Chicago, Illinois: Located on the banks of Lake Michigan, Chicago is perhaps most famous for its iconic skyline, including the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) which stands an impressive 1,400 feet tall! For a real thrill, take a trip up to the Sky Deck, located on the 103rd floor.

Here, you have the chance to venture onto a glass walkway that extends four feet from the rest of the building, giving you a view of the city that is like nothing else in the world!

Millennium Park is a great spot to spend the afternoon reading or walking, and it has a wonderfully whimsical reflective bean sculpture that is a favorite for tourists taking photographs!

Finally, the Art Institute is one of the oldest and largest in the entire country, so you can easily spend a day here exploring all of the paintings, books and jewelry on display.

New Orleans: More popularly known as the Big Easy, there truly is no other city in the world that is quite like New Orleans. While there is definitely a perpetual party vibe to the city, there is also a great deal of history and gorgeous architecture here as well.

If you are a first-time visitor, you might be tempted to make an obligatory stop at Bourbon Street, though if you want to avoid the crowds, chaos and still have a good time, choose to venture down to Frenchman’s Street instead.

The bars and restaurants here have a fantastic selection of music constantly going, and you are all but certain to find some hidden gems.

The cemeteries are eerily beautiful, and Jackson Park is an absolute must-see, with its plethora of art vendors and street performers.

If you are looking for a bite to eat or simply want to relax on a balcony while taking in one of the city’s signature cocktails, be sure to pay a visit to Muriel’s at Jackson Square! This place has everything from an excellent Sazerac to tasty gumbo and even a table set up for the resident ghost!

Nashville, Tennessee: The capital city of Tennessee, most people associate Nashville with country music. While this is indeed the home of the famed Grand Ol’ Opry as well as the Country Music Hall of Fame, there is much more to see and do here outside of the music scene.

Visit the Parthenon in Centennial Park to feel as though you have been transported back to Ancient Greece, or stop by the Belle Meade Plantation which dates back to the 1840’s!

Nashville is a famous foodie city as well, and one of their culinary gems is hot chicken. While you can find this staple in many places, Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack is a cut above the rest, offering different levels of heat to perfectly suit your palate.

St. Augustine, Florida: The oldest city in the entire United States, St. Augustine has a heavy Spanish influence that can be seen both in the area’s architecture as well as culinary options.

There are plentiful expanses of white sand beaches to relax upon, as well as an alligator farm that even features zip lines!

If you are into exploring the city’s history, you can visit the iconic lighthouse which is also equipped with a museum, along with the Castillo de San Marcos, a fortress constructed in the 1700’s complete with a drawbridge and guided tours!

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