of interconnected subterranean shopping centers used by Montrealites to escape the winter cold.
Prepare for the 2016 Olympics With These Brazilian Fridge Magnets
Between the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, the world of sport is turning its eyes towards Brazil and, specifically, Rio de Janeiro. This city is the theme of our first fridge magnet, and between the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer above the city, the perfect beaches of Copacabana and the beautiful "Sugarloaf" mountain, Rio is certainly photogenic. Dwarfing Rio in size, but often overshadowed by it in the international press is its neighbor: Sao Paolo. Sao Paolo has much to offer, being the largest city in Brazil, the Southern Hemisphere and the Portuguese-speaking world; it is popular for its sophisticated cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and - of course- its legendary Carnival.
The Heart of the New China is in Her Great Cities
Much is made in the press of the arrival of China as a new superpower on the world scene, and much of this new-found power is rooted in the incredible success of the nation's cities. The first magnet depicts the city of Shanghai, China's great port in the northeast. Before the Revolution, Shanghai was an "international city," with portions under the governance of foreign powers. This cosmopolitan flavor is still felt in the city's architecture, cuisine and outward-looking spirit. The same cannot be said for Beijing, our second magnet, the nation's capital. Located on the central plains, Beijing is a thoroughly Chinese city, home to not only the current government but also the relics of the old empires: the "Forbidden City," the National Palace Museum and incredible temples. We move to the south with our next magnet, featuring the metropolis of Guangzhou. Located on the Pearl River near Hong Kong, it is the largest city in the south of the country and is the heart of Cantonese culture. Its Canton Tower is an emblem of the new China. Our final magnet depicts Macau, Hong Kong's little brother and a former Portuguese colony on China's southeastern coast. Macau is known today as the center of the Chinese casino industry, becoming akin to a Las Vegas on the seashore.
China's Lesser Known Cities Are Also Gems
While China's mighty metropolis' attract much attention, the nation's lesser-known cities (at least to non-Chinese visitors!) have just as much to offer the visitor. Our first magnet depicts Hangzhou, a city located roughly midway on the coast between Shanghai and Hong Kong. Its best known attraction is the West Lake, an artificial body created centuries ago and home to the city's finest temples and gardens. Situated immediately north of Hong Kong, Shenzen has experienced explosive growth over the last few decades and is today a vibrant center of international trade and manufacturing. Many visitors are drawn here for the city's extensive beaches and fine collection of public parks. Across the bay from Shenzen and Hong Kong is the city of Zhuhai, another boom town that has become the focal point of the "Chinese Riviera." Located adjacent to the gambling center of Macau, Zhuhai brings in great crowds of tourists every year.
Central Europe's History is On Show in These City Magnets
Budapest, the theme of the first magnet, was originally actually two cities: Buda and Pest, which face each other across the Danube River. The capital of Hungary, the single unified town (since 1873) is famous for its luxurious hot springs (over 80!), extensive hot-spring formed caves and for Buda Castle looming over the town.
While Buda Castle is impressive, Prague Castle is spectacular. Standing high above the Czech capital it has long stood for national independence and is still the seat of government and the home of the Royal Jewels. Beyond the Castle, the city of Prague (the them of our second magnet), is filled with attractions: the Jewish Quarter, the Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square. Warsaw is known as the "Phoenix City" because it has risen so many times from the ashes of war. Overcoming World War II and Communism, today it is once again booming as the political and cultural center of Poland. The Old Quarter, the Royal Palace and many sites from Jewish history (including the monument to those who fought in the Warsaw Uprising) bring in modern visitors. Bucharest is the cultural, political and economic center of Romania and has undergone a boom in recent years. Its landmarks include buildings from the Medieval (like Manuc's Inn), Communist (such as the Parliament), and Modern (like the City Gate Towers) eras.
