How Many 'burghs Can You Name?

  • Plattsburgh, NY
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Strasbourg, France
  • St. Petersburg, FL
  • Gatlinburg, TN
  • Pittsburgh, PA

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Pittsburgh is one of the most commonly misspelled cities in the United States, as many people leave off the "H." In 1890, most US cities ending in "H" had the final letter officially dropped, but the citizens of Pittsburgh fought to preserve their original city name. Today, it's one of the world's largest 'burghs.

    Photo courtesy of David Reid/VisitPittsburgh

  • Plattsburgh, NY

    Plattsburgh, NY

    The United States has only a few 'burghs with an H, and one of them is Plattsburgh in New York. This small Adirondack town serves as a gateway to Lake Champlain and the nearby Saranac River, and since it's less than an hour from Vermont, Montreal, Lake Placid and Adirondack Park, it's a great base for exploring the Upstate New York region.

    Photo courtesy of Corey Collins

  • Edinburgh Castle

    Edinburgh, Scotland

    Scotland has lots of 'burghs, but Edinburgh – the capital city – is the largest. On a visit to this 'burgh, make sure to have a pint at a traditional British pub, play a round of golf at one of the nearby courses, explore the streets of Medieval Edinburgh and, if you time your travels right, join in the fun of the Edinburgh Festival, one of the largest cultural events in the world.

    Photo courtesy of chuck624

  • World Cup stadium in Johannesburg

    Johannesburg, South Africa

    Thanks to its colonial European heritage, South Africa has its own 'burg: Johannesburg. The largest city in the country is also one of the best places to learn about Nelson Mandela and the nation's apartheid past at Constitution Hill and the Apartheid Museum. For something a little more lighthearted, visit the Johannesburg Art Gallery or do some shopping at one of the city's mega malls.

    Photo courtesy of shanediaz120

  • Hamburg, Germany

    Hamburg, Germany

    Germany has its own fair share of 'burgs, and Hamburg is among the most famous. Nicknamed the Venice of the North, Hamburg's abundant canals, baroque architecture and picturesque Alster Lake make it one of the most beautiful in the country. it's also considered the greenest city in Europe, with over half of its area covered in water, woodlands, parks and gardens.

    Photo courtesy of LuxTonnerre

  • Salzburg, Austria

    Salzburg, Austria

    The city of Salzburg looks like it jumped off the pages of a storybook, and the cultural scene here has been inspiring artists and musicians for centuries. Experience the best of the city with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Old Town, followed by visits to some of the Sound of Music's iconic filming locations.

    Photo courtesy of Tourismus Salzburg

  • St. Petersburg, Russia

    St. Petersburg, Russia

    When it comes to sumptuous works of architectural art, Russia's St. Petersburg comes to mind. The Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood might be the most famous and recognizable, but the baroque Winter Palace in Palace Square and the Grand Palace at Peterof are just as magnificent.

    Photo courtesy of c_pichler

  • Strasbourg, France

    Strasbourg, France

    Towns don't get much more photogenic than Strasbourgh, France, where the canals of La Petite France are lined with pastel colored timber houses and crossed with medieval foot bridges. The capital of the wine-growing region of Alsace sits 300 miles from Paris along the banks of the River Ill.

    Photo courtesy of Francisco Antunes

  • St. Petersburg, FL

    St. Petersburg, FL

    Florida's very own 'burg, St. Petersburg, has one of the most pleasant and visitor-friendly downtown areas in the entire state, not to mention a lovely waterfront promenade, the Dali Museum and beautiful beaches. For a taste of classic kitschy Americana, make the short drive north to Weeki Wachee Springs to see the famous mermaids.

    Photo courtesy of Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater

  • Gatlinburg, TN

    Gatlinburg, TN

    Gatlinburg, the famous 'burg in Tennessee, is also one of the most family-friendly destinations in the United States, with attractions like Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Ober Gatlinburg and nearby Dollywood. This 'burg is also the perfect place to base yourself for day trips into Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

    Photo courtesy of Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce


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