The Classics

Thousands of years of history, iconic attractions, hotels that set the standards for service and glamour — these are the hallmarks of classic cities, those destinations that appear perennially on attendees' wish lists.

But a long history is just the first criterion for a destination to become a classic. Cities with true staying power also ensure that they are contemporary and relevant. In London, for example, the 2012 Olympics have been the impetus for citywide enhancements, fr

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