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The 5 Best US Thanksgiving Celebrations You Won’t Want to Miss

By Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, Washington D.C

For most families, Thanksgiving has become a routine — cooking the same foods, seeing the same people, and watching the same parades and football games on the television. Fortunately, your experience can go from bland to brilliant by spending it in a new city. If you’re ready to make this holiday one to remember, here are the best Thanksgiving celebrations in the U.S.

1. New York City

New York City knows how to how to celebrate a holiday, and their Thanksgiving festivities are literally larger than life. The Big Apple’s beloved Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade features over 60 building-size balloons, along with a long list of floats and live performances. The annual event begins at 9 a.m., but you need to show up early to grab a good spot roadside. If you arrive in town the day before, you can even see the balloons come to life around Central Park West.

After the parade wraps up, head out for a Thanksgiving meal. If you want to eat with a view, try the three-course meal at Manhatta. The high-end restaurant rests 60 floors above the ground, offering a breathtaking look at the cityscape. For a more laid-back atmosphere, try Hearth in East Village or Freemans on the Lower East Side.

Want an after-dinner adventure? Head to the Empire State Building or the Central Park Zoo for some holiday photo-ops — both stay open on Thanksgiving. Or, head to Central Park’s Wollman Rink for ice skating. Thanksgiving break is also the perfect time to get in the holiday spirit by catching The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

2. Chicago

Not to be outdone by their pizza rival to the east, Chicago also puts on an epic Thanksgiving Day Parade. Dating back to 1934, the event is held annually in Downtown, starting at 8 a.m. and lasting to around 11 a.m. As with NYC, you can expect festive balloons, floats, marching bands, dance acts, and horses. Before you dive into dinner, give back by tackling the Turkey Trot. Proceeds from the 8K race go to support the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

When it comes to a Thanksgiving Day feast, the Windy City doesn’t disappoint. The Chicago Yacht Club offers a family-friendly buffet earlier in the day, featuring turkey, macaroni and cheese, and other regional favorites. For dinner, grab a four-course meal at Cherry Circle Room, or enjoy takeaway at the hotel from Parson’s Chicken and Fish. If you need some pre-holiday stress release, there’s also a bar crawl on Wednesday night. Tickets to the Turkey Crawl, as it’s known, include admission, drink specials, and a dinner buffet.

3. Washington, D.C.

Thanksgiving is a quintessential Americana holiday, so it’s only natural that the nation’s capital hosts some of the best Thanksgiving celebrations in the U.S. While Washington, D.C., doesn’t host a city-wide parade, you can catch one in the Reston Town Center on Friday morning. The city’s beloved Smithsonian museums are also open all day, and admission is free.

For a truly brag-worthy Thanksgiving dining experience, head to George Washington’s estate. Mount Vernon offers Thanksgiving Day and Eve buffets with an assortment of salads, sides, entrees, and desserts. If you prefer a more budget-friendly option, there’s an all-you-can-eat holiday menu at Hill Country Barbeque.

4. Williamsburg, Virginia

As the official site of the first Thanksgiving, Williamsburg, VA, goes above and beyond with their holiday celebrations. The Berkeley Plantation hosts the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival in early November, but you can still tour the house, garden, and grounds during the holiday week. The Foods and Feasts of Colonial Virginia celebration kicks off on Thanksgiving Day at the Jamestown Settlement, offering a look at the past. For dinner, enjoy a special holiday feast at the historic Chowning’s, The King’s Arms, and the Shields taverns.

5. Plymouth, Massachusetts

While it didn’t get to host the first feast, the meal that inspired Thanksgiving as we know it today actually happened at Plymouth, MA — two years after Williamsburg. In modern times, the town is committed to providing an authentic experience to guests. Visit Plimoth Plantation to explore the 17th-century village, step aboard the Mayflower replica, and take a trip to the Wampanoag Homesite. When you’re hungry, head to the Plimoth Plantation for a homestyle buffet. Additionally, if you arrive the weekend before, catch the historically accurate Thanksgiving parade on Saturday.

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Looking for a the best city for a labor day celebration? Check out Chicago and it's beautiful lakeside views.

