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The Top 5 International Travel Myths & Stereotypes Debunked

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Myth 5: There’s Nothing Metropolitan between New York and Los Angeles


New Orleans, credit Beadmobile via Flickr Creative Commons

Downtown Denver - Evening - Colorado Capitol - photo credit: Ritz-Carlton Denver
Downtown Denver – Evening – Colorado Capitol – photo credit: Ritz-Carlton Denver

Sure, Niagara Falls, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon get plenty of visits. But have we forgotten about our great American cites? Here are three cities you need to visit between coasts:

In Chicago,  you can catch musicals like “The Book of Mormon,” “War Horse,” and “Les Misérables.” Chicago is also home to a rich history. At the Museum of Science and Industry, you can experience the history of the roaring railroads that directed America’s industrial revolution. Their “Great Train Story” exhibit has a model train region with over 1,000 feet of track and 30 trains operating at once.

Denver one of the most walkable cities, you can get from the 16th Street Mall to the Denver Zoo and back to your hotel without breaking a sweat. If you do find yourself in Denver with wheels, get out of town for a world class concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheater. You can learn about the geology of the amphitheater in a guided tour, and visit it for recreation when no concerts are running.

New Orleans is known around the world for Jazz and Mardi Gras, but the Jewel of the Bayou is also home to some big city attractions you’ve never heard of. Next time you’re there, check out the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, home to white alligators, white sharks, and a stingray petting zoo. Don’t miss our tips from the locals.

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