Staying Healthy in Sin City

You’ve worked out consistently for weeks, ate every green vegetable you could think of and drank water like crazy – all in preparation for your upcoming vacation. You go on vacation, eat whatever you want and forget about the gym the second you hit the pool. When you get home from vacation, you step on the scale to realize you have not only gained back what you lost but brought a few extra souvenir pounds with you. Who else has been there??

Sadly this used to be a regular occurrence when traveling. I have learned however that a vacation doesn’t have to be the end to a healthy lifestyle. Now when I travel, I want to be able to enjoy my travels but maintain the hard work I have put in. While it requires a little planning, staying healthy while traveling is important and something you will appreciate yourself for after the fact.

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But how do you stay healthy in a city that is known for buffets, alcohol and lounging by the pool? Well as you are planning your next trip to Sin City, check out some of the best deals for hotels on Vegas.com for hotels and activities in Las Vegas.

To ensure you keep up your lifestyle, here are 4 tips for staying healthy in Las Vegas, Nevada:

Set aside time for a workout

You don’t want to let your hard work go down the drain so start your day off on the right foot with a sweat session. Whether you visit the hotel gym or fitness studio in the area, make sure you set aside time to workout (I know I plan to visit the Orangetheory in Vegas the next time I’m there). Whether you love to workout at the barre or have a gym membership, find a workout that you love to do so you will stick with your workout routine through vacation. Better yet, set your next full or half marathon to be in Vegas (Rock “N” Roll Vegas was one of the best I have done) so you can enjoy a runcation. If all else fails, dance some calories off by hitting up one of the night clubs! Even if you don’t want to leave the hotel room (and may have enjoyed your night out a little too much) use a no equipment needed workout to get your heart pumping and burn some calories.

Use your feet to explore

I can’t tell you how many times I have walked up and down the strip. With traffic and congestion on the Strip, walking to your destination is the way to go! This has led to also finding great bars, restaurants and casinos along the way. A great way to get your steps in while exploring Sin City is walking around the city. Another fun activity? Walking to get a bird’s eye view of Vegas on the stairs to the top of the Stratosphere! Remember walking may not get you sweaty but you are burning calories to prepare you for the time you will spend sitting at the tables or next to the pool.

Allow yourself one cheat meal

Like I mentioned, Vegas is known for delicious food. Vegas has some of the most amazing restaurants (now my mouth is watering for some Grand Lux Cafe!!!) but they could also pack your daily calories into one meal! This is why people gain back the weight they lost if not more when on vacation. They simply take in more calories than they are burning. Allow yourself one meal, drink or dessert that you will indulge in (I got through my half marathon telling myself I would get a Sprinkles cupcake after). It is all about balance so make sure to keep your 80/20 rule so you are only indulging 20% of the time. The 80% of the time when you are not eating a cheat meal, utilize some of the healthier food options that Vegas does have like Skinny Fats, Canyon Ranch Grill and Protein House.

Take an active day trip

Vegas really is the center location from a lot of national parks. You are a fairly short drive to Red Rock (the closest), Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon. Why not take a day trip to enjoy nature? Hiking in some of the most beautiful parks around the US is a great way to further expand your trip and get your heart pumping. In addition, Vegas is close to Lake Mead, Laughlin and Havasu where you can enjoy water activities like wake boarding, water skiing, boating and kayaking. Especially during the warmer months, you get to burn some calories and cool off in the water! Even if you do not want to drive, you can set up a tour (Vegas.com) to get you to one of the nearby destinations to do some exploring!


Tell me: Do you work out when you go on vacation?

Travel Thursday: Words to Describe Travel

Wanderlust is a word I have written about often on the blog. It is a word that truly describes my strong desire to travel. As I am constantly reading travel blogs and articles, I have come across words from different languages that describe travel in a better way than English words can do. Today, for Travel Thursday, I am sharing some great words that can be used to describe traveling and the feelings surrounding the life changing action.

5 Words to Describe Travel 

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Fernweh

This might be my new favorite word. Fellow travelers will understand that the ache and desire for travel is a constant craving. Every single day I feel that desire to travel and either think about past places I have been, places I want to go or when I will be able to travel next.

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Saudade

Like I just mentioned, I live very much in the past. My thoughts long for past places we have been, people we have traveled with, beaches we have walked, food we have ate. It is very common for my husband and I to be somewhere and say “This reminds me of..” Nostalgia always stands for my first love, Paris and most recently for Greece.

