Younes Sina studied at the University of Tennessee’s English Language Institute this fall.
If you have $3,000 and you want to spend a great five-day vacation, I would suggest that you come to Tehran, the capital of Iran because Tehran has many interesting places, delicious food, and inexpensive goods.
Although Tehran has a history of a few hundred years as the capital, it is a modern city. You can find many historical places as well as modern buildings.
Most of the historical buildings, from the time of the Qajar Dynasty, are located in the central part of the city. One of these buildings, called Shams-al-Emare (the Building of the Sun) was the seat of the Qajar kings.
The highest building, the Tehran Tower, is a symbol of modern Tehran, and it can be seen from any point in the city. It is a 450-meter high multipurpose building (with) a fancy rotating restaurant and many international conference halls and communication systems.
Museums are other interesting places to see. The most popular museums are the rug, jewelry, modern art, and ancient Iran museums.
Placid parks and beautiful resorts are the lungs of Tehran. If you are tired of breathing big-city air, just go to one of the natural resorts in the mountainous areas north of Tehran. You can breathe cool, fresh air there.
As a tourist, you can find some of the best food in Tehran. The majority of the restaurants serve Iranian kabobs. If you are not a fan of kabobs, don’t worry, because you can find international foods almost anywhere.
Compared with the food in many other places, the food in Tehran is not expensive, and it is healthy and delicious.
Chicken, coobide, and barg kabobs served with the traditional drink, dogh, are some examples of Iranian-style barbeque.
Delicious stews that are served with steamed rice are another kind of good food. Fesenjun, ghorme sabzi, ghaime, and bademjan stews are some more examples of these tasty dishes.
Torshi, lavashak, and faloode are kinds of appetizers and desserts for Iranians.
As a tourist, you can find a lot of inexpensive goods as souvenirs.
The Great Bazaar of Tehran is one of the best places to buy good quality stuff. You can find almost anything there — Persian rugs, jewelry, clothes, dried fruit and nuts, as well as the best collection of international products.
Maybe you, as a stranger, have heard some things about Iran, such as Iran’s being a member of the “axis of evil” in conflict with the Western countries. However, if you travel to Tehran, you will find some facts to the contrary.
Iran is a multinational country. If you walk in the streets of Tehran, you will find a variety of people with different languages and ethnicities.
Azerbaijanis, Kurds, Arabs, Lors, and Baluchis are just a few of the nations who have lived together peacefully in Iran for thousands of years.
But regardless of their ethnic differences, the people of Iran, and particularly those who live in Tehran, are very friendly and hospitable.
Although Iran’s government has a lot of difficulties with Western countries, especially the USA, the people themselves are very friendly toward Americans.
As you can see, Tehran is one of the best places to visit because it has many interesting places and delicious food.
So come to Tehran for the vacation of your life.