The Great European Capitals Still Draw Millions Every Year
Europe's great cities are unsurpassable tourist attractions, and draw millions of visitors every year for their culture, food, museums and music. Few cities can match the mystique of Paris, the City of Lights. The French capital is famous for its Eiffel Tower, elegant cuisine, high fashion and tendency to lead revolutions. While Paris is no longer the capital of a world empire, it is still a great city and visitors can spend days simply wandering its streets and exploring its charms. The Greek capital of Athens is a city of incredible antiquity. Visitors are, of course, drawn to the greatest surviving relic of early Athens' glory: the Parthenon, which was formerly the spiritual and administrative center of Ancient Athens. Other popular sights include the Acropolis Museum, the Hellenic Parliament, and the locations of three modern Olympic Games: 1896 (the first), 1906, and 2004. London, our fourth magnet, is another great post-imperial city. It is known for its fine pubs, financial district and world-class museums and libraries (such as the British Museum, the Royal Albert Museum and the British Library). Rome, the Eternal City, has been a destination for visitors for millennia. Today, in a single afternoon strolling the city's sites, visitors can stand in the same spot where Caesar addressed the people, in a plaza designed by Michelangelo and in the Vatican above the burial place of St. Peter - not to mention eat delicious gelato, pizza and pasta! The Spanish capital, Madrid, is another city that once commanded a mighty Empire; today it is home to the world-famous Prado Museum, great football, royal palaces, and broad boulevards.
Western Europe's Smaller Cities Also Have Much To Offer
Brussels, like the country of Belgium that it is the capital of, was designed to be a neutral buffer between the mighty powers of Germany and France. Today it continues to serve that purpose and more as the capital of the European Union. Visitors seeking less high-minded attractions enjoy Belgian waffles, the Comic Museum (fitting for the home of Tintin and the Smurfs) and an amusing fountain in the shape of little boy urinating. Manchester is Britain's second city and dominates the Midlands region. While it was previously known for being home to Britain's great's industrial workhouses, today it has become largely de-industrialized. Those old factories and storage facilities are now often home to artists' studios, trendy loft apartments and similar modern uses. Venice is an enchanting city that has stolen the hearts of many of its visitors. Criss-crossed by canals it is known as "the City of Bridges," "the City of Water" and the "Queen of the Adriatic." Perhaps its most fitting title, however, is "Serenissima"- the "Most Serene" - a title fitting for a city without the noise and pollution of the car, bus and motorcycle traffic found in so many Italian cities. Barcelona is located in the Spanish region of Catalonia and is the heart of the Catalan-speaking world. It is a city of incredible energy, modern spirit and progressive politics. Visitors today enjoy the art of 20th century masters like Miro, Picasso and Dali alongside the vibrant street art of Barcelona's graffiti culture. Dublin is the capital of Ireland and the island's largest city. While once a provincial backwater, today it is a major tourist destination, especially for those looking to enjoy themselves in the home of Guinness beer. Those who wish to explore the Irish countryside or view the relics of Ireland's ancient past (such as the Book of Kells) often use Dublin as a base. Looking out on the Atlantic Ocean and celebrating Portugal's seafaring history, Lisbon is a city that has always stood at the edge of Europe, geographically and spiritually. It is an ancient city, founded long before other Western European towns as the last outpost of the Phoenician trading empire. Today it is popular for its beaches and its relaxed atmosphere.
The German-Speaking Cities Bring Visitors From Around the World
Frankfurt is a global center of finance, being home to the European and German central banks as well as an important stock exchange and numerous banks. Visitors enjoy the city's rich culinary tradition, including Apfelwine (Apple Wine), Rindswurst (beef sausage), and - of course - Frankfurter Würstchen, the predecessors of the modern hot dog. To the east, the German capital of Berlin has flourished since being reunited in the 1990s. It has gone from being a symbol of the Cold War to regaining its position as the heart of German culture, especially avant-garde art and electronic music. Visitors enjoy the eclectic mix of buildings, the thriving subcultures and the rich artistic and musical heritage. While Munich, the capital of the German state of Bavaria, is best known for its annual beer-soaked Oktoberfest, visitors can enjoy a fine brew any time of the year. Local beers include: Löwenbräu, Paulaner, and Hofbräuhaus and can be enjoyed in any of over twenty beer gardens. Located in the neutral country of Switzerland, German-speaking Zurich is a center for global banking and high finance, but also includes important museums like the Kunsthaus Zurich (a collection of modern art) and the Swiss National Museum.