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Resfeber

Much like the excitement before a big race or leaving for a vacation, this is the reason I usually do not sleep well the night before. My excitement and anticipation take over and just want the day to be here already! When I know I have a trip coming up, this usually takes over weeks, sometimes months before.

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Sehnsucht

Basically see ‘Saudade’

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Coddiwomple

Some of the best traveling is done vaguely with no plan but to travel to a destination. While we have gone back and forth between scheduled and leisurely traveling, some of our best eexperiences have happened from traveling a new city with no specific place in mind. Aimlessly traveling can land you in a moment you will be so glad you have.

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Travel Thursday: Wineries in Napa, California

I shared a recap of my trip to Napa but by far my favorite part of the trip was visiting different wineries. I mentioned in the recap that the husband and I decided that Napa would be a regular trip for us. We absolutely loved the beautiful wine country. Plus, with the large amount of wineries, we could visit new ones each time and make it a unique trip each visit. Today I am sharing my rating and review of the wineries we went to in Napa. I understand that someone may read my review and not agree but this is a blog which means it is simply my opinion and experience of the wineries we visited. There are some people who love the wineries I didn’t and others who might not agree with my favorites. Almost every wine tasting I made sure to have a mix of red and white to have a fair comparison across the board.

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Robert Mondavi Winery

Ambiance/ Estate: B
Wine: B

We did the wine tasting at Mondavi which was great but nothing spectacular. The grounds were simple and well kept. While it was a nice stop to enjoy on their open patio,  I wouldn’t need to visit again.



Grgich Hills Estate

Ambiance/ Estate: C
Wine: C-

Surprisingly when I got back to work, 2 of my co-workers talked about how this was one of their favorite wines! All four of us were very unimpressed with the wines and estate in general. We split a tasting and moved on fairly quickly from the estate.

Consentino Winery

Ambiance/ Estate: B
Wine: A

This winery was a stop we pulled into as we were planning to make our way back. The wine tasting room was small but the wine was spectacular. This was the first place we bought a bottle of wine (Cabernet Sauvignon)  and spent a decent amount of time talking to the sommelier about restaurants to try in the area.

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

Ambiance/ Estate: A+
Wine: A

Stag’s Leap was easily one of mine and the husband’s favorite spots of the weekend. While we were treated to an amazing fire and water tour on behalf of our friends, the estate was beautiful and the wine delicious. While we got an extra tour of the cellars and grounds, the grounds would still get an A in my book.

Domain Chandon

Ambiance/ Estate: A
Champagne: C+

Domain Chandon was a great start for the morning with champagne instead of wine. We did the tasting which had a few champagnes I really liked and others not at all. The grounds however were filled with greenery, a pond and beautiful flowers. We enjoyed some walking around to enjoy the well kept landscape.

Castello di Amorosa

Ambiance/ Estate: A-
Wine: A-

We were a little hesitant about the wine from other people’s reviews but we had to visit the castle at least once! Our trip ended up being very enjoyable. While the castle was crowded and a little overpriced just to visit, we loved the wine tasting. We got the wine tasting and even got two free tastings which resulted in us purchasing two bottles of a white and sparkling red.

Hall Winery

Ambiance/ Estate: A+
Wine: A+

The best of the best. My absolute favorite of the trip. There was unique art throughout the grounds and tasting room. The wine was spectacular with every tasting. We enjoyed a fun game of corn hole outside on the beautiful grounds. This is a winery you must visit!

V Sattui Winery

Ambiance/ Estate: B
Wine: B

We stopped at V Sattui for a picnic lunch. Although the grounds were fairly crowded, we made our way to the market to get a spread of bread, dips, cheeses and of course a bottle of wine. It is the more popular picnic spot with tables under shade next to the vineyards. If you are looking for a lunch spot, this is a great stop.

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I travel because…

Earlier this week, I was texting a friend about our upcoming Napa trip (follow me in wine country on instagram starting tomorrow). She had just returned from the bay area so I was getting her advice on outfits and the weather (because there nothing worse than packing the wrong type of clothes for a trip) when she wrote “I am a firm believer in always having something to look forward to, big or small.” She took the words right out of my mouth!