5 Unforgettable Labor Day Celebrations You Won’t Want to Miss

By Atlanta, Bus Travel, Charlotte, Colorado, Denver, Georgia, Illinois, New Orleans, North Carolina, Washington D.C

From barbecues to fireworks, Labor Day is one of the most celebrated events of the year. Yet, the same festivities year after year start to get boring. For that reason, many people are now utilizing the long weekend as an opportunity to take an end-of-summer getaway. If you’re ready to break away from traditional celebrations for an unforgettable experience, pick one of these five Labor Day celebration ideas.

1. Washington, D.C.

As with the Fourth of JulyWashington, D.C., knows how to celebrate a patriotic holiday. The capital city starts off the celebrations with two exciting festivals — both of which are free. The National Book Festival features over a hundred beloved authors from around the world, attracting thousands of visitors for talks and presentations every year. There are also plenty of family-friendly activities provided throughout the convention center.

Just outside of the city in Reston, VA, The Lake Anne Plaza hosts the Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival. The all-ages event runs from early afternoon through the evening, offering a variety of performances. There are also plenty of craft and food vendors, as well as paddle boat and kayak rentals on the lake.

2. Atlanta

In Atlanta, GA, you need to look skyward to enjoy some of the top Labor Day festivities. Beginning on Saturday and lasting through Monday, the Hot Air Balloon Festival invites huge crowds for a weekend of relaxing fun. Not only do you get to enjoy the extraordinary sight of hundreds of in-flight balloons, but you can also take a ride for yourself. The festival also offers a car show, live music, and beach games.

Heading to Atlanta is also an excellent Labor Day celebration idea for Game of Thrones fans, as the weekend marks the arrival of Dragon Con. Held Downtown, the five-day event kicks off Friday and lasts through Tuesday — the perfect excuse for an extra-long weekend getaway. Vegan travelers also have something to look forward to at the Fifth Annual Veggie Connection festival in nearby Smyrna on Saturday.

3. Charlotte, North Carolina

For outdoor enthusiasts, it’s hard to beat the wide selection of Labor Day events in Charlotte, NC. The celebrations begin on Saturday with the Bearden Birthday Bash at Romare Bearden Park. Starting at 6 p.m., the live outdoor concert features jazz and soul tunes, and it’s free to enjoy.

Spanning both Saturday and Sunday, you won’t want to miss the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s (USNWC) Labor Day Celebration. On Saturday, there are yoga classes, rock climbing, and live music. For Sunday, you’ll want to grab your running shoes for the 5K and 15K, followed by hiking, more live music, and a massive fireworks display at sunset. Along with special events, the center’s zip lines and trails are open for use.

Round out your North Carolina weekend getaway with the Charlotte Labor Day parade in Uptown, followed by a visit to the Blue Blaze Brewing Co. From noon to 9 p.m., the brewery offers drink deals, live music, and free hotdogs. There’s also a firepit jam session sure to make an impression.

4. Denver

From drinks to music, the Mile High City knows how to kick back and relax on Labor Day. A favorite of both locals and visitors, A Taste of Colorado music festival offers three days of free live music with plenty of local art and food. On Saturday, head to the suburb of Littleton for the Brews & Views beer festival at the Hudson Gardens and Events Center, followed by a fireworks display at the Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park on Sunday Night.

For the artsy traveler, nothing can compete with Crush Walls. The urban art festival starts on Monday in the RiNo Art District and features a variety of street art. Need an excuse to extend your Denver, CO, vacation? The Denver Wine and Food Festival begins on September 4 and runs through the following Sunday.

5. Chicago

From deep-dish pizza to baseball, the Windy City is known for many things. Yet, the Chicago Jazz Festival is one of the most popular events of the entire year. Beginning on August 23 and running through September 1, the music celebration is held in beloved Millennium Park and features daily performances from both local and world-renowned artists. It’s also free to the public.

While you’re in Chicago, head by the Copernicus Center for the Taste of Polonia Festival. The four-day Polish festival starts on Friday and wraps up Labor Day, offering four live music stages alongside food and craft vendors. During your music-filled weekend, don’t forget to head to the Navy Pier on Sunday night for a brilliant fireworks display.

