With all the different cities in this world, it really shouldn’t be a surprise that there are a few cities out there that share the same name. Did you know that there are more than 50 cities in the world named “San Antonio” and more than 10 cities named “Berlin”?
Sometimes, the duplicate naming is intentional—sometimes a city wants to pay tribute to the more well-known destination. But maybe it’s all a tourist ploy to get people to accidentally book a trip to Paris, Texas, instead of Paris, France.
There’s a number of reasons that tens of millions of tourists flock to the city of lights every year, one of which is to see the amazing structure that is the Eiffel Tower. It’s not the only place to see a tower like this, though…
About 1.5 hours outside of Dallas, Paris has been a railroad stopping point since the late 1800s and was made famous by the (creatively named) 1984 film Paris, Texas. The town knows how to embrace their French counterparts though, paying tribute with their own cowboy-embellished Eiffel Tower.
If you think Nashville is the only music city in Tennessee, you’re missing out on Memphis, the city where blues music was born. A visit to Memphis should always include a trip to Beale Street, some great barbecue, and maybe a trip to the Blues Hall of Fame.
Memphis, Egypt, on the other hand, is far from the city where blues music was born. In Egypt, if you say you’re going to Memphis for the weekend, you’re going to be traveling to an abandoned ancient city that’s thousands of years old and sits outside of Cairo.
St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia, served as the nation’s capital for more than 200 years and is known for the charm of its architecture, as well as for being a cultural center for the country.
St. Petersburg, Florida
St. Petersburg, Florida was actually named after the Russian city because the Florida city was founded by Peter Demens in 1888, who was from the Russian city. It’s the fifth-largest city in Florida and is known for being sunny pretty much 365 days a year—something that is definitely different than the Russian city it’s named after.
Of the two Glasgows, the Scottish city is definitely the more well-known tourist destination. With more than 600,000 people calling it home, Glasgow is a cultural hub for Scotland, home to the Scottish Opera, Ballet, and National Theatre of Scotland.
Glasgow, Montana, was specifically named after the Scottish city, but that’s where the similarities end. The Montana city is known for its farmland and has a population of less than 5,000 people.
It’s hard not to recognize an image of the Sydney Opera House, and the rest of Sydney, Australia, lives up to the fame it receives. The city is a sailing and water life hub thanks to the massive Darling Harbour, and it has a number of famous places to visit like Bondi Beach and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Sydney, Nova Scotia
It can’t offer you the beauty of the Sydney Opera House, but Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, can offer you the beauty of the world’s largest fiddle! The 60-foot-tall fiddle sits on the Nova Scotia waterfront to greet the ships coming in and any tourists who want to stop by to see it.
Naples is a city that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, and it is a popular tourist spot on the Southeastern coast of Italy, especially for cruise ships and boats. You can enjoy the coastal views, eat some Neapolitan pizza, and maybe even visit Mount Vesuvius nearby.
Florida’s piece of little Italy sits on the Gulf of Mexico and has one of the highest proportions of millionaires per capita in the U.S. Naples is a popular destination for retirees and snowbirds looking to escape colder winters elsewhere thanks to its more than 300 sunny days a year.
A medieval market town in England, Stratford-upon-Avon is most well-known for being the birthplace of a famous playwright you may or may not have heard of, William Shakespeare. The Royal Shakespeare Company resides in Stratford and receives around 2.5 million visitors a year.
Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Much like its English sister city, Canada’s Stratford is also known for its theater scene. Stratford sits on the Avon River and is known for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, which draws in large numbers of tourists to the quaint town from May to October every year.
Considered one of the top 25 cities in the world to live in, Dublin is a vibrant city with something to offer every type of tourist. Whether you’re looking for museums, lively music, or Guinness, Dublin has you covered.
Dublin, Ohio, United States
The city of Dublin, Ohio, though it’s not an actual Irish city, claims that “Irish Is An Attitude,” and it’s an attitude they’ve adopted. The city offers plenty of Irish experiences and has more than 20 “Irish Approved” businesses to do their friends across the sea proud.
The second-oldest university in England, the University of Cambridge is made up of a number of colleges that date back hundreds of years, as well as museums and exhibits. Some of the greatest minds in history have attended the University of Cambridge, but the U.K. isn’t the only place to have an impressive school in Cambridge.
Chances are if you’ve been on a trip to Boston, you’ve paid a visit to Cambridge, Massachusetts, so you could visit the hallowed halls of Harvard, and maybe even buy yourself a Harvard sweater from the bookstore.
Did you know that Melbourne, Australia, is supposedly the coffee capital of the world? The city, which is the actual capital of the state of Victoria, has everything to offer from parks and beaches to great restaurants and nightlife.
Florida is clearly a state that likes to name its cities after other places, considering they’ve got a Melbourne on top of St. Petersburg, Naples, and other cities like Panama City and Venice. Like the Australian city, Melbourne, Florida, is a coastal city that has beautiful beaches to enjoy.