City Favs

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MIAMI: Robert is Here, Everglades Nat’l Park, Alligator Alley, Ancient Old Spanish Monastery & Gardens, South Miami Art-Deco District, Lummus Park Beach, Little Havana, Coral Gables Venetian Pool, Miami Beach Marina boardwalk, free yoga in Bayfront Park, Buttercream, South Pointe Park, bikepath along Old Cutler Road, Purdy Lounge, Panther Coffee, So, Miami Farmer’s Market, running trails in Larry & Penny Coral Reel State Park, food trucks, South Beach Shuttle, Centre Gallery, the Florida Keys

ORLANDO: Gatorland Alligator Farm, Kennedy Space Center, Old Town, Celebration, FL, City Arts Factory, Keke’s Breakfast Cafe, Lake Eola Park, Stardust Video & Coffee, Cocoa Beach, Fun Spot, Sprinkles, City Walk, The Dessert Lady, Briar Patch, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Buttermilks, The Morse, Tea at Pom Pom’s

SAVANNAH: Forsyth Park, River Street, the Historic District, the Squares, Bonaventure Cemetery, Tybee Island, Zunizis Comfort Food, Vinnie Van Go Go, Fort Pulaski Nat’l Monument, Sixth Sense Ghost Tour, Wormsloe Historical Site, free trolley in Historical District, tree-lined avenue leading to Wormsloe Estate,  Savannah History Museum, McDaughan’s, City Market

CHARLESTON: Rainbow Row, South of Board Street, shrimp & grits, Waterfront Park & the swings on the pier, Halsey Museum, Jack’s Diner, Communication Museum, the Battery, Fort Moultrie, Folly Beach, The Giffon, Alluette’s Cafe, Isle of Palms, view the harbor from Ravenel Bridge, Ashley River Road, Blue Bicycle Books, JB’s Smoke Shack, Calhoun Mansion, the 200+ yr old neighborhoods on Archdale & Legare Streets, the beach, Five Loaves Cafe, the lighthouse on Sullivan’s Island

ATLANTA: Centennial Olympic Park, High Museum of Art, Dekalb Farmer’s Market, Sweet Auburn (MLK Jr. childhood street), Ebenezer Baptist Church, Little Five Points, Atlanta Puppetry Arts Ctr, hike Stone Mountain, The Flying Biscuit, Carroll Street Cafe, Piedmont Park, Cacao Chocolate Bar, stroll Virginia Heights, King of Pops, Cabbage Town, Decatur Square, Graffiti Art throughout city, canoe or inner tube the Chattahoochee River, Aurora Coffee, Dr. Bombay, Michael C. Cross Museum, MLK Jr. Nat’l Historical Center, Star Bar, Sweetwater Brewery tours, Tin Lizzy Cantina

RALEIGH: North Carolina Museum of Art, stroll Five Points, Mordecai Historic Park, Farmer’s Market, Big Boss Brewing Co, Sculpture Garden at Art Museum, FM 88.1 WKNC, Raleigh Times Coffee/Restaurant/Bar, stroll City Market area, Raleigh City Museum, Lilly’s Pizza, The Roast Grill, Artspace, Player’s Retreat, Downtown Circular Bus, The Mecca, The Flying Biscuit, Eno Rive State Park, Amphitheater, Pullen Arts Ctr, NC State University tour, Rialto Theater, Schoolkids Records, Sadlacks, ride the Trolley

BALTIMORE: American Visionary Arts Museum, Museum of Art (free), Canton Yards, Walters Art Museum, ride the Charm City Circular (free), The Red Canoe,  Federal Hill walking tour, eat a Berger Cookie from Big Jim’s, Lexington Market, Cafe Hon, Fort McHenry, stroll the Inner Harbor & Mount Vernon Park, Charles Theater matinee, Creative Alliance, walk Tyson Street, Everyman Theater, Basilica of the Assumption, original Washington Monument, run along the Waterfront Pomenade, Zeke’s Coffee, Normals Used Books & Music, ride the harbor water taxi, Dollar House Row, Oreole Ball Park tour, Vaccard’s for dessert, Creative Alliance, Edger Allen Poe’s Home, The Brewer’s Art

