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Travel To Relax – New York City Travel Guide and Chicago Top Attractions

Visit America - New York City Travel Guide and Chicago Top Attractions

Our recent week in New York City was an action
packed one. We decided to set ourselves a challenge to see and do as much as we possibly
could, and that gave way to this video guide which highlights 50 of the top attractions.
In a city like New York this means we barely scratched the surface, but hopefully this
video will highlight the cornucopia of possibilities that is the Big Apple. Most journeys begin at Penn Station or Grand
Central Terminal, and if you arrive at the later you'll be wowed by the building. We're now visiting The High Line, which is
an old section of rail tracks that used to run from Chelsea all the way to the Meatpacking
district.

This area has actually been reclaimed and turned into a park which is pretty cool. The Meatpacking District was once home to
markets, slaughterhouses, and packaging plants, but times have changed. Today you'll find
a mixture of trendy restaurants, clubs and boutiques. The Village used to be a bohemian neighborhood
that drew artists and musicians, but today you're more likely to find upper middle class
families living here.

The streets are shaded and quiet, and it's a nice place for a casual
stroll. Before coming to New York City there were
a few things I absolutely wanted to do and one of them was to walk across the Brooklyn
Bridge and I'm doing that right now. Completed in 1883, Brooklyn Bridge is one
of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. It connects the boroughs of Manhattan
and Brooklyn.

Today we are over in Williamsburg which is
one of the more popular neighborhoods here in Brooklyn. It definitely has a very young
feel. I'm seeing a lot of twenty something year old's and that means lots of flea markets,
independent restaurants and art galleries. Williamsburg has become quite popular given
its lower rent prices.

University students and young professionals have been flocking
to this part of town. We got to see a lot of cool street art around
Williamsburg, including murals along Bedford, Fillmore, and Roebling. This is a massive park located in Brooklyn
and it was designed by the same landscape architects who brought Central Park to life. We are now visiting the historic district
of DUMBO and that stands for down under the Manhattan bridge overpass.

You can walk along the riverfront for a great
view of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and the Manhattan skyline. You can't come to New York and not have a
slice of pizza. I can't think of a better place to have it here than in Brooklyn. We were kind of tired from a long day of walking
and we decided to take a little break at Bryant Park.

Low and behold we found that they have
free board games that anyone can use throughout the day. You'll catch friends, couples, and families
playing games like chess, dominoes and scrabble. During the summer months, Bryant Park also
becomes a popular hangout spot for people looking to relax and even work on their tans. After visiting Bryant Park, you'll want to
pop into the library for a look at the beautiful interior.

The Staten Island Ferry is free of charge
and this makes it really popular with visitors who want to catch a glimpse of the Statue
of Liberty from a distance. If you want to get a closer look at Lady Liberty,
you'll have to buy tickets to Liberty Island. If you make reservations well in advance,
you can even climb to the viewing platform inside the crown. Battery Park is located on the southern tip
of Manhattan.

It is home to a few different memorials and you'll also catch a lot of visitors
hanging out in this area as they wait to catch a ferry. Little Italy may be slowly shrinking, but
it's still a great place to grab some Italian food & a gelato for dessert. Having both lived in South Korea, we were
thrilled to come across Manhattan's own Little Korea. We seized the opportunity and found
a restaurant serving kimchi, pajeon, and kimchi bokkeum bap.

If you're looking for a bargain, Chinatown
is a fun place to visit. The storefronts usually spill onto the sidewalks. It's one of the
few places where you can haggle on the price of things. Coney Island is all about good old fashioned
fun.

You can ride roller coasters, stroll down the boardwalk, enjoy some beach time,
and then head over the Nathan's Famous hot dogs. We happened to be here during a parade,
which explains why the streets were so busy. And that's our next tip – if you're here in
June, don't miss the Mermaid Parade! We are now in the northwest end of Manhattan
visiting The Cloisters and this building was built in the Medieval architectural style
and it is home to some really lovely sculptures and paintings so we're going to be visiting
those. The Cloisters will make you feel like you've
traveled over to Europe.

