Our Favorite Places to Explore in the US

August 21, 2018

Our Favorite Places to Explore in the US

 

Downtown Charleston, SC

 
Downtown Charleton
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Charleston is not only a city that is rooted in centuries of history, but it is also a city that has embraced the present and has become a haven for lovers of Southern cuisine. From its stunning, period architecture to its bustling cobblestone streets, Charleston is worth visiting for anyone who desires a weekend full of casual, yet fun-filled outings. For a taste of the cities past, you can take a tour of Charleston’s haunted history; enjoy a carriage ride through the French Quarter; and walk along the water next to beautiful, pastel antebellum houses. North of Broad Street, there are tons of charming boutiques to browse. After a full day of exploring, grab a bite at one of the many fantastic restaurants. 167 Raw is a must for seafood with its extra-fresh raw bar and Husk, located in the French Quarter, has all your southern favorites. Charleston is certainly unique, blending tradition with youth and relaxation with energy. 
 

Hamilton Pool, Austin, TX

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 Located 30 miles west of Austin, this nature-made oasis is worth the drive. It is attached to the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, which has serene hiking trails and protects many species of wildlife. For those of you who love the outdoors, the Hamilton Pool will just be the icing on the cake. This breathtaking destination sits beneath sloping rocks and a 50-foot waterfall. Getting to this coveted waterfront will cause you to break a sweat and possibly give you a spike in adrenaline, but it ends in peace and tranquillity, so it’s worth the exercise. If you choose to take on the fulfilling adventure, it is best for the summer. There is a small fee and a reservation requirement to ensure the safest and most enjoyable experience for all.

 French Quarters, New Orleans, LA

French Quarters, New Orleans, LA
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Every inch of this region of New Orleans an electric mix of different cultures, generations, and eras. It is the oldest neighborhood in the city and is decorated with cast iron-detailed architecture and hidden spots of abundant greenery. Visit this area and you will feel as if you stepped into a time machine. You will be swept up in the smells of traditional Creole cuisine, the sounds from eclectic jazz and blues clubs, and the sights of local artists painting and sculpting around every corner. This is a place you must experience if you like to explore, in the truest sense of the word, with an avid curiosity.

Brooklyn, NY 

Brooklyn, NY
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Brooklyn, only a subway ride away from the tourist-crazed Manhattan, is full of just as many attractions, especially during the lovely late-spring and early-summer months. For those of you who enjoy some light exercise, take a walk or bike ride across the Brooklyn Bridge. Aside from its panoramic views of the East River, the bridge is a feat of engineering built in the late 1800s, and, it’s free! Its accompanying park also has great, riverfront grills. For those of you who are supporters of the arts, visit the diverse DUMBO galleries that include everything from photography to street art to sculpture. In practically the same location, spend a day at Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg. It is a beloved destination full of diverse, artisan food stands and trucks, and one-of-a-kind antiques, jewellery, art and vintage clothing. This is just a taste of the numerous trendy, popular outings that Brooklyn has to offer to the lone explorer or to friends and family. 

Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA

Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA
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Seattle is not just known its rainfall. It is also known for its music scene, modern museums, and the staggering landscapes that surround it. An added plus, the city has many dog-friendly hotel options! Perhaps the best place to explore is the Pike Place Market, a diverse farmers and crafts market that stretches 6 blocks beside Elliot Bay. It is also located right next to the original Starbucks store, although there is always a long line of coffee-addicts. This destination is not only for avid shoppers, but it is also a treat for those who adore rare trinkets and artisan eats. The market, established in 1907, is sheltered from the weather and constantly alive with both locals and tourists. You can spend an entire day marvelling at its hidden treasures from handmade jewellery and soaps to the freshest lobster you’ve ever tasted. 

Bayside Marketplace, Miami, FL

Bayside Marketplace, Miami, FL
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Bayside Marketplace is an outdoor area lined with over 150 tourist shops, chains, and unique boutiques. It is a destination that fills every need for a day in the sun. For locals and tourists alike, there are diverse culinary options from cute cafes to extravagant restaurants that overlook the waterfront’s docks and activities. It is easy to explore all day, especially with the daily live music, breeze, and people watching. You can stay until the sunshine fades, jump on a boat tour of Biscayne Bay, or grab a water taxi back to Miami Beach. There is also a water taxi that can take you from the marketplace to select hotels in the area. Visit Bayside Marketplace for a choose-your-own-adventure outing that doubles as a convenient option when the beach is too crowded.  

The Berkshires, MA

The Berkshires, MA
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The Berkshires can be visited during the height of fall foliage, during the summer months, or in the snowy winter. The Berkshires is located just over two hours outside of Boston. The region gives you all that Northeastern nature has to offer. It has a huge network of hiking and biking trails that expand over thousands of acres. For a jaw-dropping day of scenery, nothing is as impressive as Mount Greylock. This is a 3 thousand foot-tall mountain with a quaint river flowing beneath. The mountain encompasses 5 surrounding states! The winter brings great skiing, snowboarding, and peaceful beauty. In the summer there are concerts and music festivals that are surrounded by lush fields and adorable farms. If you want to experience it all, you can enjoy music, take part in outdoor activities like fishing and rafting, and explore the local artist attractions in Williamstown including Williamstown Cart Conservation Center and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute all in one weekend! This is a unique getaway destination where culture and nature exist in perfect harmony.