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October 10, 2017

24 Hours in New York City

Let me begin by saying that 24 hours in New York City is not easy. There is easily weeks worth of things to be seen and done in New York, but you can definitely get some fun things done while you’re there, you just have to plan ahead. This 24 hour guide includes everything you can and will see if you plan it out correctly. Without further ado, here’s my 24 hours in New York City plan.
Depending on where you’re staying, you can start in uptown, or downtown. Every time I’ve been to New York, I’ve been staying in downtown, so that’s where this plan begins, but feel free to start from the end!

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Battery Park

Taking a ferry to Statue of Liberty would take far too long. You can get a stunning view of lady liberty from battery park, as well as a stunning view of lower Manhattan, including One World Trade Center.

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9/11 Memorial

I don’t think any trip to New York is complete without a visit here. It’s sobering and beautiful. If you have time, you can definitely check out the museum, but I recommend just checking out the memorial located where the towers used to stand.

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Hustle Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Not joking, this was one of my favorite things that we did in New York the last time I was there. The views are breathtaking, and it was so fun to say I went outside of Manhattan on my trip to New York. Once you arrive in Brooklyn, definitely check out the waterfront and enjoy stunning views of New York. Then, hop on a subway and head back to midtown.

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Washington Square Park/NYU

On your way North, check out NYU and Washington Square Park. It’s absolutely beautiful, and is definitely it’s own part of New York. Enjoying all the bustling college students and fun that’s happening in this area is definitely a must see.

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Times Square

Times Square is obviously a must see for any tourist in New York. It’s amazing to see that many screens and activity in one centralized area. Picture yourself there the night the ball drops, and things get even crazier.

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The Rock

Many people recommend seeing the Empire State Building. No. First of all, it’s expensive, much more expensive than the rock, and second of all, when you get to the top, sure the views are pretty, but the New York skyline is missing one important thing…THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING. ESB is such a highlight of the New York skyline, it doesn’t make sense to go stand on it. The rock offers really, really impressive views; it’s a must see.

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Grand Central

Grand central station is so fun. I took the subway into Grand Central, so that we were coming out into the beautiful main lobby. It’s a bustling area of activity, but it really is a gorgeous piece of art. Take a moment to people watch and see all the different trains and busses leaving from this area.

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Central Park

Again, no trip to NYC is complete without a visit to Central Park. I didn’t go the first two times I was in New York, so by my third trip I made it a priority. It’s crazy to stand in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the world, and hear birds chirrping and kids laughing. It’s quieter than you think it is, and offers a great relaxation area.

What are your biggest NYC must-sees?

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October 10, 2017

24 Hours in Chicago

Chicago is an insanely fun city. I highly recommend visiting & I’m hoping we can head there for a little trip to Lollapalooza this summer. In the meantime, let’s see what you can do with 24 hours in Chicago.

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River Walk

Stroll along the river from Michigan avenue toward Millennium Park. This has gorgeous views of the city and the river.

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Navy Pier

Navy Pier has excellent views of the Lake, as well as the city.

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The Bean

This is a classic Chicago monument that cannot be missed on a trip to Chicago. Take a picture of yourself in this massive bean shaved mirror.

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Willis Tower

Get stunning views by visiting the tallest building in Chicago.

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October 9, 2017

24 Hours in Denver

I visited Denver in 2015 for a short time, for the Taylor Swift concert. I have to say, it wasn’t my favorite city that I’ve ever been to, but I’m completely open to giving it another chance. Today I thought I’d share the things you definitely can’t miss if you have 24 hours in Denver.

Explore Downtown

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We stayed right in downtown Denver on our trip there, and we loved exploring the downtown area. My most fond memory of the trip was walking up into the hills and finding a cute little mexican restaurant to eat lunch at. Exploring a city without any real things you are looking for is truly one of the most fun things to do.

See a Game

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Denver is home to both the Colorado Rockies baseball team as well as the Denver Broncos football team. Depending on what time of year you visit Denver, you can usually see one of these teams play. The Broncos are very famous, meaning ticket prices are slightly higher for them than the Rockies, but both stadiums are stunning and would be a ton of fun.

16th Street Mall

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When we visited Denver, we stayed right at the top of the 16th street mall. There’s a bus that runs down the entire thing that you can hop on and off of whenever you want. I had a creepy man fondle my body while on this bus, so be careful and watch your surroundings. There’s tons to do throughout the 16th street mall, including shops, restaurants and more.

Brewery Tours

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Something I didn’t know about Denver is that they have tons of breweries, wineries and distilleries. Make an afternoon out of a couple of different brewery tours, and get day drunk. It’s vacation, why not?

Mount Evans Scenic Byway

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If you have time, and a car, make sure you head up to the Mount Evans scenic byway. Denver is surrounded by some absolutely stunning mountains, and the Mount Evans scenic byway gives you a great chance to explore the surrounding areas and get some great views.

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October 9, 2017

24 Hours in Baltimore

Today I want to share with you all a place that is near and dear to my heart – Maryland. Specifically, Baltimore. This is the city where my mom worked as a nurse for the first time, and the city where my dad flew helicopters and worked for the Maryland State Police. My parents met and married in Baltimore, before moving to Elkton where I was born! I moved to Idaho when I was 6. Without further ado, let’s see what you can do with 24 hours in Baltimore, Maryland.

Baltimore Harbor

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The Baltimore Harbor is definitely one of the more beautiful parts of a sometimes not so pretty city. It provides great views of downtown Baltimore, as well as plenty to do. There are awesome restaurants, boat tours, museums and other activities that sit right on the harbor.

National Aquarium

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One of those museums that sits right on the harbor is the National Aquarium. They have a TON of different aquatic animals, ranging from sharks to frogs to turtles. They really have something for everyone, as it’s interactive and fun for kids and adults alike.

