Port Said, Egypt
Odd for an Egyptian city, this one is full of colonial architecture, a result of its being founded in 1860. Many use this garden-studded, seashell-lined port at the mouth of the Suez Canal as a gateway to Cairo, the city with more ancient history than King Tut can shake a scarab beetle at. One must travel through the Sahara Desert past sand dunes, small villages, and thirsty camels to reach the modern metropolis on the Nile River's banks. Here lie the great Pyramids of Giza, the enigmatic Sphinx, and famous tombs and mummies preserved from long, long ago.