Things to See & Do in Birmingham, Alabama – Spots You Never Knew Existed

As a major metropolitan area, Birmingham Alabama is a place many travelers like to visit. But sometimes being a tourist means you miss out on the idiosyncrasies of a destination that truly make it special. Beneath the big tourist draws of Birmingham, Alabama is a small town ambience with a lot of local color. When staying near the airport at the Clarion Hotel, you’ll notice that every neighborhood of Birmingham is full of hidden gems.

Birmingham, Alabama by night
Birmingham, Alabama by night

Literary History in an Unexpected Spot

Birmingham, Alabama is a key player in the history of the Civil Rights Movement, and visitors to this great city can find abundant information about the movement and other areas of American History. For a serious walk down history lane, however, check out a building that doesn’t generally top most people’s must-see lists: the public library.

Birmingham Public Library
Birmingham Public Library

The library’s Southern History Department focuses on Birmingham history but is a collection that spans into a comprehensive look at Southern history as a whole. Learn things about the area many locals don’t know by visiting this collection. They also have a rare book collection featuring many early American works. The library is also located near the budget-friendly Sheraton Birmingham hotel, which is centrally located in downtown for easy access to other Birmingham sites.

Local Fare at the Saturday Morning Market

The Pepper Place Market is a Saturday morning market open from 7 a.m. to noon. It focuses on local food, arts, and music. Check it out to find great souvenirs, hear local musical acts, and even watch some scintillating chef demonstrations. The focus here is to host vendors from within 100 miles, creating a mecca of everything Birmingham. Stay nearby at the Hampton Inn & Suites-Downtown-Tutwiler, so you can do as the locals do on Saturday morning and visit the Pepper Place Market.

Pepper Place Market, Birmingham, Alabama
Pepper Place Market, Birmingham, Alabama

Downtown Cafes the Locals Love

Birmingham’s downtown area is a wealth of nightlife, great dining, history, and shopping. With so many options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and end up in the typical tourist spots. The savvy traveler knows to do a little more digging for great spots to check out. Of all the downtown Birmingham hotels, you’ll get both quality and bang for your buck at SpringHill Suites Birmingham Downtown at UAB.
When it’s time to explore, check out The Garage Cafe. This downtown spot is open from lunch to the wee hours of the night, and is a great place for eating a sandwich outdoors in their eclectic courtyard. Then head over to Urban Standard for a fantastic cup of coffee. The shop has a great mix of American and European coffeehouse ambience.
 
If you want to stay in Birmingham longer than a few nights and love the downtown area, the Residence Inn by Marriott Birmingham Downtown at UAB is the place to be.
Be as touristy as you like. Birmingham has wonderful museums and famous historical spots to visit. When you’re feeling like getting away from the visitors and getting a feel for the city the local’s know, check out some of these lesser-known spots.
Author Bio:
Alexandra Shostak likes to go on adventures, whether they take her down the street or on a road trip to another state. She’s lived in Ohio and NYC, and currently resides on Florida’s west coast where she goes to the beach as often as possible. 

Salt Lake City – Staying on the Cheap

With so much to see and do in Salt Lake City, it may seem impossible to enjoy your trip without spending all your money. If you’re wondering how to experience everything the city has to offer while staying within your travel budget, keep reading for some helpful travel tips.

Find the Best Time of Year to Visit

Salt Lake City in the Autumn
Salt Lake City in the Autumn

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Salt Lake City has two major times during the year when visitor numbers and hotel rates are at their highest. In the winter, the high snowfall and cold temperatures in the surrounding mountains bring in skiers and snowboarders from all over. As a result, hotels will usually charge more between the months of November and March.
Additionally, summer brings in plenty of visitors and sightseers. June through August will see high hotel prices and a shortage of available rooms. However, if you plan your visit in September or October, you can enjoy smaller crowds and comfortable temperatures. This is also the ideal time to find cheaper deals on Salt Lake City hotel rooms.

Use the Public Transportation System

The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) provides much of Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas with affordable public transportation using their TRAX light-rail lines and city buses. This includes a Free Fare Zone in downtown Salt Lake City. This area, which encompasses about 36 city blocks, allows riders to enter and exit the TRAX service or bus at no charge. Since the zone includes popular destinations such as City Creek Center, Temple Square, and Energy Solutions Arena, it’s ideal if you want to explore downtown without paying transportation costs.

