The “Windy City” located on the lower shores of Lake Michigan has a rich history that will draw you in.
The third largest city in the United States, Chicago has been a hot spot of immigration throughout its history. During the Industrial Revolution, this city took in thousands of immigrants from a wide array of backgrounds coming for work in the Land of Opportunity.
Greeks, Polish, Italians and Jews flocked here to realize the American Dream. With them, they brought their rich, cultural backgrounds and unique lifestyles and ideas. All of this came together to make Chicago the bustling, diverse city that it is today.
The Italians brought with the deep dish pizza which has come to be called “Chicago Style Pizza.” This gastronomical delight has become a topic of taste controversy here in the United States as the battle between deep dish Chicago Style and thinner New York style pizza rages on. In order to try the ideal Chicago Style Pizza so that you too can contribute to the debate, you’ll have to go to Chicago for yourself.
From World Fairs to new art museums, Chicago has hosted it all and would be glad to host you, too. Go for yourself and find out what you can contribute to this mosaic of culture.
Should Patricia and Myko vacation here? What do you think? Leave a comment!
This isn’t a vacation for those of you who don’t crave that feeling of being one with the elements. If you don’t want bears for neighbors and other big animals playing in your “yard” for a playpen, I don’t recommend this vacation spot.
For those of you who long for the days of the Wild West; this is the place for you!
Jackson Hole, Wyoming is backed into the Grand Teton National Park by seemingly endless miles of forest and vast tracts of open land.
This wilderness escape has become a ski destination as well in recent years. You may even run into the likes of Harrison Ford here.
But you’re never too far from scene like this one in this place :
Myko isn’t too sure of how outdoorsy he is, but I think he’ll be ready in time for an adventure!
What countdown of the best vacation spots in the United States would be complete with out the world-famous Grand Canyon?
Millions of people from all over the world flock to this gorgeous work of nature. This 277 mile long stretch of red rock canyon gets up to 18 miles across and one mile deep.
Daredevil hikers high around the North and South Rim of this spectacular piece of scenery year round. The bravest of the brave set up camps and stay a while to live amidst the glory of nature.
Truly the Grand Canyon speaks for itself.
And what a story it tells. This art has been millions of years in the making. As the powerful colorado river snaked through the dry, deserts land, it carved its drive. This awesome battle of the elements has left the Earth scarred in its splendor.
For the best deals on hotel, should you chose to have a less wild trip, its best to go in late August for the summer experience. The Grand Canyon doesn’t disappoint any time of the year, but it is particularly awe-inspiring in the summer.
Come see the waters of the Colorado river, whether they be green or red or blue depending on where you are, play against the imposing wall of red rock.
This low-key, south eastern beach town is the perfect escape for someone who craves a little peace and some Southern hospitality.
This charming city is very in touch with her historical roots. As you walk down the cobbled streets lined with gas lamps and breathe in the salty sea air, you’ll fall in love with Charleston.
In addition to staying in touch with her roots, the “Holy City” allows its branches to sway in the winds of change, like the Spanish moss hanging from her trees. Charleston has plenty of innovative cuisine and contemporary art museums.
Maybe take a tour around in a horse-drawn carriage to admire the antebellum architecture surrounding you before you take a relaxing day at the beach.
For the history buff in you, the first shots of the Civil War were fired in Fort Sumter. You can still take a tour of the historical military fort today, perhaps on your way to one of the supposedly haunted cemeteries in town.
Charleston can lull you with it’s warm southern air and sweet ice tea or chill you with its spooky history, but you’re sure to find something charming about the city.
This oasis in the desert has been called America’s Playground, The Entertainment Capital of the World, and Sin City. One thing is for sure, “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas.”
They’ve got it all!
Whether you want to gamble away the night in the city’s many casinos or indulge in a relaxing getaway at the local spas and gourmet restaurants, it’s up to you! Vegas has all this and more.
On the “strip”, as it’s affectionately called, you can find any number of distractions to release your inhibitions. This glittering neon city block will sweep you off of your feet. This world-famous playground draws people from all over the country and all over the world.
But Vegas isn’t just about big money and big pleasure, it can also be a lily pad into your more adventurous, outdoorsy side.
A short drive from Sin City are some really neat outdoor attractions. You could take a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, go for a hike in Red Rock Canyon, or visit the Hoover Dam.
This city is a neon blur or a peaceful nest, depending on what you make it fort yourself.
This iconic city has a reputation for hot food and cool people.
This mystical city was built on Jazz and innovation.
New Orleans has been through it all from devastating hurricanes to messy oil spills and come out better every time.
This city has survived since it was a French colony and the influence of that time continues today. Take a walk down the to French Quarter and savor the colonial history.
Head to Bourbon Street for a wild time. . .
Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to help yourself to a plate of fresh Jambalaya or another Creole cuisine favorite. Blending cultures never tasted so good.
If you’re interested in seeing the city at its peak, come into town during Mardi Gras and become immersed in a crowd of colorfully dressed people doing crazy things (most of them drunkenly). This fun time is once a year. This crazy party is most people’s dream party trip. The festivities are on Tuesday, February 15 this year (2015).
‘Mardi Gras’ translates from french to mean ‘Fat Tuesday’, and this particular Tuesday is indeed ‘fat’ with partiers.
What do you think? Should Myko and Patricia go to New Orleans for their vacation?
On the search the find the perfect vacation spot, Patricia Skeriotis and her faithful dog Myko have narrowed their search down to the United States . . . but there are so many great options! Next on the list of options is Seattle, Washington.
If you crave snuggling down with a good book and a hot cup of strong coffee in a cozy coffee shop on a rainy, overcast afternoon, Seattle is the place to be for you.
if you don’t think you can get into the rainy weather routine, there are plenty of other things to do when it’s not rainy (which is surprisingly often, considering Seattle’s reputation). There’s actually less persipitation here annually than in Boston or New York!
Seattle is located between Puget Sound and Lake Washington and within a short drive from great skiing. Many locals enjoy hiking, kayaking, and camping in the surrounding area’s rich wildlife.
Seattle also has a rich cultural element in its history and art scenes.
It’s not all about the good coffee and coziness here, the city has a lot to offer!