• Blackpool, England
    Blackpool's waterfront


Blackpool is Britain's quintessential seaside resort. There's a place for everyone: fancy vacationers paying top dollar for sea-view hotels with every amenity, families with kids out for some amusement park fun, and partiers and regular folks reveling in a sticky mix of Coney Island, Las Vegas, and Denny's. Spend a day "muckin' about" the beach promenade of fortune-tellers, fish-and-chips joints, amusement piers, warped mirrors, and Englanders wearing hats with built-in ponytails. Scream down roller coasters and eat "candy floss" until you're deliriously queasy. Some people love it…others hate it. But it is, without a doubt, a spectacle.