Take Advantage of Free or Discounted Admissions

There are so many museums around Salt Lake City that you’re sure to find a few that will interest everyone. If your timing is good, you can also visit for free or at a reduced rate. At the Pioneer Memorial Museum, you can see what life was like for the first pioneers of the state. Admission to this museum is completely free. Or, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts offers free admission on the first Wednesday of every month, so you can explore more than 17,000 pieces of art on display.
You can also look into city passes, which let you save money and explore some of the top destinations around Salt Lake City including Hogle Zoo, Clark Planetarium, and Red Butte Garden. Some city passes even offer discounts at certain retailers and fast-tracking privileges so you can avoid long lines.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

The beautiful outdoor scenery is perhaps one of the most famous attractions in Salt Lake City. Best of all, it’s also one that is completely free to enjoy. One of the most popular parks in the city is the 80-acre Liberty Park. Here, visitors can enjoy a pond with paddle boat rentals, a 1.5-mile walking path, playgrounds, tennis courts, a swimming pool, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and much more.

Salt Lake City with an amazing backdrop
Salt Lake City with an amazing backdrop

For more information on ways to save money when you visit Salt Lake City, please visit my guide on Hipmunk’s Hotels in Salt Lake City page.
Author Bio: Kristen McCalla is a writer and avid blogger who lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband, cat, and dog. When she’s not writing on her blog, 31 Million Seconds, she enjoys traveling and exploring all over this beautiful country. She is currently working on the #HipmunkCityLove project.
  

Things to do in Jacksonville, USA

Jacksonville is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city in Northeast Florida with a lot to offer tourists. The downtown area is full of attractions, sporting venues, historic landmarks, awesome hotels and entertainment. Don’t know where to begin? Start with this guide.
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Tour Local History on Foot

Colonial architecture is on display at the Thomas V. Porter House on North Julia Street in downtown Jacksonville. Among other historical mansions the Thomas V. Porter House, built in 1902, stands out with its front portico and Corinthian columns. This area of downtown Jacksonville is also home to dozens of galleries that support both new and established artists.

Explore Local Culture

Some of the city’s finest museums, MOCA and MOSH, are in downtown Jacksonville. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) has more than 1,000 art pieces on display, including paintings, sculpture, and photography. The Museum of Science & History (MOSH), just across the river from downtown, features interactive exhibits, the largest single-lens planetarium in the world, and explores Northeast Florida’s ecological history.
There are several hotels within walking distance of both museums. Omni Jacksonville Hotel offers affordable and well-appointed rooms, within walking distance of most downtown attractions. On the Southbank across the river, the Hampton Inn Jacksonville Downtown I-95 is another budget-friendly option.

Gather with Sports Fans

Sports fans can easily get their fix in Jacksonville, all year-long. Go online to get tickets to see the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars play at EverBank Field and be sure to get to the stadium early to tailgate with thousands of other fans.
There are two other sports arenas near Everbank Field, including the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, home of the Jacksonville Sharks Arena Football club and the Jacksonville Suns Baseball field. Book your event tickets when you schedule your vacation to make sure you get the best seats in the house!

Enjoy World-Class Entertainment

More traditional performing arts shows happen at the Times-Union Center and the Florida Theatre. The architecture of this historic Florida Theatre is almost as impressive as the acts that grace the stage. From superstars to ,
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5 Interesting Places to Visit in Oklahoma City That Don't Cost a Thing

It’s difficult to know if Oklahoma is part of the South, the Midwest, or the Southwest. Depending upon whom you ask, you get a different answer. The great part is that aspects of each of these regions meld together in the capital city of Oklahoma City. With 600,000 residents, a major basketball team, and a host of museums, dining options, Hotels and recreational activities, Oklahoma City is the place to visit.  Budget-conscious travelers will be happy to know they can make the most of their stay without breaking the bank.  Check out these five places you can visit in Oklahoma City for free.

Paseo Arts District

Paseo Arts District is two blocks of stucco buildings illustrating a strong Spanish influence located just over 2.5 miles from Downtown Bricktown. Visit more than 20 art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and gift shops – all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Be sure to visit on First Friday for the gallery walkthrough to listen to live performances.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

Oklahoma Museum
Oklahoma Museum

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This memorial was built to pay tribute to those who were killed and those who survived the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. If you’re staying at the Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City Hotel, the Memorial Museum is less than half a mile away.
Walk along the reflecting pool, or pass by the 168 chairs representing the lives lost. Inside the Museum at one end you’ll find a monument noting 9:01 a.m., and at the other end another monument denoting 9:03 a.m. Together they frame the awful destruction of that day that took place at 9:02 a.m.

