Stockholm, Sweden Average Hotel Price: $190 per night Unlike its neighbor, Finland, Sweden has trumped Europe's recession. Stockholm's strong economy has not only allowed the country to weather the storm, but also to rise from the No. 16 spot in 2009 to fifth place on Prices and Earnings report's list of expensive cities. Bargain travelers beware: Sticker-shock is a common side effect of a Stockholm vacation, while the unfavorable exchange rate only fuels the fire.
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, hosts the de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Calif Academy of Sciences, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Conservatory of Flowers, Shakespeare Garden, Rose Garden, Music Pavillion, and tons of recreation.