This place a peaceful retreat from Manhattan's busy streets. The Apollo is one of the most famous music
halls in New York City. Amateur Night is on Wednesdays, and it's great for spotting upcoming
talent. We're in Harlem for some soul food and we've
heard some great things about Sylvia's.

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We can't wait to go and have some fried chicken. We ended up having smothered chicken, and
it melted in our mouths. Delicious! While in the city we also dropped by the National
September 11 Memorial. We then made our way to Trinity Church which
holds one of the oldest burial grounds in Manhattan and is the final resting place of
many historic figures.

We're here now at Wall Street where millions
are made and lost. We're now visiting the Lincoln Center, which
is a space that celebrates the performing arts. It is home to the opera, the ballet
and the theater. Art aficionados will love the possibilities
the Lincoln Center offers.

While I wouldn't recommend biking Manhattan's
congested streets, Central Park really is a great place for a bike ride. If you're looking
to cover a lot of ground, you can pick up a bike from one of the many rental shops. One thing you absolutely have to do when you
come to New York is watch a New York Yankees baseball game. Right now we're at Yankee Stadium
and this is the most historic baseball franchise.

They've won more World Series than any other
team. We have a very exciting day of museum hopping
ahead of us. Our first stop is the MET or the Metropolitan Museum of Art and I'm really
looking forward to browsing the different galleries. Admission to the Met is by suggested donation
only, meaning you can give whatever you can afford.

This triangular shaped skyscraper is one of
the most iconic buildings in the city. If you approach the building from a certain angle
it looks 2-dimensional. Washington Square Park is popular with families
looking to cool down during the summer months. There is a large fountain where kids like
to climb and splash around.

The park is also known for its arch which is reminiscent of
that
in Paris. And while you visit Washington Square Park,
you can also take the opportunity to swing by the NYU campus. The National Museum of the American Indian
has a very interesting collection, and the best part is that admission is free of charge. The American Museum of Natural History is
located in the Upper West Side, and it has an extensive dinosaur collection.

We are now in Times Square – the busiest intersection
in all of New York City. If you're going to be visiting I recommend you come at night
time when all of the lights are on and it is just crowded. Times Square has often been nicknamed "The
Center of the Universe" and "The Crossroads of the World". An estimated 330,000 people
pass through daily.

Modern art lovers can pop into the MoMa for
a visit. A really fun way to get over to Roosevelt
Island is to take a cable car from Manhattan. This tramway runs from Manhattan to Roosevelt
Island and the ride lasts 3 minutes. It's a fun way to get an aerial overview of the
city, but it's also slightly unnerving if you don't like heights! Ahh, Fifth Avenue is a shopping Mecca.

The
street is lined with prestigious high-end boutiques, and it's considered to be one of
the most expensive shopping streets in the world. The Top of the Rock Observation Deck is located
on the 70th floor and offers 360 degree unobstructed views. The Empire State Building was the world's
tallest building for almost 40 years. While it has been surpassed many times since, it
still boasts some of the best views of New York City.

Carnegie Hall is a concert venue and it often
plays host to classical performances. This morning we're exploring Central Park
also known as the lungs of New York City. Now this park is massive and there are so
many different entrances. It is almost like a bit of a maze.

If you really want to see
the park properly you've got to come several times and you've got to enter from different
vantage points. Central Park is massive and there are so many
places to visit within its boundaries. We managed to visit Belvedere Castle, the Great
Lawn, Shakespeare Garden, The Ramble, The Jackie Onassis Reservoir, the Alice in Wonderland
Statue, and we still left feeling like we barely scratched the surface. Strawberry Fields is a section of Central
Park dedicated to the memory of John Lennon.