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Resources

https://www.loc.gov/events/2019-national-book-festival/

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https://usnwc.org/relax/festivals/labor-day-celebration/

http://www.blueblazebrewing.com/events/2017/8/29/labor-day-celebration

https://www.atasteofcolorado.com/

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A group of men celebrating with their friends at a bachelor party.

4 Cities That Are Perfect For Your Next Bachelor Party

By Boulder, Bus Travel, Chicago, Colorado, Illinois, Las Vegas, Nevada, New York, New York City

Planning a wedding? For most grooms and groomsmen, that also entails planning a bachelor party. And what better way to go out with a bang than to party it up in another city? This way, you get to prolong the festivities, explore a new place, and hang out with your best mates for a longer period of time. For some inspiration, we’ve come up with four cities that are perfect for bachelor parties.

1. Las Vegas

What better place to hold your bachelor party than in one of the biggest party cities in the world? Provided you and your buddies either live near Las Vegas or can afford the trip to Sin City, a bachelor party weekend in this iconic destination will not disappoint. So how do you do the trip right? Start by booking a room at the Palms Casino Resort, where you and your guests can play a few rounds of bowling and go for a swim in the pool that extends over the edge of the hotel. And yes, those amenities are included in the actual Hardwood Suite, not just the hotel itself.

For a hefty dose of adrenaline, spend the first half of your day at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where you and your buddies can rip around the track in Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and Porsches and spend the second half of the day flying fighter jets at Sky Combat Ace. You’ll have the chance to fly over the desert learning how to do tail spins and torque rolls just like Tom Cruise in Top Gun. After racing sports cars and flying fighter jets, rest up with a snooze by the pool at Encore Beach Club followed by a wild evening out playing poker at Bellagio and clubbing at Omnia.

2. Boulder

Maybe a few years ago Boulder, Colorado, wouldn’t be on anyone’s radar when planning an out-of-town bachelor party. But today, Boulder has become one of the most desirable places to live in the United States, and with that, it has plenty of amazing attractions that make for an unforgettable bachelor party weekend. Not to mention, Boulder is a great destination if you and your groomsmen want both a great cultural scene and plenty of hiking trails.

Try the brisk three-mile hike up Mount Sanitas Trailhead for breathtaking views of Boulder and spend an afternoon exploring the Flatirons. If your bachelor party weekend is anytime between November and April, plan a day or two at Eldora, easily the best mountain in Boulder for some serious skiing. Naturally, a bachelor party weekend would not be complete without plenty of beer—and Boulder has lots of that. Oskar Blues and Avery are two craft breweries that are very popular among visitors and locals alike. Colorado is also where Coors was born, so consider a free tour of the Coors plant.

3. Chicago

The great thing about the Windy City is it won’t be as crowded with other bachelor parties as certain cities like New Orleans and Las Vegas. Still, there is plenty to do and many reasons why you should make this city your bachelor party destination. Not only is Chicago a lively city with plenty to do downtown, it also has a handful of fun beaches situated on Lake Michigan (and conveniently almost all those beaches come with their own bars). Neither a bachelor party weekend nor a trip to Chicago would feel right without a proper evening, and there’s no better place in the city for red meat than the iconic Gene & Georgetti Steakhouse.

4. New York City

New York City may be the most popular of all cities when it comes to bachelor parties. If you’re tired of night clubs and strip clubs, New York has the variety you need. Head to Kick Axe Throwing in Brooklyn where you and your buddies can drink beer and throw axes. Then head to Chelsea Piers for some golfing, rock climbing, and bowling. In the evening, grab a few cheap drinks at Fat Cat and play some pool, Skee-Ball, or darts as you listen to jazz. For funny, head to the Comedy Cellar and for brunch in the morning, try Lavo NYC. Like Chicago, New York City is home to some of the most renowned, historical steakhouses in the world. You definitely don’t want to wrap up the festivities without grabbing a juicy strip steak or filet mignon at Keens or Gallagher’s.

