Nearly six million people live within 50 miles of Birmingham, England's second largest city. It's an industrial city, with a rich history that helped spurn the Industrial Revolution (James Watt patented the steam engine here; we still use his name when talking lightbulbs).
The Jewellery Quarter produces most of the jewelry made in England; tourists can wander in over 100 shops. Cadbury also started making chocolate here in 1824, back when it was considered an aphrodisiac and deemed unsuitable for ladies. Today the company entices both genders into its sweet lair with guided tours.
The city is undergoing a bit of a face-lift, using the International Convention Centre and the National Exhibition Centre as its draw. It's working: Thousands of convention goers come here from around the world.