Bricktown

Bricktown is an entertainment hotspot with brick streets that were converted from a warehouse district. You’ll find upscale nightclubs, restaurants, and luxurious hotels like the Hampton Inn & Suites Oklahoma City. Enjoy people watching and snapping photos of water taxis making their way down Bricktown Canal, or horse-drawn carriages taking passengers to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark where the Oklahoma City RedHawks play baseball.

The skyline of Oklahoma
The skyline of Oklahoma

Red Earth Museum

There are 39 Native American tribes in Oklahoma that come from all over the country. Many of their different languages, cultures, and beliefs remain. The Red Earth Museum is in the heart of Oklahoma City and has captured the influence of these people throughout its many exhibits.
With more than 1,400 works on display, there is no other collection like it in the world. Each year the Red Earth Festival brings in over 1,000 American Indian artists and performers from across North America. Stay at the Colcord Hotel and you’ll be just a quarter-mile from all the festivities.

Myriad Botanical Gardens

When you’ve had enough of the non-stop drive of urban life, there is nothing like the 17 acres of the Myriad Botanical Gardens to give you a moment’s reprieve. Beautiful landscaped grounds featuring trees and shrubbery surround a small lake.  Children’s events, free concerts, and movies are held in the gardens throughout the summer.
You can find affordable deals on Oklahoma City hotels on Hipmunk.com. Please share this post with others who want to travel! Also, send any additional tips in the comments below.
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Gabriel Winston, a Hipmunk writer, likes to write about unusual places, when possible about caves in South America, though fashionable digs across North America are also interesting. He lives in Alberta, Canada and loves hiking and recording his trips on film and on his blog “Where the Dog Never Lies.” 

Columbus: 5 Reasons to Visit Ohio's Capital This Summer

Columbus is the capital of Ohio and filled with people and activities. If you are looking for lots of things to do in one location, look no further. With so and numerous reasons to visit, it is the perfect spot to plan a trip to this summer.

The Gallery Hopping

Gallery Hopping in Columbus...
Gallery Hopping in Columbus…

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If you are looking to support local artists, Short North is the place to be. The Short North neighborhood is packed with art galleries, stores, restaurants, and bars. Join the Gallery Hop on the first Saturday of each month for a well-rounded experience.

The Local Shopping

Pop down to the mouthwatering North Market, Columbus
Pop down to the mouthwatering North Market, Columbus

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The North Market is open every day of the week and offers everything from gourmet food to flowers. With a wide range of vendors, there is something for everyone in this location. The wide number of diverse foods available include everything from Polish to Indian. Stop by Gatterdam Eggs, the North Market’s oldest business which opened in 1916. The owner of Gatterdam Eggs simply puts out the eggs and a small box for shoppers to drop in their cash on an honor system.

The Animal Watching

A popular destination for families with children, the Columbus Zoo offers special events during the summertime, like drive-in movies and JAZZOO concerts. One of the best children’s zoos in the country, the Columbus Zoo provides a number of activities including food, rides, tours, shops, and (of course) animal exhibits. Take the opportunity to interact with giraffes or watch the polar bears swim.

The Bar Hopping

The Arena District offers bustling bars year-round within walking distance of many Columbus hotels.  During the summer, the Clippers are likely to take the limelight in the area, but there are many other events to enjoy as well. If you are in town during the Jazz & Rib Fest in mid-July, make sure you stop by and appreciate the mouth-watering barbecue vendors and live shows performed by international musicians. From dance clubs to sports bars, you will be able to find just about any flavor of nightlife atmosphere you are looking for in the Arena District.

The Fine (And Affordable) Dining

Salty Caramel is a must-eat!
Salty Caramel is a must-eat!

