Wing it: bats at Congress Avenue Bridge

48 Hours In: Austin

The capital of Texas comes alive this weekend, with pioneering flights giving easier access to a city that has a spring in its step. Simon Calder saddles up

Tall order: Cerro Santa Lucia and the high-rise city

48 Hours In: Santiago

Chile's capital is gaining new flights from Europe, making this is a great time to go, says Simon Calder

Square root: the Piazza Maggiore

48 Hours In: Bologna

The medieval arcades of this northern Italian city make it a good bet in winter – and a blockbuster exhibition bolsters the appeal, says Julia Buckley

Cuban wheels: a taxi driver waits by his classic car

48 Hours In: Havana

Explore independent restaurants, guesthouses and galleries in the Cuban capital, says Claire Boobbyer

Baltic beauty: the jumbled rooftops of Riga's old town

48 Hours In: Riga

William Cook explores the Latvian capital's rich medieval and Art Nouveau architecture as the city gears up to become European Capital of Culture

Green belt: one of the city's extensive parks

48 Hours In: Melbourne

Australia's green and cosmopolitan bayside city is in bloom with open-air cinemas, al fresco cafés and cycle trails that lead to seaside suburbs, says Cal Flyn

Up on the roof: a view of Fès from Palais Amani

48 Hours In: Fès

This medieval Moroccan city offers the charm of Marrakech without the fuss, says Sarah Khan

Stall stars: the city's Christmas Market

48 Hours In: Birmingham

Simon Calder gets into the festive swing with a weekend in the city at the heart of England

Sky high: the city's striking architecture tells of its prosperity

48 Hours In: Dallas

Tim Walker follows the route of JFK's final motorcade, drinks in the view from Reunion Tower and dines at one of the best smokehouses in Texas

Space to think: Jardin du Luxembourg

48 Hours In: Paris

A century on from the birth of Camus and 70 years since Sartre's 'Being and Nothingness',  Steve Turner spends an Existentialist weekend in the French capital

Sun soaked: the city's brightly painted houses

48 Hours In: Girona

Home to the 'world's best restaurant', this lively Catalan city also offers chic boutiques, a colourful old town and intriguing folklore, says Terri Judd

On track: a tram rolls through the city centre

48 Hours In: Linz

This forward-thinking Austrian city offers cobbled streets and chocolate shops alongside cutting-edge art institutions, discovers Chris Leadbeater

Tower record: the lighthouse at Torre de Hércules

48 Hours In: La Coruña

October days are still balmy enough to enjoy the urban beaches of this intriguing Galician city. And there are plenty of cultural diversions, too

Purple haze: Seattle celebrates its local hero, Jimi Hendrix

48 Hours In: Seattle

This waterside gem of the Pacific Northwest has given birth to musical legends and coffee chains, but next month it's all about the arts, says Simon Calder

48 Hours In: Sydney

The Opera House is throwing a birthday bash, making this the ideal time to visit Australia's dramatic harbour city, says Cameron Wilson

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