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!
FIVE TOP U.S. NATIONAL PARKS
Acadia National Park: Located on the middle southern coast of Maine near the popular tourist town of Bar Harbor, this is an ideal spot to experience the wild beauty of the state while having some of the best restaurants, hotels and shops available nearby.
Make a point of getting up very early at least once during your visit here, so you can experience the sunrise from the summit of Cadillac Mountain. Most people prefer to drive to the summit, but if you are feeling particularly ambitious, there are walking trails as well.
Be sure to get here early, especially during the summer and early fall, as it is a popular tourist spot and it can become crowded.
Badlands National Park: Located in South Dakota, this gorgeous park incorporates over 240,000 acres of prairies and impressive buttes and pinnacles rising towards the skies.
This place overlaps with the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and is subsequently held sacred to the Lakota tribe. It is the home of a number of caves as well as multiple species of wildlife, from the majestic bison to badgers, bighorn sheep and even bobcat and coyotes!
Life is ancient here, as is evidenced by the many prehistoric fossils which have been discovered in the area.
Everglades National Park: Otherwise known as the River of Grass, this natural wonder located in Florida encompasses and protects the largest tropical wilderness in all of the United States!
Encompassing a huge area of wetland flowing out from Lake Okeechobee, this is the home to many endangered species of birds, along with marine life, including manatees. The mangrove and cypress swamps here are a sight to behold as well, as many of them are well over a hundred years old!
While there is no shortage of wildlife tours to partake in, be sure to make time to visit Shark Valley, which offers guided tram tours around an area that allows a safe way to experience up close encounters with gators, great blue herons and many other protected species!
If you work up an appetite while you are in the area, be sure to stop in Everglades City at the Camellia Street Grill for some of the best stone crab dishes in the state, as well as simpler selections like a fresh, flaky grouper sandwich!
Glacier National Park: This picturesque park is spread out over 1,500 square miles of Montana’s breathtaking Rocky Mountain range.
Running parallel to the Canadian border, this spectacular area park has a stark contrast between soaring glacial peaks and pristine valleys, along with a plethora of wildlife, including grizzly bears and mountain goats!
If you are into outdoor activities, there is plenty of hiking trails to cover here rated for everything from novice to expert. If you prefer to take in the sights in a more leisurely manner, make a point of traveling the Going to the Sun Road.
This fifty-mile expanse has portions that are open year- round, yet a great deal of it closes during the winter, so be sure to plan ahead. Here you can access Logan’s Pass, which is the highest point of elevation on the road as well as many other picturesque scenic outlooks.
Grand Canyon National Park: There is truly nowhere else in the world like this ancient and massive geological formation located in Arizona.
One of the most visited National Parks in the entire country, the steep, massive canyon spanning the Colorado River is largely considered to be one of the modern wonders of the natural world.
The more popular south rim is open year-round, complete with guided tours that are well-worth the money and time. While the north and west rims are also worth exploring, if you only have a day or two, the south rim is definitely the place to be.
Book a hotel in either Flagstaff, New Mexico or Sedona, Arizona for a clean place to stay and numerous dining options before embarking on a tour in the morning.
Seven Awesome Places to Eat in Austin
1. La Barbecue: (2027 E Cesar Chavez Street) In a town that is synonymous with delicious barbecue on every street, this place remains an understated yet unquestionably satisfying staple.
Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 to 6:00, this is not the place for late night fare, but if you are seeking a late lunch, there is nowhere better to grab a taste of some of the best barbecue in the entire city.
You can order everything from turkey, brisket and pulled pork platters that are priced by the pound to a jalapeno sausage or chopped beef sandwich.
Be sure to get a side of their house made pickles as a perfect accompaniment to nearly any dish on the menu.
2. Clark's Oyster Bar (1200 W 6th Street) This upscale eatery offers spectacularly fresh seafood selections amongst a beautiful setting, offering seating both indoors and out.
Obviously, this is the place to go if you are a fan of raw oysters, but even if you are just into delicious seafood, you can't go wrong with stopping here for lunch or dinner.
There is even an impressive selection of caviar available, as well as fresh salads and inventive cocktails.
3. Franklin Barbecue: (900 E 11th Street) This restaurant is owned by its chief Firestarter and pit master, Aaron Franklin.
âHis name has become synonymous with exceptional barbecue, to the point where you can almost count on having to wait in line for food here.
If you try nothing else here, it has to be the melt-in-your-mouth brisket, though the sweet and spicy pulled pork or simple chopped beef sandwich are well wort a visit as well!
4. Matt's El Rancho: (2613 Lamar Boulevard)
If you want to experience classic Tex-Mex food, this is one of the tastiest options in the city, and perhaps the entire state.