PHILADELPHIA: Magic Garden, murals throughout the city, Valley Green, Boat House Row (lit at night), drink a Yuengling & a Flying Fish, Manayunk Brewery, Jim’s, Elfreth’s Alley, Penn’s Landing, run along Kelly Drive, Fairmont Park, John’s Roast Pork, Chinatown, drive through Manyunk, McNally’s for a Schmitter & a Manyunk Lager, South Street, Bartram’s Garden, Liberty Bell at Independence Hall, Germantown Rd in Chestnut Hill, US Mint, eat a dark chocolate rod at A Taste Of Philly, Philadelphia Museum of Art (free Sunday), High Point Sunday Market, view the city from Philadelphia Water Works, Rustic Music, view of Delaware River from Penn Station, take the ferry to Camden, stroll Old City

NEW YORK CITY: NYC Public L:ibrary, walk the Brooklyn Bridge, eat a Choinkwich ice cream sandwich from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, Trinity Church & Graveyard, South Street Seaport, Junior’s Cheesecake, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, Free Walking Tour, Fashion Institute of Technology Museum, Park Slope Diner, Strawberry Clothing, Lombardi’s Pizza, stand in Times Square at night, free jazz at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcafe, Grand Central Terminal, eat The Queen of Soul Food cafe, stroll the cobblestone streets of Hudson St, Park Slope neighborhood, St. George Theater on Staten Island, Williamsburg, DUMBO, Nathon’s dog stand, Prospect Park, Jackson Heights in Queens, MET Art Museum (pay what you can), Hermano’s Tortilla Factory & Taquaria, Staten Island Ferry, The Chop Shop, Cuppa Joe, Bronx Zoo, A I Freeman Dept. Store, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Brooklyn Botanical Garden (free Tues)

BOSTON: Freedom Trail, USS Constitution, Public Garden, Boston Common, Sausa, Stroll the Wharf, Copley Square, Coolidge Corner Theater, Bodega Vintage, Wally’s for live jazz, tour Fenway Ball Park, walk Harvard Square, Reigna’s Pizza, Copp’s Hill Burial Ground, Ride the T to Cambridge, Christopher Columbus park at sunset, Hay Market, Paris Creperie,  run the greenway along the Charles River, Cambridge Brewing Co, The Mapparium, stroll Newbury Street, Presto’s Pizza, Black Heritage Trail, stroll Little Italy, Fairmont Copley Plaza lobby, Spike’s Junkyard Dogs, Beacon Hill, Drive to Marble Head, Mr Bartley’s Burger Cottage

PORTLAND, ME: Portland Head Light Lighthouse, Local 188, Willard Scoops, Farmer’s Market, Silly’s, Portland Art Museum, Scratch Baking Co, Shipyard Brewing Co, Wadsworth-Longfellow House & Gardens, Walk the Portland Freedom Trail, Otto’s Pizza, Fort Williams, Narrow Gauge Railroad, Casco Bay Ferryboat Mail Run, Coffee By Design, South Portland Greenbelt Pathway, Inst. of Contemporary Art, Harborside Trail, Hot Suppa

PROVIDENCE: Waterfire, East Side Marketplace, Wickenden Street, Sunset at Prospect Park, Roger Williams Park, Duck & Bunny Snuggery, AS 220, RSDI, Pawtucket Flea Market, Newport RI, Seven Stars Bakery, Trinity Brewhouse, Big Nazo Lab, Thayer Street, The Coffee Exchange, Rare Books Room in John Hay Library, The Arcade, try Coffee Milk, Culinary Arts Museum, Block Island

CLEVELAND: West Side Market, Art Museum, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, Edgewater Beach on Lake Erie, University Circle, Big Fun, Chagrin Falls, Flower Child, Sweet Melissa, Chelsie’s Costumes,  Civilization Coffee Shop, Cultural Gardens in Rockerfeller Park, Lakeshore Blvd, Walnut Creek Amish Community, Cinematech Theater, Bier Market, The People’s Trail, Tommy’s for a milkshake experience, Cleveland Clinic, Night Town, Sokolowski’s