This was a place Lennon used to frequent,
and travelers from far and wide stop by to leave a rose and pay their respects. We're just outside of the MET and I've got
a giant pretzel in my hand. It is piping hot. It is delicious.

I'm going to try a bite.
It is really dough-y and wow is it ever salty. You can't come to New York without taking
in a musical. There are so many different ones you can choose from Mama Mia to Phantom
of the Opera. We are here now at Madison Square Garden which
is home to the NHL's New York Rangers one of the most historic hockey teams.

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This building
is one of the most famous in the whole world for entertainment. You can watch concerts,
you can watch shows. This is where lots of live performances happen. This is a memorial site to the unnamed free
and enslaved Africans who were buried here.

It was only rediscovered in 1991. The cool thing about this intersection is
that it's the point from which all official distances from New York City are measured. One of the best ways to get around New York
City is of course by Metro. I've got this MetroCard over here and I paid thirty dollars
and this has allowed me to go around the city for seven full days with unlimited use.

If you want to really explore New York City,
we recommend picking up a MetroCard so that you can zip around the city with no restrictions.
It's cheap and it's efficient. And that concludes a look at our very busy
week in New York City. I'm still shocked we managed to cover so many attractions, but
the great thing about this city is that distances aren't very long and there's always something
really cool worth checking out around each corner. Have you been to New York? What are your favorite
things about this city? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

As a die hard fan of the Chicago Blackhawks
and Chicago Cubs, sports is what first brought me to the Windy City. However, over the years
I've come to appreciate the phenomenal architecture, food scene, entertainment and cultural options
the city has to offer. I was excited to be taking Audrey here for the first time. The
following is a guide to the city's top attractions.

Sit back and enjoy the top 35 things to do
in Chicago! A really great way to enjoy the architecture
here in Chicago is to take a river walk. Chicago River is lined with truly impressive
buildings on either side and you can just walk along and enjoy them. We got to see buildings like Marina City,
Trump Tower, and Wrigley Building. This was by far one of our favorite things to do in
the city.

Alternatively, if you're not up for a walk,
architecture river tours are a fun way to take in the sights along the river. If you find yourself here during the summer
months kayaking is a popular activity. Now we are here at The Bean which is also
known as Cloud Gate. This is a really cool sculpture by Init Kapur and as you can see
people are having lots of fun taking photos.

The Crown Fountain is a cool interactive sculpture
located in Millennium Park. It's a nice escape from the heat and you'll find lots of kids
splashing around in the water. Summer is a great time to be in Chicago because
of all the free events that take place in the pavilion. We managed to catch a free movie
and some concerts during our stay.

Art lovers will enjoy the Art Institute of
Chicago, which holds the work of great artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gaugin. Taking in a Chicago Cubs baseball game at
Wrigley field is a must for anyone who visits the city. The Cubs are called the lovable
losers and last won a World Series when the Ottoman Empire was still in power but that
doesn't stop the die hard fans from rooting for them. You can't come to Chicago and not eat deep-dish
pizza! During our week here we ate at many pizzerias in town including Lou Malnati's,
Giordano's, Gino's East Side, and Pizzeria Uno.

Delicious! Formerly known as the Sears Tower, Willis
Tower is now the 2nd tallest building in the United States. It happened to be a very foggy
day when we visited so we got some cool photos. We're at the
University of Chicago. It has a beautiful
campus and there are several noteworthy buildings.

We're going to give you a bit of a tour right
now. Many of the buildings at the University of
Chicago were designed in the Gothic style; for a perfect example of this, step inside
the beautiful Rockefeller Chapel. Then be sure to wander the rest of the campus where
the buildings are covered in ivy. The campus is also home to the Oriental Institute
where the public can view an extensive collection of artifacts from the Near East.

Right now we are visiting the Osaka Garden
here in Chicago. It is a very tranquil place with lots of little paths that you can walk
down. It is just a really nice escape from the city. The Osaka Garden is located in Jackson Park
which is in Chicago's South Side.

