SIX MUST-SEE PLACES IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES
Blog content by Lauren Feldkamp
1. BEARTOOTH HIGHWAY, MONTANA
2. Denver, Colorado
To truly get a grasp on what Denver is all about, spend an afternoon or evening at the 16th Street Mall, which is an open-air pedestrian mall offering everything from wonderful restaurants to unique boutiques.
3. Estes Park, Colorado
An absolutely gorgeous mountain town, you will want to make time to explore the small lake via kayak, or for a spectacular view of the area, take a ride on the aerial tramway early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
âAfter a day of exploring, be sure to pay a visit to the iconic Wapiti Pub, where you can choose from an impressive array of craft beer as well as simple yet delicious food selections.
4. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
5. Glacier National Park, Montana
An absolutely gorgeous destination, this is an ideal spot for those looking to be close with nature.
There is a vast amount of hiking options available as well as plentiful campgrounds, though the presence of bears in the area means that anything with a soft side, such as a canvas tent is prohibited.
The most famous activity here is driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road, an approximate fifty-mile drive that takes you over Loganâs Pass while affording magnificent scenery the entire time.
Although there are areas to stop and use the restroom or grab a bite to eat, there is no fuel available along the road, so be sure to plan accordingly.
Other highlights of the park include the Lake McDonald Valley and North Fork, which is relatively free of other visitors thus will provide you with the most isolated experience.
TRAVELING THE UNITED STATES - PART 3
Guest post by Lauren Feldkamp
The Southeast Highlights
1. Visit Charleston, South Carolina
âA gorgeous southern port city famous for its cobblestone streets, you can pay a visit to Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.
The charming city market is truly a sight to behold, as it takes up over four blocks on the sight of what was once a slave market.
People of all ages will enjoy strolling through the historical Waterfront Park, which offers spectacular views of the Cooper River along with two beautiful fountains.
Be sure to set aside time to visit the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, which boasts train tours and even an on-site petting zoo for the kids!
âOf course, no visit to Charleston is complete without a stop at Magnolias, one of the best restaurants in the city. Here, you will find a sophisticated twist on southern classics such as shrimp and grits and blue crab bisque paired with an impressive wine selection!
2. Visit New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is hands down one of the most charmingly unique cities in the entire United States, if not the world itself. There is a definite energy emanating from the city that you just donât find anywhere else.
If you are a first-time visitor, you must pay a token visit to the hustle and bustle of Bourbon Street as well as the beautiful, historic French Quarter, yet there is so much more to experience here aside from the typical tourist attractions.
3. Visit to Savannah, Georgia
One of the most visually appealing cities in the South, Savannah is famous for its historical district which was all but leveled completely during the Civil War.
Forsyth Park is a gorgeous spot to spend a few hours strolling along the pristinely maintained walkways complete with a confederate memorial or pack a good book and spend the afternoon wandering through Bonaventure Cemetery, the oldest burial ground in the city.
âThere are a number of wonderful museums to choose from as well, including the Owen-Thomas House, where you can walk through the original slave quarters or the Wormsloe Historic Site, which features the ruins of a once proud Colonial estate!
4. Visit San Antonio, Texas
This city is famous both for its historical value as well as for its incredible food.
The San Antonio River Walk is an experience unto itself, with a number of wonderful restaurants and quirky shops all set against a gorgeous backdrop.
âFor the true adventurer, pay a visit to the Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest system of underground caves in all of Texas!
âHere you can wander through caverns and experience the thrill of crossing a sixty foot long natural limestone bridge!
WHAT TO DO WHEN VISITING MIAMI
Blog post by Guest Writer Lauren Feldkamp
Miami International Airport is the major airport serving the Miami metropolitan area. This airport offers a wide variety of options for your transportation needs.
One of the best options is to look into the Airport Parking reservations available. By making a reservation, you are able to quickly park your car and head to your flight without having the hassle of waiting in line.
These options are available both for short term and long-term parking. Miami Airport Parking reservations make traveling as simple as possible by providing you with a safe and secure place to keep your vehicle.
In many cases, there is also a shuttle available to quickly transport you right to your terminal!
Miami itself offers a plethora of activities and places to visit suitable for every age group. There is literally something for everyone in this city.