I am always looking forward to my next trip whether it be a weekend trip or a bigger international trip. I think by now my husband knows that before we have even taken the next upcoming trip, I must have another trip booked. Plus, you have to have something to cure those post vacation blues!! The husband can count on me talking about our next trip when we are on the airplane, traveling back home from the current trip. Although I am so thrilled and excited about Napa, I am just as excited for our next international trip to Spain in January. One does not take away from another, it’s simply double the excitement and anticipation! What can I say, travel offers me so much I can’t help to love it. Today for Travel Thursday, I wanted to share my top 3 reasons I travel.

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I travel because..

  1. Travel takes me out of my comfort zone – I have shared before that traveling has helped me get over my fear of heights, flying and small spaces (fine almost over on this one). Travel has landed me in spots where I only knew how to say hi and thank you in the local language. I have been countries I felt very uncomfortable in but was forced to step out and ended up having the time of my life. Getting out of your comfort zone is necessary for growth and usually ends up being a wonderful decision.
  2. Travel leads to personal growth – Speaking of growth, traveling has been a huge part of my personal growth as an adult. I really don’t know why it took me so long to travel. Traveling was always something I thought about. Even after high school, I dreamed of traveling to France but it took me until my early 20’s to travel overseas. I have learned so much about myself, the world, what I have to be grateful for, what others experience, culture, history and on and on. I’m telling you, take a trip and you are bound to expand your horizons and thoughts.
  3. Travel makes me happy – It does not get more simple than that. Travel is the hobby that incites excitement, is something I am passionate about and genuinely fills me with joy. No one should deny themselves what makes them happy and I am even luckier that I get to travel with the person who makes me most happy. #winninginlife

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I love fitness. I love travel. Therefore, the best combination is when I get to travel for fitness or enjoying while traveling. As I have shared before, when the husband and I travel we always do our research before we visit a new city. By planning before we visit, we are able to plan how we will work in our exercise whether it be dropping into a local class or finding a great spot to run. Websites like Eventbrite, help to make it easy to find, schedule and even create events and that had me thinking about where I would have my dream yoga retreat! Of course it is easy for me to start dreaming of the perfect summer vacation to enjoy a yoga retreat. On a beach, overlooking the ocean? Perched on the top of a mountain, breathing in fresh air? In the snow or the heat? There are so many options that offer my perfect combination of travel and fitness.

Where would you go for a yoga retreat?

Here are the top five places around the world I would pick to go on a summer yoga retreat:

  1. Limon, Costa Rica – Costa Rica has long been on my list of places to visit because of the large fitness influence in a country that thrives on being outdoors. While I have longed to zipline, bike through the nature or raft through a river, the perfect compliment to a long adventure filled day would be winding down through yoga.
  2. Bali, Indonesia – Bali is currently the home to many yoga retreats making it one of my top choices for a yoga retreat. Although Indonesia is an island, the scenic background would offer not only ocean views but mountain escapes as well. In addition,  the heavy influence of yoga and spiritual growth would offer exactly the foundation wanted for a yoga trip.
  3. Kauai, Hawaii – This is the probably the easiest to picture. White beach and blue waters to look at while you breath in the salty ocean air as the sun warms you up. If you love the beach then yoga on the beach is a picture of relaxing perfection. My love of paddleboarding is strong and my dream retreat would involve trying yoga on a paddleboard in the middle of the ocean.
  4. Whistler, Canada – While most people think of Whistler for snowboarding (which I also want to go to Canada for) there is much to offer in the summer that many people look over. Life can get so fast paced, resulting in me sitting around wondering where the time has gone. Therefore, going to a yoga retreat in the middle of a rainforest or overlooking a lake are an ideal summer trip.
  5. Aspen, Colorado – Again, another city most often thought of for their ski lifts, Aspen offers amazing mountain views with clean crisp air. When snowboarding in the winter, I always feel like my lungs can expand much better being in out of the city and in nature. Enjoying the air while doing yoga would only help to enhance your breathing while practicing as well as offering a serene mountain backdrop.

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Looking for a yoga retreat or fitness event in your area or at your next travel destination? Check out Eventbrite’s page for yoga and fitness events around the world. Can’t find an event in your area? Create one using Eventbrite’s RSVP page to host an event in your area.

Tell me: Where would you want to go to attend a yoga retreat?

