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Top 5 Tuesday: Travel Edition!

Feb 26, 2013 -- 12:02pm

3 Doors Down will be performing a stripped down acoustic set in Nashville of all places this weekend.

Not only will the show be outstanding, but the city itself brings me to my Top 5 Tuesday list!

What are the BEST cities to travel to? Whether it’s for a balls to the wall concert, impressive sports facilities, or just the climate, these cities have made the cut.

5) St. Louis. Okay, so it’s probably not the most awesome place in the world, but I’ll admit it has always had a place in my heart. That’s probably because it was the first “Big City” that this Southeast Missouri girl got to experience. It’s bad when you get a rush because you feel comfortable keeping up and driving in STL traffic. You get baseball, hockey, football and LOTS of concerts make their way near the city. It’s only a 2 hour drive. Get your butt up there for a day and experience something that you can’t at home.  I think I spend more time at Busch Stadium then I do at my family birthday parties.  

4) Orlando. Of course there would be a summery destination on this list! Orlando has it all, Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, Islands of Adventure, all kinds of putt putt courses, Sea World…okay you get the point. There really is an unlimited list of attractions for you to see. It doesn’t matter if you want to bring the whole family or make it a romantic getaway.  Another positive? You’re just 50 miles from both coasts. Must get back there soon…

3) Nashville.  As stated earlier, Three Doors Down will be performing here this weekend. Now, before you freak out…Nashville is NOT just a country music environment granted you do have SEVERAL country inspired bars, shops, the Grand Ole Opry and more. Music City is so much more than that. It’s got LIVE music.  ALL KINDS OF LIVE MUSIC! Even the biggest ROCK tours have played at the Bridgestone Arena in the middle of the city. Just this past year, the Grammy’s Live Nominations Concert was held in Nashville.  If you enjoy the night life at all including live music, do yourself a favor and book a trip to Music City. You never know what you will find and who you will bump into.

2) New York City. The busiest of all places. Went there ONCE for a conference and I’ve been DYING to go back. NYC has plenty of the biggest concert venues, national television shows, and sporting events. Who doesn’t want to see Yankee Stadium at least once in their live time? There is no shortage of national monuments in the city, either.  Don’t forget to take a tour of the Statue of Liberty, go up the Empire State Building, and stroll through Central Park just to name a few.  Once you figure out the public transportation system, you’re good to go. And Times Square at Night?! A must see!

1) Hollywood/LA. The glitz, the glam, the stars! At least that’s what they want us to think. Hollywood will always have a piece of my heart after face planting off the broken escalator at one of the city’s most famed intersections. Luckily I was with some great people who helped me not look too much like a fool. Enough with the side story! Make it a priority to visit the city at least once in your lifetime. The Walk of Fame is INCREDIBLE and there are so many off the beaten path shops and comedy clubs.  Of course you have Universal Studios (which is surprisingly fun in the pouring rain), two elite NBA facilities and teams, numerous baseball stadiums, and fantastic views of the California terrain. I will say that both times I’ve been to the area, the weather was absolutely perfect. None of this crazy Missouri humidity nonsense. It’s also very possible that you will run into someone that has spent some time in front of the camera. We got the experience of seeing the chubby kid from Sandlot. Time has not been kind to him…

Don’t see your favorite city on the list? Don’t worry, I’m trying to broaden my horizons and get out more. What places would you add to this list?

Honorable mention of places that I would like to experience: Chicago, Washington D.C., and Las Vegas. 

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