PITTSBURGH: Mount Washington, Primanti Brothers, Zambelli fireworks, Pieroghies, Beehive Coffee Shop, Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning, Carnegie Music Hall, Public Market in Strip District, Phipps Conservatory, East Carson Street, County Building, Moncinis Bread, William Penn Hotel lobby, Door Stop Cafe, Dequeshe Incline, Penn Macaroni Co, Point State Park, PNC Park tour

COLUMBUS: German Village, COSI, Topiary Garden, Mona Lisa & American Gothic building murals, North Market, Book Loft, Yeah, Me Too, Pistacia Vera, Dick’s Den, Scioto Mile Park, Fountains & Amphitheater, Santa Maria ship, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Dirty Frank’s, Olentangy Greenway Trail, Hocking Hills, Rose Garden, Hayden Falls, Schiller Park, Drive Broad Street, John E. Wolfe Palm House

CINCINNATI: Eden Park: Museum of Art & Conservatory, Fountain Square, Finlay Market, Jungle Jim’s, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Museum Center at Union Terminal (free museums), Skyline Chili, enjoy a skyline view of Cinci from Lake Drive Loop, Loveland Castle, Melt’s, Nat’l Underground Railroad Freedom Center, American Sign Museum, Bonbonerie Cafe, Mount Airy City View Tavern, Cont. Arts Cemter (free), Observatory, Amazing Portable Circus, Rollergirls, Spring Grove Cemetery, Trader’s World

LOUISVILLE: Churchill Downs & Kentucky Derby Museum, Dairy Kastle, Speed of Art Museum, Ear x-tacy Records, Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace, Stroll Bardstown Road, Lynn’s Paradise Cafe, ride the Trolley Loop, Paradise Theater, BBC, Nord’s Bakery, Frazier Int’l History Museum, stroll “Little Hollywood”, Ramsi’s Cafe of the World, Museum Row, Drive through Mega Cavern, Architecture along Market St & Main St.

NASHVILLE: Loveless Cafe, The District (Broadway), Music Square, Printer’s Alley, Country Music Hall of Fame, Crema, Ellisgton Place Soda Shop, Ryman Auditorium, Arnold’s, Ernest Tubb Record Shop, The Honky Tonks for free music & cheap drinks, Belle Meade Plantation, Robert’s Western World BBQ, Swett’s Soul Food, Drive Hwy 100 to Narchez Trance

MEMPHIS: Beale Street, Graceland & the Stone Wall, Payne’s BBQ, watch a Mississippi River sunset, Memphis Zoo, Schwab’s Dry Goods Store, Crystal Shrine Grotto, the Peabody Ducks, Brooks Museum of Art, Civil Rights Museum, City Market, Cotton Row, ride the Trolley, Main Street after sunset, Rendezvous Restaurant, Botanical Garden, the Shelby Farm Trail

KANSAS CITY: Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, City Market, Swope Park, ride the Truman Trolley, 18th & Vine (Jazz Central), Jazz Museum, The Plaza, Sculpture Park, Kemper Museum of Cont. Art, Power & Light District, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Heart Bridge

ST. LOUIS: City Museum, Delbar Street, Fitz’s, Citygarden Sculpture Park, Bogart’s BBQ, Soulart Farmer’s Market, Forest Park: Art Museum, Zoo, Jewel Box & Missouri History Museum, Favazza’s, Cathedral Basilica, stroll waterfront, Gateway Arch, the Muny, Botanical Garden, the Hill, Cahokia Mounds, U City at dusk, Fast Eddie’s Bon Air, Lafayette Square

INDIANAPOLIS: Monron Trail Greenway, Museum of Art, Rene’s Bakery, Big Hat Books & Art, Indy Motor Speedway tour, Luna Music, Gabriel Park Conservatory, Fountain Square, Hinkle Field: home of the Butler Bulldog’s, Yats, Sun King Brewery, Indy Arts Garden, Union Station, Duckpin Bowl

