Schedule a business trip to San Francisco, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Honolulu, New York, San Antonio, Boston or Seattle, and friends and family turn envious at your good fortune -- no matter how hard you plan to work.
Many of America's other big cities -- major convention and business destinations -- don't glitter as brightly. But often they offer a surprising wealth of historic, cultural and recreational attractions to tempt business travelers from their hotel rooms. Among the possibilities:
Indianapolis: A major U.S. grain market, Indianapolis once seemed on the skids. But there's been a definite rebound and now it's dubbed "the Cornbelt city with Sunbelt sizzle." Visit restored Union Station, a festival marketplace of shops and cafe's; the Lilly Pavilion of Decorative Arts; and the restored home of Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States.
Kansas City: Agribusiness, insurance and transportation help pay the bills in Kansas City, Mo., a community that for decades has worked hard at urban beautification. The result is a Midwestern city with a touch of European elegance. The active new city hub is the Crown Center complex of shops, offices and restaurants. Ten miles away is the Harry S Truman Library and Museum in Independence.
Tulsa: Oil created and continues to fuel this small, sophisticated Midwestern city. Attractions include the Gilcrease Museum for its collection of Old West paintings and sculptures by Frederic Remington, George Catlin and Charles Russell; in nearby Claremore, the Will Rogers Memorial; and in the surrounding countryside, the tribal museums and exhibits of the Creek, Osage and Cherokee Indians.
Omaha: Grain and livestock are big business in Omaha, gateway to the Nebraska plains. For a look at the city's origins, seek out the Great Plains Black Museum, featuring the life of black Americans on the Plains; the Union Pacific Historical Museum, displaying relics of early railroading days; and the Western Heritage Museum, focusing on life in early Nebraska.
Cleveland: A busy port city on Lake Erie, its image is heavy industry. But Cleveland also is a performing arts center, home to excellent repertory theater and one of the country's finest orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra performing at famous Severance Hall during the winter season and at the beautiful outdoor Blossom Music Center in summer.