IT’S NO longer enough for travellers to tick off a destination’s top attractions or historic highlights on
their trip. now we all want to experience more, feel more and get an insight into where the locals go and what they know. Across the U.s. those residents are ready to
welcome you to their own local neighbourhoods, so dive in
– you won’t be disappointed.
A whisker away from Washington D.C., Virginia’s pretty port town of Alexandria blends its historic colonial past with a cool and casual dining and arts scene that makes visitors feel instantly at home. Walk the Old Town’s cobbled streets, with its independent restaurants and boutiques, before exploring the waterfront’s Torpedo Factory Art Centre, home to over 80 working artists' studios.
ART OF THE CITY
Outstanding art collections abound in Philadelphia’s worldclass museums, including over 600 French post-Impressionist and modern masterpieces at the city’s Barnes Foundation. Beyond the galleries, colourful artworks adorn many of the city’s walls, supported by the Mural Arts Philadelphia programme.
HIT A HOME RUN
Even if sport’s not your thing, no visit to Boston is complete without catching a game at Fenway Park, the U.S.’s oldest Major League Baseball stadium. Stay across the road at The Verb hotel with its music memorabilia and record players, and grab lunch at vegan hotspot By Chloe.
HOTTEST TOWN IN TEXAS
It may be known as a ‘ghost town’ but Terlingua, near Big Bend National Park in Texas, is alive and kicking. Born from the mercury mining boom in the early 1900s, it’s now home to an artsy community and an annual international chilli cook-off, plus the straight-out-of-a-western Starlight Theatre saloon.
While Mickey and co. are the major draw for Orlando, there’s plenty more beyond. Thornton Park District is within walking distance from Downtown and offers events such as a Wine & Art Walk, Thornton Thursdays with street DJs and live music, and a Sunday farmers’ market with yoga at Lake Eola Park.
Sweet Home Alabama is more than a song. It’s a place where the skies really are so blue - a land of history, culture, music and adventure. Here, Gospel is sung in churches and folks dance to Blues, Country and Jazz in bars. Locally owned restaurants dish up meals of mouth-watering barbecue and fresh seafood from Alabama’s fishing villages. Alabama’s top museums include the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and the legendary studios of Muscle Shoals. Surrounded by great cities - New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville and Atlanta among them - Alabama is the heart and sould of any Southern USA trip.
PICTURED Main image: murals in Philadelphia; Above: Fremont Street, Las Vegas; Right: Old Town Alexandria; Opposite page: Terlingua Ghost Town, Texas
Tear yourself away from the dazzling Strip to discover a very different vibe in DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS. Stay at the authentic Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino to explore funky Fremont Street and the excellent Mob Museum, and check out The Neon...