“It was [fifty] years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play.” On June 1, 1967, the Beatles — already the biggest band the world had ever seen — released an experimental album that ushered forth the Summer of Love and would go on to change the face of music forever. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, we’ve pulled back the curtain on some of the best cities around the globe for music fans.

London

Rock ‘n’ roll may have been born in the US, but no city in the world has played as crucial a role in the genre’s evolution as London. The English capital witnessed the making and breaking of Jimi Hendrix, defined the punk rock aesthetic, and introduced iconic artists and bands such as David Bowie and the Rolling Stones to the world. See the recording studios, gig venues, and hangouts associated with the likes of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd on the London Rock Music Tour or catch a gig at one of Camden Town’s legendary music venues, or recreate the Abbey Road album cover on an evening walking tour through central London.  

Where to stay:

The Portobello Hotel in Notting Hill has hosted the likes of Blur, U2, Mick Jagger, and the Sex Pistols since it opened in 1971. Room 16, or the Exceptional Room, is where the fashion model Kate Moss and the Hollywood actor Johnny Depp are rumored to have bathed in a tub filled with Champagne.

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100 Club on Oxford Street hosted the first ever punk festival in 1976, with a line-up including the Sex Pistols and the Clash. Today, it’s a great place to see local or undiscovered talent, as well as more established names.

Berlin

Many great musicians have left their mark on Berlin, but it was Bowie above all others whose music captured the spirit of young Berliners. On the David Bowie and the End of the World Walking Tour, travel back to the mid-to-late 1970s, when the Thin White Duke called the divided city home and was working on his heralded Berlin Trilogy. See where he lived, worked, and partied — including the legendary Hansa Studios and the apartment building he shared with Iggy Pop — and finish up with a drink at one of his old haunts.

Where to stay:

Opened in 2010, the nhow Berlin markets itself as Europe’s first music hotel. Indulge your rockstar fantasies with a tour of one of the hotel’s two recording studios, or order a guitar or keyboard from the room service menu.

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One of Berlin’s first punk venues, Kreuzberg’s SO36 was a favorite hangout of Bowie and Iggy Pop. Today, it’s still a fixture of the city’s live music scene, staying true to its punk roots while also embracing new artists and more experimental musicians.

New York City

Few cities boast a musical heritage as rich as New York City’s. Punk rock, new wave, disco, and hip-hop all have their roots in the Big Apple, as does salsa music, which emerged from the city’s Latino neighborhoods in the 1960s. Watch live jazz in Harlem, sing along during a Brooklyn gospel music tour, or discover up-and-coming talent at Mercury Lounge. For something on the more formal side, see who’s playing at Radio City Music Hall, or get tickets to the latest Broadway blockbuster.

Where to stay:

The Bowery Hotel in the East Village is a stone’s throw from the former site of the legendary CBGB punk club, and only a short walk from the historic Bowery Ballroom concert venue.

Drinks and more:

Cafe Wha? was instrumental in launching the careers of Bob Dylan (he played his first-ever NYC show here), the Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix, and Bruce Springsteen — among others. Head there any night of the week to hear live music, drink beer, and immerse yourself in 50 years of rock ‘n’ roll history.

San Francisco

San Francisco was ground zero for the 1967 Summer of Love, with musicians like Janis Joplin, Big Brother, Jefferson Airplane, and the Grateful Dead all breaking new musical ground at venues such as the Avalon, the Fillmore, and even Golden Gate Park. Fifty years later, their influence can still be felt on the streets of Haight-Ashbury. Hitch a ride on the Magic Bus to see counterculture sites in Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, and North Beach; turn onto San Francisco’s top attractions on the Love Bus tour; or grab a ticket to the Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll exhibition at the de Young Museum.

Where to stay:

The Phoenix Hotel has welcomed everyone from Joan Jett to the Red Hot Chili Peppers through its doors. Have brunch or drinks at the hotel’s restaurant, Chambers, which houses one of the country’s largest record collections.

Drinks and more:

Vesuvio Café has been a hangout for writers, artists, and musicians — including Joplin — since it opened in 1948. Order the Bohemian Coffee (coffee with brandy and amaretto) and indulge in the nostalgia.

Seattle

Seattle will forever be associated with the grunge movement of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, but long before Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains were giving sell-out performances and plaid flannel shirts once again became a rebellious fashion statement, Seattle had cemented its place in rock ‘n’ roll history as the home of Jimi Hendrix. Snag yourself a Seattle CityPASS and head to the Museum of Pop Culture to see the Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix exhibitions, featuring hand-written lyrics, instruments, memorabilia, and photographs.

Where to stay:

The Edgewater has had the (questionable) honor of having its rooms trashed by the Who, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Make a reservation for The Beatles Suite, where the Fab Four stayed during their 1964 tour of America.

Drinks and more:

Catch a gig at The Crocodile, where local bands such as Nirvana and Death Cab for Cutie played before making it big.

Las Vegas

From Celine Dion’s 1,000+ shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace to All Shook Up at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, headlining residences and shows draw as many travelers to Las Vegas as gambling and all-night parties. Score meet-and-greet tickets for Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, or Mariah Carey, or watch the Beatles done Cirque du Soleil®–style at the Mirage Hotel. For the quintessential Vegas experience, visit the home of Wayne Newton, aka Mr. Las Vegas, and take a ride down the Strip in a pink Cadillac with Elvis.

Where to stay:

The Hard Rock Hotel is one of the best hotels in Sin City for celeb-spotting, but even if you don’t see any rockstars, you’ll find Prince’s Purple Rain suit, Keith Richards’ guitar, Madonna’s underwear, and other memorabilia displayed throughout the hotel casino.

Drinks and more:

Off the Strip in an unassuming strip mall, you can sit in the booths of Old Blue Eyes and his fellow Rat Pack, among other Sinatra-era celebs, at the Golden Steer Steakhouse.

Seoul

K-pop stepped onto the world stage in 2012 with the release of Psy’s “Gangnam Style.” However the genre has been a fundamental part of South Korean pop culture for years, even branching out beyond music into K-beauty, K-dance, and K-food. One of the best ways to experience K-pop in Seoul is to get an admission ticket to see a live broadcast of a K-pop show. You can also visit K-Pop Experience: KLive Hologram Experience, an innovative concert venue featuring hologram performances by K-pop stars such as Big Bang and 2NE1.

Where to stay:

Aloft Seoul Myeongdong is located in the neighborhood of Myeongdong, one of Seoul’s main shopping districts.

Drinks and more:

Sample rice rolls, mung bean pancakes, and more on a private walking tour that introduces you to some of Seoul’s best K-food spots.

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