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The population of this area of Taiwan is approximately 7,900,000.
From here, it's 6 miles to the north to Shilin and 8 miles to the south to Xindian.
If you want to start with the city's most famed attractions, Taipei 101 and the National Palace Museum ought to be right at the very top of your itinerary.
Treat the kids and enjoy some quality time at the Miramar Ferris Wheel and the Taipei Film House. Want more? Baby Boss and Formosa Fun Coast Water Park are sure to keep everyone grinning.
A few hours exploring the underwater worlds at Yehliu Ocean World is the perfect way to get acquainted with the incredible creatures of the deep.
If you love animals, put the Taipei Zoo on your must-visit list. Be sure to ask at the entrance about hands-on activities and where to find the zoo's favorite specimens.
Amid a collection of gorgeous plant species, an afternoon spent at the Taipei Botanical Garden is guaranteed to be a pleasant one.
When the sun is shining, pack some lunch and head out to one of the pleasant urban parks, such as Yangmingshan National Park or Beitou Hot Springs Park. Youth Park and Elephant Mountain are two more nice places to while away a lazy afternoon and catch up on some reading.
With stacks of visitor information on hand, Cihu Visitor Center is a great place to find out what's happening in Taipei.
We often think of a river as being quite calm, but a visit to Wulai Waterfalls and Shifen shows us their true power. The untouched beauty of Golden Waterfall and Gold Falls is also something special.
Would you like to do some bird-watching? Maybe some fishing if the conditions are right? The local freshwater lakes offer a range of things to do for adventurers of all ages. Yinyang Sea, Lung Tung and Dream Lake are among the most popular. See which one is the best fit before you head over for a great afternoon out in the sun!
Would you like to spend a day of rejuvenation by the oceanside? Pack a bag with yummy snacks and find a nice spot at Fulong Beach or Shenao Headland. These scenic coastal areas are great to lay back and simply watch the clouds roll on past.
Leave your phone in the car and have a break from the noise of the modern world at Lion's Head Mountain and Yehliu Geopark. Shimen Arch and Fuyang Nature Ecological Park are also recommended by nature-loving locals.
Don't forget to make time for some of the favored cultural institutions nearby. Savor the contemplative atmosphere as you check out the displays at the National Taiwan Museum and Taipei Story House. The Museum of World Religions and the Miniatures Museum of Taiwan are also well worth a visit.
Accounts of this region's maritime history are imbedded on the remnants of obsolete watercraft on display at the Evergreen Maritime Museum.
The eclectic exhibit of scientific objects and innovations at Taipei Astronomical Museum should be enough to keep you and your kids occupied for days. But if you're still looking for more, Taipei Astronomical Museum is another interesting science center worth discovering.
From the instant you arrive, it is plain to see that the collections at the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines and the Shihsanheng Museum of Archaeology are the product of obsession. Looking back from behind protective glass, these striking specimens will excite your curiosity. The Kaidagelan Cultural Museum and the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology are also not to be missed.
Are you an art aficionado? You'll discover galleries of all sizes here. Start your tour of this creative paradise with a stop at the Yingge Ceramics Museum and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. If you have time afterwards, the MoCA Taipei and the Juming Museum are also well worth your time.
Even if you were never a history nerd, you'll enjoy examining the past at the Museum of the Institute of History and Philology or the National Museum of History.
The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall are certainly worth looking into, even if you're not a passionate history buff. When it comes to days of old, there's always more to discover. Ershawan Fort and Wuchih Mountain Military Cemetery are two more great places to check out.
Those with an interest in military history should enjoy touring Fort San Domingo and Baimiwong Fort, two examples of the area's historical fortifications. Many tourists are also impressed by the scarred walls of Dawulun Fort and Gongzih Liao Fort.
Discover the region's spiritual side and take in the serene atmosphere at the Longshan Temple and the Confucius Temple. You might also like to check for tours at National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine and the Xingtian Temple.
After you've checked out all the principle attractions in and around Taipei, take the time to explore some of its less well-known sights. Taipei Bridge and Sanxia Old Street might be just what you're after. If you can squeeze it in, also check out Guang Fu Bridge or Bopiliao Old Street.
Taipei has a reputation as a worthwhile destination, with no less than 497 Taipei lodging options to choose from on Expedia.
The W Taipei, at 10 Zhongxiao East Rd, sec 5, Xinyi Dist, and The Westin Taipei, at No. 133, Nanjing East Road, Section 3 are two of the higher-end lodgings in Taipei. Stay at either and you'll be guaranteed to have some of the nicest guest amenities and hotel features in town. If you're after something a bit cheaper, the United Hotel, 200 Kwang-fu South Road, or the Holo hostel, 22F -2, No.50, Zhong Xiao W. Rd, may hit the right note.
Travel isn't just about marking off new destinations on a map. It's about the friends we encounter and the adventures we have on the way!
Jump-start your trip to Taipei by trying out one or two of these activities:
Head to our Taipei things to do page for a full list of activities.
Located in Wanhua, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Taipei Botanical Garden, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and National Taiwan Museum. Ningxia Night Market and Daan Forest Park are also within 3 miles (5 km). Taipei Wanhua Station is only a 2-minute walk and Longshan Temple Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Zhongzheng, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Taipei City North Gate, Ningxia Night Market and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Huashan 1914 Creative Park and National Taiwan Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km). Ximen MRT station is 9 minutes by foot and NTU Hospital Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Zhongzheng, this hotel is steps away from Station Front Metro Mall and Shin Kong Life Tower. Taipei City North Gate and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). NTU Hospital Station is 7 minutes by foot and Shandao Temple Station is 12 minutes.
Located in Ximending, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Taipei Botanical Garden and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Baby Boss and Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall are also within 6 mi (10 km). Beimen MRT station is 7 minutes by foot and Ximen MRT station is 10 minutes.
Located in Ximending, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taipei 228 Memorial Park and National Taiwan Museum. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and Ningxia Night Market are also within 1 mile (2 km). Ximen MRT station is only a 3-minute walk and NTU Hospital Station is 11 minutes.
This family-friendly Taipei hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Shilin Night Market and Taipei Fine Arts Museum. National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away. Jiantan Station is 14 minutes by foot and Yuanshan Station is 24 minutes.
Located in Daan, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Zhongxiao Road and Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. Taipei 101 and Songshan Cultural and Creative Park are also within 1 mile (2 km). Zhongxiao Dunhua Station is only a 2-minute walk and Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Zhongzheng, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Taipei Botanical Garden and Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. Taipei 101 and Shilin Night Market are also within 6 mi (10 km). NTU Hospital Station is 9 minutes by foot and Shandao Temple Station is 10 minutes.