Top 5 Places To Visit in Santorini, Greece

Our honeymoon in Greece started off on the island of Santorini. Short and simple – the husband and I both agree Santorini was the highlight of our trip as well as the best place we have both visited. The island is a blend of adventure, relaxing, flowing wine and delicious food. The flight from Athens to Santorini was extremely short (less than an hour) and the people on the island were extremely friendly. We stayed on Kamari / Black Beach, enjoying the calm beach and the boardwalk filled with shops and restaurants. Today I am sharing the Top 5 Places To Visit In Santorini, Greece which should show you that the island is a stop you must make when in Greece!

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1. Santos Winery – Before visiting Santorini, we read a lot of recommendations to watch the sunset in Oia. However, when we arrived in Santorini, we were told by many locals that we should check out other spots for a better sunset. The top recommendation was at the Santos Winery. We arrived before sunset to enjoy a glass of wine and some appetizers (both delicious). The service was amazing and the views were incredible. Watching the sunset over Oia and the Nea Kameni volcano was one of the best moments of the trip. Of course pictures can never really capture the beauty of a sunset but I would highly recommend you check it out for yourself.



2. Nea Kameni volcano – I am so glad we went to the Santos Winery the night before we went on the Nea Kameni volcano tour. We took a quick boat ride over to the still-active volcanic island of Nea Kameni before exploring the island by ourselves. The island offered remarkable views of Fia and Oia with the green and blue ocean in the background. We were able to hike up to the top of the island and see the land formations that have been created over time. It was extremely warm as we hiked up to the top but it was worth the views. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes because there were many loose rocks and uneven terrain.

3. Hot Springs – Located at Palia Kameni, off the side of the volcano island, you can access the hot springs which was like a large open spa in the middle of the ocean. Our guide advised the water along the coast has a temperature of about 30 degrees Celsius and contains sulfur that is good for the skin. Unfortunately, since boats are not allowed on the coast, in order to swim up to the hot springs, we had to jump in very cold water. Since we had just hiked along the caldera, we were sweaty and warm so the water was refreshing. Floating throughout the water you can see pieces of sulphur that people were even putting on their faces! My skin did feel amazing after though.

4. Fira to Oia – One of the highlights of our time in Santorini was hiking from Fira to Oia. We started early in the morning in Fira to avoid the heat. As we hiked through homes and hotels along the coast, we got to enjoy some of the best views of the island, ocean and volcano. We passed two monasteries on our adventure and were able to enjoy spectacular views of Oia that you could not get anywhere else on the island. If you do make the hike, make sure to bring sunglasses, sunscreen and water because a long stretch of the hike is uncovered which can get pretty warm.

5. Kamari / Black Beach – The island of Santorini has many beaches but we spent a large portion of our time at the Black Beach. Most afternoons were spent sitting on the boardwalk, enjoying a glass of wine, the slow pace of the Greeks and the beautiful ocean view. Our hotel was right on the beach which made it even more convenient. The sand was exquisitely unique with blue, calm waters.

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Travel Thursday: Food, Food and More Food

Happy Thursday! It may be late but it’s still technically Thursday so a Travel Thursday post is still allowed. Traveling from New York to 2 Greek Islands, back to New York and Boston meant we got to experience a large amount of delicious, unique food. Food is equally as important as adventure when traveling. I strongly believe that the best food when traveling comes from asking the locals. Although we have used reviews online, we have stumbled across prime restaurants from asking people who live where we are. During our honeymoon we did exactly that and were not disappointed. I was planning to include food pics in each recap but hey what’s better than a post full of food pictures? I apologize in advance if this leaves you hungry. Let the #foodporn begin!

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New York: I shared our memorable pizza from Brooklyn but we also made sure to have a slice of $1.25 greasy American pizza as well. They were both delicious, just different of course. I had two of my personal favorites in New York – Pret a Manger and Shake Shack!


Greece: The food and wine were the most amazing I might have ever had! The only rival would be Italy. Greece was filled with flavorful dishes unique to the country paired with the best wine I have ever had! I don’t think a day passed without a glass of wine. The gyros was to die for, I could not tell you how many times we enjoyed gyros with tzatziki. We also had gelato for dessert and pasta dishes galore. Even better was that unlike the USA, all restaurants are unique and mostly family owned.


Boston: Seafood galore! We had lobster rolls, white and red chowdah (because that’s how the cool people say it) and delicious drinks. Besides seafood, Little Venice had delicious options for Italian. We filled our bellies with pasta and of course, the famous Mike’s Pastry cannolis. My favorite treat however was the ice cream cookie sandwich from Cookie Monstah. The husband and I got the “Candy Shoppe” – M &M cookies with Milky Way ice cream and the “Salty Dog” – salted caramel cookies with totally turtle ice cream.