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Federal Hill Park

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Federal Hill Park is located just south of the city center, and offers some of the best views of downtown Baltimore and the city in general. Federal Hill was used during the Civil War as a military post, and boasts some super interesting history.

Peabody Library

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The Peabody Library is a spectacular sight. It’s regarded as one of the most beautiful interiors in the world. It’s absolutely stunning, and free for public use, so don’t miss out on this one when you visit Baltimore!

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October 9, 2017

24 Hours in Miami

After Rolling Loud announced it’s lineup, Nate & I knew we would need to be heading to Miami come the beginning of May. So, we’ve been doing some research into things we can do in Miami, so here’s what you can do with 24 hours in Miami, Florida.

The Beach

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Any one of Miami’s gorgeous beaches will do, although this picture was taken at Miami beach. Miami sits right on Florida’s coast, meaning there are miles of gorgeous beach area. There’s tons to do in the ocean as well, like boat rides, parasailing or just plain swimming in the ocean.

South Beach

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Despite it’s name, there’s tons to do in South Beach other than hang out by the ocean. You can do that of course, but there are tons of shops, restaurants and bars just waiting to be visited. This area is typically packed with tourists, but it’s usually for good reason.

Little Havana

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Get a taste of Cuba without heading over the border by exploring Little Havana. Given Miami’s proximity to Cuba, many Cubans have migrated to the US via Miami. This makes it a hotpot of cuban culture, music and food. All of which can be found in Little Havana.

Go Clubbing

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Miami is famous for it’s clubs, and when you think getting drunk in Miami, you’re definitely going to want to check out some of the over-the-top clubs Miami has to offer. Many of the clubs in Miami are harder to get into because they cater to the rich and famous, but there are some things you can do in order to get into some of the more exclusive clubs.

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October 9, 2017

24 Hours in Los Angeles

Welcome back to our blog! Today we’re sharing our perfect itinerary for 24 hours in the beautiful city of angeles. 24 hours in Los Angeles. I’ve only been to L.A. once, but Nate’s been a few times, since his family lives down there. I’m obsessed with all these ideas. One thing to note about L.A. though, you should definitely rent a car or have one available to you. The public transportation system in L.A. SUCKS.


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Chinese Theater and Walk of Fame

Begin your day in Hollywood. The Walk of Fame is really something else, and the Chinese theater is absolutely gorgeous. There are many other things to do in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, and tons of different sights, so take some time to explore this area before moving on!

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Rodeo Drive

This is definitely a place for celebrity sightings. Just while we were walking around exploring, two shops closed because someone famous was shopping in there. It was awesome! Unless you’re a millionaire, you probably aren’t going to be able to buy anything on Rodeo Drive, but there’s tons of fun things to look at as well as really expensive cars lining the streets.

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Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica and the area surrounding is seriously gorgeous. Take some time to explore the streets around, including the 3rd street promenade, a place for some awesome shops that you might not have where you live. Also take some time to walk out on the pier and ride a ride or two, and take in the sights. Then, if you’re lucky, you’ll catch it on a warm day, where you can lay out on the sand and enjoy the ocean breeze.

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Venice Beach

Not far from Santa Monica is Venice Beach, featuring Muscle Beach, a really awesome skate park and tons of more hippie-LA-like-things, like dispensaries and vintage stores and vegan restaurants. I would one day love to live in one of the adorable little houses that litter Venice Beach, but I’m not sure I can afford the 2 million price tag right now.

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Griffith Observatory

This is the only thing on this list that I haven’t personally done, but is a huge bucket list item for me. You can spend the afternoon hiking near Griffith Observatory, like hike to the Hollywood sign, or just take in the beautiful sights of downtown LA.

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October 9, 2017

24 Hours in Salt Lake City

Hello everyone! First in our “24 hours in…” series, I wanted to share a city that is near and dear to me. My mom got her doctorate in SLC at U of U when I was 12-14, and so I’ve spent a ton of time in Salt Lake. I’ve also seen Taylor Swift there twice, and have flown through Salt Lake on multiple occasions. Here are the things I recommend in Salt Lake.
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Temple Square

Even if you aren’t Mormon, checking out temple square is really beautiful. The area surrounding the temple is also great as well. There’s a huge mall just down the street that I have spent tons of money at. The temple itself is stunning, although you are not allowed in unless you are a member of the LDS church.

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State Capitol Building

I spent a few hours at the Capitol building during one of my trips to Salt Lake, and concluded that it is one of the prettiest views of downtown Salt Lake and also has some really interesting history laid out for you inside the building. While my mom prepped for graduation, we spent time exploring the capitol grounds, taking fun pictures and just generally having a good time as a family. It’s a memory I’ll always cherish.

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University of Utah

University of Utah is one of the prettiest campuses. It’s a huge campus, with a beautiful football stadium, dorms, arena and more. I’ve spent a lot of time on campus and have attended a few events there. I think the campus is gorgeous and definitely recommend checking it out for fun or even if you’re looking for a college!

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Downtown Salt Lake

Downtown Salt Lake is so pretty, and boasts many shops, restaurants and other things to do. One of the things I love most about Salt Lake is the fact that while it’s a big city, it still feels like it has that small town charm about it. The people are nice, the city is clean and well laid out, and I love it.

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Day Trip to Park City/Olympic Village

If you didn’t know, the olympics were held in Salt Lake in 2002. They were actually held up in Park City, a beautiful and popular skiing attraction. The Olympic Village is absolutely beautiful and is so interesting to walk around and look at. My family and I explored Olympic Village back in 2010 and it was so much fun. The sundance film festival is also held here every year.

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