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New York City

Located on the Southern most point of New York, where the Hudson River meets Atlantic Ocean, lies the largest city in the United States and home to more than 8.5 Million – New York City is a must visit. Of all the attractions this city has to offer, the food is by far one of the best, and if you haven’t heard, New York City offers some of the World’s best cuisine from all around the globe, but none compare to its domestic, hand-tossed Pizza, and although the streets are lined with Pizza shops, we recommend Pizza Suprema, located on 8th and 31st street.

You’ll want to burn those calories off, though, with a visit to the Grand Central Station, which is one of New York’s most iconic and historical tourist attractions. Located at 42nd Street and Park Avenue, it’s central to several other attractions including the Empire State Building, Times Square, United Nations, and the New York Public Library, most within walking distance.

While you’re in New York, you have to take advantage of their World Renown Broadway shows. From The Wicked and Mamma Mia, to Hairspray and The Lion King, it’s hard not to find something that interests you. The costumes, the theatre and the experience alone should make you want to quit life and pack your bags to move to NYC.

We also recommend a visit to these iconic landmarks; The Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Time Square, and Ground Zero. In the meantime, don’t forget to take advantage of the beautiful views from some of the World’s tallest sky scrapers like the Empire State Building.

Honolulu

Located 2500 miles off the Coast of California, is Hawaii’s capital and largest city, Honolulu. Honolulu offers breathtaking views, great culture, and captivating blue waters, all within a stone-throw away. Hawaii’s most well known beach, Waikiki, is located on this Island and has much to offer, but more known for it’s beautiful white sand beaches that run up against the blue sky canvas where every photo becomes a picture worthy of a frame. It’s truly an endless playground for those who love the outdoors and sun on their skin.

A great way to start your trip is with a visit to the Pearl Harbor memorial, for an amazing walk through history and show of respect for our lost soldiers. A true work of art and place of history, the U.S.S Arizona is the resting place of 1,102 soldiers. Tours of the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial start at 8 a.m.; the last one for the day begins at 3 p.m.

While visiting Honolulu, we highly suggest a stop-in at Alan Wong’s highly-rated restaurant, with a myriad of items to choose from and the best seafood in town, you can’t go wrong with any selection. Although they are known for their seafood, a top-rated item on their menu we would recommend is their twice cooked short rib it is soy braised and grilled “Kalbi” meat, so tender it falls further and further apart with every bite, with flavors bursting into ever lasting taste.

You can’t visit Honolulu without visiting Leahi (Diamond Head) it is an iconic state monument with beautiful views over-looking Honolulu about 5 minutes from Waikiki. What’s great about Leahi is, it is a short trek and well worth spending your day escaping to. About 175 steps as well as tunnels and old military bunkers make great for an adventure with your loved one and families of all ages. The magnificent views that follow are well worth the effort.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles, the city of angels, is the second most populous city in the United States next to New York, it is 469 square miles and located 386 miles from California’s capital. Known for its hollywood film sets, beautiful weather and filled with highly acclaimed celebrities at every corner. From the street food to expensive boutique shops on the next street, diversity at its best is what Los Angeles is.

To get a real glimpse of Los Angeles, make your way to the Griffith Observatory. Although quite the hike, the view is absolutely breath taking. But the greatest part…admission is free! Once inside, journey through the various scientific showrooms filled with gadgets, gizmos, and buttons you’ll find irresistible not to touch. There are several planetarium shows to view, and although we recommend them, there is an admission.

For those looking for a star-studded meal, we highly recommended The Bazaar by Jose Andres in Beverly hills. This restaurant is based around Tapas, which are small dishes for people to share. Afraid you won’t find something you like on the menu? Have no fear. You’ll find many favorites listed on their Grand men. They offer a very fun and unique style of dining where you begin with drinks at the bar, then move to a formal dining area for your Tapas, and end in a cold dessert room before you end the night. This place is fun flirty and well worth visiting if you are looking for that LA experience.

Want to do some shopping, or even people watching? Venice is the place to take a stroll. From Freak shows to street performers, you are bound to have a great time here! They offer different souvenir shops, restaurants, and most importantly, people. The people of LA love Venice for it’s beautiful beach, open-grounds, and their dose of vitamin D.

Miami

Home to 450,000, and located on the South Eastern tip of the United States, the city of Miami Beach has a brilliant array of cultural diverse people, a strong dose of the arts, an interesting yet beautiful twist on city living, and some very spectacular beaches. Trust us when we say, you’ll find it hard to leave for home once you accumulate to this beautiful region.

The first thing you’ll want to do is find yourself some cuban food, and although Obama relaxed restrictions with Cuba, you can get a taste of Cuba in Little Havana, which is just a stroll down Calle Ocho. The food is cooked by authentic cuban people, who migrated to Miami in 1959 when Fidel Castro first came into power.

While in Miami you’ll definitely want to visit South Beach for its white sand and picturesque beautfiul blue ocean water that dress the coastline. If you can’t find a beach chair, no problem, drape out a towel and fall asleep to the sun wrapping its warms arms around your body. Stay long enough to get a tan, and enjoy a drink at one of the many beach hut bar stands.

Although you might find it impossible to take a day away from the beach, do it, and go visit Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. These gardens will give you a small taste of Europe. Make your way through extensive Italian Renaissance gardens, native woodland landscape, and historic village outbuildings compound. A landscape that was influenced by Veneto and Tuscan Italian Renaissance models and designed in the Mediterranean Revival architecture style, with Baroque elements – it’s a must see!

Next, you’ll want to shop, sip and snack on Lincoln Road. The mall here is filled with small to large shops with hundreds of knick knacks, gizmos, and souvenirs, and endless coffee shops and restaurants. You can find it all here from department stores to high-end luxury boutiques.

Breckenridge

Just 500 miles west of the dead center of the United States, is a down-to-earth and friendly atmosphere, one that’s has endured its transformation from silver and gold mining town, to one of the country’s most beloved skiing destination – that place is Breckenridge Colorado. With its remote location, this is a place for those looking to disconnect from their busy life, put down the phones, computers, tvs, and fall in love with nature.

Because of it’s enormous mountain ranges, Breckenridge is known for it’s skiing, snowboarding, and inner tubing. Breckenridge Ski Resort is most likely where you’ll end up, as it’s the largest in the area.

Be sure to go downtown to Main Street where you’ll find plenty of lodging, shopping, dining, and a great night life. Many visitors really enjoy taking strolls down the boardwalk, especially in the middle of winter, where they get all buttoned up with family and friends while enjoying a hot cup of cocoa or coffee. With 30 bars, pubs, and restaurants, the nightlife is quite the scene. Making there way off the skin slopes, tourist and locals flood Main Street and enjoy a good time as everyone is very friendly and accommodating.

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