Whether you are looking for family friendly activities, wishing to spend time a museum or other educational setting or are planning to let loose with friends in the nightclubs and bars, you will find no shortage of places to visit.
Below is a listing of some of the most popular places to see in the Miami.
1. Visit Miami Seaquarium
An awesome experience for children and adults alike, the Miami Seaquarium is by far the best aquarium in all of South Florida, boasting exhibits showcasing everything from manatees to sea lions and everything in between!
Visit the conservation corner to learn how the aquarium is playing an instrumental role in preserving the marine life native to Miami Beach, or for a true treat, make a reservation at the Dolphin Hotel, where you will get the chance to swim alongside these magnificent creatures!
âYou will also have the opportunity to participate in a seal encounter, where you can actually get in the water and experience everything from handshakes to other tricks, or elect for the penguin encounter, where you can touch and interact with a penguin on a one-on-one basis!
2. Visit Fun Dimension
If your looking for a spot to keep the kids happily occupied for a day, head to fun dimension which is so much more than an arcade!
Not only does this former warehouse have plethora of video games, they can also participate in everything from laser tag to taking in a spectacular 7-D movie!
Traveling with smaller children? There is an absolutely mind-blowing playground here complete with bridges and a giant ball pit that is specifically geared towards toddlers and kids under seven years old.
3. Visit the Venetian Pool
It is no secret that Miami gets very warm, particularly in the summer months. What better way to beat the heat than to escape to one of the most beautiful public pools in the entire country?
While not the ideal choice for parents with infants (children under the age of three are not permitted), the coral rock boarder and lush vegetation are just the beginning of the beautiful scene.
You can frolic in waterfalls, relax in grottos and take in the Italian architecture all while being treated to a spectacular view of the city skyline!
âThe perfect place to spend the afternoon relaxing, there are many places to grab a quick bite to eat or enjoy a refreshing beverage as well as numerous public showers and clean restrooms.
4. Visit Calle Ocho
As mentioned before, Miami is very strongly influenced by Cuban culture. No trip to the city is complete without visiting Calle Ocho, the hub of activity in Miamiâs famous Little Havana.
Boasting everything from authentic cigar shops to stands selling some of the freshest produce available, you can visit Maximo Gomez Park to watch a game of dominos, or visit the Cuban Memorial Boulevard, which acts as a memorial to Cuban soldiers who perished in the Cuban War of Independence.
No trip to Calle Ocho is complete without sampling some authentic Cuban food, so a stop for lunch at El Cristo Restaurant is an absolute must!
Here, you can sample the best of what the city has to offer, including fried yuca, tamal, and the classic Cuban sandwich!
TRAVELING THE UNITED STATES - PART 2
Blog post by Lauren Feldkamp
1. Visit Baltimore, Maryland:
This is a city that is rich in history. If you do nothing else here, be sure to explore the Inner Harbor.
Back in the Revolutionary War Days, the highlight of the harbor was Fort McHenry, which will forever be famous as the birthplace of our national anthem The Star-Spangled Banner, yet in modern day, there is also a wide array of places to shop and eat while you take a walk through history!
You can explore the Civil War era warship USS Constellation, or for a treat that is sure to please visitors of all ages, take a stroll through the National Aquarium to get up close and personal with everything from sharks and dolphins to seal, puffins and jellyfish! Looking for something a little more eccentric?
The original master of macabre, Edgar Allen Poe is buried here, and you can take a moment to pay your respects at his gravesite as well as visiting his former home!
âLocal legend states that the writerâs phantom footsteps can be heard walking up and down the street late at night, so be sure to keep a look-out!
2. Visit Charlottesville, Virginia
While the town itself is absolutely gorgeous, stocked with multiple places to shop and eat, the true gem of the area is Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, located just a short distance outside of the city limits.
Here, you have the chance to walk in the former president's footsteps, touring not only his home but the very grounds that he lived and worked upon.
At the end of your journey, be sure to pay your respects to Jefferson by stopping at his grave.
While you are in the area, be sure to stop for lunch at Michie Tavern, which offers a delicious dining experience set up to make you feel as though you have been transported back into the 18th century!
3. Visit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Of course, while you are here, you simply must indulge in a Philly Cheesesteak, a simple concoction of shaved steak, grilled onions and cheese all piled high onto a toasted hoagie roll.
