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Accra Attractions and Things to See

Accra is the biggest city and capital in Ghana, originally constructed around a port, it has been the capital of the country since 1877, with outstanding architecture that spans the 19th century to the present day, as the city has grown into a cultural and tourist destination, that has many excellent nightclubs, hotels and restaurants, and national theater. Since the city has grown into a cultural center, it naturally is a tourist destination with monuments, museums and more, oh my.

This lovely city has two five-star hotels, called the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel and the Labadi Beach Hotel, with the Novotel Hotel and the Golden Tulip Hotel, in the city's central business area, being only four-star hotels. There are many three-star hotels like the Hotel Shangri-La, Hotel Wangara, and the Erata, with more budget type hotels. The city's International Conference Center and other meeting facilities has made this nation the leader in the West African sub-region for conference tourism.

Other outstanding attractions in this unique city include the National Theater, with a distinctive influence of Chinese architecture, and the National Cultural Center that is filled with marvelous arts and crafts, set up in a bazaar atmosphere and a traditional textile market area that showcases handicrafts from across the nation.

The Du Bois Center, that was named after the African American scholar, W. E. B. Du Bois and his wife, contains a fantastic research library and gallery of manuscripts, and the grave sites of the Du Bois'. The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is the final resting place of the country's first president, Kwame Nkrumah, a heroic man that would oversee the nation's independence from Great Britain, and a leading exponent of Pan-Africanism. Other historical attractions include the Jamestown area with national monuments of Ussher Fort and James Fort, and the fabulous Osu Castle that had been known in the past as Christiansburg, that was constructed by the Danish settlers in the late 17th century.

The city has become famous for its beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, with the city's most popular being Labadi and then Kokrobite, that is about 45 miles west of the city. The beachfront area houses the Academy of African Music and Arts, where you will marvel at the many exotic dances, songs and music of this great African nation; and home to the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit that houses the seat of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Accra. Other fabulous and interesting sights include the Golden Jubilee House where the president resides, the Parliament of Ghana, the Accra Center for National Culture, and the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Center of Excellence in ICT.