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WEEKEND GETAWAY: Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas!

Las Vegas is known as Sin City, and there is no shortage of things to eat, drink, do, and see while you are here. This is definitely a great place to do a quick weekend trip. Anything longer than 3 or 4 days is a little overwhelming!

My friend and I did a Wednesday to Saturday as the airfare and hotel prices were a little more reasonable during the week. Also, there are literally hundreds of things going on in Vegas every night of the week, so don’t feel like you have to go on a weekend.



This is what we did while we were in Vegas:

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Review: Planet Hollywood Las Vegas
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Review: Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

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Over the summer I went on a trip to Vegas with one of my friends. We stayed at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, which I have never stayed at or even been in before. My friend and I picked this hotel because it is on The Strip and it was more affordable than some of the other hotels. (We were also there to see Britney Spears, and that is where her show is so that may have influenced our decision as well :D).

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Two Days in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is the biggest little city that is full of culture, history, food, and fun! While you could spend a lot of time here exploring, we only had two days in Boston and packed in as much as we could.

We stayed at the newly opened Yotel Boston, and it was great! Fair warning: The rooms are small. But if you just need a nice room to sleep in, this is a great option. The hotel, or should I say Yotel, is very trendy and modern. The hotel rooms are actually called cabins, and it really reminded us of a cruise ship cabin! It is located in the Seaport neighborhood and right next door to a T stop.

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Weekend Getaway: Berkshire County
Ashley USA Travel Weekend Getaway

WEEKEND GETAWAY: Berkshire County, Massachusetts

 

Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield, Ma

Berkshire County, or The Berkshires, is a region in Western Massachusetts. It is known for beautiful mountains, a vibrant arts scene, and plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy all year round.  I spent a week in Western Massachusetts visiting a friend and got to see a lot of this area and had a great time! This part of New England may not be at the top of your list, but it is definitely worth checking out, especially in the summer.

You have a few options for getting to Berkshire County. You can fly into Hartford/Bradley, Boston, Albany, or NYC. You will need to rent a car for your trip, but the drive is so beautiful! Especially when you are not used to seeing mountains. You can also take the Amtrak. Once you are here, there is no shortage of festivals, events, shopping, theater, music, and outdoor fun.

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Flamingos in Florida + Gift Guide
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Flamingos in Florida + Great Gift Ideas

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Flamingos in Florida + Gift Guide

Is Flamingo Friday a thing? If not, it should be! When you are in Florida, you might see quite a few plastic flamingos adorning front lawns. While the flamingo décor is fun, you might be wondering where you can see real live flamingos. Luckily there are some great places to go where you can see flamingos and learn more about them.

There are actually six known species of flamingos in the world. Flamingos used to be found in the wild in the southern most part of the state, but they are not known to breed here anymore. There are some great spots where you can see flamingos in Florida.

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Sailor Circus - Sarasota, FL #CACMoreThanACircus
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Sailor Circus In Sarasota, FL #CACMoreThanACircus

A Day at the Circus

Last weekend, The Traveling Gals were lucky enough to be invited to spend the morning training at the Circus!  Sarasota and the Circus have a long history together.  Sarasota was the winter headquarters for John Ringling and is known as the “Circus Capital of the World”.  The international circus community continues to be an integral part of the city’s atmosphere.

Sailor Circus - Sarasota, FL #CACMoreThanACircus

This was our first time at the Circus Arts Conservatory and shame on us because it is blocks away from our home.  The slogan More Than a Circus is extremely accurate.   The building is shaped like a big top and is both a training and performance facility.   In addition to training professional circus performers, many classes and camps are available to the local community.  They also have an extensive outreach program to bring the legacy of the circus to the community through education, therapy and performing arts that serve youth to the elderly.  It is very impressive!

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Chicago Skyline
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WEEKEND GETAWAY: Chicago, IL

WEEKEND GETAWAY: Chicago, IL

One of the best cities in the world is Chicago, IL. Okay we might be a little biased as this is our hometown. But Chicago is great city to visit with lots to offer. We recently spent the weekend here and had a great time. Since we live in Florida now, it was fun getting to be tourists! Here is our itinerary for 3 days in Chicago. Obviously you could spend much more time here, but if all you have time for is a quick weekend getaway then this is a great way to see some of the highlights of the city.

The Bean: Weekend in Chicago

Day 1

We flew in really early on a Saturday into Midway Airport. Our flight actually landed at 8:30AM so we had pretty much the entire day to explore. We spent our first day in the Millennium Park area. It was such a gorgeous day we wandered around Millennium Park, Grant Park, and Museum Campus. Millennium Park is where you can take the famous selfie with The Bean. (The Bean’s official name is ‘Cloudgate’ but nobody actually calls it that.) We then walked down to Grant Park to see Buckingham Fountain. The lakefront looked so beautiful that we strolled along the path until we got down to the Museum Campus. This is where the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and Field Museum are located. Right next door is Soldier Field where the Chicago Bears play. We did so much the first day we were exhausted!

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Travel Tips USA Travel

Things To Do In Orlando (Besides Theme Parks)

Orlando, FL is known as the theme park capital of the world. Millions of people visit Central Florida every year to enjoy the theme parks (Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, LEGOLAND, and Busch Gardens in Tampa). While these alone make for a great vacation, if you want a break from the theme parks there are also other fun places in the city to visit.

Here are the top picks for things to do in Orlando

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Barrier Islands of Florida

The splendor of Florida can be found in its hundreds of barrier islands. Barrier Islands are long, thin sandy stretches of land that protect the coast from the full force of storm waves. Between the island and the mainland is a calm water body such as a bay. Florida has more barrier islands than any other state. They are idyllic places to enjoy the tropical sunshine.

Panhandle There are many barrier islands in the Florida panhandle and many are connected via bridge for easy access. Some are simply undeveloped sandy beaches. St. George Island boasts a state park and 22 miles of sandy beaches. Santa Rosa Island across from the Pensacola Bay is a 40 mile island of beaches which often has strong currents conducive to surfing!

Ashley Carol Kary USA Travel

Top 3 Must-Do’s in Sarasota, FL

We moved from Chicago to Sarasota about 6 years ago. Although we love the big city, we hate cold weather and were looking for a change of scenery. While Sarasota may not be on your radar when you think of Florida, this small city has a lot to offer! If you are planning a trip to this coast of Florida, you definitely should make a stop here. Check out our top 3 things you should in Sarasota.

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