DETROIT: Heidelberg Project, Community Farming, Campus Martius Park, Hart Plaza, Children’s Museum, Raw Cafe, Mac Arthur Bridge to Belle Island, Eastern Market, Slow’s BBQ, Detroit Historical Museum, Critical Mass, tour the Guardian Building. Detroit Institute of Art, The Henry Ford, Chez Zara

CHICAGO: Navy Pier, Drive along Lake Michigan on Hwy 4, Lincoln Park Zoo (free), The Pavillion, Millennium Park, Chicago’s Dog House, Lakeshore at the Marina, Children’s Museum (free), Botanical Garden & Lincoln Park Conservatory (both free), The Bean , Route 66 Museum, Grant Park, Crown Fountain, The Ledge

MILWAUKEE: Riverwalk, The Third Ward, The Domes, Pabst Mansion, Public Market, The Safe House, Fonz statue, Buck Bradley’s, Milwaukee Brewers baseball game, Lake Michigan Waterfront, Milwaukee Co. Historical Center, River Flicks, Easttown Farmer’s Market, Basilica of St. Joseph, Lakefront Brewery Tour, Brady Street, Zoo, Public Museum

MADISON: Budget Bicycle, Chazen Museum of Art, State Street, Hang out at the Union on UW Campus, Babcock Hall Dairy Store, Farmer’s Market on the Square, Willy Street, Dotty’s Dumpling Dowry, Watch the sun set from Tenney Park, Badger Stadium, Monroe Street, Children’s Museum, Wisconsin Historical Museum, Windsurf, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Olbrich Botanical Garden, Sail

MINNEAPOLIS: Walker Art Center, Guthrie Theater, Sculpture Garden, Mall of America, Summit Brewery Tour, Bike or Stroll the 5 Urban Lakes, The Little Elf Tree of Notes, Lakewood Cemetery, Mary Tyler Moore Statue, Visit the Awesome City Parks, St. Paul Cathedral, Stogies on Grand, Como Park, Attend a St. Paul Saints baseball game, Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, Sail, Surdyks, Institute of Art, Ride the Skyway

OMAHA: Old Town, Find the 22 “O!” sculptures in Omaha, Boys Town, Riverfront, Memorial Park, The Slide in Central Park, Dundee Theater,  Gerald Ford’s Birth Site, Heartland of America Park fountain, Joslin Art Museum, Henry Doorly Zoo

DENVER: Red Rocks Amphitheater, Little Man Ice Cream, Biker Jim’s, Tattered Cover Book Store, Ride Lite-Rail through Downtown, Union Station, 16th Street Mall, Wax Trax Records, Steps of the State Capitol (1 mile above sea level geological marker), Coors Brewery, Landmark Esquire Theater, Apple Jack’s Liquor Store, Cherry Creek Bike Path, US Mint, LoDo, Rock Pile tickets to a Rockies game

SALT LAKE CITY: Daughter of Utah Pioneers Museum, Ruby Snap Cookies, Twilight Concerts at Pioneer Park, Ruth’s Diner, The Gallivan Center, 15th & 15th, Red Butte Garden, The Gateway, Temple Square, Bingham Canyon Copper Mine, The Great Salt Lake, Pixar’s “Up” house, UTA-TRAX, Tracy Aviary, Utah Olympic Park, Drive through Emigration Canyon

BOISE: Old Idaho Penitentiary, Settler’s Park, Greenbelt, Boise Art Museum, Pastry Perfection, Attend a Boise Hawks baseball game, Boise Depot, Julia Davis Park, Hike the foothills behind Old Pen, Bar-hop 8th Street, Float the Boise River, Sled Camel’s Back, Boise Zoo

MISSOULA: Brennan’s Wave at Caras Park, Hike the Ziz Zag Trail, Rockin’ Rudy’s, Brewery Tour, Bernice’s Bakery,Old Fort Missoula,  Big Dipper Ice Cream, Rocky Mt. Elk Foundation, Lunch in Caras Park, Butterfly Herbs, Ruby’s Cafe, Downtown after the dark

SEATTLE: Gasworks, Lake Union, the library on UW campus, Pike’s Place, Troll under Fremont Bridge, original Starbuck’s store at Pike’s Place, Alki Beach boardwalk, Pioneer Square

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