Santa Barbara CA.This not-so-crowded beach town is the perfect mix of rugged & refined. Hike along the beachfront Cabrillo Bike Path, ride the antique carousel at Chase Palm Park, & take the kids to see the elephants at the Santa Barbara Zoo. If you have time w/out children, sip your way across downtown Santa Barbara's (walkable) Urban Wine Trail. Most of the vacation rentals here have 1-3 bedrooms & rent for as low as $116/night.
Flying into London City Airport on a clear day, those in window seats get views of the Thames and London landmarks. For pilots, it's challenging. PrivateFly says the glide path is set at stomach-churning 5.8 degrees as opposed to the usual 3-degree glide path.