Tour Northern Europe's Stately Cities
While lacking the sunny beaches and vineyards of Southern Europe, the cities of the continent's north are stately, beautiful and well-worth the visit - these fine qualities come through in this collection of magents. Holland's capital of Amsterdam deserves its world-wide fame as a city of elegant canals, a thriving bike culture and a place willing to tolerate the world's lesser vices. The city's better-known sights include the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank's House and the Heineken Brewery. Oslo takes the world's spotlight once a year when the Norwegian Parliament declares the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize from City Hall. However, beyond this heady weekend, Norway's Capital is a year-round city of beauty with modern buildings like the Opera House and the Oslo Plaza and historic buildings like Akershus Fortress and the Stortinget. Edinburgh is perhaps one of Europe's most striking cities: the mighty Castle stands on a high rock above the elegant 18th century developments while the historic center of the "Royal Mile" spills down the hillside behind it.
East Asia's Great Cities Pulse With Excitement
Some pundits say that the 21st century will be "the Asian Century," and one can understand why after visiting these great world cities. Greater Tokyo is the world's largest city, with an eye-popping 31.7 million people; this great metropolis throbs with energy, history and a view towards the future. Enjoy the world's best sushi at Tsukiji fish market, anime films at Studio Ghibli or amazing art at the Tokyo National Museum. Across the Sea of Japan, Korea's capital has its eyes on matching Tokyo's splendour. Seoul is a rising star, especially due to the global popularity of the Hallyu (the Korean Wave) of pop music (like Gangham Style), soap operas and electronics like Samsung. Further south, Hong Kong's special status allows it to function as one of the world's most important financial centers. The dense city is home to the world's finest martial-arts films, museums, great shopping and fine sea food. The great cities of Indonesia - Denpasar and Jakarta - are often overlooked by tourists to Asia but are well-worth the trip. Denpasar is the capital of the island of Bali, an island famous for its ancient religious and courtly traditions while Jakarta is the capital of the country and one of the world's largest and most exciting cities. Indonesia has long been a melting pot of world traditions and in Jakarta one can feel the influence of India, China, the Islamic World and indigenous ideas.
Visit the New South Africa
One of the oldest sites of European colonization of Africa, Cape Town is situated in the shadow of Table Mountain at the continents southern tip. Its diverse history has meant that today it has a rich collection of ethnic traditions - English and Dutch, indigenous African, Malay, Indian and Chinese. The area is known for its surfing, carnival and nearby Robben Island - where Nelson Mandela and other future leaders of post-Apartheid South Africa were imprisoned. The inland city of Johannesburg is the theme of the second magnet. Johannesburg is South Africa's largest and wealthiest city, in large part due to its location on some of the world's richest diamond and gold deposits. Many visitors stop here on their way to safari at Kruger National Park, but may stay for the Mandela or Apartheid Museums.
The Home of the Lord of the Rings, New Zealand is Well Worth a Visit
The wild landscapes of the North and South islands of New Zealand became world-famous through the Lord of the Rings films, but the cities depicted in these magnets also have draws. Auckland is the North Island's biggest city, and has the world's largest concentration of Polynesians, giving it a rich cultural landscape. Many visitors enjoy warming up their hiking legs by climbing the city's two hills: Mount Eden and especially Mount Victoria. Christchurch, on the South Island, is the traditional gateway to the island's interior not to mention journeys to Antarctica which often start here - the city is home to the International Antarctic Center, with an impressive museum on polar exploration.
The Glory of Russia is On Display In These Magnets
Russian fridge magnets are a popular souvenir from the country, and these city magnets capture that spirit. The first is from Moscow, where one can feel what it is like to be in the capital of a great and ancient empire. Unlike London, Istanbul or Rome, where empire is a memory, walking in Red Square and looking up the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral, one feels at the heart of a great nation. Saint-Petersburg is considered to be the nation's second city and its gate upon the West, it is a beautiful, canal-filled city blessed with one of the world's greatest collection of neoclassical buildings. While Kiev is not part of Russia - it is the capital and largest city in the Ukraine - its history is deeply intertwined with that of Russia and it deserves to stand alongside the great cities of its larger neighbor.
