Australian Open, Melbourne
Prized for its parks, gardens and shops, Melbourne is at its best in January. That’s when the Australian Open comes to town, bringing with it the thrill of Grand Slam tennis. Crowds oohing and ahhing; sneakers squeaking on the hard surface; athletes mopping their brows as the sun mercilessly beats down. Soak up the tennis (and the sunshine) through the day, then in the evening join in the festivities that are part and parcel of the Australian Open. Melbourne sure knows how to throw a party.