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This steakhouse is just one of many iconic American restaurants.

The 4 Most Iconic Restaurants in America

By Bus Travel, Chicago, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Indianapolis, Miami, New York, New York City

A tour of the United States invites the opportunity for visits to some of the most famous historical sites, landmarks, buildings, and natural wonders in the world—but we’re here to talk food. The US is home to some incredibly iconic restaurants, a handful of which have been around for well over 100 years. If you are a die-hard foodie who wants to go beyond amazing eats and experience the atmosphere of an iconic location, these are four restaurants you will definitely want to visit.

1. Katz Delicatessen in New York

Remember that scene in When Harry Met Sally? Yep, that was filmed in Katz Delicatessen, easily the most famous and iconic diner in Manhattan—and not just because of the classic Nora Ephron film. If you’ve ever found yourself watching the cinematic staple of the ’90s and thinking you just have to try whatever sandwich Meg Ryan was eating, you can make that dream a reality. It’s not a bad idea to try to visit Katz during a weekday afternoon or evening since this popular New York eatery is typically loaded with patrons on the weekend. So iconic is this restaurant that some of those patrons have included a few of the biggest names in pop culture, ranging from legendary comedians to A-list actors to pro NBA players. And why does everyone love it so much? You only have to have one bite of the Rueben on rye or matzo ball soup to understand. Stand in the queue, grab your meal ticket, get your grub in the cafeteria-style diner, and prepare to feast yourself on the biggest sandwich of your life.

2. St. Elmo’s Steakhouse in Indianapolis

Can you justify traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles to this Indianapolis steakhouse? The answer is “yes and always yes.” Why? Because not only is it arguably the most iconic steakhouse in the country, but it’s seriously not an overstatement to say you’ll find some of the juiciest steak in the world at this place. Any kind of steak you’re craving can be found at St. Elmo’s Steakhouse. Their dinner menu features filet mignon, ribeye, the porterhouse steak, the USA Prime New York Strip, and other meats including rack of lamb, pork chops, and roasted chicken breast. If you really want to go all out, order some seafood with your steak. You can choose among South African lobster tails, crab-stuffed shrimp, and sashimi yellowfin tuna. Finish your night off with a cappuccino and a decadent dessert like the St. Elmo crème brûlée, a New York-style cheesecake, lemon butter cake, or vanilla bean ice cream.

3. The Berghoff in Chicago

For over 120 years, The Berghoff has been serving Chicago locals and visitors with world-class German eats and drinks and has cemented itself as a fixture in Chicago culture. At the bar, you can happy hour your way into the evening with a hefeweizen before ordering the spinatknoedel, rahm schnitzel, or wiener schnitzel for dinner. Top off your night with a moist German chocolate cake, berghoff root beer float, or an apple strudel!

4. Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami

Key lime pie. Architectural elegance. Summer dining. And fresh crab cuisine. What do you get when you combine all of these things? Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami. All you need to do is bring your appetite and they’ll provide the rest. Bibs, instructions, mustard, and all. For over 100 years, this Miami Beach eatery has taken a holistic approach to the dining experience. After all, when Joe Weiss first opened the restaurant, it began as a lunch shop where he cooked, cleaned, and served patrons on top of operating the business. Today, it is one of the most famous seafood restaurants in Miami and a recognizable name all across the country.

Although it had modest beginnings, Joe’s Stone Crab now boasts an extensive menu, featuring items such as jumbo lump crab cakes, Maine lobster, ginger salmon, and king crab legs in addition to many non-seafood options for people who would prefer to stick to land animals or a vegetarian diet. For dessert, try Joe’s Famous Key Lime Pie, the blueberry crème brûlée, or the warm chocolate lava cake. And the best part about Joe’s Stone Crab? You don’t even have to be in Miami to enjoy the fresh stone crab claws that the restaurant is so famous for. They’ll actually ship them to your home address provided you live in any one of the 50 US states or Puerto Rico.