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From deserts to dinner, Columbus has some of the most delicious and mouth-watering stops you might ever make. Salty Caramel is the must-have, flavor-to-try at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and, with the small shop located in the Short North neighborhood, it is a dish you should definitely snatch while gallery hopping. Ray Ray’s Hog Pit is an inexpensive stop for some of the best barbecue in the area. Tyler’s Pizzeria & Bakery is a small hole-in-the-wall stop for delicious baked goods or freshly made pizza. If you are looking to splurge, The Refectory is a fancy French restaurant with all of the ambiance and delicious dishes you could desire. From the Franklin Park Conservatory to Ohio State University, the city is cram-packed with sporting events, parks, and educational stops. Don’t miss out this summer – plan your trip to Columbus and make sure you stay long enough to get a good taste of what the city has to offer! 

Visiting Monterey: A Walk Through Historic California

In Cannery Row, John Steinbeck immortalized Monterey as a gritty, hard-working town driven by industry and commercial fishing. Nearly 70 years later, this city on the bay has transformed into more than just a fisherman’s city. In fact, you’ll find all types of culture and education – literary or not – throughout this city less travelled.

Monterey Cannery Row
Monterey Cannery Row

Whether you’re looking for some of the best places to stay or just need a coastal getaway for the weekend, you’ll find it in Monterey. While not nearly as famous as some of its neighbouring cities in California, Monterey is a hidden gem that, once you’ve visited, you’ll never forget. Before you start making plans for the West Coast, here are a couple of great reasons you should consider a trip to the lesser-known bay.
Monterey’s Cannery Row: A Historic Landmark
Many of us have read the Steinbeck classic about the hard life many endured in Monterey during the Great Depression. People living there today still haven’t forgotten about it – in fact, they embrace their deep history with the preservation and restoration of the great Cannery Row.
One of California’s more renowned destinations, Cannery Row runs right against the Pacific Ocean with spanning views into Monterey Bay. But the real treat here are the preserves canneries that still occupy this street. Though they are now shops and museums, you’ll still be able to appreciate their original function as you walk down this great American street.
The gem of Cannery Row lies at the end of the street, at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Research Center. Founded in 1984 in a former sardine cannery, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has turned into one of the premier research facilities in the United States for oceanic life. Their mission doesn’t just end at taking care of sea animals. One well-known initiative is the “Seafood Watch” program, which helps consumers make educated decisions about environmentally stable seafood.
Follow Steinbeck’s Path to Monterey
Monterey County isn’t just known for expansive beaches and ocean views. This historical destination has been widely documented for its contributions to California’s growth in the 20th century.
Just a short drive inland from Monterey is Salinas, home of the John Steinbeck Museum and Home. Here, you’ll be able to learn all about Steinbeck’s contributions in documenting California’s role in the Great Depression. Heading north from Salinas, you’ll be able to catch Highway One, hailed as one of the most scenic drives in the world. Hugging the California coastline between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Highway One offers beautiful views of the ocean, perched along winding cliffs.
Monterey is also known for the attention to detail in the architecture as well. Those who love the coastline and history should check out Asilomar Conference Grounds, home to Proposal Beach. The grounds and boardwalk, designed by Julia Morgan (the same architect behind Hearst Castle), offers a classic look at California from a simpler time.
Compared to its counterparts, Monterey is one of California’s cities less traveled – but well worth the adventure! Have you been to Monterey? What are your can’t miss attractions? Let me know in the comments below.
About the Author: Joe Cortez is an award-winning travel and lifestyle writer who spends his time chasing the travel bug across North America and Europe. Based in Ohio, Joe writes for a number of respected publications and website, including Hipmunk.  

6 Kailua-Kona Travel Tips – A Guide to Pacific Paradise

Nestled along the western coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, the quaint seaside town of Kailua-Kona is a must-stop on any visit to America’s 50th state. Here are six travel tips to help you enjoy your stay in this Pacific Paradise.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

How to Get There and Find Your Way Around

Before you can enjoy all that Kailua-Kona has to offer, you will need to get there in one piece. Flying into Kona International Airport is the obvious choice, although you might decide to travel by the Pride of America cruise ship. Car rentals are available at the airport. If you want a break from driving, the Keauhou Honu Express Shuttle and area taxis offer convenient, local transportation.

Choose the Perfect Hotel for Your Budget


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Kailua-Kona is not short of a luxury hotel or two. If you would like a spot of pampering during your stay, book a room at premier Kailua-Kona hotels such as Royal Kona Resort, and the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa. If you are looking for something a little cheaper, there are plenty of mid and low-cost options on offer. Look out for deals on hotels such as Holualoa Hostel and Uncle Billy’s Kona Bay Hotel.