Start with the classic guacamole or queso paired with a cup of tortilla soup before moving onto one of their delicious main courses.
Matt's Special provides you with a little of everything, while the extensive taco menu is mind blowing as well.
This is a place that warrants more than one visit, as you will want to thoroughly explore the entire menu.
Mom's Toast is one of their most popular dishes for anytime of the day, consisting of chopped shrimp and pork combined with chili paste while vegetarians can delight in a cauliflower bowl or tofu buns served with cucumbers and green onions.
FUN PLACES TO EAT IN AUSTIN
6. Salty Sow: (1917 Manor Road)
This gastropub prides itself on its farm to table, locally sourced cuisine.
Start the evening with one of their signature cocktails or a selection from their impressive wine list coupled with one of their savory appetizers, such as a warm olive plate or oyster boudin fritters.
BEST BURGERS IN AUSTIN, TEXAS
The number two is a simple yet unreal cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles, while the number seven is topped with a simple mix of grilled onions and hickory sauce.
There is a delicious veggie burger option available as well as a grilled cheese or fresh fish sandwich available for those with various dietary restrictions.
FIRST TIME IN PARIS
Best Ideas while Visiting Paris
Guest post by Lauren Feldkamp
1. The Eiffel Tower: It is interesting to think that the most famous landmark in Paris was never intended to be a permanent structure.
Originally built as a temporary attraction for the World’s Fair in 1889, it was a valuable site for military transmissions, which saved it from demolition until it established itself as a famous landmark and bustling tourist attraction.
Take an elevator to the top for a panoramic view of Paris, but be sure to come back and marvel at the tower at night, when thousands of lights illuminate it in its full glory!
Explore everything from ancient Egyptian tombs that contain actual mummies to famous Greek sculptures such as the Venus de Milo, along with the unquestionable star of the show, Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of the Mona Lisa.
While you can choose to explore the Louvre on your own, guided tours are worth the extra money, as you are able to get closer to the most famous works while gaining an informed narration to boot.
BEST SITES IN PARIS, FRANCE
3. The Notre Dame Cathedral: Located alongside the Seine River was built in the 10th century, and is widely regarded as one of the best Gothic-style cathedrals in the entire world.
While you can find beautiful statues and impressive architecture simply by wandering around, taking the nearly 400 step long journey to the top affords for some of the best views of the city you will find anywhere!
The crypt is open to viewers as well, yet be warned that this is a famous attraction, so you want to come early or else prepare yourself for sizable lines.
4. The Pere-Lachaise Cemetery: This is the largest cemetery in the city, and one of the most beautiful in the world as well. Boasting over 100 acres, the place is full of lush green vegetation and gorgeous cobblestone paths along with three separate memorials dedicated to World War One.
Before you venture into the grounds, be sure to grab a map, as you will want to know where to find some of the cemetery’s most famous residents, including Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, Frédéric Chopin, Gertrude Stein and Oscar Wilde!
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN PARIS
6. Le Cinq: Located in the Four Seasons Hotel at 31 Avenue George V, this place is a Michelin Star rated French restaurant that is the absolute epitome of rich, flavorful food and an exquisite dining experience.
While it is certainly not the most wallet-friendly suggestion, the overall package here makes the expense well worth it, as you are not only treated to out of this world food and drink selections, you also have the added bonus of receiving impeccable service in an elegantly gorgeous environment.
Begin your meal with the shelled spider crab or sorrel sorbet before moving onto one of their signature entrée dishes, such as sea bass paired with buttermilk and caviar or a grilled and glazed pigeon served with olive cream and mashed turnips!
For those with a sweet tooth, be sure to end the experience with the crunch coffee mousse along with a classic cappuccino.
BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN SAN FRANCISCO
1. Alcatraz Island: Located over a mile off-shore in San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz is an island just over two acres that originally served as the sight for the first lighthouse and fort to be erected on the West Coast.
It is most famous role in history was becoming the nation's first maximum security prison. This place served as a federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963, housing infamous prisoners such as Al Capone.
As the island was surrounded by open water with a healthy shark population, the prison never experienced a successful prisoner escape. Shortly after the prison was shut down, Native American activists occupied the island for nearly two years.
âRecently, Alcatraz has become a must-see spot for anyone visiting San Francisco. Taking a guided tour is worth the extra expense here, as you will learn about everything from the history of the island to exploring a chance to experience an encounter with one of the many spirits that is rumored to remain behind the prison's walls!
2. Fisherman's Wharf: One of the most popular spots for tourist to visit, this area encompasses the northern end of San Francisco's historic waterfront district.