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Top 4 Cities to Visit for Mouthwatering Pizza

By Bus Travel, Chicago, Detroit, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New York, New York City, St.Louis

Nothing satisfies hunger quite like a fresh, warm slice of pizza. For true fans, the quest to find the most mouthwatering pies is a lifetime journey. While just about every town has at least one good pizzeria, there are a few locations where the quality and taste are next-level good. Prepare your taste buds because here are the top four cities with the best pizza in the U.S.

1. New York

New York City is known for many things, but when you say the city’s name, the first thing that comes to mind is pizza. In fact, the Big Apple was home to the first pizzeria in the U.S. Lombardi’s opened its doors in 1905, serving thin-crusted Neapolitan-style pies, which set the standard for what would become known as New York-style pizza. For that reason, Lombardi’s should be the first stop on your tasting tour. Hit up their Little Italy location for a small Original Margherita pie and calzone.

Dating back to 1965, Di Fara is another favorite eatery of pizza fanatics. The family-owned establishment serves up the same handcrafted pies today as they did 50 years ago. While Lucali doesn’t offer the same historical quality, its fresh ingredients and welcoming ambiance have caught the attention of celebs like Beyoncé and Jay Z. If you hit up Lucali, show up early to get your name on the list and don’t forget it’s a BYOB establishment — so arrive with drinks in hand.

Once you’ve eaten your way through the old-school style pizzerias, switch it up with a non-traditional approach. Ops stands out in the market by using sourdough crusts and a wood-fired oven. Adelina’s, on the other hand, has made a name for itself with a plant-based menu. All of the restaurant’s Italian dishes are vegetarian-friendly, and they even offer a selection of vegan pizzas.

2. Chicago

The battle between New York and Chicago pizza styles is almost as old as the country itself. While New York’s easily foldable pies embody the fast pace of the city, Chicago-style deep dish pizza serves as a hearty, sit-down meal. These qualities are ideal when you need to warm your body and catch a break from the elements, which is a necessity for Chicago natives during long, bitter, and windy winters.

To taste a deep-dish pie the way it was intended, stop by one of the 53 Lou Malnati’s locations in the area. The founder actually worked at the first deep dish pizzeria in Chitown, and some people even recognize him as the father of the pan-pizza style. Two other popular establishments, Pequod’s Pizza and Burt’s Place, were both started by Burt Katz and feature his unique caramelized crust. Yet, if you’re a fan of thin crust pizzas, don’t fret — both Spacca Naplo and Piece serve up Neapolitan-style slices.

3. St. Louis

While it doesn’t quite receive the same level of recognition as some of the other locations, St. Louis is hailed as one of the top cities with the best pizza in the country. Known for its extra-thin, crispy crust, St. Louis-style pizzas are instantly recognizable thanks to their rectangular-shaped slices. The use of a unique processed cheese blend — usually containing provolone, cheddar, and Swiss, also gives the pie a distinct flavor from other regional varieties.

To delve into the pizza scene in St. Louis, start with a visit to one of the oldest eateries in the city: Frank & Helen’s Pizzeria. Not much has changed about the restaurant since it opened in 1956, and that’s exactly why it’s so beloved by locals and tourists alike. Frank’s Special pizza is a long-time favorite of patrons, but you also have the opportunity to craft your own mouthwatering pie from scratch. Other top contenders in the area include Monte Bello Pizzeria and Failoni’s.

4. Detroit

Detroit may have made a name for itself with automotive production, but it can be argued that its best export is pizza. Similar to St. Louis, Detroit-style pizza ditches the traditional wedge-shaped slices for squares. The pies also take their rebellion a step further by opting for a rectangular-shaped pizza instead of a circle. However, their most notable characteristic is the incredibly thick crust, which is cooked until the outside is crispy.

If that description has your mouth watering, put Cloverleaf at the top of your travel itinerary. The pizzeria is hailed as the inventor of Detroit-style pizza. While they now offer contemporary variations, like gluten-free pizza, you can still order the traditional square pies of years past. For a slightly more modern take on the original, stop by Pepe Z Pizza. The pizzeria offers unique ingredients, like Michigan honey and Brussel sprouts, along with vegan and vegetarian options.

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