Decide Where to Eat

While it is tempting to live off shave ice while in Hawaii, at some point you will need something more substantial to eat. For a budget bite, head to Bongo Ben’s Island Cafe next to the Coconut Grove Market Place, or Pancho and Lefty’s on Alii Drive. Mid-priced fare is on offer at Big Island Grill and BaLe Kona. If you want to treat yourself, head to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. behind Wyland Galleries.

Where to Relax Over a Drink

When you have satisfied your appetite, it might be time to relax over a drink or two. The Lava Lounge is the perfect spot to enjoy a traditional island cocktail. If you are more of a beer fan, head to Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse. If you would like the fun to continue, head to a local nightspot such as the Hilo Town Tavern and Huggo’s on the Rocks.

What to See and Do While You are Here


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With so many things to see and do in Kailua-Kona, you can pack so much fun into your stay. There are the obvious attractions at the beach, where as well as swimming and surfing, you can book snorkeling and rafting tours. As well as beach activities, you will want to visit Hulihee Palace, Mokuaikaua Church, and the Kona Coffee Living History Farm.

Explore the Surrounding Areas

Aside from the attractions within Kailua-Kona itself, it pays to devote time to explore the surrounding areas. There is just so much to discover. Visit stunning local spots such as Pu’uhonua o Honaunau, Mauna Kea, and the Waipi’o Valley. Further afield is the spectacular Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and you might also like to take a Hawaii island tour.
Perhaps you have your own stories to share about the beautiful town of Kailua-Kona. Why not use the comments section below to share your tips with like-minded travelers?
Author Bio: Linda Forshaw likes to write about local haunts and far-flung places. She lives in Liverpool, England, and spends her free time exploring new places, going to live gigs, and planning her next adventure. She is currently writing for the #HipmunkCityLove project.
  

A Trio of the Most Spectacular Sites in California

California is a gold mine of sites and adventures considered must-do’s when traveling to the West Coast. From the magnificent coastline and the mountain ranges to the desert region, California has unique sites that attract tourists by the millions each year. Here are three of the most spectacular sites to see in the golden state.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge
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One of the most famous sites to visit is the Golden Gate Bridge. Spectacular, grand, and intriguing are great descriptives of this California expanse. Connecting traffic across San Francisco Bay, this 1.2-mile bridge hosts towers that loom more than 700 feet into the sky and dive more than 100 feet into the Bay. This bridge is an engineering feat.
Walkers, joggers, and bikers can cross the Golden Gate, but with the chilly winds and sometimes unpredictable weather it’s best to dress warmly. Visitors to this impressive bridge will enjoy the views from both on and off the structure. The Golden Gate Bridge is highlighted by the sunsets that gleam against the familiar hue that radiates a golden red glow.

General Sherman

Giant Redwoods California
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According to Monumental Trees, the General Sherman tree may be the oldest living thing on the planet. You’ll be amazed at the site of this grand tree. Although it’s argued to not be as old as was once thought, there’s no disputing it’s rightful place as a must-see on any trip to California. Visitors will gain a new perspective of nature’s awesomeness when standing at the massive base of General Sherman.
Although most of this tree is deadwood, no one disputes the General Sherman as having the largest trunk volume of all standing trees. General Sherman has been crowned with the title of the biggest tree on the planet, standing more than 240 feet high with a circumference of more 100 feet at its base. Even though it’s not the tallest tree in the world, it’ll still amaze the senses.

Big Sur Coastline

Big Sur Coastline
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Spanning the central coastline of California for 90 miles, the Big Sur coastline is eye candy for the road traveler. Though camping and hiking activities are enjoyed by many visitors, driving the highway is something that must be done first. Even if you’ve come to California by plane or train, grab a rental from Budget Rent a Car to experience this picturesque highway.
Big Sur is more than a tourist attraction. It’s poetry come alive with visuals that’ll bring tears to the most stoic of men. Breathtaking views aren’t lacking as you traverse through Redwood forests, cross the Bixby Bridge overlooking the deep blue Pacific, and gaze in awe at the massive cliffs that appear as if from nowhere.
California has a plethora of magnificent sites to see, but these are three of the most spectacular. Plan your next trip to include visits to these sites and bring home plenty of pictures for the scrapbook.
Author Bio:
Abigail Clark is an up-and-coming freelance writer. She graduated from The University of South Florida with a bachelors in marketing, minoring in journalism. When she isn’t up to her neck in coupons she is enjoying the outdoors fishing. She loves doing reviews for technology, home products and beauty products. If you would like her to do a review for you look her up on twitter @downtownabby17.
  