4. Visit Washington D.C.
Located in the District of Colombia, the capital of the United States has a huge variety of places to visit and things to see!
Of course, you will want to walk past the iconic White House and explore Capitol Hill, but keep in mind that there are also a number of absolutely astounding museums to explore as well!
Unless you are spending a few days here, you will not be able to see them all, so if you must pick and choose, be sure to make time to fully explore the National Museum of Natural History as well as the National Museum of American History.
Washington, D.C. has a number of incredible monuments as well, including the impressive Lincoln Memorial as well as the sobering Vietnam Veteran's Wall.
5. Visit Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
For an absolutely unforgettable experience, hop in the car and set out to conquer the Skyline Drive, which affords over one hundred miles of absolutely spectacular scenery showcasing the Blueridge Mountains.
There are a number of lookouts that afford gorgeous views along the way, as well as plentiful visitor stations that will provide you with information regarding the area's history.
âWhile this drive is all but guaranteed to take you past some of the local wildlife, such as black bear and deer, be sure to view these animals from your car only.
6. Visit Williamsburg, Virginia
The best way to explain this place is to liken it to an intellectual amusement park.
While there are no rides to partake in, you have the opportunity to experience colonial life first hand as you wander through a historic village complete with guided tours of the church, jail, town meeting hall and other infamous places!
Colonial Williamsburg is a treat for people of all ages, as you can visit with all sorts of characters, including real-life cobblers repairing shoes as well as weavers, candlemakers and plenty more!
âBe sure to plan a full day here, as you will want to thoroughly explore everything the town has to offer!
TRAVELING THE UNITED STATES - PART 1
VISITING NEW ENGLAND AND WHERE TO GO
1. Acadia National Park: While the state of Maine is absolutely gorgeous unto itself, Acadia is located right next to the popular tourist town Bar Harbor.
This provides you with the chance to stroll along the beach and take in some of the more touristy areas before escaping into natural scenery that is nothing short of breathtaking.
Be sure to get up early and drive up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain to witness one of the most spectacular sunrises you will ever see in your life!
âThe operative word here is to arrive early, as space at the summit fills up quickly, especially in the summertime!
What To Do in Massachusetts
2. Visit Boston: The capital city of Massachusetts, this is a place that is rich in history.
If you do nothing else in Boston, be sure to make time to walk at least the majority of the Freedom Trail, a nearly 8 mile, very easy trek that leads to right past some of the most historical places in all of New England!
Follow the yellow line embedded into the side walk to stand on the very same spot where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired, visit the iconic Faneuil Hall, or take a stroll to the harbor where the Boston Tea Party unfolded so many years ago.
âFor sports fans, you simply cannot do better than to take in a Boston Red Socks game at Fenway Park!
Experience Cape Cod
3. Cape Cod: Also located in Massachusetts, this is perhaps the most famous beach town in all of New England!
âWith a plethora of beaches, gorgeous boardwalks and some of the freshest seafood you will find anywhere, this is a great spot for families and couples alike!
What To Do in Vermont
4. Burlington: A relatively small city nestled against the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont, Burlington is an awesome spot to visit to truly get a taste of Vermont culture.
Be sure to take an afternoon to wander up and down Church Street, an open-air pedestrian market that boasts a number of excellent selections for dining before headed down to the lake front to sample a frozen concoction at the historic Shanty by the Shore!
Just a short drive away, you will find the incredible Shelburne Museum, along with the Vermont Teddy Bear Company and of course, the Ben and Jerry's Factory!
Places To Visit in Connecticut
5. Mystic: A beautiful seaside town located in Connecticut, you can visit the Mystic Seaport to be transported back into time as you wander through a living museum that allows you to experience the day to day life of sailors back more than a hundred years ago!
âThere is also an absolutely phenomenon aquarium here, complete with penguins and even a rather friendly Beluga whale!
Visit New Hampshire
6. The Kancamagus Highway: Be sure to fuel up before embarking on this nearly 35-mile long drive through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, as there is literally nothing between the starting point in Conway and the end in Lincoln.
This means no gas stations, no restaurants, no bathrooms, and no cell service. What you will find, however, is turn after turn off paved road that affords you with spectacular views of the White Mountains.
âThere are plentiful opportunities to leave your vehicle and explore various lookout points, or if you are feeling very adventurous, take one of the many day hikes located in this area!
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