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Brooklyn: Prospect Park, Botanical Gardens & Barboncino Pizza

Good morning. What to do when it’s 3am and jet lag has hit you hard? Start writing your trip recap of course! Unfortunately day 2 of being back, jet lag is in full effect. Coming from someone who thinks it should be illegal to wake up before 7am, this is my least favorite part of travel. But hey, I had an amazing 17 day honeymoon so I guess I can’t complain about lack of sleep.

The first stop of our honeymoon was an extended layover in Brooklyn, New York. The last time we were in New York, we enjoyed most of the “tourist” spots and didn’t venture much outside of that since we had a full schedule of things we wanted to see. This time around we planned to enjoy a more relaxing stop in Brooklyn before the trip and an extended layover in Manhattan on our way back. We really enjoyed our time in Brooklyn but there were three definite highlights from our time there.

Prospect Park

The husband and I have been hearing a lot about this park being the new (some argue better) “Central Park” so we knew we had to check it out for ourselves. Our first night in, we made sure to grab some Shake Shack for dinner (being a Cali girl, I’m shocked to say this but Shake Shack is my In-N-Out all the way!) before heading to bed. We woke up bright and early which allowed us to walk through the Green-Wood cemetery, which I highly recommend if you have the time, to get to Prospect Park. When we walked through Prospect Park, there was so much going on being that it was a Saturday. It looked like a school race was going on so there a ton of families but the amount of runners and bikers shocked me. The running path was filled with people enjoying the nice weather! Much like Central Park, the path is extremely large and also has small side running trails. We cut through to explore and find a spot to lay out, read and soak up the nice weather. We passed a lake, the boathouse and some statues before we found a spot next to the water. The weather was perfect and the park, although lively was peaceful, especially next to the lake. I still don’t know which park I like best but Prospect Park did not disappoint. On our way to get lunch, we walked through more of Prospect Park to see the sports facilities, even more statues and the zoo.


Barboncino Pizza
We found this place on Yelp and was a fairly easy walk from the park. I am actually not a big pizza girl but since the husband loves it, I’ve been coming around to it as I find more than just cheese pizza that I like. These pizzas were not your average take out pizza. One pie was topped with eggplant and zucchini, the other with red peppers, tomatoes, arugula, parmesan and olive oil. Holy cow, both were full of flavor and the perfect compliment to a glass of red wine! The decor and vibe of the restaurant were unique with rustic brick walls, exposed copper pipes, old fashioned light bulbs. From the outside what seems like a very small restaurant is actually a two level place with outside seating and a stone oven to cook their pizzas. The husband and I both agree this one of our top meals during the trip!


Botanical Gardens

The gardens were the one thing that we had on our schedule from our last trip that never happened so I was thrilled to make it this time around. As expected, the spring was the perfect time to visit. The flowers were in full bloom (although we found out we just missed the cherry blossoms) and green everywhere. Coming from a state in a drought, this is always much appreciated. My favorite part of the gardens was the Japanese Hill & Pond garden surrounding a lake filled with turtles, frogs and fish. In the center of the park, there is also a beautiful tree filled grass area, that many people were enjoying, just like the park. Lastly, I was impressed by the large space they had for a discovery center for kids. The gardens really offer something for everyone.



Tell me: Do you like pizza? If so, what’s your favorite kind? Do you prefer Chicago or New York style?

I still haven’t had Chicago pizza so a trip is definitely needed to try! :)

Thinking Out Loud: Wayfarer

I realized that my post here is really two separate posts but being that it is Thursday, it is the perfect day to link up with Running With Spoons for some Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

Favorite Podcast Right Now

I stumbled across my latest obsession – The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast. Why didn’t I stumble across this podcast just a few weeks earlier so I could have enjoyed during training. It will be perfect to catch up during the tons of flights we have during our honeymoon but I have a feeling I will binge listen to them all before that. I like this podcast so much because it feels like I am just listening to friends talk and I LOVE the topics they hit so far. When I was listening to my first podcast, they were answering a question about what to do when you feel uncertain about your future after college. They advised that of course, it is natural to feel undefined about your future. I loved that Lauren mentioned creating a list of ideas that do define you.

