Photo tour: Cities at night

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Once night falls, these urban centers take on a whole new personality.

You could spend days exploring a city and never get to know it like you can after the sun sets. Once night falls, these urban centers take on a whole new personality. The daily business bustle is replaced by fun seekers waiting to see what night brings, and bright lights set the tone for after-hours fun. Must-see attractions like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Colosseum in Rome offer completely different experiences at night, while restaurants, nightclubs and even shopping districts serve up late-night escapes.

Some of the most notable nighttime skylines include San Francisco, thanks to its skyscrapers and the Golden Gate Bridge, and Sydney, especially during the annual Vivid Sydney arts festival that lights up the Sydney Opera House with a spectacular array of colors and patterns.

Take a look at some of the world’s most famous cities in a new light with this nighttime photo tour.

Hong Kong (Image: zcamerino)
Hong Kong (Image: zcamerino)
Tokyo (Image: Arneliese used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Tokyo (Image: Arneliese used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
New York City (Image: wwarby)
New York City (Image: wwarby)
Paris (Image: bruno.mariotti used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Paris (Image: bruno.mariotti used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
San Francisco (Image: TimeLapseBlog.com)
San Francisco (Image: TimeLapseBlog.com)
Sydney (Image: apdk)
Sydney (Image: apdk)
Bangkok (Image: Mark Fischer used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Bangkok (Image: Mark Fischer used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Rome (Image: Erik Hagreis)
Rome (Image: Erik Hagreis)
Moscow (Image: yvescosentino)
Moscow (Image: yvescosentino)
London (Image: Man & His Cam)
London (Image: Man & His Cam)

(Main image: Rosino used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Photo tour: Cities at night was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.