This Chicago neighborhood was made famous
by the movie Wicker Park starring Josh Hartnett and Diane Kruger. If you visit the neighborhood
today you'll find it has a very hipster feel, with lots of street art down every alley. Humboldt Park is a little far removed from
the downtown area so it's not as popular with visitors, however, it's a really great place
to soak in nature. You can wander around the pond, catch a pick up game of baseball, or
grab a bite from one of the many food trucks parked in the area.

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For a chance to come face to face with dinosaurs,
head over to the Field Museum. This museum is home to the largest and most complete T-Rex
to have ever been found and her name is Sue. Right next door is the Shedd Aquarium which
is a popular attraction for families. We're here now at the United Center, home
of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Now this is my favorite NHL hockey team. Being here is extremely
exciting for me. I'm hanging out here with Jonathan Toews, the current captain. This
team has been immensely successful lately.

They've won two Stanley Cups recently in 2010
and 2013 and I think they may have a dynasty on hand. Now someday I'd love to see a Toews
and Kane statue here. While in the city, we also got to visit a
cool art installation called "Borders". It's located in the Solti Gardens at Grant Park
and we had fun trying to blend in with the sculptures.

We're here now at Buckingham Fountain and
I know I'm dating myself a bit here by saying this but for fans of Married with Children
this is the fountain that was used in the opening credits. Having already gone up the Willis Tower by
day, we decided to visit the John Hancock Center by night. The city really dazzles from
the 94th floor. The Navy Pier is a fun place to visit on a
weekend.

The pier is lined with fun rides including a giant Ferris Wheel, a wave swing,
and a carousel. There are a number of free attractions in
Chicago. One of them being the Lincoln Park Zoo. Now we're going to check it out and I'm
hoping to spot a polar bear.

While visiting we spotted lots of animals
including lions, tigers, and rhinos. Afterwards we headed over to conservatory. Located in the north end of the city, North
Avenue Beach is a popular hangout spot with beach-goers. You'll find people jogging, playing
sports, and working on their tans.

For improvise comedy there's no better place
than The Second City. This theater troupe has seen some pretty big names pass through. We're in for a bit of a strange evening today.
We're going to be playing a game called Trapped in a Room with a Zombie. Basically we're going
to get locked in a room for sixty minutes with a Zombie and a whole bunch of other participants.
We have one hour to try and figure out clues to escape the room before the Zombie is set
loose.

The zombie is going to be chained to the wall and every five minutes releases another
foot. We need to try and solve this game quickly otherwise the Zombie is going to be loose
and trying to grab us. Let's see how it goes. It is going to eat you first.

You look tasty. We were eaten alive by the zombie after all. The Magnificent Mile is a shopper's paradise.
This area is home to high end boutiques and department stores. The Chicago L, or the elevated line, is great
for getting around town.

A week pass is $28 for unlimited travel. We're here now at Soldier Field, home of the
Chicago Bears. They play football in the National Football League and I just got myself a new
hat. This afternoon we are visiting the Money Museum
at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

This is a museum that very few people know about
because it is actually empty right now but it is completely free to visit. We're going
to show you some money. The Divvy is Chicago's bike sharing system.
It is ideal for quick trips and you can drop the bikes off at any station around town. Chicago's Museum of Science and Technology
is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere.

They cover everything from submarines
to weather patterns. This home may not look that impressive from
the exterior, but it's an important example of the Prairie School architectural style
which is uniquely American. If you tire of walking, segway tours are another
fun way to zip around the city. It's hard to miss the flashing lights of the
historic Chicago Theatre! Their events calendar is packed with some big names from the music
industry.

And that's a little preview at our week long
visit to Chicago! We tried to cover some of the well-known attractions as well as some
sights that lie a little further from the downtown. We hope this video will help you
plan your next visit to Chicago. If you've already been to the Windy City,
be sure to leave us a comment and let us know about some of your favorite spots. For more food and travel videos click subscribe..

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