What Defines You?

When thinking about what I would put on my list, 3 broad categories immediately come to mind. I’m sure you can guess the first two – fitness and traveling. Another one that naturally follows with the group fitness is teaching. If I was to list out all of the things I am it would cover many areas – runner, instructor, traveler, cyclist, accountant, etc. We all are a lot of things that define us and its important to focus on what we are, rather than what we are not. During my regular internet browsing a few months ago, I stumbled across a word that is interchangeable for me with wanderluster.

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“A wayfarer is someone who travels, especially on foot. The term entered English in the mid-1400’s as a combination of way meaning “a path or course leading from one place to another,” and fare, a verb meaning “to go; travel.” (Source)

For me, travel defines me. Travel makes me happy. Travel gives me experience. Travel is why I write this blog. Travel is indescribable. So basically, this will be my favorite word for awhile.

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I can’t believe the half marathon is in 3 days! RICE has been crucial in helping my knee. While it doesn’t feel perfect, it feels better than it did last week. I also learned that Rest is the hardest part for me. I wanted to do intense workouts. I wanted to participate in all of the classes I taught. Rest however is what is helping and what the next 3 days are about. Race pick up on Saturday will be a nice day to enjoy at the beach after the expo, before hitting the hay early with a 4am wake up call. The resting will definitely continue to the honeymoon where I will have almost 3 weeks to  give the knee rest from running and cycling.

Tell me: What would be on your list of things that define you?

Three Places to Go in New York… and 3 to Skip

When we took our trip last year to New York, our week was jam packed with activities. Our list was filled with the usual tourist spots as well as some of the less frequented places. Unfortunately the cold hindered us a bit in what we did but made a huge dent in our list of places to go and things to see. In one month, we are headed back to New York for two days before our Greece trip and returning back to the city for a few more days. We plan to fill our time visiting a few spots we did not make the first time around. We also have added a few new places and plan to explore more of Brooklyn this time around. Today for Travel Thursday, I wanted to share 3 Places To Go in New York and 3 Places To Skip.

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3 Places To Go in New York

Radio City Hall Tour – Since we purchased a New York Pass, we were able to take tours at almost all of the major spots. We stopped at Radio City, located  on an early morning, looking for some relief from the 10 degree weather. The husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the knowledge of the guide who worked in the hall. We were taken backstage, enjoyed an interview with performers of the Rockettes and were even taken to the are where the audio set-up happens. We got to watch some of the rehearsal of their spring show with the Rockettes. It was a blast!

Museum of American Finance – We stopped at the Museum before our walking tour through the financial district. Being an economics major in college and having taken many money and banking classes, I was geeking out a little. The museum was informational and interactive. There were so many displays of old currencies, the explanation of how money is made and how the United States banking systems work. It was the perfect compliment to the Financial District Tour we took after. I would highly recommend visiting as it is a smaller museum  that is worth the time.


Highline – The Highline is one of the places I am most excited about visiting again. When we last saw it, it was covered in snow and about 10 degrees outside. Seeing it in the spring, being used for readers, art classes and musicians, I believe I will love it even more. The Highline is a converted railroad track that has utilized the growing vegetation into a park for residents. This aerial park runs through my favorite areas in New York, starting at the Meatpacking District, spanning through Chelsea. All I keep thinking about is grabbing a book and enjoying the spring weather this time around.

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3 Places To Skip in New York

Empire State Building – We visited on our last night in New York. While the ESB is iconic, the lines are terrible, it was crowded when we got to the top and in comparison, Top of The Rock was better. Of course, I had to go just once but if I returned I would visit the Top of the Rock over the ESB.

Guggenheim – Maybe the Guggenheim was worth skipping to me because there are so many other museums that are worth the time. The nearby Met, MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) and the American Museum of Natural History. While the architecture of the museum is worth walking by, the museum is small and includes a walk through that requires you to circle upwards as you view the art.

Grand Central Station – My husband does not agree with me on this one and was surprised I am adding it. It was awesome to visit the inside of the iconic Grand Central but it was more to just to say I’ve been. We added the stop on the way to the NY Public Library in Bryant Park which made it more enjoyable. However, if you were looking for something to cut on a short trip to NY, this is one I would recommend.

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Tell me: Have you traveled with a spouse, partner, friend or family member that liked a place you didn’t or vice versa?

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