Visit Latin America With These Fridge Magnets
The first magnet in this part of the collection depicts, Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. An elegant city, it is famous for its wide boulevards, tango music and its steak dinners flavored with chimichurri sauce (made with parsley, garlic, olive oil, oregano and vinegar). Our second magnet the city of Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic's most famous beach resort. Another beach destination, Cancun is located on Mexico's Yucatan Coast, near the Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza. Famous for its hotels, it is a popular destination for North Americans escaping the winter cold. The largest city in the Western Hemisphere and in the Spanish-speaking countries and the fifth-largest in the world, Mexico City is a thriving metropolis. It's population is remarkably young, giving it a boisterous spirit and leading to the city being at the cutting edge of Latino youth culture: music, style and slang all emanate out from this city to the rest of Latin America (and beyond!).
Eastern Europe's Gems Shine Through These Fridge Magnets
These magnets feature Eastern Europe's less popular gems, cities that don't get enough of the spotlight. The first is Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Minsk is a city with subtle charms, with charming Orthodox Churches, the historic district of Trinity Hill and the preserved ancient forest of Chelyuskinites Park. Burgas is a city located on Bulgaria's Black Sea Coast. A charming location, it is close to not only the sea, but also the Burgas Lakes. Along its coastline, the city has built the "Sea Garden," a park of roughly 800 hectares of carefully landscaped grounds, monuments, theaters and even a casino. Our final magnet is from another Bulgarian Black sea city: Varna. Larger than Burgas, it is known as the nation's "Summer Capital" and is renown for its beautiful beaches, which were popular throughout the Twentieth Century. It is also home to a rich archaeological heritage with the ruins of Roman baths, a large archaeological museum, which houses the finds from digs into the neo-lithic "Varna Culture," believed to be the world's first gold-workers.
These Magnets Show That Egypt Has A Lot to Offer
Egypt has brought in visitors for centuries - even the ancient Greeks dreamed of visiting the Pyramids. However, beyond the ruins, many visitors are entranced by Egypt's thriving modern cities. Cairo stands out, being the largest city in both the Africa and the Arab world. Cairo is chaotic, exciting, and filled with the enthusiasm energy of the recent revolution; visitors can see both the nearby Pyramids of Giza and Tahir Square in a single day. Outside of the Nile Valley,the Red Sea resort of Hurghada has long attracted Egyptian visitors, but increasingly its year-round sun and extensive resorts are drawing visitors from around the globe. The third magnet features Sharm el-Sheikh, another Red Sea resort, this one located on the Sinai Peninsula near to the Christian sites of Mount Sinai and St. Catherine's Monastery. It is also known for SCUBA diving and its casinos.
Southern Europe Has History, Beautiful Landscapes and Fantastic Art
Stretching from the Riviera coast southern France, through the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Tuscany, this area of Southern Europe is famed for its beauty and history. France's Cote d'Azure is known around the globe for its beaches and sunshine, centered around the city of Nice - the theme of the first fridge magnet. This area is also home to the annual Cannes Film Festival and the city-state of Monaco, known for its gambling, horse racing and glamorous royal family. Florence, in the Italian region of Tuscany, was once the home of the Renaissance and still boasts artworks from from the finest Italian masters: Michelangelo, Donatello, Botticelli and Brunelleschi (who designed the city cathedral's remarkable dome). Further north is the city of Milan, which is featured in the third magnet, and is Italy's largest city. Milan is known around the world for its Fashion Week held twice-annually and its furniture fair, the largest in the world; these two events help make Milan a global center for design.