This is the home of Pier 39, which is where some of the most exciting attractions can be found, including The Aquarium of the Bay, arcades and plenty of shopping and dining options.
This is also an excellent opportunity to spot sea lions, who rest upon the docks and even the shoreline!
Another popular option is visiting Ghirardelli Square, which served as the manufacturing plant for Ghirardelli chocolates for approximately seventy years.
Today, it is a mecca for shopping, including stores such as Mashka Jewelry and Vom Tass. If you can eat at only one place while exploring Fisherman's Wharf, make is Scoma's.
With their "pier to plate" philosophy, it is at once an excellent spot to enjoy incredibly fresh seafood while still maintaining a relaxed, less formal pretense.
For lunch, you can't beat the open-faced albacore tuna melt while the dinner menu offers a delicious lobster bisque or clam chowder.
âThe Prawns Annuzzi are a particular favorite amongst customers as a main course, as is the Oyster a la Scoma.
3. The Golden Gate Bridge: This fabulous, bright orange suspension bridge is probably the most iconic landmark associated with the city of San Francisco. Opened in 1937, the 1.7-mile-long bridge connects San Francisco with the Marin counties of Northern California.
With towers reaching almost 750 feet tall, this is a prime tourist destination, attracting more than ten million visitors each year!
While it may seem silly to visit a bridge, there is far more to the Golden Gate than can be seen simply by driving or walking over the bridge.
The visitors center is a valuable resource for learning about the history of the bridge and the area surrounding it, while there are guided tours available as well!
If you are planning on walking across the bridge, please be sure the pay attention to the weather forecast, as rain, fog and chilly conditions can make the excursion far less exciting!
4. Union Square: Heralded as the most frequently visited neighborhood in the entire city, this place can be rightfully named the Rodeo Drive of Northern California.
Here, you will find a wide array of high-end stores boasting top designer names such as Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vitton and Valentino.
During the milder months, the outdoor cafes here are a spectacular spot for relaxing and people-watching!
The Rotunda Cafe located at the fourth level of Neiman Marcus is a must visit area for anyone seeking to break up the day of shopping with a delicious meal located in a polished setting. They are only open for lunch, but what a lunch you will have here!
An impressive wine list pairs with signature cocktail options such as the gorgeous Mary or blackberry julep, leading to lobster fries or a shrimp and crab cocktail as a beginning to a wonderful culinary experience.
âFor the main attraction, the crab and shrimp Louie salad is out of this world, as is the lobster club and Dungeness crab melt!
WHERE TO FIND THE BEST BLOODY MARYS IN THE U.S.
BEST BLOODY MARY IN MASSACHUSSETS
Committee: (50 Northern Ave, Boston, Massachusetts) A delicious alternative to the classic concoction, the Bloody Marietta is the Mediterranean version of the cocktail, offering a distinct Greek-inspired spin.
âThe mix is infused with everything from olive oil, basil, oregano and olive tapenade before being garnished with spicy feta stuffed olives!
âThe perfect accompaniment to their out of this world breakfast gyro, the pairing is a match made in culinary heaven you will not soon forget!
BEST BLOOD MARY IN COLORADO
Lola: (1575 Boulder St, Denver, Colorado)
This popular restaurant serves authentic Mexican food with a gourmet flair seven nights a week for dinner, yet locals know that the best time to experience this place is to come for brunch on the weekends.
Alongside such comforting morning dishes as Horchata Pancakes and Green Chili Huevos, their Ultimate Bloody Mary is well worth waiting all week for!
âKnown for its intense level of spiciness, the accompaniments are just as fiery as the drink itself, including a chilled shrimp poached in chili sauce coupled with spicy, pickled asparagus that will ensure you start your day invigorated!
BEST BLOODY MARY IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA
The Nook: (1144 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia)
Start your morning with their signature cocktail, the Bloody Best, which combines 32 ounces of perfectly spiced mix combined with vodka that is all designed to be happily slurped from a hollowed-out beef straw!
As is the case with most killer Bloody Marys, the magic here is in the toppings, which include the standard lemon, lime, Jalapenos and pepperoncinis, yet this spot goes a step farther by including a piece of buttered toast, freshly cooked tater tots and even a skewer of flavorful steak!
BEST BLOODY MARY NEAR ME
BEST BLOODY MARY IN LAS VEGAS
The Public House (3355 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada)
Located deep within the casino at the Venetian lies this gem that prides itself on top-notch food as well as an enormous beer and cocktail selection.
While there are three separate recipes to choose from, you can't go wrong with the Cerdo Picante Bloody Mary!
âSimple yet deliciously paired, the bacon and jalapeno infused vodka is the star of the show here, perfectly complimented by the house mix and garnished with olives and a chilled shrimp!
