48 Hours In: Boston

The Massachusetts capital provides a feast of history – with side orders of politics, academia and clam chowder. By Simon Calder

The blues: Sheraton Hannover Pelikan Hotel

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Lower Saxony's capital is a fascinating place for a weekend break, made even more appealing with new flights and Christmas markets

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Vote with your feet and plan a weekend visit to the US capital, where politics meets history and culture

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New flights are set to bring the capital of South Australia within easier reach of British travellers, says Anthony Lambert. And with summer just beginning, now’s the perfect time to plan a visit

High living: Simon Calder checks out Houston

48 Hours In: Houston

From barbecue heaven to the final frontier, the Lone Star State’s leading city guarantees a unique short break. By Simon Calder

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48 Hours In: Rotterdam

The stylish port city celebrates its cultural side this  autumn with two major art exhibitions ranging from Van Eyck to Picasso, says Laura Holt

France’s culinary capital also has strong links with the moviesA

48 Hours In: Lyon

France’s culinary capital also has strong links with the movies. William Cook enjoys the best of both worlds

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48 Hours In: Barcelona

The Catalan capital offers a glut of galleries, Gaudí’s fairy-tale flights of fancy, stylish independent shops – and a chance of late summer sun, says Sarah Gordon

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48 Hours In: Rome

As Woody Allen's love letter to the Eternal City hits the cinemas, the Italian capital is in a party mood with its annual festival of music and dance.

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Autumn's comfortable temperatures make the lively streets of Sicily's captivating capital a pleasure to explore, says Duncan Garwood.

Dome sweet dome: St Basil's Cathedral

48 Hours In: Moscow

With the prospect of a low-cost link from Gatwick, is the vast Russian capital about to join the big league of weekend break locations? Shaun Walker reports

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This Basque beauty basks in late-summer sun, with a film festival and perfect pintxos adding extra appeal.

Tsar quality: Peter the Great created a dream city

48 Hours In: St Petersburg

As summer's endless light begins to fade in Peter the Great's creation, the Russian city's arts scene goes into full swing with a new season of ballet and opera, says Chris Leadbeater.

48 Hours In: Salzburg

The Austrian city's annual festival of opera, theatre and classical music gives added sparkle to the home of Mozart and 'The Sound of Music', says Will Hawkes.

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