Dar es Salaam is located in the center of Tanzania's Indian Ocean coastline. It is the country's largest and richest country due to its large harbor. Outside of the city center there is a lively nightlife in the residential areas. A recent burst of new international restaurants has occurred fro the growing importance of the city in the trade and tourism. There is a wide array of cuisines for visitors to try, including traditional Tanzanian barbecue, the long-established Indian cuisine, and fares from around the world. To escape the city's heat, visit the National Museum dedicated to Tanzanian history or the Village Museum. The Village Museum sits on the city's edge and is comprised of the traditional huts of 16 unique Tanzanian ethnic groups. While there guests can learn about the traditional culture, farming, dance and music.
The Julius Nyerere International Airport is a frequent connection point for those traveling into Tanzania's famed National Parks and onto Zanzibar for beach getaways.