BEST BLOODY MARY IN NEW ORLEANS
The Ruby Slipper (1005 Canal St, New Orleans, Louisiana) This place is a popular spot for enjoying a morning libation.
While you can elect for the delicious classic Bloody Mary, the Ruby Slipper has a bacon infused version that is absolutely out of this world.
A perfect balance of smokiness and tang, a thick piece of perfectly cooked bacon and a skewer of spicy green beans completes the masterpiece.
BEST BLOODY MARY IN SAN DIEGO
The Small Bar: (4628 Park Blvd, San Diego, California)
Voted the Best Bloody Mary in America by Huffington Post, the Bloody Mary Superior is a classic, tasty example by which all other versions of the drink are measured.
The ingredients are simple yet classic -- house made mix, chili-garlic infused vodka, a splash of steak sauce and some Guinness thrown in for good measure.
From there, they pile on the fixings, which include everything from the classic skewer of olives topped with bacon and shrimp along with less familiar treats, such as pickled green beans and marinated mushrooms.
âFor just $8.00, you can combat your hangover with the holy grail of Bloody Marys, accompanied by a complimentary bag of pork rinds!
BEST BLOODY MARY IN CHICAGO
Sunda: (110 West Illinois St, Chicago, Illinois)
This charming eatery prides itself on blending Asian influences with a modern, artistic flair. Be sure to sample their Sumo Mary, which blends a deliciously spicy mixture combined with vodka and paired with all sorts of authentic Asian toppings.
âFrom the perfectly prepared lumpia, duck bao and Chinese pickles accompanied by pork belly, and of course, bacon, this is one of the most deliciously unusual takes on the classic drink you will find anywhere!
â1. Explore Central Park: Boasting over 840 acres of trees, shrubs, playgrounds, sculptures and much more, Central Park is the most frequently visited urban park in the entire United States!
The Central Park Zoo delights visitors of all ages with its popular sea lion pool coupled with other exotic animals, such as lions and wolves, while the Conservatory Garden provides viewers with floral displays encompassing French, Italian and English styles.
The 11-foot tall sculpture of Alice in Wonderland perched atop a mushroom accompanied by the Cheshire Cat and Mad Hatter is a favorite stop for children, as is the Bethesda Fountain, which features an angel blessing a pool of water.
Central Park is home to the Tavern on the Green, one of the cities most famous and largely-renowned restaurants.
While you will want to be sure to make a reservation, dining here is an absolutely unforgettable experience.
âStart your evening with a watermelon salad paired with feta cheese and crispy prosciutto followed by a pan roasted salmon for a meal that will make you understand why this place has been so popular since its 1934 opening!
2. Get Educated: New York City is home to a number of impressive museums and many excellent art galleries.
Spend the day perusing the wonders that are housed in the American Museum of Natural History, or visit the world-famous Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, which boasts masterpieces collected from Ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece and countless other places!
Of course, no NYC museum crawl is complete without stopping by the Guggenheim, which houses pieces from some of the worldâs most famous artists, including Pablo Picasso and Norman Rockwell.
â3. Pay Your Respects: On September 11th, 2001, the entire country stood in a state of shock and grief as the World Trade Centerâs Twin Towers became the focal point of the deadliest terrorist attack ever to occur on American soil.
âLocated in the precise spot where the twin towers fell, this reflecting pool framed by waterfalls stands as a stoic, beautiful tribute to the 3,000 souls that were lost at ground zero, along with the additional 125 who were killed at the Pentagon and over 200 that perished in one of the four plane crashes that day.
BEST FOOD IN NEW YORK CITY
WHERE TO EAT IN NEW YORK CITY
4. âIndulge in Authentic Deli: The Jewish deli is nearly synonymous with authentic New York cuisine.
While there are thousands of wannabes lining the streets, the absolute authority is Katz Deli, which has been operating since 1888!
This place serves the best corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, coupled with a simple squirt of brown mustard and accompanied by a kosher dill pickle spear.
âThe matzo-ball soup is also out of this world, as is the square potato knish!
â5. See a Show on Broadway: The absolute epitome of American theatre, catching a play or musical on Broadway is a must-do for anyone into the entertainment scene.
âLocated near the hustle and bustle of Times Square, be sure to check the calendar for up to date information on performances!
â6. Visit the Icons: If you are a first-time visitor, it is certainly worth paying a token visit to some of the cityâs most famous tourist traps, such as Times Square, with its bright lights and vibrant atmosphere.
âViewing the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building are also popular attractions, as is a walk through the cityâs most famous business complex, Rockefeller Center.