Immerse Yourself in Local Culture

If you allow it, travel can transport you to a different time and place. Discover some of our favorite cities that are rich in local culture, cuisine and indigenous experiences that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Cancun, Mexico

Mother and daughter at the Templo del Alacran Scorpions

Get wrapped up in the spirit of Cancun with a visit to the Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas. It is here that you will experience all the city has to offer. Take part in a poolside fashion show, tequila tasting or sarong tying demonstration. Learn to speak Spanish or salsa dance. When the sun goes down, engage in the energizing nightlife of Cancun. Visit the renowned Templo del Alacran (The Scorpion’s Temple) which is located on the resort grounds.The temple gets its name from the remains of scorpion sculpture on its walls and is a must-visit while you're in town.

New Orleans, Louisiana

French Quarter view from W Hotel Guest Rooms
Get to know 
The Big Easy. Stay at the W New Orleans - French Quarter to ensure you're steps from all of the action. Visit the French Market and shop six blocks of indigenous items and crafts from local vendors. Embark on a walking tour of the Garden District and then taste the flavors of Louisiana at EAT - featuring Cajun, Creole, and other local favorites. Travel by streetcar for the best chance to see the city. Finally, experience Dixieland jazz, Cajun and deco rhythms on Bourbon Street.

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio

Celebrate the city's storied past and catch a glimpse into early Spanish colonial life. For fifteen miles, the River Walk winds through the heart of the city connecting vibrant neighborhoods with natural preserves and offers access to museums and iconic missions, including the Alamo. Watch Folkloric dancers perform at the Arneson River Theatre. Take a piece of San Antonio home by shopping for exquisite glassware from Latin American artisans at Melissa Guerra’s Latin Kitchen &  MarketTake a bite out of San Antonio at Restaurant Gwendolyn, a popular restaurant that changes its menu daily to reflect the freshest local flavors.  

Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis Tennessee

As home of Blues and the “birthplace of Rock n’ Roll”,what’s not to love about Memphis? If you’re a fan of The King, then a visit to Graceland should be on the top of your list. Take part in the city’s rich history at the National Civil Rights Museum, housed in the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Discover entertainment on Beale Street, where many famous musicians got their start. Grab a bite out of history with breakfast at Arcade Restaurant, the oldest café in Memphis dating back to 1919 and then rest easy at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel.

Portland, Oregon

Portland Waterfront

Best known for its quirkiness, local craft beer, vibrant neighborhoods and breathtaking scenery, Portland has so much to offer. For lunch, take your pick from hundreds of food carts between Southwest Alder and Washington streets. Breakfast or dinner, visit Voodoo Doughnut – you won't be disappointed. Explore the Portland Saturday Market or experience Alberta Street Galleries; a lively district featuring bars, coffee houses,restaurants and boutiques that support local artisans. One of Portland’s nicknames is the City of Roses, so what trip would be complete without a fragrant walk through the International Rose Test Garden, created in 1917 and featuring over 7,000 luscious rose bushes.

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