The Cities of the Middle East are Rising Stars
Visitors from around the glove are drawn to the Middle East's potent mixture of antiquity and vibrant modernity, and you can feel part of the excitement with these fridge magnets. Our first two magnets are from Israel/Palestine, the Holy Land. The first is from Jerusalem, a city sacred for three faiths and both possessing an ancient beauty and riven by modern conflict. To the west is Tel Aviv, which is a thoroughly modern, liberal-minded beach city on the Mediterranean - a stark contrast to ancient Jerusalem. To the south, in Saudi Arabia, we find a similar contrast between Mecca, the holiest city of the Muslims and the direction towards which they pray, and Riyadh, the Saudi Capital and a modern metropolis built upon the nation's incredible oil wealth. Moving to the Persian Gulf, we continue to find oil wealth at the base of the next two cities: Abu Dhabi and Dubai. These two cities, especially Dubai are world-famous for their eye-popping architecture (including artificial islands and the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building), ostentatious shopping malls and conservative absolute monarchs. Our final city magnet returns to the comfortably ancient with the Moroccan city of Marrakech. Visitors here enjoy wandering the broad souks (markets), gardens, mosques and city walls.
India's Diversity, History and Energy Are On Display in These City Magnets
Delhi is the nation's capital and fuses the spirit of young, modern India with ancient buildings and traditions. As it has been the capital of the nation since the British Colonial period, it is home to a rich number of impressive buildings including the spectacular Lotus Temple, and the Akshardham temple complex. Delhi is part of the "Golden Triangle," a tourist route connecting it with Jaipur and Agra. Agra is a city best known for being the home of the incomparable Taj Mahal mausoleum. The ancient city also houses numerous other attractions, not to mention being a great place for sampling traditional North Indian cuisine. In the dry northern state of Rajasthan, the city of Jaipur is one of India's most popular destination- being part of the "Golden Triangle"- mainly due to the presence of a large number of impressive royal forts, especially the impressive Amer Fort, high on a rock above the nearby town of the same name. Chennai (formerly Madras), the theme of the fourth magnet, is located in the state of Tamil Nadu, famed for its unique Dravidian cultural heritage. It is a city known for its music, especially during the annual Madras Music Season (December - January). Mighty Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is the New York of India: a port city that is the center of skyscraper architecture, high finance and a boisterous urban culture. This world city is the capital of the state of Maharastra, and also serves as the center of the Indian film industry ("Bollywood"), making the city the largest producer of films in the world.
Tour the South China Sea With These Fridge Magnets
Located between China, the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia, the South China sea is a place of remarkable beauty, ancient and thriving cities and international tourism. While the city of Taipei, the theme of our first magnet, does not technically border the South China Sea, the island of Taiwan on which it sits does. Taipei is a popular destination because of its impressive collection of Chinese antiquities at the National Palace Museum, its rich urban culture, and historic sites like the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial. Across the Sea is Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, and often called the "Paris of the Orient." It's mixture of native Vietnamese and colonial French architecture gives the city a unique, elegant air. Visitors enjoy seeing the network of Cu Chi tunnels created during the Vietnam War which lace the city, and buildings like the Reunification Palace, and the Municipal Theater. Further south, where the South China Sea meets the Malay Peninsula is the strategically-placed city-state of Singapore. Located on a collection of 63 islands, Singapore is one of the wealthiest and most highly developed cities in the world. Well-organized and efficient, it is a center for the transportation of goods, international finance, it is one of the most important economic hubs in the world. The city's culture is a mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Western influences and English is one of the nation's official languages. Inland from Singapore is the nation of Malaysia and its capital: Kuala Lumpur. Well-known for its impressive twin towers, the Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur is also the heart of the ancient tradition of the Malay royal courts and numerous sights that make it the sixth-most visited city in the world.