Fancy Going to Long Island?

Planning Your Affordable Trip to Long Island
Are you looking to plan an affordable trip to the East Coast any time soon? First thing you need to cross off your to-do list is booking a Long Island hotel. After this, then you can start thinking about the different art museums, beach fun, shopping, and other outdoor fun you can have in this eclectic city. Long Island is just a one hour drive away from the big city of New York, yet a world away full if it’s own exploration to be had. This charming city is the perfect getaway for any type of traveler.
Long Island, USA
Image via Flickr by Thomas Hawk

Cheap Hotels in the City

Let’s start with a budget friendly hotel of the city, like Ramada Long Island City. This hotel is within close proximity to the N train which will take you straight into the boroughs of Manhattan, and offers a complimentary continental breakfast to get your day started off right. For travelers seeking a boutique style hotel, check out The Ravel Hotel. For just a few extra dollars, the price serves you well with a complimentary shuttle into the city as well as a spectacular view of the Queensboro Bridge from the restaurant terrace.

Now for the Fun

What is there to do in Long Island? View or buy local art that is exhibited in the forms of glass, paint, sculptures, and offerings of workshops to learn on your own at the Gallery North. For the tree huggers, stop by the Fox Hollow Farm to pick out your own strawberries, pumpkins, and other harvests. Saving some of the best adventures for last, Long Island’s beaches are known for their white sands and surf friendly waves. After spending your day in the city, cool down with a beverage at the relaxing Vintage25 Wine Bar and Lounge for your evening. Don’t forget to find your hotel nearby all of these great local attractions with Hipmunk.com

Getting Around Town

First off, there are two airports that you can use to get to Long Island. LaGuardia Airport is approximately six miles to the city center while John F Kennedy Airport is fifteen miles away. For affordable transportation to get you around the city, take the Long Island Railroad from the Pennsylvania Station. For more freedom and to avoid traffic through the city, try renting a car and taking the car ferry from Bridgeport to Port Jefferson.

Food for the Soul

Now that you’ve gotten all of your other details straight, it’s time to sit down for a bite to eat. Munch on traditional Long Island sandwiches at the Sparks Deli, where the food is rated highly with the locals the prices can’t be beat. The East Coast is rich with culture, and you will be able to taste this through the food at Friendly Restaurant, serving up delicious Chinese food for dine in or take out. Do you have recommendations? Leave a comment for us here.
Author Bio: Elaine is a Hipmunk author who lives out her passion for food, cooking, and travels through her personal lifestyle blog. You can find her whipping up the best home cooked meals with her family, or embracing solitude with a good read in hand wherever she may be.
  

The New York Version of Jamaica – 4 Things to See & Do

4 Great Ways to Pass the Time in Jamaica, NY
Jamaica is a decidedly middle class neighbourhood in Queens, New York. It has very little in common with its namesake, the island some 1,600 miles away, but there are many reasons to get to know this area. Some of the world’s most famous people once called Jamaica home including Donald Trump, Nicki Minaj, and Metallica. But for many people, the main attraction is probably JFK International Airport.
Whether you are going to be on a stopover at the airport or you simply want to explore an interesting new area, Jamaica in Queens has plenty to offer.

Baisley Pond Park


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Boasting wide open spaces as well as shady alcoves and plenty of plant and animal life, the Baisley Pond Park offers the opportunity to relax, indulge in some sporting activities, or get lost in a journey of discovery. It is located just a few blocks from the airport and is conveniently situated near hotels such as the Sleep Inn JFK Airport Rockaway Blvd, found at Hipmunk.com.
You can take the family for a peaceful picnic in one of the alcoves dotted around the park, or head over to the fields to play basketball, tennis, or cricket. Alternatively, you could just sit and become mesmerised at the expansive pond.

Resorts World Casino

This casino might be a world away from the glitzy showpieces of Las Vegas but if you are looking for a little fun in Jamaica this place has it in abundance: Food, live entertainment and of course the opportunity to win lots of cash.
A free shuttle service is available every 20 minutes from ,
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