Thailand's Beauty and Hospitality Keeps Bringing in Tourists
These city magnets show off Thailand's cities, including it's famous capital and its lesser-known gems. The song "One Night in Bangkok" states: "One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble... One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster," capturing the spirit of this fascinating, historic, rough-and-tumble, Thai city. Located at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is the capital and cultural center of Thai life, drawing tourists from around the world. Chiang Mai is the largest city in Thailand's inland north and the country's second-largest city after Bangkok. It is a popular destination for both Western and Asian tourists because of its particularly harmonious blend of old and new Thailand, especially due to its rich collection of Buddhist Stupas and its picturesque medieval fortifications. Pattaya is a beach resort a short trip down the coast from Bangkok. Beyond its beaches it has beautiful retreats like the Sanctuary of Truth and Nong Noogh Gardens. Phuket is another coastal town, this one located on the island of the same name, but is found on the Indian Ocean far from the center of Thai life; the island's culture is a rich mix of Thai, Malay and Indian influences.
Turkey Bridges Europe and Asia
Turkey is both the bridge between Europe and Asia and stands at the gateway between the Mediterranean and Black Seas; collectors of fridge magnets find evocative its Christian-Muslim hybrid architecture and its ancient history. Istanbul captures this duality with incredible buildings like the Haghia Sofia (formerly both a Christian Church and a Muslim Mosque), the Blue Mosque, and the great walls of old Byzantium. Edirne, on the other hand, is a firmly European city located near the borders of Greece and Bulgaria. Visitors traveling from Europe often stop here first, enjoying the sight of the city's impressive Selimiye Mosque, with the tallest minarets in Turkey, and Edirne Palace. Antalya, on the country's southwestern coast is a perennial favorite of visitors: the climate and landscapes are the same as those in the Greek Isles but the price is far easier on the checkbook. Up the coast from Antalya is Mugla, a lesser-known, but equally beautiful beach town. Popular local destinations include a historic bathhouse (Hamam) still in operation, a Ottoman-style bazaar, a beautiful old quarter and two restored caravanserai.
North America's Great Cities Are the Theme of These Magnets
American cities great and small have their own fridge magnets, but for this collection, we have selected only the finest. Our first example is from Washington, D.C., the nation's capital. Home to the twenty-seven museums of the Smithsonian Institute (all free!), the national monuments and government buildings, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival and the delicious local hot dog called a "Half Smoke," Washington has something for everyone. On the other side of the continent is Los Angeles - or just "L.A." - a sprawling, sunny, bustling city. This is the heart of the American movie industry, within the Hollywood neighborhood and along Sunset Boulevard, where visitors enjoy finding the 'stars' of their favorite actors and actresses. Located on Lake Michigan, Chicago is the US' great inland city. Made mighty by train industry and the cattle and grain of the heartland, today Chicago is better known for its spectacular collection of Modernist buildings, especially the Sears Tower - long the tallest building in America. Of course, for many visitors, the real attraction of the United States is to visit New York, the Big Apple. This magnet features the "City that Never Sleeps," where a visitor can find shopping, museums, high fashion, the latest in music, and the locales from many popular films. Our final fridge magnet is from America's southernmost metropolis: Miami. Clinging to the tip of Florida, Miami has become the US's most Latino city and Spanish is the most commonly-used language.
North America Also Has Smaller Cities That Pack a Punch
While not massive megalopolis' like New York or L.A., the smaller cities featured in these magnets are all big attractions for visitors from around the world. San Francisco, located in central California combines a beautiful landscape - the Bay, nearby mountains and mighty redwood trees - with beautiful buildings (especially the Golden Gate Bridge) and a quirky, alternative local culture. Home to a legendary punk music scene, the nation's largest gay community and a thriving anarchist subculture, San Francisco embodies the best of counter-culture America. In central Florida is the city that inspires our second magnet: Orlando. Orlando is best known as the home of Disney World, with its numerous sub-parks: the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT Center, MGM Studios and the Animal Kingdom. Beyond the Disney empire, Orlando also boasts a number of other theme parks: SeaWorld, Universal Studios and GatorLand amongst them. The capital of Hawai'i, Honolulu is a gorgeous pearl of a city. Located on the central island of Oahu, it boasts near-endless sunshine, world-class surfing on the nearby north coast, America's only royal palace ('Iolani Palace, home of the Hawaiian Monarchy) and the legendary Waikiki Beach. Visitors should also try "Loco Moco," an infamous local plate, Japanese style noodles and tropical fruits.